Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Oh So Charitable: M1 Ball benefiting Mercury One

M1 Ball 2018
Scroll through the album to see more images from this year's M1 Ball. Photos c/o Gittings and Dana Driensky. 

This year's M1 Ball benefiting Mercury One was led by Event Chairs D’Andra Simmons Lock and her husband, Jeremy Lock, Honorary Chairs Francie Moody-Dahlberg and her husband, Kevin Dahlberg, and Dee Simmons as Underwriting Chair. The evening was produced by Hamilton Sneed of HAS Events and featured a cocktail reception, savory three-course seated dinner, live and silent auctions of priceless experiences and one-of-a-kind treats, followed by an intimate acoustic performance by country favorites Mark Collie and Darryl Worley. Mercury One Founders Tania and Glenn Beck greeted guests including Sara Gonzales, Hilary Kennedy Hoferer and Jeff Hoferer, Jeffy Fisher, Jaque and Pat Gray, Michael Grishman, Dawn and Travis Simpson, Joy Villa, and Paul Vinyard.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Great Escape: La Cantera Resort & Spa in San Antonio, Texas

La Cantera Resort in San Antonio
Flip through my gallery to view photos from my stay at La Cantera Resort& Spa

My in-laws live in San Antonio, Texas and for 20+ years we have stayed at their home when we visited. But the house has begun to feel smaller and more cramped as my son has gotten older (and much taller) and my father-in-law is recovering from a recent surgery, so this Thanksgiving I proposed a radical idea to my husband - a hotel stay. He reluctantly agreed and I knew this was my one shot. If I didn't find the right hotel for our family, he'd never agree to it again. So, after much research, I booked a stay at La Cantera Resort & Spa.

SPOILER ALERT: It was a holiday home run. Read on...

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s Fashion Notes Luncheon and Style Show Honors Lela Rose

Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s Fashion Notes Luncheon and Style Show Honors Lela Rose
 Photos by Dana Driensky

Held on Monday, October 29, 2018 in the Venetian Room at The Fairmont Dallas, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s Fashion Notes Luncheon and Style Show honoring Lela Rose was a sold out affair. Many of Lela’s friends and admirers were there to see the Dallas-raised, New York City-based fashion designer receive the Inaugural Fashion Notes Designer Award. The morning began with a reception and silent auction followed by a fashion show and live auction topped off with a delicious lunch. Fashions were provided by Stanley Korshak, Hip Hip Hooray and St. Bernard Sports. The clothing was modeled by Dallas Symphony supporters including staff and musicians, DSOL Members and former debutantes. Others in attendance included Caren Prothro, Nita Clark, Roxanne Phillips, Julie Turner, Doris Jacobs and daughters Kim Jacobs Calloway and Teffy Jacobs, Stephanie Bray, and Allie Beth Allman.

Tina Brown Brings Women In The World To Dallas

Women In The World 2018
  Photos c/o Kristi and Scot Redman

On November 5, Women in the World kicked off its Dallas forum co-hosted by Toyota and legendary journalist, Tina Brown, on the eve of the midterms Monday at the Dallas Museum of Art. Women who are on the front lines all over the world come to the stage to tell their stories at these summits and salons. Women in the World is the premier showcase for women of impact and for the men who champion them. Women in the World Host Tina Brown mingled with speakers Isabel Allende, Jara Butler, Paige Chenault, Rev. Leah Daughtry, Minyon Moore, and Dr. Viktoria Vibhakar, moderators Alisha Laventure, and Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani, Toyota Executive Lisa Materazzo, and guests including, Susan Posnick, Margaret Stafford, Stephanie Seay, Annika Cail, Cheryl Alston, Laila Muhammad, Alanna Sarabia, Susan Strauss, Lesli Levine, Karla Noone, Marcella Generalovich, Kellie Rasberry, Liz Standley, Rebecca Marabito, and Natalie Westbrook.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

First Sight First Night Luncheon Kicks Off Dallas Opera's 2018-2019 Season

Joyce Goss, Cynthia Smoot
On October 11, fashionistas and arts lovers alike flocked to one of the most captivating fetes this fall, FIRST SIGHT FASHION SHOW AND LUNCHEON with NorthPark Center as Presenting Sponsor. The annual fête officially kicked off The Dallas Opera’s 62nd Season led by Event Chair, Joyce Goss.

Following a reception in the eastern area of the C. Vincent Prothro lobby, guests moved into the McDermott Performance Hall for a “dramatic fashion show” produced by Rhonda Sargent Chambers featuring CH Carolina Herrera fashions and BVLGARI jewelry “utilizing the set of The Dallas Opera’s upcoming production of Georges Bizet’s ‘Carmen’ (a production originally designed by Michael Vale for Glyndebourne Festival in the UK and director by Sir David McVicar).

Guests then attend a seated luncheon by Wolfgang Puck Catering in the western section of the Prothro Lobby overlooking Sammons Park. Photos sc/o Thomas Garza.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Unlikely Heroes 6th Annual Recognizing Heroes Gala

Unlikely Heroes, a non-profit organization that rescues and restores child victims of slavery worldwide held their 6th Annual Recognizing Heroes Awards Dinner & Charity Benefit on Saturday, October 27, 2018. The evening kicked off with award-winning actor, David Oyelowo and his wife, Unlikely Heroes ambassador and actress, Jessica Oyelowo welcoming guests to a very special evening with a with a non-profit close to their hearts. “We love that you are here and to help set those trapped in slavery free” says David Oyelowo. The two described their unbreakable bond they have established with the girls, Unlikely Heroes and CEO Erica Greve. “When you rescued us, you gave us a fighting chance to live and to become educated to help others in need” says Jessica Oyelowo when asking the girls what you like people to know about you and the Unlikely Heroes foundation. The audience roared with applause when Austin Hurst of Hurst Capital announced that he was pledging a ONE MILLION DOLLAR matching grant that will rescue 200 kids and give them full restorative care for a year! He encouraged guests to match his contribution so that together over 400 children would be rescued. The evening’s keynote speaker was survivor leader, Rebecca Bender.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Mercury One Gears Up For M1 Ball

M1 Ball Patron Party
Photos c/o Gittings for Mercury One

On October 17, Mercury One hosted a patron party at the beautiful home of Travis and Stephanie Hollman in anticipation of the upcoming M1 Ball, happening November 17th at Mercury Studios in Las Colinas. M1 Ball event chairs D’Andra Simmons-Lock and Jeremy Lock, along with honorary chairs Francie Moody-Dahlberg and Kevin Dahlberg, and spotlight sponsors Dee Simmons and others, helmed the festive evening to celebrate charitable giving. At the soiree, guests sipped fine wines from M1 Ball beverage sponsor Rodney Strong Vineyards and noshed on light bites from F2M Hospitality. All got an exclusive preview of M1 Ball live auction highlights, including tropical beach getaways and priceless, unforgettable experiences. Before the close of the evening, many guests purchased raffle tickets for the chance to win the 2018 CLA250 Mercedes-Benz.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Elizabeth Vargas Leaves A Legacy For Magdalen House

The Magdalen House’s 2nd Annual Leave a Legacy Dinner: An Evening with Elizabeth Vargas, hosted over 420 guests, aiming to raise funds for their recovery community for alcoholic women and their families. This year, the agency was excited to host previous ABC’s 20/20 Anchor, Elizabeth Vargas, as the event’s keynote speaker. Best known for her 14 years as co-anchor of ABC’s 20/20 with David Muir, The New York Times has credited Vargas with reinvigorating the news magazine format with her “intellectually brave” reporting. Vargas’s memoir Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction was released in conjunction with a special episode of 20/20, in which Vargas and Diane Sawyer discussed her experiences, explored the link between anxiety and alcohol abuse, and interviewed experts as well as people recovering from addiction.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Halloween Makeup From Decades Past From Blushington

Parties are fun, but a COSTUME party is always my favorite, which makes Halloween the best holiday of the year! I had so much fun Art Directing this segment on Good Morning Texas and helping Blushington show viewers how to create timeless looks from decades of the past. Looks from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s are easy to pull together using items you probably already have around the house. Dash into Party City for a few accessoires and wa-la! Take your concept from good to great with a visit to Blushington. From a hand-jiving Pink Lady to a hippie chick, punk rocker to a superhero, Blushington can help you create the perfect makeup look to top off your outfit and take home first prize at your party. Special thanks to my girl, Leah Frazier, for donning her best Diana Ross wig and shaking her groove thing on today’s segment to help us showcase the 70s. Of course, I nabbed the 80s for myself. Hello! These were my glory years and I love to relive them, even if it’s for just a few hours whenever I can. Blushington has studios in Dallas, New York and Los Angeles. Call or make your appointment online today!

FUN FACT: I got the Lucky Star earring I am wearing on May 4, 1985 at Madonna's "Like A Virgin" concert in Dallas. I can't believe that 30+ years later I haven't lost or broken it. It's one of my prized possessions because it brings back so many fun memories for me. I love pulling it out for occasions like this one!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The Shops at Willow Bend Launches The District

Chefs Tasting Event at The District at Willow Bend

After years of planning and months of anticipation, The District, the chef-driven dining area at The Shops at Willow Bend celebrated its official opening at a ticketed fundraiser on October 5 raising more than $25,000 for the Junior League of Collin County. I was thrilled to emcee this Chefs Tasting Event and introduce each of the participating chefs and explain to attendees that they would spend 30 minutes at each venue to meet the chef, and sample craft cocktails and bites specially prepared for the event. The festive cocktail reception featured musical performances by the Georgia Bridgewater Orchestra, appetizers from California Pizza Kitchen and Terra Mediterranean, from brothers Jalal Chanaa and Adam Shanaa; bites from Knife, a steakhouse from James Beard-nominated chef and two-time Top Chef contestant John Tesar; Mexican Bar Co. Cocina from James Beard-featured chef Patricio Sandoval; and Whistle Britches, offering southern comfort food from James Beard Foundation-nominated Chef Omar Flores. The evening concluded with Australian-style coffee from Ascension Annex, desserts from Neiman Marcus Mariposa and a spectacular fireworks celebration. The event kicks off more than a month of activities celebrating The District.