Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Dallas Zoo Fundraiser Invites Supporters To Be Wild At Heart

Zoo To Do Event Chairs, Dawn and Steve Moore, unveil this
year's theme, Wild at Heart. (Photo: Thomas Garza)

On Thursday, June 13, supporters of the Dallas Zoo gathered for a private party at the Dallas Zoo’s Simmons Safari Base Camp where the details for this year’s exciting Zoo To Do fundraising event were revealed. Servers wandered through the crowd with bites, while guests enjoyed watching the elephants stroll through the Giants of the Savanna habitat and got up-close and personal with several of the Zoo’s residents including a Eurasian eagle owl, African crested porcupine, radiated tortoise, and a friendly pair of flamingos. Kevin Hanrahan, President of the Dallas Zoo’s Board of Directors, welcomed everyone and announced Dawn and Steve Moore as this year’s Event Chairs and their three children, Brett Moore, Blair Raggio, and Brooke Moore as the ZTD2 Co-Chairs. Hanrahan then introduced Darryl Griffin, Executive Vice President Advancement at the Dallas Zoo, who informed attendees that this is the 28th year of Zoo To Do which, for the past four years, has raised over one million dollars to support the Zoo’s mission of Creating a Better World for Animals. “With Dawn and Steve Moore volunteering to lead this year’s event, we are excited about all of the possibilities that this will unveil for us.” said Griffin, “We thank you for your efforts in support of our work to save animals from extinction. We care for more than 2,000 animals, representing over 400 species, more than half of which are part of AZA Species Survival Plans.”

Friday, June 21, 2019

KidneyTexas Transforms Lives With Annual Fundraiser

Each fall KidneyTexas, Inc. hosts its Luncheon & Style Show in an effort to raise money for designated beneficiaries and awareness for a disease that affects millions of people each year. Celebrating its 20th year, KidneyTexas, Inc. will host The Runway Report Transforming Lives 2019 Luncheon and Fashion Show on September 24 at Brook Hollow Country Club. Fashions will be featured in a runway presentation produced by Jan Strimple. In the preamble to the fashion show, supporters who have donated or received a kidney or who have made a large financial commitment to others living with or impacted by the disease share their personal stories and walk the runway. The purpose of KidneyTexas, Inc. is to provide funding to improve the methods of treatment, the search for a cure and prevention of kidney disease and other kindred or contributory diseases; and to develop more adequate provision for the care of persons suffering from such diseases. Debilitating kidney diseases impact approximately 20 million people in the United States today. Groups at high risk include African Americans, Hispanics, senior citizens and people with diabetes. In Texas , there are over 30,000 people on dialysis and 4,000 on a transplant list. The number of patients on dialysis is anticipated to double this decade. Since 1999, the dedicated volunteers of KidneyTexas, Inc. have worked in tandem with our generous underwriters to raise over $3.5 million for local efforts to improve the ability to diagnose and manage kidney disease. Tickets start at $250. Visit for more information.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The Celebrity Perspective with Ashley Berges wins Telly Award

Congrats to Ashley Berges who has won a bronze Telly Award for her original unscripted online series, "The Celebrity Perspective" which airs on Amazon Prime. Berges is a TV producer, syndicated radio talk show host of 'Live Your True Life Perspectives', therapist, life coach, author, and motivational speaker.

Ashley's show concept is dedicated to connecting the viewing audience with their favorite celebrities, these celebrities revealing true life adversities that they have overcome, and they share their hurts and triumphs. This format exposes that we're all dealing with similar life-issues and we can learn from one another. Mid-way through the show, Ashley hands the floor to the celebrity, where they can ask her anything they want. This segment demonstrates that Ashley is willing to take it, not just dish it.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

New Sultry Summer Cocktails From Truluck's

Truluck's has just debuted a new cocktail menu featuring TEN new cocktails to kick off the sultry Summer season. From fruity cocktails to mellow libations, this menu has something to tantalize the taste buds of everyone. Available in the Stone Crab Lounge and on the dinner menu served in the upstairs dining room, Truluck's uses the best possible ingredients and techniques to ensure that every drink served is an experience. Only fresh fruit and hand-squeezed citrus juices are used every day. They use premium spirits and pour all sodas and mixers from bottles. Enjoy Half-Price Cocktails, Featured Wines, and Selected Appetizers in the Stone Crab Lounge daily from 4:30-7:00 pm. To add to the experience, guests can also enjoy live entertainment 7 nights a week starting at 6:00 pm! Cheers!

Truluck's has two Dallas locations:
Uptown: 2401 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75201, 214-220-2401 Southlake: 1420 Plaza Place, Southlake, TX 76092, 817-912-0500

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Star-Studded Crowd Helps Raise $1.1 Million Raised at This Year's Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational

Pat and Emmitt Smith with Robin Roberts and partner, Amber Laign, at the 2019
Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational Gala - Photo Marcy Meeks 

On Friday, May 3, Good Morning America's Robin Roberts hosted the 10th Annual Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational presented by title sponsor Healthcare Highways in celebration of ten years of service, philanthropy and positive community impact for Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities in North Texas. Guests began the evening, sponsored by Dee Lincoln Prime, at the Omni Frisco Hotel with a red-carpet arrival and cocktail hour sponsored by Brown-Foreman Herradura, followed by dinner sponsored by E Smith Advisors, and a live auction sponsored by Waste Management. Legendary Dallas Cowboys quarterback and real estate icon Roger Staubach and his wife, Marianne, served as Honorary Chairs with Mahisha and John Dellinger serving as the 2019 Event Chairs. Each year, the highlight of the evening’s program is the designation of awards bestowed upon community leaders who are leveraging their platforms to support others.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Southern Savour Supper Club Benefits The Dallas Symphony

Bettina Hennessy, Rene and Bob Caruth, Amanda Ryan | Photo by Chuck Clark

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League hosted a Southern Savour Supper Club at the magnificent estate home of Amanda and Brint Ryan on April 28, 2019. Event Chair Bettina Hennessy and Co-Chair Renée Querbes Farren worked alongside Honorary Chair Sherwood Wagner to create an unforgettable evening for the guests. Southern Savour Supper Club was a garden party fundraiser that brought together friends and business leaders for an evening with a supper club style gracious and beautiful dinner served family style. The evening included both a live and silent auction, a wine pull and a private musical performance by Suzuki Strings of Dallas and the One O’Clock Lab Band from University of North Texas. The Supper Club was a Southern soiree based on a concept from two separate organizations: The St. Francisville Southern Garden Symposium and the Delta Supper Club. Delta Supper Club has been written up in Forbes, USA Today, Garden and Gun, New York Times among others.

Dallas Zoo Helps Release Flamingo Chicks Back Into The Wild After Life-Saving Emergency Rescue In South Africa

After an unprecedented rescue effort in January, the Dallas Zoo helped lead a team in Kimberley, South Africa, in the release of 49 lesser flamingo chicks back into the wild on Wednesday, May 8. The birds were part of a flock of more than 1,800 chicks that were abandoned due to a severe drought. For four months, animal care professionals worked tirelessly to nurse the chicks back to health. The drought affected Kamfers Dam in Kimberley, the capital of the Northern Cape Province of South Africa,causing adult flamingos to abandon their nests, leaving thousands of eggs and chicks behind. With only four breeding colonies of lesser flamingos in Africa and one other in India, Kamfers Dam is one of the most important breeding locations for this species in the world. The Dallas Zoo led the effort to funnel emergency funding to South Africa in coordination with the Pan African Association of Zoos and Aquaria (PAAZA), sending more than $52,000 from U.S. zoos and aquariums accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). In addition, AZA-accredited institutions sent 53 of their top U.S. animal care experts and vet teams to help in the mission. The Dallas Zoo sent ten of its staffers, and funded the trips for five additional experts to lend their support.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

RHOA's Phaedra Parks to Host Creation of Fashion on June 1

You guys know how I love my reality stars so I plan to be sitting front row on Sat, June 1 at Creation of Fashion benefiting Keeping Families Connected. The event will take place at the Westin Galleria and feature a fashion show produced by Willie Johnson. The evening's celebrity host will be Phaedra Parks. This sassy southern belle is a successful attorney, businesswoman, author, mortician, television personality, motivational speaker, social activist and mother to two sons. Her co-host will be Michael Molthan, host of the digital show M2 The Rock, which provides motivation and support to those in seeking recovery from addiction. Keeping Families Connected provides free transportation to and from correctional facilities for families of incarcerated loved-ones. The organization was birthed out of a desire to make meaningful contributions to the lives of those who are incarcerated and the family members they are separated from. At KFC they believe the bars don't have to become barriers from your family. Tickets range from $45-$125.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Exposed: Jamie O'Banion Chairs Fundraiser Benefiting Aim at Melanoma

Thornwell Parker III, Suzanne Warner, Michael Lee, & Jamie Jo Boulogne

Sponsored by Compass Real Estate, Stanley Korshak and 505 Ranch Club at Cedar Creek Lake, Exposed raised over $140,000 to help fund the International Melanoma Tissue Bank Consortium, a first-of-its-kind critical research initiative. “We wanted Exposed 2019 to be more than just an event—our goal was to make it an experience,” says co-founder Suzanne Warner about the second biennial fundraiser benefiting AIM at Melanoma which was held Thursday, March 28th. Honorary chair and beauty entrepreneur Jamie O’Banion welcomed the crowd with a dynamic call to action, having had a previous scare with basal cell carcinoma, O'Banion stressed the importance of early detection. Compass chief evangelist Leonard Steinberg, a melanoma survivor himself, further reinforced the need for annual skin checks. And bringing the crowd to its feet, Felicia Corbray spoke passionately about her ongoing battle with ocular melanoma, a rare and potentially deadly form of the disease.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Play Naughty at The Saint Hotel in New Orleans

The Saint Hotel New Orleans

New Orleans has always held a special place in my heart. My husband and I used to travel there for romantic weekends when we were dating. It's where we first drunkenly said, "I love you" to each other. It's where my husband proposed to me, and so, it seemed fitting that we should marry there - in the courtyard of one of New Orleans many charming hotels. And that occasion has given us the excuse to travel back to NoLa over the past many years and lift up a Hurricane toast on the patio of Pat O'Brien's to commemorate our good fortune to have found each other. This past April we celebrated our twentieth wedding anniversary. My God, where has the time gone?! Of course, this milestone called for such a visit to our beloved city, but I wanted to do something different. Something out of the ordinary. For this trip, I wanted something sleek and sexy. So, I arranged for a stay at The Saint Hotel.

From the moment you walk beneath the classic pressed metal canopy fronting Canal Street, you enter a soaring lobby with 22-foot ceilings and free-standing reception desks accented in white faux patent leather croc. The Saint Hotel lobby boasts a mesmerizing ambiance that captures the sparkling charm and romance of New Orleans with floor-to-ceiling billowing white drapes, huge 6’x6’ gold bell-shaped chandeliers, romantic accent lighting, and comfortable oversized furniture which adds a touch of whimsy and welcomes guests to sit and socialize or enjoy the atmosphere. The Saint Hotel is located on the Canal Street streetcar line and a short walk from the French Quarter’s charming galleries, boutiques, antique shops, and music- filled nightclubs while also convenient to the Riverwalk, Saenger Theatre, Saks Fifth Avenue, the Aquarium of the Americas and Harrah's Casino. It is minutes from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the New Orleans Arena. After a $45 million dollar purchase and transformation, The Saint Hotel opened in January 2012. The 166-room, 5-suite, 8-story Saint Hotel includes 320 sq. ft. modern guest rooms; five luxury suites including two 1800 sq. ft. master suites; 1450 sq. ft. of meeting and special event space; Tempt, a modern Louisiana restaurant featuring traditional Louisiana cuisine infused with modern culinary style; and the Burgundy Bar offering hand-crafted cocktails (don’t miss the Seven Deadly Sins drinks), live jazz and weekly burlesque shows. Flip through the gallery above to see photos of this amazing property.