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.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

10th Annual Burgers & Burgundy Benefitting DIFFA/Dallas Sizzled with Success

10th Annual Burgers and Burgundy Event

On Friday, October 5, celebrity chefs gathered at The Eye at The Joule for the tenth annual Burgers & Burgundy event hosted by The Joule Hotel, presented by Chef John Tesar & Terri Provencal, with hosts Bryan Loving, Jim Sheehan, and Southwest Lending, benefiting DIFFA/ Dallas (The Dallas Chapter of Design Industry Foundation Fighting AIDS). Guests mingled in front of the iconic Dallas landmark as they sipped on cocktails while listening to tunes by DJ Steffi Burns. Partygoers sampled a wide variety of mouthwatering burgers created by John Tesar (Knife, Knife Burger), Justin Brunson (Celebrity Chef, Old Major; Denver, CO), Tim Rattray (Celebrity Chef, The Granary; San Antonio, TX), Josh Smith (Moody’s Delicatessen; Boston, MA), Mat Urban (Commissary), Nick Walker(CBD Provisions), Bruno Davaillon (Bullion),Sharon Van Meter (Taco y Vino), Blaine Staniford (Grace), Mariel Street (Liberty Burger), Josh Sutcliff (Mirador), Coner Seargeant (Wheelhouse), and Rodman Shields (Common Table).

Monday, September 17, 2018

Reality Stars Compete To Raise Funds For Teens

2018 It's A Jungle Out There Party

The 4th Annual “It’s A Jungle Out There” benefit took place on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at the Deep Ellum Art Company. Former players from the hit TV shows Survivor, Amazing Race, Big Brother, and American Ninja Warrior gathered to raise funds for Cheer 4 Your Life, which helps teens pursue their passions and provides emotional support to help them stay focused on education and accomplish their goals. The evening’s festivities began with a red-carpet reception where celebrities mixed and mingled with guests dressed in “jungle chic” attire. Photo opportunities were plentiful not only with the with the celebrities in attendance but with snakes and tortoises provided by Wildlife On The Move. Among those in attendance were Wendell Holland, Michaela Bradshaw, Keith and Wes Nale, Missy Payne, Baylor Wilson, Carolyn “Mama C” Rivera, Mike Holloway, Jill Behm, and Sunday Burquest from Survivor; Meg Malley and April Lewis from Big Brother; Uchenna Agu, Tanner Kloven and Ashton Theiss from Amazing Race; and Tom Doweidt, Brittany Hanks, Elliott Jolivette and Joy Strikland from American Ninja Warrior. Local media personalities Bret Mega from Hot Hits 93.3 and Brian Glenn of KEXB 620 AM radio also lent their names to the cause.

RHOD Star LeeAnne Locken to Chair PositiviTea benefiting Legacy's Grace Project

Pinky's up, ladies! I hope that you will join me on Sunday, October 21 for PositiviTEA, for a brunch full of inspiration and celebration, benefiting over 200 women of Legacy's Grace Project. This year's tea (there will also be a mimosa bar!) is Chaired by Real Housewives of Dallas star, LeeAnne Locken and will be held at the beautiful Martha Proctor Mack Ballroom at SMU. In addition to brunch, guests will enjoy wonderful entertainment, an exquisite silent auction and hear from inspiring speakers. All proceeds benefit Legacy's Grace Project, the largest conference in the World designed specifically for women living with HIV/AIDS. Tickets & Sponsorships Available at

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Perform a Random Act of Kindness and #BlessAVet With The Film God Bless The Broken Road

I am all about random acts of kindness - and when it involves honoring a Veteran who has served our Country - it's a double blessing! God Bless The Broken Road is a new film starring TCU alum and NFL Pro Football Hall of Famer LaDainian “LT” Tomlinson. The film focuses on the importance of family, friends, and faith, while paying tribute to those who serve in the United States Military.

In partnership with the DAV (Disabled American Veterans), 10 West Productions is asking you to honor Veterans and Active Members of the U.S. Military by donating $25 to send a heroe to dinner and a movie.

In the film, Amber’s dream of an ideal life with her perfect family shatters when she loses her husband to the war in Afghanistan. Two years later, she finds herself in a struggle to save her home while providing for her nine-year-old daughter, Bree. When up-and-coming race car driver, Cody Jackson, rolls into town, Amber and Bree become wrapped up in his pedal to the metal way of life. Amber struggles with Cody’s attention and withdraws to protect herself and Bree from the dangers of becoming too close to someone who lives life on the edge every day. With her faith hanging in the balance, Amber is forced to decide between the broken road she knows so well, or trusting in a new path that God has provided.

Virtual Reality Will Motivate, Connect and Inspire at the Inaugural RebelCon Conference on September 29-30

Are you looking for motivation and inspiration? Enter RebelCon, devoted to connecting millennials and Gen Z through the power of virtual reality. The first-annual RebelCon will take place at Hollow Hill Ranch from Saturday, Sept. 29 to Sunday, Sept. 30 at the 85-acre retreat center of Hollow Hill Event Center in Weatherford with one and two-day admission available.

Use the code <rebelohsocynthia> and 
save 10% off at registration! 

Presented by Rebel Role Model, RebelCon offers a weekend of fun for CEOs, startups, college students, investors, and side hustlers, with a special focus on the emerging technologies dominating today’s business landscape. But while the focus is on tech and business strategy, the conference is also an opportunity for business professionals across the generations to develop long-lasting relationships.

Coblenz’s company provides bridges the gap between millennial and Gen Z consumers through augmented and virtual reality marketing and experiential solutions. To introduce their one-of-a kind services to the world, the conference will offer a 48-hour Augmented Reality game--the longest playing in the nation, and the first for a national conference. But the real focus will be on the relationships--the bonding set to occur between experienced professionals and newcomers to the fields of social media, marketing and business. “You'll walk in as a rebel, and leave as a role model.”

FGI Dallas Brings Old Hollywood Glamour To Vintage Martini on September 12

During the "Golden Age of Hollywood" stars like Bette Davis, Greta Garbo, Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor and so many more appeared in films wearing jewelry designed by Eugene Joseff. You don't want to miss an exciting exhibition FGI Dallas is bringing to Empressive GeoDesigns on Wednesday, September 12 titled JOSEFF OF HOLLYWOOD: The Man, The Company, The Legacy. The program will focus on Joseff's early days in Hollywood and the establishment of the Joseff company in the early 1930’s. Joseff of Hollywood worked with designers such as Edith Head, Walter Plunkett, Travilla, & Adrian, providing custom jewelry for blockbuster films including Gone With The Wind, The Little Princess, All About Eve, The Women, and Cleopatra.

Joseff's of Hollywood Comes To Dallas

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Historic Dallas Opera Costume Exhibit at NorthPark Center, Sept. 12-Nov. 4

Dallas Opera Costume Exhibit 2018

The Dallas Opera and NorthPark Center have partnered to present rarely-exhibited historic costumes from the private collection of The Dallas Opera Wardrobe Department. The exhibit, entitled “THE FABRIC OF OPERA,” will be on view from September 12, 2018 to November 4, 2018 at NorthPark Center near the CH Carolina Herrera boutique on Level One between Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom. No matter how close to the stage you sit, you will never get a better look at the dazzling costumes that world-class singers wear when performing at The Dallas Opera!

Shake, Rattle, and Roll on September 21 at the 6th Annual History With A Twist: Sock Hop

Katalina Rose and Ninfa Carreon at the Kickoff Party recently held at Vintage Martini

Dallas Heritage Village announces a new venue for its 6th Annual History with a Twist: Sock Hop at the Artists’ Quarter at the historic South Side on Lamar, 1409 South Lamar Street. On Friday, September 21, 6:30-10:30 p.m., guests are invited to dress ‘50s chic, sip punch bowl cocktails, enjoy sock hop fare, soda shop sweets, and dance lessons to popular ‘50s tunes spun by DJ Jennifer Miller. “With our new and historic indoor space and a fun ‘50s theme, this much anticipated annual event, an important fundraiser for Dallas Heritage Village, will provide another fun-filled blast from the past,” Melissa Prycer, president and executive director, Dallas Heritage Village. “The 1950s were a time of poodle skirts, “I Love Lucy,” Rock n’ Roll, James Bond novels, McDonald’s restaurants, Elvis Presley, Hula-Hoops, and the “Baby Boom.” Paying tribute to these American icons through cocktails, food, and fun will make this year’s Twist another memorable one!” 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Mike and Anita Devlin Share Their Family's Story of Addiction and Recovery at the 34th Annual CARE Breakfast

Mike Devlin with his Mother, Anita Baglaneas Devlin
The 34th Annual CARE Breakfast to be held the morning of Monday, November 12th at the Renaissance Hotel and will feature Anita Baglaneas Devlin and her son Mike Devlin. Anita and Mike will share about his battle with drug addiction.

With a seemingly perfect life with a loving family, good grades, and the top spot on his high school lacrosse team, Anita was in denial that her son could be an addict. But when faced with losing him, Anita faced his battles, along with hers, with bravery and determination. This powerful motherson story is chronicled in their co-authored book, S.O.B.E.R*.

Mike has been in Dallas since 2011 and has been very involved as a respected lacrosse coach, and is well-known in the recovery community. Terry Bentley Hill will serve as Honorary Chair, and the Highland Park High School True Grit and Arrows Clubs will be honored with the Margaret Sharpe Award. Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church is this year’s Community Partner Award recipient.

Bank of Texas is returning for another year as Presenting Sponsor. Registration for the event is now open. More details are available at CARE is a valuable community organization that provides education for families struggling with substance use disorder; provides speakers for students, parents and educators; and serves as a no-cost, confidential referral resource for anyone who needs help with alcohol or drug dependence. CARE serves more than 12,000 individuals and/or families each year through its programs and services. Tickets start at $150 and can be purchased HERE.