Celebrating its 23rd Year!
KidneyTexas, Inc. Spring Tea Reveals Honorary Chairs, Theme and More About The Runway Report 2022 Luncheon and Fashion Show On Wings of Hope and Transformation
Donna Arp Weitzman, president of KidneyTexas, Inc. and Membership Tea chair, Allison Brodnax, hosted the KidneyTexas, Inc. Spring Tea at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, which was full of surprise announcements.
Surrounded by views through the tall glass of the Meyerson's lobby, the vista of downtown Dallas and the beautiful spring weather combined into a delightful vision as members and supporters joined in the lovely setting. Guests were greeted with passed hors d’oeuvres especially curated for an afternoon tea, along with delicious sweets, which graced a presentation full of delicacies.
Donna began announcements by welcoming members and supporters, encouraging everyone to bring friends in to join this dynamic group, including gentlemen! Men may join The Men of KidneyTexas, Inc. via the website at www.kidneytexas.org
Dr. Carla Russo, Luncheon and Fashion Show chair with Regina Bruce, congratulated the organization on having raised over $4.3 million since its inception 23 years ago and said she wanted to ramp up participation even more by bringing in new members via the committee and friends.
Literally raising the curtain, she revealed the Luncheon and Fashion Show logo, a beautiful butterfly with wings filled with a colorful collage of design inspired by different fabrics, in salute to the fashion show element of the event. The butterfly’s center is a light green ribbon, which is the color in support of kidney disease research, transplants, treatments and those who suffer from kidney disease. The theme is On Wings of Hope and Transformation, which is illustrated in the logo by butterflies soaring off into the sky.
After a rousing round of applause, Dr. Carla introduced her dear friend Jeanne Lewis, as honorary chair with her husband, George. She also introduced committee chairs who were in attendance today: Underwriting In-Kind Donations Chair, Carol Welwood. Live and Silent Auction Co-Chair, Elizabeth Smith.
Slated for Tuesday, October 25, 2022, at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, the event will feature a formal floor level fashion presentation, with fashions from long term partner TOOTSIES, joined this year by Betty Reiter, Nardos Design, and others to be announced, produced by Jan Strimple Productions, and is always a fabulous event that includes delightful and fun surprises. The event also includes live and silent auctions and is topped off with a delicious luncheon. Scott Murray is returning as emcee.
Beneficiaries are Baylor Scott & White Dallas Foundation, Camp Reynal, Children’s Medical Center Foundation, Southwest Transplant Alliance, Texas Health Resources Foundation. Check the website for updates, tickets, underwriting and sponsorships at www.kidneytexas.org
Membership in KidneyTexas, Inc. is available through the website and has many benefits including exclusive events at private homes, membership teas, participation in holiday events for children affected by kidney disease and more.
Since 1999, the dedicated volunteers of KidneyTexas, Inc. have worked in tandem with generous underwriters to raise over $4.3 million for local efforts to improve the ability to diagnose and manage kidney disease.
Each fall KidneyTexas, Inc. hosts its Luncheon and Fashion Show in an effort to raise money for local designated beneficiaries and awareness for a disease that affects millions of people each year. The success of this event depends heavily upon the contributions and dedication of our Dallas business and community leaders. The community’s support is crucial to the success of our mission. Learn more at www.kidneytexas.org
Mission Statement: 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.
*Photos by Dana Driensky