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Steve Kemble, Alisa Culp, James Hallum

Haute Hot lingerie celebrated their debut to the marketplace with a sexy celebration at The Joule Hotel on Tuesday, December 3. Haute Hot lingerie offers unique pieces to wear out on a date night or to a party, as well as lingerie that can be contoured to fit a woman’s exact body-type and worn discreetly under clothing. Haute Hot Creator, Alisa Culp, built the company out of her own frustrations with not being able to find beautiful lingerie to fit her “non-standard” body type. After years of having to simply settle for whatever would fit, Alisa decided to create a better solution for women with fuller busts or smaller waists. Anything but standard, the Haute Hot brand is all about creating chic, edgy and (above all) sexy pieces that celebrate and flatter the female form.

Upon arriving, guests ascended to the Joule’s Terrace overlooking the Eyeball sculpture on Main St. to enjoy cocktails by BABE, Frankly Organic Vodka, and other Ben E. Keith brands. Event planner, Steve Kemble, had created several Instagrammable moments around the space for guests to enjoy, like a cut out where you could insert your face to become a lingerie model and a beautiful balloon step and repeat in various shades of pink. Gorgeous floral arrangements by Kristen Wolchik of Haute Floral also added a delightful splash of color throughout the venue and DJ Marshall Leak had everyone’s toes tapping. Guests were treated to an exciting runway presentation of Haute Hot’s designs featuring models from Kim Dawson Agency, styled by Elizabeth Secrest. After the show, things got sweeter with an awesome dessert presentation incorporating showmanship and the hottest dessert trend sweeping the country - Cold Chemistry Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream. Among those in attendance were Sybil Summers, Alanna Sarabia, Joyce Morrison, Leah Fisher, Heidi Dillion, Nancy Gopez, Bo Dorton, Yana Greenstein, and Gina Ginsberg Farmer.

“I got inspired to start this company from watching my Grandmother – the most fabulous and fashionable woman that I have ever known. She was the Russian version of Elizabeth Taylor,” said Alisa Culp, “She always had her makeup and hair done and was dressed in fabulous outfits she made herself. She was an “influencer” in her circles [before we had a name for it] and seeing her transform other women around her, made me want to do the same. I am excited to offer women curve-hugging, envelope-pushing and rule-breaking lingerie for the unapologetically seductive modern woman.”

Haute Hot Lingerie uses Ourglass technology that allows women to fit each piece to their unique measurements using sliders on each garment in key areas to create an exact fit. No more buying the same size top and bottom, no more settling for almost good enough. Feel confident and sexy in Haute Hot’s uniquely designed lingerie that hugs every curve and highlights every feature. Shop online at www.HauteHotLingerie.com

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On Tuesday, December 3, Tamara & Tony Casillas opened their home to kick-off the 6th Annual Ally’s Wish Boots & Blessings Gala with a night of sips, shopping and holiday cheer. The team from Vestals Catering passed a delicious menu of appetizers and guests grazed on a beautiful charcuterie table. The Casillas home was beautifully decorated with holiday lights, multiple Christmas trees and 25 family photos taken each year with Santa and their children; a family tradition started by Tamara & Tony when their son was born. Five years ago, four friends founded Ally’s Wish in honor of their dear friend, Allyson Hendrickson whose wish was the first to be granted prior to losing her battle with ovarian cancer in 2014. Hendrickson’s blog, 3 Little Cowboys began as a collection of letters and stories to her three young sons, but it quickly gained a national following spanning seven years. With her friends by her side, she unwrapped her published book, Three Little Cowboys. Today a portion of the sales from Hendrickson’s book benefits Ally’s Wish.

 

Since its inception, Ally’s Wish has granted over 150 wishes to young mothers who’ve battled inflammatory breast cancer, Leukemia, colon cancer and other terminal illnesses. Ally’s Wish currently has 120 moms waiting to have wishes granted with new requests arriving daily. The average cost to grant a wish is around $5K, and funds raised at the annual Boots & Blessings event are the main fundraiser for the organization. “We are so thankful for our friend Allyson, and though her time on earth was short, her legacy will last a lifetime,” said founder and president Missy Phipps. “We are incredibly appreciative for the outpouring of support we’ve received from the community, and we know our 2020 Boots & Blessings party will be unforgettable, just like Allyson.” The evening was filled with tributes to Hendrickson. The team from Kendra Scott brought their latest jewelry collection, including a special custom piece created by Founder Missy Phipps and Danielle Cornett in honor of Hendrickson. Guests were able to shop from the latest styles, just in time for the holidays, and a portion of sales benefitted Ally’s Wish. Hendrickson had loved candy sprinkles, so Sprinkles cupcakes donated branded cupcakes which were a hit, including their famous “SPRINKLES” cupcake which was front and center in remembrance.

 

Phipps recognized LeeAnne Locken-Emberlin and Rich Emberlin who will serve as Honorary Chairs for the 2020 party. Longtime supporters, LeeAnne served as the emcee for the 2nd annual gala and is thrilled to return in this official capacity. Phipps then announced Tony and Tamara Casillas as the 2020 Event Chairs. Tamara shared that in celebration of her 5 year anniversary of breast cancer she wanted to do something that honored this celebration of remission because she is one of the lucky ones but there are moms and their families who are not so lucky to be alive. By the end of her remarks, there was not a dry eye in the house! She thanked her friend, Danielle Cornett, for introducing her to the Ally’s Wish organization and for getting her involved. Tamara & Tony both support so many organizations but Ally’s Wish touched both of their hearts and they feel connected to the story and the mission. Tamara then shared the exciting details about the gala which will take place at Austin Ranch in Grapevine on April 18, 2020 with a silent & live auction, the Breckenridge Band, Scott Murray serving as emcee, a seated buffet dinner, dancing and more! She also thanked the numerous members of the Host Committee for their commitment and support and recognized confirmed sponsors including Shapes Fitness for Women (Presenting Sponsor); O’Rourke Sales (Auction Sponsor) and J Philips Mortgage (Photo Booth Sponsor). Sponsorships, tables and tickets are currently available and can be purchased online at www.allyswish.org. Wish requests and nominations are accepted year-round and while based in North Texas, Ally’s Wish grants wishes to mothers across the U.S. The stories of the women who have been granted wishes and have touched countless lives along the way are featured on the Ally’s Wish website. To learn more about Ally’s Wish, please visit www.allyswish.org.

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*Blair Raggio, Steve Moore, Dawn Moore, Brett Moor Blair Raggio, Steve Moore, Dawn Moore, Brett Moore, and Brooke Moore

This year’s Zoo To Do: Wild at Heart fundraiser, presented by The Eugene McDermott Foundation was without a doubt the most Instagrammable party of the year. In addition to being greeted by Dawn and Steve Moore, this year’s Event Chairs, the 700 guests who came through the front gates of the Dallas Zoo on Saturday, November 2, were welcomed by animal ambassadors including flamingos, an anteater and penguins as a reminder of why Zoo To Do is so important. Proceeds from the event help support the Dallas Zoo’s dedication to providing the best animal care, deliver unique education offerings and strengthen its wildlife conservation efforts.

Honorary Chef Chair Dan Landsberg of Dragonfly at Hotel ZaZa, along with Chef Wrangler Brett Krafft from the Hilton Lincoln Centre joined guests at the award-winning Giants of the Savanna exhibit for a strolling dinner among the 30 restaurant stations representing the finest restaurants in Dallas. How often can one say they had lions, elephants, African painted dogs, and cheetahs as dinner companions!? At each station, executive chefs served delicious gourmet treats of appetizers, entrée specialties, and desserts. Bars scattered throughout the exhibit provided fine wines and craft cocktails. Partygoers could feed and pet the giraffes and enjoy interactive experiences with flamingos, a penguin, boa constrictor, anteater, tortoise, armadillo, and an owl. Among those in attendance were Barbara and Don Daseke, Hal and Diane Brierley, Doris Jacobs, and Tucker and Rich Enthoven, Lori and Chuck Whitten, Robyn and Chris Chauvin, Ed Belfour, Jenna Owens and Francisco Rizo, Hamilton Sneed, and Jane McGarry.

Meanwhile, back at the Zoo’s front gates, the Zoo To Do 2: The After-Party chaired by Brett Moore, Blair Moore Raggio, Brooke Moore was kicking off. Over 150 partygoers came out for Phase Two of the evening to enjoy face-painting, carousel rides, and networking with the Zoo’s animal ambassador and cocktails. Following the dinner and live auction portion of the evening, the Zoo To Do 2 after-party crowd joined in the celebration at the Wilds of Africa Plaza where everyone then danced the night away to music from Emerald City All-Stars, one of the city’s best live party cover bands.

2019 event chairs, Dawn and Steve Moore, credit the event’s smashing success to the hard work of underwriting committee chair Chuck Whitten, with Mark Enoch, Scott Gregory, Paul Haney, Ruth Ruhl, and Joan Walne; host committee chair Kevin Hanrahan; live auction chair Diane Brierley with Arlene Brantley, Barbara Daseke; big board chair Cindy Gummer, silent auction chairs Alex Arellano and Robyn Chauvin with Rudy Rodriguez and raffle chairs Justin Shipley and Gloria Snead; wine guys Mike Gruber, Greg Hext, Michael Meadows; host committee members; and support from advisory event chair Kim Hext, patrons, and underwriters. This year's Zoo To Do sponsors were American Airlines, Bank of America, VisitDallas, Cigna, PaperCity Magazine, Dallasites101, and Susan and John Wilder. 

Participating restaurants were: 400 Gradi, Chef Randy Botelho; Bolsa, Chef Matt Balke; Botolino Gelato, Chef Carlo Gattini; Bright Box Foods, Chef Christopher Patrick; Ceviche, Chef Raul Reyes; Chamberlain's Steak and Chop House, Chef Lan Nickens; Dragonfly at Hotel Zaza, Chef Dan Landsberg, Honorary Chef; Ellie’s Restaurant and Lounge at HALL Arts Hotel, Chef Eric Dreyer; Empire Baking Company, Chef Meaders Ozarow; Gemma/Sachet, Chef Stephen Rogers; Hypnotic Donuts, Chef Heather Clark; Imoto, Chef Steve McHugh; Jack’s Chowhound, Jack Mooney; Laredo Taco and 7-Eleven, Inc, Chef Melissa Vera; Lovers Seafood and Market, Chef Jason Czaja; Mozzarella Company, Chef Paula Lambert; Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Co., Natalie Sexton; Neiman Marcus The Zodiac, Chef David Crow; Nothing Bundt Cakes (Highland Park), Tara Cooper; Parigi, Chef Janice Provost; Pink Magnolia, Chef Blythe Beck; Salum, Chef Abraham Salum; SER Steaks + Seafood, Chef Kyle Jones; Sevy's Grill, Chef Jim “Sevy” Severson and Chef Gerardo Calderson; Sift + Pour, Elizabeth Ging; Suze, Chef Gilbert C. Garza; Taco y Vino, Jimmy Contreras; Truluck’s Seafood, Steak and Crab House, Chef Manny Vera; Tulum, Chef Nico Sanchez; and Two Sister’s Catering, Chef Brock Boyd.

The Dallas Zoo was recently named one of the nation’s Top 10 Zoos by USA TODAY and is the largest zoological experience in Texas. Accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, the Zoo features a 106-acre park, thousands of animals, and an education department that offers programs for all ages. The Zoo is located at 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway (I-35 at Marsalis) and is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit DallasZoo.com or call 469.554.7500. DART is the official transportation provider of the Dallas Zoo, and its Red Line stops at the Zoo’s main entrance.

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Kellie Rasberry recently celebrated 25 years on the radio as one of the co-hosts of the Kidd Kraddick Morning Show on KHKS - 106.1 KISS FM. While she has no plans to retire anytime soon, she admits she felt the need to spread her wings and branch out to other ventures. So why an online store? In part, because she loves to shop and in part because she is searching for a way to stay connected to her now 13-year old daughter, Emma Kelly. Rasberry bought the domain EmmaKellyAndMe.com when Emma Kelly was a baby, not really knowing what I would do with it. "For the longest time, it was just the two of us against the world. And as a single mom, my goal was to raise a daughter filled with a spirit of independence, generosity, compassion, and confidence. It's a goal I’m still striving to achieve to this day," said Rasberry, "So when I was looking for the perfect name to represent my venture into the fashion business, Emma Kelly & Me was my first and only choice." For the initial launch of the site, Rasberry collaborated with local designer Parker & Hyde on three leopard-print handbags made from genuine Brazilian “Hair on Hide” leather. The bags feature a striking raspberry pink canvas interior and complementary leather tassel. Rasberry has hand-selected what she calls "elevated basics" for the site that are high quality, functional, and versatile - all under $100. "Emma Kelly & Me is a clothing and accessories brand with a goal of dressing women (and women-in-training) in apparel that gives them confidence." said Rasberry, "I believe clothing does more than just cover the body. Clothing is a reflection of how we feel about ourselves. If Emma Kelly & Me can help a woman feel confident by wearing our clothing, then we have done a beautiful thing because #ConfidenceIsBeautiful!"  Rasberry is looking forward to adding Emma Kelly's vision and voice to the site in the future so it is truly a project they can grow together. Visit www.EKandMe.com to learn more. 

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Chef Cassy Jones

Cassy Jones comes from a long line of great home cooks, but her dream of becoming a professional cook always seemed out of reach. "I have a daughter in a wheelchair with cerebral palsy, and so I ran my own daycare for 15 years," said Jones. "I had children that had different medical issues because regular daycares wouldn't accept them." At the encouragement of her children, she enrolled in culinary school at the age of 40 and started a new career as a personal chef and caterer. Jones loves to create traditional southern dishes with a modern twist. Her cooking represents a blend of her country roots and her urban influences; she loves to try new recipes as well as updating original recipes to her taste and style.

When Jones applied to be part of the State Fair of Texas in 2013, she managed to skip the infamous wait list and landed a booth on the Midway the same year she applied, due in part to her Fried Collard Greens recipe. This twist on a traditional Southern favorite quickly made her a Fair favorite and it remains her best-selling item today. In 2015, she entered a recipe for a Deep Fried Alligator Egg into the Big Tex Choice Awards and landed in the finals. The dish blends alligator meat with Monterey Jack cheese, chopped jalapeños, onions and garlic. It’s then rolled in breadcrumbs and deep fried and served on top of a “nest” of shoestring potatoes and drizzled with a spicy Remoulade sauce. “This dish will make you feel like a real ragin’ Cajun!” the Fair says. Her infectious laugh and Southern charm landed her as a contestant on an episode of Guy Fieri's grocery store-themed game show Guy’s Grocery Games on the Food Network and she appeared on an episode of The Cooking Channel’s Carnival Eats hosted by Noah Cappe in 2017.

For 2019, Jones is adding Peanut Butter and Jelly Fried Chicken Wings to her State Fair of Texas offerings. “I wanted to have a kid-friendly menu item, and kids of all ages love PB&J and fried chicken so I thought ‘why not put them together?!’ I melt the jelly and peanut butter together and drizzle it over the chicken straight from the fryer. I’m expecting lines around the Midway for this!” laughs Jones.  Attendees to this year’s Fair will find Chef Cassy at booth number is FW25 outside of the Midway, near the base of the Top o’ Texas tower ride. Learn more at www.ChefCassy.com.

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**Naomi Pessy, Loane Pessy, Jose´ Eber, Alban Pes Naomi Pessy, Loane Pessy, Jose´ Eber, Alban Pessy

Hailed as one of the most recognized hairstylists in the world, Beverly Hills-based stylist José Eber has been setting styling trends for decades by providing cuts and colors that few can duplicate. The styling legend recently made a personal appearance in celebration of his latest José Eber Salon in West Plano Village. Hosted by WFAA Good Morning Texas co-host, Jane McGarry, the party showcased the 2,300 square-foot retail location that houses 10 stylist stations, 6 color stations, 5 shampoo stations and a retail wall. Among those who turned out to meet Eber were Steve Kemble, Real Housewives of Dallas’ LeeAnne Locken, Deve Sanford, Susan Posnick, Elaine Raffel, Nick Rajsakha and Dallas Cowboys middle linebacker Jaylon Smith.

Eber’s trademark beauty philosophy has led to thousands of extraordinary transformations for men and women all over the globe and created some of history’s most famous hairstyles. José Eber’s unwavering vision and longstanding commitment to “making every client feel beautiful and comfortable within” is just one of the qualities that has led to his long term success and led him to partner with Attitudes & Attire as the beneficiary of this event.

“I love that Attitudes & Attire is dedicated to promoting personal growth for women seeking self-sufficiency. They help raise self-esteem, build the confidence necessary to develop successful life skills and change lives of the women they serve – which is what I strive to do! I can’t think of a better charitable partner to align with for the opening of this beautiful new salon,” said José Eber.  

What sets a José Eber Salon apart is the focus on consultations, where visionary stylists will create a look that elevates the client’s beauty and expert colorists will create and execute balayage, color correction and full color changes suiting each individual’s skin tone and lifestyle. The salon carries luxury hair care products by Kérastase and also features the José Eber signature line of products and professional tools to maintain and provide clients with the home hair care needed. A team of talented stylists who have been trained in the most innovative methods and cutting-edge techniques is at your service each Tuesday to Saturday.

“The new José Eber Salon in Plano brings a sophisticated, minimalist, and French-influenced design to North Texas,” said Alban Pessy, José Eber Salon Director. “We are thrilled that José Eber was able to make himself personally available at his namesake salon during our grand opening celebration.”


José Eber Salon is located in West Plano Village at 3300 Dallas Pkwy Suite 106, Plano, TX 75093. The salon is open from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM each Tuesday to Saturday. Appointments can be made by calling (469) 467-4880. www.joseeberplano.com
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Jose Eber with client

Hailed as one of the most recognized hairstylists in the world, Beverly Hills-based stylist José Eber has been setting styling trends for decades by providing cuts and colors that few can duplicate. His latest José Eber Salon is now open in West Plano Village and guests to the salon will experience a full spectrum of services. Eber’s trademark beauty philosophy has led to thousands of extraordinary transformations for men and women all over the globe and created some of history’s most famous hairstyles. José Eber’s unwavering vision and longstanding commitment to “making every client feel beautiful and comfortable within” is just one of the qualities that has led to his long term success.

“The new José Eber Salon in Plano brings a sophisticated, minimalist, and French-influenced design to North Texas,” said Alban Pessy, José Eber Salon Director. “We are thrilled that José Eber is making himself personally available at his namesake salon during our grand opening celebration.” The salon is currently accepting styling and consultation appointments with José Eber for Wednesday, September 18 and Thursday, September 19. Appointments can be made by calling (469) 467-4880.

The new José Eber Salon at West Plano Village brings a minimalist design approach to the sophisticated and renowned brand and offers state of the art design by Gensler, VEZZOSI Italian equipment and the latest technology to further enhance the experience. The 2,300 square-foot retail location houses 10 stylist stations, 6 color stations, and 5 shampoo stations. Clients will be immersed in design elements throughout the space including an eye-catching ceiling that was inspired by the Parisian Arch, a famous design element seen in homes, buildings and monuments around Paris. The intent was a subtle nod to both José Eber and Alban Pessy’s French roots. The 13-foot high ceiling is coupled with cove lighting that highlights the continuous vault above. The sculptural quartz reception desk and violet guest seating seen in the reception area accent the cool, sleek color palette and integrated product displays. Before and after appointments, clients can enjoy beverages from a hospitality bar and snap selfies of their new looks in front of the José Eber step and repeat branded wall. “Gensler and Pessy became partners in this process, building a sophisticated and unique salon unlike any other in DFW, and befitting of the José Eber brand,” said Stephen Walsh, Gensler Design Director.

In addition to world-renown cuts, color and blowouts, they are also industry leaders in custom hair extensions, updos, and straighteners/relaxers.What sets José Eber Salon apart is the focus on consultations, where visionary stylists will create a look that elevates the client’s beauty and expert colorists will create and execute balayage, color correction and full color changes suiting each individual’s skin tone and lifestyle. The salon carries luxury hair care products by Kérastase and also features the José Eber signature line of products and professional tools to maintain and provide clients with the home hair care needed. A team of talented stylists who have been trained in the most innovative methods and cutting-edge techniques is at your service each Tuesday to Saturday.

José Eber Salon is located in West Plano Village at 3300 Dallas Pkwy Suite 106, Plano, TX 75093. The salon is open from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM each Tuesday to Saturday. Appointments can be made by calling (469) 467-4880. www.joseeberplano.com

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The Ivy Tavern

Owned and operated by Lisa and Tom Georgalis, The Ivy Tavern opened in 2014 and quickly became a neighborhood staple for cocktails, craft beer and tasty bar fare. The Ivy Tavern boasts one of the best patios in Dallas spotted with gorgeous shade trees strung with lights, tables and community bar seating, a fireplace, an elevated stage for live music and DJs, indoor/outdoor TVs, and a variety of entertaining games such as large Jenga blocks and Connect 4, pool and darts. This neighborhood favorite will be celebrating it's 5th Anniversary the weekend of August 23-25 with a series of music and entertainment events. Friday, August 23 is a return to the 1980’s with DJ Jen Miller, starting at 9:00 PM, spinning all the best hits from this totally tubular decade. Prizes will be awarded at random for amazing outfits from the era so dress to impress in your best Polo shirt (collar flipped and double-layered, of course), shoulder pads, or anything neon and hair teased high. Whiskey Pants will take the stage Saturday, August 24 at 9:00 PM and entertain the crowd with their flawless vocal style and evocative melodic elements. This acoustic duo has a wide musical repertoire stemming from an array of influences. Kirk Tatom and Greg Beutel have been active in the Dallas music scene for years and have played for such bands as Deep Blue Something, Grand Street Cryers, and most recently, Evamore. Lastly, The Ivy Tavern’s weekend celebration will cap off with a Sunday FUNday on August 25 featuring the joyful Reggae sounds of Watusi, playing live from 2:00-5:00 PM. The Ivy Tavern is located at 5334 Lemmon Avenue, Dallas, TX 75209, 214-559-4424, www.theivytavern.com. The Ivy Tavern is open seven days a week from 11am-2am. Kitchen service is offered Sunday through Thursday, 11am-10pm and Friday and Saturday, 11am-12am. 

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Dawn and Steve Moore, Event Chairs, reveal this year's theme

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.

 

Slated for Saturday, November 2, 2019, and hosted at the Dallas Zoo, guests and patrons of Zoo To Do: Wild At Heart will stroll through the award-winning Giants of the Savanna habitat, sample exquisite dishes from more than 25 of Dallas’s premier chefs and restaurants, and enjoy interactive animal demonstrations and musical entertainment. Following dinner, guests will move to the Wilds of Africa plaza for a live auction featuring rare Zoo experiences, travel and more! Finally, partygoers will dance the night away to music from Emerald City All Stars. Another option is available, perfect for young professionals, called ZTD2 (Zoo To Do 2) and will begin at 9:00 p.m. with a separate ticket price of $150 per person. ZTD2 will feature exclusive chefs, along with an open bar and dancing until midnight to local favorites, the Emerald City All-Stars.

 

“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.”


Dawn and Steve Moore took to the podium to announce their committee chairs and members and thank them in advance for the hard work we all know they will put in to making this event a success: Kim Hext as Advisory Chair; Diane Brierley as Live Auction Chair with Arlene Brantley and Barbara Daseke serving on the Live Auction Committee; Robyn Chauvin and Alex Arellano as Silent Auction Co-Chairs with Rudy Rodriquez serving on the Silent Auction committee; Gloria Snead and Justin Shipley as Raffle Co-Chairs; Kevin Hanrahan as Host Committee Chair; Cindy Gummer as Big Board Chair; Chuck Whitten as Underwriting Chair with Mark Enoch, Joan Walne, Ruth Ruhl, Paul Haney, and Scott Gregory serving on the Underwriting Committee; Chef Dan Landsberg, Dragonfly at Hotel ZaZa is back as Honorary Chef Chair; as is Brett Krafft, Hilton Anatole, serving as Chef Wrangler; Anna Katherine Bonnet, Peyton Cook, Alexandra & Daniel Cullins, Rachel & Jacob Koonsman, Jared Miller, Lorna & Eli Pierce, John & Claire Sager, Victoria Vish, John Wilder, Travis Andres, Mary Gorter, and Taylor Sorrels will serve on the ZTD2 Committee.


Zoo To Do is a major source of funding for the Dallas Zoo. Proceeds from the event help support the Zoo’s dedication to providing the best animal care, delivering unique education offerings, and furthering its wildlife conservation efforts. Sponsorships range from $7,500 to $150,000. Individual tickets are $750 each and a VIP ticket is $1,500. For more information, visit the website at DallasZooToDo.com or contact Makalah Brown, Events Manager, 469.554.7341,Makalah.Brown@DallasZoo.com.

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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. The Roger Staubach Award recognizes sports and or entertainment professionals who positively impact the lives of children by living courageously and creating opportunities for today’s youth. This is the only award to be named in Staubach’s honor other than the one established at his alma mater, the U.S. Naval Academy. Roger Staubach personally presented this year’s honor to Jessica and Dirk Nowitzki in acknowledgment of the amazing work they have done through The Dirk Nowitzki Foundation, which lifts up children who are affected by illness, poverty, abuse and neglect through proper channels of guidance and directs them on a path to success.

The Changemaker Award was given to LaTorsha and LaDainian Tomlinson for their efforts to enhance the lives of deserving families through education, social and culture awareness, and positive self-esteem through their organization, Team America. Team America aims to provide an environment where we are not forced to choose sides, but instead motivated to stand together and determine the best way forward –emphasizing inclusion for all. Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities also recognized long term donors and friends who have stood by them since the beginning: Dee Lincoln, David and Tina Craig and Lamonte Thomas for their unwavering support over the past ten years with the All Star Partner Award. 

This star-studded soiree included sports icons and entertainment luminaries such as Eric Dickerson, Eddie George, the new Miss Teen USA Kaliegh Garris, Torii Hunter, Christopher “Kid” Reid of Kid ‘N Play, John Rocker, Melissa Rycroft Strickland, Bruce Smith, Joe Torry and Everson Walls. Local notables in attendance included Tina and David Craig, Dawn and Jon Mellon, Dee Lincoln and husband, Mike Ruley, Cheryl “Action” Jackson, Donna Richardson, Claudia and Tony Habeeb, and Joyce and Jerry Morrison. The evening was a huge success raising $1.1 million dollars that will benefit Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities. 

The gala ushers in the Celebrity Invitational Golf Tournament on Saturday, May 4 hosted at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney, TX. Players were paired with celebrities to create foursomes to vie for bragging rights and prizes. Now in its 10th year, the Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational has raised more than $9.2 million in support of Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities and supported over 150 charities in North Texas, including 10,000 DISD students and families through their annual back to school program. Proceeds from the weekend go to Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities, (PESC), a 501(c)(3) public charity that creates and funds unique educational experiences and enrichment opportunities for underserved children. For more information, visit www.emmittsmithcelebrityinvitational.com

 

Photos c/o Ada Lee Photography, Marcy Meeks and Axxess.