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Truluck's is a getaway for the senses. A dining destination where you can savor the freshest crab, direct from their own fisheries. Delight in fresh-catch seafood menu or prime tender, juicy steaks prepared to perfection. Then complement it all with delicious wines by the glass and bottle. Truluck's has just debuted a new cocktail menu featuring 20 (you read that right... twenty) new hand-crafted cocktails! The best part, is that you can enjoy these libations, featured wines and chef-selected appetizers and live music at half-price every Monday through Friday from 4:30-6:30 PM. 

 

NEW Cocktails Include:

Summer Lovin’
Tequila blanco, curaçao, chartreuse, lemon lime, rhubarb/strawberry syrup, egg white ($7)

Heart of Gold
Rye, lillet, pineapple juice, spiced smoked orange syrup ($6.5)

Calypso
Bourbon, lime juice, mint lavender syrup, angostura, mint ($6.5)

Sao Paulo Punch
Cachaca, white rum, lemon juice, pineapple syrup, bitters ($6.5)

Hanky Panky
Averna, bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup, egg white, strawberries ($6.5)

Amaretto Sour 2.0
Amaretto, lemon juice, whiskey, taverna, simple syrup, egg white ($6.5)

Pretty in Pink
Vodka, orgeat, lemon juice, april, strawberries, mint, angostura ($7)

Rye Tai
Rye, spiced rum, orgeat, pineapple juice, lemon juice, orange bitters, angostura ($7)

House Old Fashioned
Rye, spiced orange syrup, angostura bitters, orange bitters ($7)

Nuevo Old Fashioned
Mezcal, amaro, Ancho Reyes, orange bitters ($7)

Singapore Sling
Gin, cherry herring, Cointreau, Benedictine, grenadine, lime juice, pineapple juice, angostura, club soda ($6.5)

H Town Swizzle
Rum, simple syrup, lime juice, mint, angostura ($6.5)

Mai Tai One On
Rum, demerara rum, agricole rum, clement creole shrub, lime juice, orgeat ($6.5)

Aviator
Gin, lemon juice, maraschino liquor, creme de violette ($6.5)

Geisha
Cognac, orgeat, angostura, tea rose ($6.5)

Steel Drum
Coconut, lemon juice, raspberries, basil leaves, ginger beer ($6.5)

Smoke & Mirrors
Mescal añejo, tequila, lemon juice, simple syrup, Chambord, cilantro leaves, cucumber ($9)

Upper Manhattan
Butter-washed rye, red vermouth, maple syrup, black walnut bitters  ($9)

Blue Lagoon
Our twist on a champagne cocktail ($5.5)

Tiki Margarita
Tequila, lime juice, lemon juice, orgeat, peychauds, orange bitters ($6.5)
 
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
www.trulucks.com

 

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The Fourth Annual Boots & Blessings Gala took place on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Austin Ranch at Hilton DFW Lakes to benefit Ally’s Wish.  The Flower Mound-based organization grants wishes such as trips to Disney World or helicopter rides over the Grand Canyon to mothers battling terminal illnesses, so they may create lasting memories with their children and loved ones. “The mission of Ally’s Wish fills a special need that not only touches my heart but leaves a lasting memory for the children of the terminally ill moms they serve. The support at this year’s gala was overwhelming and we are all truly humbled that so many people cared enough to help grant these last wishes. I can’t wait to see what next year’s gala holds as we work to raise even more money and support!” said event chair, Lori Fickling.

 Attendees kicked off the evening by perusing through an extensive silent auction filled with trips, fashion & accessories, sports memorabilia, restaurant and entertainment packages and more. A special “Wish Wall” featuring the stories & wishes of 37 moms currently on the waiting list allowed guests to donate directly to granting a wish that touched their heart. In attendance were Carole and Scott Murray, Judy and Jack Philips,Jody Smith, and Tanya and Mike Rutledge to name a few.

TV personality Amy Vanderoef served as emcee for the evening and gathered everyone to their seats where the program began with a rousing game of Heads or Tails with the winner receiving a beautiful bracelet donated by Beasley’s Fine Jewelry along with a bottle of JR Ewing Bourbon. Larry Conner led the room in prayer and blessed not only the meal, but prayed that guests would open up their hearts and wallets for the evening to support Ally’s Wish in their fundraising endeavors. Guests then enjoyed live Country-Western entertainment from The Breckenridge Band as they dined on a traditional BBQ fare.

 As the dinner hour wound down, Vanderoef returned to the stage to invite Event Chair Lori Fickling along with Honorary Chairs, Ginger and Andy Eads, to the stage. Andy Eads spoke about their passion for helping these families in need and then invited Ally’s Wish co-founders Melissa Cary, Holly Reed, Missy Phipps and Heather Bryan along with Board Members Kelly Wolgamott and Nicole Notagiaconmo to the stage to share the story of past moms and future moms. Immediately proceeding a video sharing the wish impact story of former wish recipient and the late Ayesha Boykin, Missy Phipps, President & co-founder, spoke about how four years ago, four friends founded Ally’s Wish in honor of their dear friend, Allyson Hendrickson.

Allyson’s 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 and the college funds of her three children. 

Auctioneer Mike Trent then took to the floor to conduct the live auction featuring a Texas Motor Speedway experience, a private chefs dinner, Trophy Ranch Hunt and a package donated by Canyon Ranch. Immediately following, Allyson Hendrickson’s eldest son, Cole, eloquently spoke about the impact Ally’s Wish has had on his family and thanked attendees for their support. He shared memories of his mom’s final weeks and the memories he was able to share with her. Following Cole’s remarks, a second video sharing the follow-up story of how Ally’s Wish has changed the lives of the sons of the late Ayehsa Boykin played. With not a dry eye in the house, Mike Trent returned to the stage for a wish appeal raising an additional $25,000 on the night to fund future wishes. The evening concluded with line dancing instruction provided by The Breckenridge Band.

Since its inception, Ally’s Wish has granted seventy-eight wishes to mothers who’ve battled inflammatory breast cancer, Leukemia, colon cancer and other terminal illnesses. Ally’s Wish currently has 43 moms waiting to have wishes granted with new requests arriving daily. 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. Photos c/o Bob Manzano

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Blushington is pleased to announce that products from Sara Happ, better known as The Lip Expert, are now available in all locations. Happ created her signature lip scrub in her kitchen after she grew tired of using toothbrushes and wet towels. She had a scrub for pretty much every other part of her body, so why shouldn't she have one for her lips? Like any true girlboss, she turned a great idea into an empire. Her brand doesn't test on animals, is paraben free and uses only the highest grade of essential oils. Their packaging is eco-friendly and products are manufactured in the USA.

Sara Happ offers 3 products to exfoliate, hydrate and add color to your lips.

Step 1: The Lip Scrub to Exfoliate ($22)
The first step to a perfect pout is to prep lips with The Lip Scrub™. Happ's blend of sugar and food-grade essential oils create the perfect formula for a baby smooth pout. Massage The Lip Scrub onto lips using a firm, circular motion for 30 seconds. Eliminates dry, flaky skin, leaving lips ridiculously soft and supple. Wipe away with an Honest Beauty Wipe, tissue or washcloth.

Step 2: The Lip Slip to Restore ($24)
Happ has harnessed the power of detoxifying Bentonite Clay and combined it with self-regenerative stem cell technology of Swertiamarin, sourced from the Himalayas to make the first ever
hydrating Clay Lip Mask! It restores, soothes, hydrates and detoxifies your skin resulting in moisturized skin, a firmer pout, and reduction in the appearance of wrinkles. Slather on The Sweet Clay Lip Mask like frosting and luxuriate in this pink, goopy goodness. It’s a mask, not a lip gloss ... don’t be shy! Leave it on for 2 minutes or more. Wipe away using an Honest Beauty Wipe, warm washcloth or tissue.

Step 3: The Lip Mask to Hydrate ($32)Your lips lack oil glands. The Lip Slip® hydrates without the drying ingredients found in most lip products and brings your skin’s natural color to life. Slather it on like cashmere and for the richest, glossiest hydration imaginable.

 
Blushington is located the The Shops of Highland Park, 4218 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas, TX 75219, (214) 521-9200www.blushington.com.
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The 8th Annual Symphony of Chefs was held on Monday, February 26, 2018 at Sixty Five Hundred benefiting KidLinks. The night began with the sounds of Corey Breedlove on guitar during a hors d’oeuvres reception prepared by Chef Partner Justin Yoakum from Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. Notable guests included Jolie & Bart Humphrey, Carmaleta & Otis Felton, Margo & Bill Goodwin, Dr. Tana Roberts & Tim Roberts, Daffan Nettle, Jeanie & Bert Conly, Karen & Mike Dollar and founding event chairs Bonnie & Nathan Shea. As the dinner bell chimed, 250 guests took their seats in front of the 25 featured dinner chef tables. Co-chairs Vinette & Mike Montgomery and Georgia & Marc Lyons welcomed guests to the 8th annual event before turning the podium over to WFAA’s Good Morning Texas co-host Jane McGarry. After recognizing a host of new and returning sponsors and a few brief remarks about the night it was time for the chefs and guests to enjoy their first course.

This year, Honorary Chef Chair Emeritus Salvatore Gisellu of Urban Family Restaurants passed the knife on to Honorary Chef Tiffany Derry who assembled an army of accomplished chefs including Tre Wilcox, Joanne Bondy, bbbop Seoul Kitchen’s Sandra Bussey, Fitzgerald Dodd, Chad Houser and Truluck’s Manny Vera. They were among the 25 Featured Dinner Chefs who created a global inspired 4-course dinner that was prepared table-side and paired with over 40 wines representing 8 regions donated by Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits D&E Fine Wine Group along with Toro de Piedra wines from Chile.

As the final courses were being prepared CEO Diana Crawford, during her remarks, noted the fact that 12 of the 25 tables for the 2018 event were hosted by sponsors who had come back to this annual dining experience 5 or more times, and that 7 had been to all 8 years of the event. It was proof that this is one dining event not to be missed!  However it was her words of inspiration about KidLinks longstanding 35 plus years of history providing healing, hope and happiness to hospitalized and special needs children that opened the hearts of donors in the room allowing the non-profit to raise an additional $37,000 with just a few special auction packages and an appeal. Even Dallas Cowboys special guest #98 Tyrone Crawford got in on the action by upping the ante to one of the live auction packages helping KidLinks hit a new fundraising record of just over $260,000 raised!

The evening came to a close with a presentation of macarons from Haute Sweets Patisserie Executive Chef Gianni Santin and a decadent chocolate dessert from Dunia Borga from La Duni Baking Studio. Keeping with the night’s theme of “global fare”, KidLinks presented each guest with a perfect bound cookbook of recipes from the chefs to remember the evening by. Funds raised from this event will support KidLinks efforts to provide Healing, Hope and Happiness for the special needs of children through music and media. 

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Jeremy Gregg, Jhalen Spicer, Emmitt Smith

The 2018 Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational kicked off on Tuesday, January 23 at the offices of Winstead PC in Downtown Dallas, hosted by Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities (PESC) board member, Mr. Robert McCormick. Emmitt Smith announced this year’s Event Chairs, Janiece Evans-Page, VP President, Global Philanthropy and Sustainability at Fossil Group and Mark Page, President of Operations for AT&T's Chief Data Office. Emmitt then thanked all event sponsors for graciously offering their time and resources to make the 2018 Emmitt Smith Celebrity Invitational a success. 

 

The Invitational weekend will once again be presented by Healthcare Highways. The May 4th Friday Night Party is sponsored by Alberstons Tom Thumb and will kick the weekend off at a new location at the Omni Frisco. The evening will begin with a celebrity reception sponsored by Brown–Forman, followed by dinner, a live auction and presentation of the Roger Staubach Award. The Invitational continues on Saturday, May 5th, with an 18-hole charity golf tournament at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney. Guests had the opportunity to hear firsthand from Jhalen Spicer, who shared the life changing experiences he has been afforded through Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities flagship mentoring and leadership development program, TEAM 22. Dallas ISD Deputy Superintendent, Israel Cordero, followed Jhalen to talk about the exponential growth of the annual Back to School program partnership between DISD and Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities, the families it serves, and how this event provides much needed services for poor families in a great time of need, helping families that might have to choose between went paying the rent or purchasing new school supplies for their children. He also thanked the charity for donating more than $20k in cash and services to displaced families affected by Hurricane Harvey last year. Lastly, 2017’s Event Chairs Carmeleta and Otis Felton were presented with a plaque of gratitude for their dedication and leadership in 2017. 

 

Now in its 9th year, the event will again raise funds to support Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities, a 501(c)(3) public charity that creates and funds unique educational experiences and enrichment opportunities for underserved children, including an annual Back to School program with Dallas ISD, a grants and scholarships program and Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities flagship leadership development program, TEAM 22. Pat and Emmitt personally mentor this group of high potential, high performing students from the Dallas area through their flagship, hands-on mentoring program. They have worked with two cohorts of ten students for the past seven years, providing them with mentors, cultural and educational opportunities and unique excursions with Pat and Emmitt, volunteerism and scholarships. Tickets for the Friday Night Party begin at $750 and pavilion passes for the Saturday Golf Tournament are $50 each. For ticket and sponsorship details contact Dana Vilardi at dvilardi@ejsmithenterprises.com

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Hamilton Sneed leads war room chef draft

Recently hosted by The Dallas Cowboys & Legends Hospitality, the 2018 KidLinks VIP Patron & Chef Selection party paid homage to the upcoming draft that Jerry Jones and his team will soon be conducting for the Fall football season. But this time Tiffany Derry from Bravo TV Top Chef All-Stars and Top Chef Junior fame led the charge in conducting a 23 table & chef selection event at The Star in Frisco for what is sure to be the culinary event of the year.

The 8th Annual Symphony of Chefs will be held on Monday, February 26, 2018 at Sixty Five Hundred benefiting KidLinks. The theme of this culinary evening is “global fare” and will begin with a hors d’oeuvres reception featuring Rising Star Chefs, followed by a seated 4-course dinner prepared table-side by Featured Dinner Chefs and concluding with a decadent dessert reception by a group of incredible Pastry Chefs led by Honorary Chef Chair, Tiffany Derry of Roots Chicken Shak at Legacy Hall. Each course of the evening is paired with wine. Additional highlights of the evening to include live musical entertainment and a lively live auction of chef & dining experiences.

This culinary evening is led by Honorary Chair Faye C. Briggs and Event Co-Chairs Georgia & Marc Lyons and Vinette & Mike Montgomery. Good Morning Texas Co-Host Jane McGarry will serve as emcee. Funds raised from this event will support KidLinks efforts to provide healing experiences for the special needs of children through performing arts and media, funded therapeutic music initiatives, university-level Music Therapy training and free or low cost treatment programs for children in need. We are told that only a few seats remain so grab yours for the year's hottest foodie event! http://www.thekidlinks.org/soc.html

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Comedian Anjelah Johnson, Actress Francia Raisa, Producer Mandy Teefey and Erica Greve, founder and CEO of Unlikely Heroes. Photo c/o Rex Curry/AP Images for Unlikely Heroes

On Saturday, November 4, 2017 Unlikely Heroes, a non-profit organization that rescues and restores child victims of slavery worldwide, hosted their 5th Annual Recognizing Heroes Charity Benefit presented by RE:defined Coffee House and sponsored by COOLA Suncare at the Four Seasons Resort & Club Dallas. Critically acclaimed comedian Anjelah Johnson (“MADtv”) and television personality and entrepreneur  Savannah Chrisley (“Chrisley Knows Best”) kicked off the night with a fun rendition of “finish that tune” with singer-songwriter, Shane Stevens.  Guests were randomly selected to complete the song lyrics, winning exclusive prizes.  Actress Francia Raisa played along, cheering on the crowd singing and dancing with pal and second mother, Mandy Teefey, to Britney Spears’ “Baby One More Time.”  Hosts Savannah and Anjelah introduced event chairs, Kenyon and Katie Coleman.  “Welcome to the Family” said Kenyon and Katie Coleman as they described the established bond the family has created with the girls, Unlikely Heroes and its founder and CEO Erica Greve.  “Erica, thank you for the sacrifice you have made and putting others before yourself, you’re making a difference in the world.”  As she was welcomed to the stage with a standing ovation, Greve thanked the crowd for their hospitable support toward the charity benefit and being home for Goldie’s house, their U.S restoration home.

 

Greve welcomed the first recipient of their 2017 Hero Awards, Francia Raisa, for her tireless work in advancing global human rights and her outstanding efforts to stop human trafficking.  Raisa was welcomed to the stage with a roar of emotion and applause as she thanked Greve for the kind words and being able to be part of such an organization.  Next to the stage, keynote speaker, Dallas native and “13 Reasons Why” producer, Mandy Teefey.  Teefey congratulated Raisa on her commitment to the organization and said “I would especially like to thank you for rescuing without a second thought.”  She further explained her gratitude for Greve and the organization and their relentless work that does not go unnoticed.  Additional recipients included Byron Fassett (Dallas Police Sergeant), Toni McKinley (Director of Therapy, The Refuge DMST), and Shamere McKenzie (CEO of Sun Gate Foundation).  Guests enjoyed an unforgettable night featuring a VIP cocktail reception, silent auction, and live musical performances by Grammy-nominated artist, Vanessa Carlton, Cassadee Pope (winner of “The Voice,” Season 3) and Johnny Manuel (“America’s Got Talent,” Season 12 alum).  The charitable foundation ended the night raising over $600K to open the very first licensed home for trafficked boys in Tijuana, Mexico. www.UnlikelyHeroes.com

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The Third Annual Boots & Blessings Gala presented by Lisa and Greg Drew took place on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Gilley’s Dallas to benefit Ally’s Wish.  The Flower Mound-based organization grants wishes such as trips to Disney World or helicopter rides over the Grand Canyon to mothers battling terminal illnesses so they may create lasting memories with their children and loved ones.

“At Ally’s Wish they tell the terminally ill mothers they serve to ‘dream big, no matter what.’ We selected SHE DREAMS as the theme of this year’s event to inspire us as we raised dollars to help make those wishes come true” said event chairs, Kim Gilchrist and Carmen Surgent.

Attendees kicked off the evening by perusing through an extensive silent auction filled with trips, fashion & accessories, sports memorabilia, restaurant and entertainment packages and more. A special “Wish Wall” featuring the stories & wishes of over 20 moms currently on the waiting list allowed guests to donate directly to granting a wish that touched their heart. A pop-up shop from Pratiksha Jewelry allowed shoppers to purchase fine jewelry on-site with a portion of proceeds being donated back to the charity.  Guests enjoyed a boot shine from Cowboy Nation Boot Repair / Boot Shines by Gabby and make-up touchups were provided to the ladies courtesy of Blushington.

In attendance were Dawn & Jon Mellon, Tricia Sims, Trammell Crow Hancock, Kersten Rettig & Clark Knippers, Chad Collom, Steve Kemble, Judy and Jack Philips, Karen Lukin, Shirley & Bill Cohn, and Maci Cozart.

Radio host and TV personality Kellie Rasberry served as emcee for the evening and gathered everyone to their seats where the program began with a rousing game of Heads or Tails with the winner receiving a 2-night staycation courtesy of the Four Seasons Las Colinas. Phil Conner, led the room in prayer and blessed not only the meal, but prayed that guests would open up their hearts and wallets for the evening to support Ally’s Wish in their fundraising endeavors. Guests then enjoyed live Country-Western entertainment from The Breckenridge Band as they dined on a traditional BBQ fare.

As the dinner hour wound down, Kellie Rasberry returned to the stage to invite the founders of Ally’s Wish to share the story of past moms and future moms. Immediately proceeding a video sharing the wish impact stories of current wish recipient Ayesha Boykin and the late Terran Spencer, Missy Phipps, President & co-founder, spoke about how three years ago, four friends founded Ally’s Wish in honor of their dear friend,

Allyson Hendrickson. Allyson’s 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 and the college funds of her three children.  Phipps, along with fellow co-founders Melissa Cary and Holly Reed and board member Kelly Wolgamott, then read a moving poem titled, She Dreams. The poem spoke of the unfulfilled dreams of a mother who will lose her battle with a terminal illness and the things she will never get to experience with her children: teaching them to ride a bike or drive, watching them go to prom, helping them with homework, watching them graduate or plan a wedding and so many more life experiences that we take for granted.  

The evening concluded with line dancing instruction provided by The Breckenridge Band and as guests departed, they were treated to take home bags of flavored popcorn from Hot Poppin’.

Since its inception, Ally’s Wish has granted fifty-six wishes to mothers who’ve battled inflammatory breast cancer, Leukemia, colon cancer and other terminal illnesses. Ally’s Wish currently has 27 moms waiting to have wishes granted with new requests arriving daily. 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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Nathan Shea, Bonnie Shea, Diana Crawford, Kenneth Nathan Shea, Bonnie Shea, Diana Crawford, Kenneth Fuquay, Georgia Lyons, and Marc Lyons

The 7th Annual Symphony of Chefs benefitting KidLinks was held on February 27, 2017 at the newly renovated and renamed Eddie Bernice Johnson Union Station. This culinary evening was led by Honorary Chairs D’Andra Simmons-Lock and Jeremy Lock, Event Co-Chairs Georgia & Marc Lyons and Bonnie & Nathan Shea and Honorary Chef Chair, Salvatore Gisellu with Urban Family Restaurants. The unforgettable night began with an hors d’oeuvres reception featuring Rising Star Chefs: Jan Loov of Texas Spice, Benjamin Maulsby of Happiest Hour, and Juan Orocio of 4R Ranch Vineyards & Winery. DSQ Electric provided a live musical performance from the balcony in the Stationmasters Lounge lending a romantic flavor to the start of the night.

Guests then entered the ballroom for a seated 4-course dinner prepared tableside by Featured Chefs (see complete list below) and each course of the evening was paired with wine selected by winemaker Willem Johnson of 4R Ranch Vineyards and Winery and a specialty cocktail using luxury cognac Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège crafted by Joshua Hendrix, Hennessy Brand Mixologist. Each of the 24 tables had a designated chef and each chef prepared their own unique menu tableside. Each of the 240 guests truly had a unique experience getting to see their chef in his or her element, preparing a specialty menu just a few feet from where they sat! DSQ Electric played throughout dinner providing guests with a wide array of musical offerings from classical to pop.  Good Morning Texas Co-Host Jane McGarry served as emcee for the evening and even got in on the action when she joined Tim Willett on stage for the culinary experiences live auction. Their job was made easier after guests viewed a beautiful video called “Griffin’s Song”, bringing KidLinks’ work to life through the eyes of one young patient.

The evening concluded with a decadent dessert reception by incredible Pastry Chefs Dunia Borga of LaDuni Baking Studio, Tina Miller of Proper Baking Company, and Tida Pichakron + Gianni Santin of Haute Sweets Patisserie. Attendees left with a custom cookbook featuring recipes from each of the participating chefs. Hamilton A Sneed and the team at HAS Events truly took this evening to new heights, making the 7th anniversary of Symphony of Chefs exciting for all in attendance. 

The event was made possible in part by Presenting Sponsors: Mason & Allen Custard, Emily & Bruce Robson and Kaari & James Wicklund.  Funds raised from the evening will support KidLinks efforts to provide healing experiences for the special needs of children through the therapeutic power of music - a unique mission that seeks to enrich the lives of children everywhere through songs of health, healing and happiness.

For decades, KidLinks has provided healing experiences for the special needs of children through performing arts and media.   The support of donors has enabled KidLinks’ musicians to perform in hospitals and special care centers across the country, has funded university-level Music Therapy training and has provided free/low cost treatment programs for children in need.  Through Therapeutic Music Entertainment and clinical Music Therapy programming, KidLinks is guaranteeing access to all children of any ability level.  Funds raised go directly to the creation of content for the Hugworks Children’s Network (HCN) – content that can improve the daily experiences of children when they need it most as well as provide educational resources for the adults who care for them. To learn more , visit KidLinks online.

 

CHEFS by course                                                

HORS D’OUEVRES RECEPTION – RISING STAR CHEFS

Jan Loov, Texas Spice

Benjamin Maulsby, Happiest Hour

Juan Orocio, 4R Ranch Vineyards & Winery

 

COURSED DINNER – FEATURED CHEFS

Kevin Ashade, Celebrity Chef

Andrew Bell, Saint Ann’s

Justin Box, The Cedars Social

Richard Chamberlain, Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House

Robert James Clifford, Nick & Sam’s

Tiffany Derry, The Cupboard by Tiffany Derry

Fitzgerald Dodd, Celebrity Chef

Francesco Farris, Zio Cecio

Salvatore Gisellu, Urban Family Restaurants

Gorji, Canary by Gorji

Joshua Troy Harmon, Kitchen LTO

Josh Healy, Filament

Chad Houser, Café Momentum

Nick Hurry, Proof+Pantry

Uno Immanivong, Chino Chinatown

John Kleifgen, Nick & Sam’s Park Cities

Dan Landsberg, Dragonfly

Juan Orocio, 4R Ranch Vineyards & Winery

Ken Patrick, Celebrity Chef

Jared Robinette, Le Bilboquet

Jeramie Robison, Uchi Dallas

Steven Torbron, Asador

Jacob Williamson, Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck

Yutaka Yamato, Yutaka Sushi Bistro

 

DESSERT RECEPTION – PASTRY CHEFS

Duni Borga, LaDuni Latin Cafe

Tina Miller, Proper Baking Company

Tida Pichakron + Gianni Santin, Haute Sweets Patisserie

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The 2nd Annual “It’s A Jungle Out There” benefit kicked off with the Warriors Games, a NEW family-friendly event which was held on the grounds of the Embassy Suites Love Field Hotel.  Despite a soggy start to the day, participates were fired up to compete and attendees were able to watch teams comprised of former players from Survivor, The Amazing Race and Big Brother and young adults from Cheer 4 Your Life’s teen Warrior program compete in challenges similar to those seen on the hit CBS show, Survivor. The teams were hit with twists and turns as the games progressed. In true Survivor tradition, the final challenge to determine who would be crowned the Sole Survivor was a fire-making challenge. Congrats to Baylor Wilson from Survivor, Season 29 for using a flint and creating a fire big enough to burn through the twine to raise her flag, making her victorious!!

Proceeds from this event raised funds for Cheer 4 Your Life, a non profit organization 501(C)3 that helps empower youth by providing supportive funding as needed for individual participation in various clubs and school programs including but not limited to athletic programs, performance based programs and service projects. “The most touching part of the Cheer 4 Your Life journey (for me) so far has been the Warriors project, which is a leadership program for teens encompassing community outreach and personal growth while raising money through healthy competition in monthly challenges,” said Missy Payne. “To see these kids meet today – the Teen Warriors who have raised money all year to help teens they didn’t even know pursue their dreams – it’s just so rewarding!”

That evening, Event Co-Chairs Leslie Madden and Laura Powell gathered with supporters at the Frontiers of Flight Museum for an adult only benefit, which included a concert, dinner, silent and live auction. Guests began the evening with dinner and live entertainment from talented teens from area Performing Arts High Schools, Competitive Club Cheerleading and Dance programs, and Acrobatic troupes illustrating what Cheer 4 Your Life is all about – helping teens pursue their passions and talents. The evening culminated with a rousing performance from rising Country music star, Hudson Moore.