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100. OOH, LA L.A. LOUVRE Houstonian Becca Cason Thrash is known for her successful fundraising event prowess. Here, the super socialite raises the bar to new heights with her threeday Musée du Louvre gala events in Los Angeles. By Lance Avery Morgan Photography by Linda Posnick

108. TELL ME THIS Neal Spelce not only witnessed history, but he also reported on it. A chronicler of both news and pop political culture, his time with LBJ is one for the books, as we see in this exclusive excerpt of his new memoir, With The Bark Off. By Neal Spelce Photography courtesy of Neal Spelce

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It takes a village to create this magazine and our digital media platform, Here’s a look at some of the many talented dynamos who make it happen, as things cool off a bit during these fall activity-filled days.

Fashion designer and Project Runway star, Brittany Allen, shares some of her favorite things, tips, and tricks in life.


Our luxe curator, Rank & Style CEO Jamie Chandlee, and her team recommend her favorite fall accessories to make life a little more fashionable... and yes, green.

Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director Lance Avery Morgan shares his always optimistically bright disposition for the fall months ahead.

47. INTRODUCE Take a brief look at this exciting issue that previews the dynamic fall ahead...and all its vast possibilities.

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58. THRIVE Austin Resonance Repatternist Mary Schneider offers insight on how to navigate friendships, both new and those with a legacy. Dress by Del Core

48. SPARKLE Green stones, whether emerald, tourmaline, or peridot, still dazzle like never before. Here, we present a few recommendations for the iredescent fire that has bewitched for centuries.


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50. EVOLVE Jay Remer, The Etiquette Guy, is always on duty to solve our modern social life’s most perplexing questions in his wonderfully approachable way. This time, he shares insight as we all transition into fall.

52. GLOW Our beauty insider, Ana Bribiesca Hoff, recommends the best trending beauty products to embrace the season’s new green trends.




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To read or not to read? Always, always, always read the latest and greatest tomes available to enhance your life, as recommended by our Lance Avery Morgan.

62. EMPOWER Our life coach columnist, Angie McCourt, shares her insight on how comparing ourselves to others on social media affects our relationship with ourselves...and others.

64. FORECAST Thanks to the chic insider recommendations of THE EDIT ADVISORY’s Krystal De Lisi and Ellen Mason, the world will be a prettier place to be this fall, based on the latest runway looks.

66. DRIVE Take a spin with The Gentleman Racers’ Michael Satterfield as he reviews the engineering and style of the new Mercedes S-Class sedan.


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There is always something new to discover in Texas...and beyond. Our editorial team shares the best things, places, and people to know and experience right now.

Our editors Rob Giardinelli (Austin and Houston), Cynthia Smoot (Dallas) and Alexandra del Lago (San Antonio), are on the scene to recommend their favorite eateries across the state.



We are always seeking more cultural pursuits, aren’t you? Here are some offerings from our state’s finest museums and cultural institutions, according to our arts arbiter, Leanne Raesener.

Here’s a selection of philanthropic events to consider supporting in September and October as the new social season begins, according to our Rob Giardinelli, who is always in the ballroom.



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82. HOUSTON Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush

75. SAN ANTONIO Callie Price, Lauren Biegler, Rebecca Nathan, Amelita Mauzé, Audra Kerr and Avril Byrne

84. DALLAS Maxine Trowbridge, Marisa Howard and Roni Proter Kelly


86. SAN ANTONIO Lew and Laura Moorman IV

90. AUSTIN Leanne Raesener, Craig Miller and Mallory Miller

94. HOUSTON Dr. Kelly J. Zúñiga and Kristin Chenoweth


75. SAN ANTONIO The Texas Biomedical Research Institute Gala

88. HOUSTON The Hermann Park Luncheon

78. AUSTIN The St. David’s Foundation Events

90. AUSTIN The Ballet Austin Gala

82. HOUSTON The Barbara Bush Literary Luncheon

92. DALLAS The Children’s Cancer Fund Event

84. DALLAS The Family Place ReuNite Event

94. HOUSTON The Holocaust Museum Gala

86. SAN ANTONIO The San Antonio Symphony Gala

96. DALLAS The AWARE Alzheimer’s Research Event

98. AUSTIN Mack, Jack & McConaughey Gala

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88. HOUSTON Lynn Wyatt and Linda McReynolds

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78. AUSTIN Shonnery Pettit, Lesa Rossick and Nydia Romero


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CONTRIBUTE JAMIE CHANDLEE As a busy working mom of two, Rank & Style CEO Jamie Chandlee developed a strong passion for technologies that simplify consumer experiences, so people have more time for the parts of their lives not behind a screen. She and her team contribute our List column in each issue, and her vision for Rank & Style is to give people back the time they waste digging through endless fashion resources to find the products they like. Chandlee is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and is grateful to be able to help people outside the office through her participation in numerous socially impactful organizations.


Our very fashionable Texan-turnedNew Yorker-turned-eternal-Southerner contributor Gordon Kendall is always on the go and on the scene. He is a freelance fashion author and educator. He is also an executive member of the Fashion Group International/New York, a board member of The National Arts Club, a member of The Couture Council, and The Museum at F.I.T.

KRYSTAL DE LISI & ELLEN MASON As seen in our Forecast column, analyst and founder of THE EDIT ADVISORY, Krystal De Lisi, spent 15 years as Associate Vice President of Design at Victoria’s Secret PINK, where she oversaw all facets of the design strategy and development process, from concept to delivery. Vice President of Marketing & Business Development, Ellen Mason, has 25 years of experience working with some of the best-known brands in fashion and music, including Kenneth Cole Productions and Gibson Musical Instruments. THE EDIT ADVISORY provides fashion entrepreneurs with the inspiration and insight they need to develop, produce, and market their brands sustainably and authentically. For more info., visit LORI DURAN Lori Duran has had a diverse career and currently researches interesting historical stories of social changes. This has been her life-long passion. Duran serves on the board of directors for the Austin History Center Association, where she is involved in coordinating volunteers and helping the Oral History Committee. She also writes articles for Society Texas and other publications and recently authored Austin’s Travis Heights Neighborhood. She has also released her second book, The University of Texas at Austin: The First One Hundred Years.

ROB GIARDINELLI Certified professional coach and branding expert by day, social commentator by night, Associate Publisher and Senior Social Editor Rob Giardinelli is a man of many interests. He loves being a part of any room where social Texans exude their larger-than-life essence, whether cooking a meal at home for a small group of friends or being part of a non-profit gala for over a thousand guests. Most of all, he appreciates how Texans so generously and passionately give back and relishes weaving his social commentary to showcase those who work tirelessly to raise awareness of important causes in the State of Texas and beyond

MCKENNA KINDER Our new Digital Director, McKenna Kinder, is a social media specialist, content creator, photographer, and ads manager. A sixthgeneration Texan raised in San Antonio, her love for digital work began with photography. During the pandemic, Kinder pivoted from photography to launch a digital marketing agency focusing on social media, content creation, brand strategy, and strong client relationships. Connect with her on social@ mckennakinder and explore more of her work at

ANGIE MCCOURT Angie McCourt is a Success + Mindset Coach and the founder of Authentic Me Revolution. She helps her clients discover their elevated gifts, be true to themselves, and find joy through mindset shifts and actions to create the life they want to live. She is the author of the transformational nonfiction book, Love Your Gifts: Permission to Revolutionize Authenticity in the Workplace, which offers guidance on how to activate and use our elevated gifts by overcoming what has been holding us back. McCourt hosts the Shifting Inside Out podcast featuring guests who have challenged the status quo and brought their authentic self to work along with the vulnerability of their journey for others to model and from which to learn. Visit her at

LINDA POSNICK Since the age of 13 years old, Linda Posnick has been fascinated with photography. A native Los Angeleno, she studied photography at Santa Monica College before landing a coveted position to assist the renowned American photographer, Herb Ritts. With 30 years of experience, Posnick’s photos have been in over 13 global fashion and entertainment magazines, featured on DVD packaging, movie key-art posters, and books. In this issue she photographed the cover story of Becca Cason Thrash’s Musée du Louvre gala in Los Angeles. For more information, visit

EDY HERNANDEZ Edy Hernandez, Beast Creative Agency’s founder, decided to take the idea of the traditional agency and turn it on its ear...or better said, let the problem speak for itself. The Beast addresses your marketing challenges with creative thinking. Solving such issues is their jam. They have frequently helped their clients with non-marketing-related internal processes derived simply through a fresh perspective and ideation.

ANA BRIBIESCA HOFF Writer and enthusiast of all things beauty, fashion, travel, and healthy living-related, our Glow beauty contributor Ana Bribiesca Hoff is currently working in the higher education nonprofit sector and has also launched AnaBribs. com. In this new lifestyle blog, she shares her passions, experiences, and special tips along with sneak peeks inside her life while also hoping to share large doses of inspiration. In this issue, she reveals the most alluring autumnal beauty secrets yet.

LEANNE RAESENER Our Associate Editor Leanne Raesener was formerly the city editor for both Brilliant and The Society Diaries magazines. A fifth-generation Texan raised in Austin; she spent most of her career in Manhattan before we were fortunate to have her back in the Lone Star State. After working at Goldman Sachs in Charitable Giving for many years, it only deepened her interest in philanthropy. She supports many charities but holds most near and dear to her heart, her brother, Jack Frederick Raesener’s Scholarship Fund, Ballet Austin, and NYU FACES. Her love of life, generosity, creative style, and wordsmithing are a winning combination. cont’d...



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CONTRIBUTE JAY REMER Our Evolve columnist, Jay Remer, Canada’s Etiquette Guy, catered his first dinner party at the age of 14 and hasn’t looked back since. Raised in Wilmington, Delaware, Remer emigrated to Saint Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada, where he owns and operates The Windsor House, an 18th Century residence. Remer produces several shows, which can be viewed on YouTube, and for CHCO-TV, New Brunswick, Canada’s only community channel. His bi-weekly newspaper column is published in the TelegraphJournal in Saint John, NB, Canada. Remer also happily speaks, writes, and teaches civility. His book, The Six Pillars of Civility was released this year.

JENNIFER ROOTH Our talented and terrifically connected Associate Editor Jennifer Roosth is a Houston-based writer who never ceases to be amazed by the wonderfully generous spirit of the Houston philanthropic community. “It’s nice to live in a city where so many are excited about giving back,” she says. “In the process, they throw some mighty fine parties.”

MICHAEL SATTERFIELD Our Drive columnist Michael Satterfield is an award-winning journalist, traveler, photographer, and lifelong automotive enthusiast who has been featured in Forbes, Hot Rod Magazine, A-Cars, Easy Riders, and many other publications. Satterfield founded the popular men’s lifestyle site,, as a blog in 2002, which has grown to become an online and print magazine reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. This month he writes about the new luxe Mercedes S-Class sedan. MARY SCHNEIDER Mary Schneider, who contributes in this issue to our Thrive column, has been a student of energetic medicine for 30 years. She has been a Certified Resonance Repatterning Professional in private practice in Austin for the past 20 years ( Schneider is also an ordained minister and has studied numerous alternative modalities such as homeopathy, the Chinese 5 Element Acupuncture System, Ayurveda, and the Chakra System, to name a few. She loves regularly speaking in the community about how we heal. CYNTHIA SMOOT Meet Cynthia Smoot: publicist, freelance lifestyle and travel writer, Dallas influencer, and Southern Belle. Her passion is being a connector, and whether it’s through her role as a Publicist for Gangway Advertising, social media, or her freelance work, she loves to shine a spotlight on the people, places, events, and services that give Dallas its flavor. Connect with her on all social media platforms @OhSoCynthia.

ROSE BETTY WILLIAMS Wherever there is a wonderful party, there is usually Associate Editor and social chronicler Rose Betty Williams. She also leads symposia, plans events, serves on boards, and supports organizations from OperaAmerica to the Helping Hand Home for Children. Williams also facilitates networking for project and product development. Williams is a longtime Austin resident, freelance writer, and photographer with a passion for fine art, music, wine, books, tennis, food, and life…as well as a deep love for her family and community.



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Largesse Oblige THERE’S JUST SOMETHING ABOUT A GALA...WITH SO MUCH WORK that goes into celebrating and supporting an organization for just one night. No gala is perfect mind you, yet I have seen many that have come quite close. I’ll never forget when I donated my time to raise funds as a dancer for the Center For Child Protection’s very first Dancing With The Stars in the mid-2000s. None of my fellow dancers who terpsichored on stage for the maiden voyage of the gala (that now regularly raises well over a million dollars in one evening) knew what to expect while dancing in a ballroom of over a thousand contemporaries.

demic, she brought the action closer to home, in Los Angeles. “What is so majestic about an event hosted by Becca is that you have the most wonderful mix of familiar faces and interesting people you would never meet otherwise,” noted Society Texas COO Rob Giardinelli, who was in attendance. “The combination of these two elements creates fabulous, unforgettable experiences you will remember for the rest of your life." It was a three day tour de force of parties and unforgettable rare, private art collection viewings to remember, as you’ll read about and see, which might inspire your own gala planning in the future.

There was one life lesson I acquired in the arduous final days of the months of rehearsing a dance production number that I still think would rival the scope of work of anything you might see on an episode of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars hit series. The lesson was so simple and shared with me by my professional dance partner, who helmed our competitive dance duo. Go out there and do your best. No one in the audience will see you’ve made a mistake...because they don’t know your choreography. It was a pivotal moment that I absorbed and have often applied to life since, and certainly life while chronicling the social scene.

Along with that story, we catch up with another Texas luminary, legendary media professional Neal Spelce, who witnessed and reported on just about as much of the events that have shaped our world as anyone. His new book, With The Bark Off, is a true page turner for true Texans. And don’t forget to enjoy our one-of-a-kind feature on fall shoes to set you on the path to fun.

We’ve all attended so many wonderful galas, and some that, well, had the potential to be wonderful. Our cover story feature this month shares an insider’s look at one of the grandest galas in years, Houstonian Becca Cason Thrash’s series of events to support the Musée de Louvre. It has previously occurred mostly in Europe, yet due to the pan-


Along with our wildly talented lifestyle experts, writers, editors, designers, and publishing teams, we love all things Texan as we continue to celebrate and elevate the finer things in life for you to also enjoy. Now that we’re all back in the saddle this fall season, let’s get out there and be as spectacular as always. Until then, see you in the ballroom.


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La Dolce Vita Ah, the sweet life. It’s always what you make of it. Welcome to the world of Society Texas as we help kick the fall season into high gear like never before. We hope you’re as ready as we are...

TAKE A WALK ON THE MILD SIDE This Tequila crystal ankle strap cocktail sandal is the perfect neutral to give any ensemble the bright punch it needs this fall. $1350. By Aquazurra. At




This amazing necklace has four strands of coin pearls and emerald beads (83.5Ct.). The large hexagonal Jaipur emerald slice (103.95Ct.) is set with six diamond baguettes (.71Ct.) and has a ridged 18K yellow gold clasp. $70,320. Designed by Christopher Walling. At

Green Fire

Need something to wear to your next masked ball? Or, to the club for lunch? We recommend green, green, green jewels to enliven any ball gown or daytime ensemble. Lance Avery Morgan and our dazzling Society Texas editorial team has chosen our favorites to inspire you.

This exquisite contemporary ivory enamel cigar band ring with a center peridot, is enhanced with gemstones, and is crafted in 18K yellow gold. Price upon request. By Margo McKinney. At Neiman Marcus Houston.

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These thoroughly modern Goshwara emerald beaded earrings are the perfect statement piece for any special occasion. Price upon request. At

Layer on the jewels, please, with this Oscar Heyman Zambia emerald and statement ring that is sure to wow. Price upon request. At


This stunning ring, of a 1.98Ct. Colombian oval emerald, set among 54 round brilliant diamonds, is in platinum. Plus, it has a thoroughly modern look to it. $50,000. Designed by Nicole Mira. At


Center: In the future, this gorgeous emerald and diamond necklace in 18K white gold might cascade down your pretty neck. The emeralds total 4.48 carats and the diamonds total 1.84 carats. $49,500. At Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry. At Right: Try this stunning emerald and diamond necklace of round and marquis cut stones. Surely it will fit. Handcrafted in pure platinum. Price upon request. By JB Star. At L Majors Jewelry, Austin.

These darling button earrings feature a pair of lemon quartz, enhanced with diamonds and tsavorite, crafted in 18K yellow gold. Price upon request. By Margo McKinney. At Neiman Marcus Houston.

An emerald-cut emerald? Why, that would be absolutely perfect. The 2.27Ct. stone is set in platinum, surrounded by diamonds, and offers a regal point of view with its design. $51,000. Designed by Nicole Mira. At

Exactly right for any occasion, these paisley shaped earrings consist of two fluted emeralds (10.46Ct.) and multi-color sapphires (4.48Ct.) are set in oxidized sterling silver. $30,000. Designed by Christopher Walling. At This emerald and diamond bracelet features 19 perfectly matched round emeralds and 19 round diamonds in a dynamic prong setting. Handcrafted in pure platinum. Price upon request. By JB Star. At L Majors Jewelry, Austin. SEPTEMBER• OCTOBER 2022

Just think of how gorgeous these will look and feel hanging from your lobes. Pretty terrific. The emeralds total 6.62 carats and the diamonds total 4.84 carats. $76,500. At Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry. At



Moments That Matter

As the world seems to become a more complex place to live, we, along with our very own Etiquette Guy, Jay Remer, recommend that we all simplify, simplify, simplify. Here are a few of his sage insights to support your own social conundrums as we enter the fall social season. Dear Etiquette Guy, IT’S SOMETHING WE ALL KNOW YET OFTEN FORGET. CAN YOU please remind me of the rules for white and linen worn after Labor Day? Since it’s so warm, could we extend that wear?

Dear Etiquette Guy, Now that gala season is beginning again, is it acceptable to do “Dutch” tables and invite eight other people to an event to share our event table?

Laboring Over It

Tableaux Taboo

Dear Busy Bee, Traditionally, white and linen were hung up after Labor Day, marking the end of the summer season. Typically, people would close their summer cottages and swap out their summer wardrobe for fall and winter. From a practical perspective, we replaced the whites and linens with our favorite light cottons and autumn hues stashed safely in the cedar closet or mothballs for the summer.

Dear Tabled for Now, Dutch tables are far more common than you might expect. Charity galas depend on fundraising as a significant budget line item, as we know. Other than corporate sponsors and the uber-wealthy, most people cannot afford the largesse once shared generations ago.

However, like many old traditions, new lifestyles often demand even more practicality and flexibility since warmer weather extends further into the autumn months. Many of us like wearing summery and floral clothes throughout the year–and that’s just fine. I recommend allowing common sense and your stylish persona to guide your sartorial choices. Creativity reveals our personalities and what better way than fashion to make our inner selves shine? Dear Etiquette Guy, When making a toast to a guest of honor at a meal or an event, should it occur at the beginning, the middle, or the end? Terrifically Toasting Dear Toast with The Most, Making toasts at celebratory events is a traditional and essential component of most formal occasions. Such events almost always are in honor of someone. The host should always give the first evening toast, which typically welcomes guests and includes making a toast to the guest of honor. This occurs once all the guests are seated. When dignitaries are guests, plan any toasts according to proper protocol. There is some flexibility, but this is not an opportunity to go out on a limb with creativity. Save that for less programmed events where you want a less formal tone.


Sharing tables makes much sense. First, it allows others to attend an event supporting a favorite charity they may otherwise not afford. Also, since we’ve grown accustomed to enjoying small groups, the Dutch option is easy for carrying on this new tradition. Humility comes into play when weighing the pros and cons of Dutch tables. The goal of attending any gala is for everyone to be comfortable, have a great time on all levels, and support a worthy cause. Dear Etiquette Guy, We recently moved into a new area and met our next-door neighbors, who we thought were friendly and engaging. The next day they invited me to their social media account, and I was shocked at their political and social POV on hot-button topics. How should I proceed? Curious & Apprehensive Dear Newly Neighbored, When I meet challenges like this, and they are beyond awkward, I make a real effort not to put any oxygen into the relationship. Being cordial is one thing, but thinking you’ll change their perspective, or they’ll change yours, is a non-starter. I would limit my contact and not engage with them on social media until I get to know them better. Social media can cause havoc in any relationship. We can live side by side with one another and share differing views. Sometimes civil debate can be a healthy way to form relationships, but with the divisiveness that rides roughshod today, such discussions are rare. Please proceed with caution and reserve judgment as you get to know them.




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Green Goddess

LUCKY YOU Colourpop has created the Just My Luck palette, which features nine richly pigmented shadows in every shade of green you will need! $19. At

Whether neon, olive, or emerald green, there is a vivaciously verdant shade for your fall beauty routine. A trend that is somehow incredibly bold, yet oh-so-subtle, is the hint of color that is bright, bold, fun, and here to stay, according to our resident beauty expert, Ana Bribiesca Hoff.

GREEN JADE Knesko’s Green Jade roller will tone and define your skin and reduce puffiness and fine lines by improving circulation. The power of the gemstone is said to boost confidence, intensify one’s spirituality, and enhance intuition. $75. At

GREEN LIGHTS ALL THE WAY Light-up and amplify the color of your eyes with Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte & Metallic Double Ended eyeliner in Green Lights. Two rich and dazzling shades will add a magical contrast to hazel eyes and beautifully enhance green eyes, too. $32. At

MAGICAL GREEN GEL The Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask is a miraculous green gel that soothes, hydrates, and detoxes skin with the natural powers of botanical extracts from Cucumber, Papaya, Chamomile, and more. $55. At

LET SUMMER LINGER Tom Ford’s Eau de Vert Boheme recalls the majestic atmosphere of the Corsican beach, vibrant with Sicilian mandarin and magnolia in a très chic vert bottle. $134. At

CLIP. TRIM. POLISH. The unconventional nail shade is in high demand this year. Try Gucci’s Vernis à Ongles Nail Polish in Melinda Green–a brilliant highshine long-lasting nail polish for the perfect pop of green and yesteryear glamour. $30. At Gucci. com.

GROW, BABY GROW Stimulate hair growth with Royal Fern hair serum, a powerful blend of natural ingredients for luscious and nourished locks. Plus, it has a refreshing scent. $80. At

IMPRESSIONIST LIPSTICK We might not be bold enough to rock a green pout. Instead, try The Rouge, from the new limited-edition Hermès collection–a delicate tinted veil of light for your lips in a vibrant and impressionistic green case. $72. At


SUPERCHARGED SKIN Brighten, protect, and strengthen in one simple step for plump, smooth, moisturized skin with Giorgio Armani’s Crema Nera $420. At




Designing Woman

Austinite Brittany Allen’s bright and happy designs are as colorful as she is. Her time as a fan favorite on Bravo’s hit, Project Runway, helped pave the path to her design success. Here, she catches up with our Lance Avery Morgan to share her essence with the world. What I love most about designing is...the freedom of expression. I love channeling my energy and emotions into a design. It allows me an outlet for what I am passionate about while creating garments that make people feel incredible in their own skin. My style icon is...Kacey Musgraves. She is timeless, yet so chic all the time. My personal style signifiers are...bright colors and prints. I always want to wear something that is a statement.

Brittany Allen

Best career advice I’ve received put your blinders on while doing your thing. It’s like the horses at the Kentucky Derby. Stop looking at what other designers are doing. Whatever they have going on means it’s already being done. Do something different and contribute your personal design aesthetic to the industry.

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Three qualities that got me where I am today are...I am a very motivated Type A person, extremely ambitious, and a risk-taker. How I made my first dollar was...I worked retail at a small boutique in Arkansas, which taught me so much about customer service. Last show I binge/marathon watched was... Stranger Things. It’s my favorite show ever. First CD I bought happened to be...Britney Spears’ debut album. I haven’t missed one since.

What everyone/woman should try in her lifetime go on a trip and travel by herself at least once because it is exhilarating. You get to do all the things you want to do and see what you want to see. One thing I am exceptionally good at that most might not know would be...I have formal vocal training. I used to sing through college. I thought it was what I wanted to do, but it didn’t fulfill anything for me. The beauty essential you’d have to pry out of my cold, dry hands is...dry texturizing spray. My hair is fine, so I need something to help me style it. I want to make it a greener world by...I like to think we are making a greener world every single day in my studio. We are made-to-order. We aren’t working with manufacturers and sitting on a bunch of inventory like other brands, “hoping it will eventually sell.” That is how fast fashion started, and these brands are why our earth is polluted with so much unused apparel. This industry must change.


Kacey Musgraves. Photo by Justin Higuchi. Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons



LIST ESTATE OF MIND Set with large oval-cut crystals, Roxanne Assoulin's Simply Emerald necklace, might be mistaken as an estate piece. It is designed to sit along the collarbone, creating an iridescent, water-colored light play. $310. At




Jennifer Lopez, Versace runway, 2020

The new, new favorite color this season? Yes, indeed, it is green. We’re nourished and renewed by its bewitching spell, aren’t you? Join our style expert and Rank & Style CEO Jamie Chandlee, and her team, for their bright fall recommendations.


MY, ISN’T SHE POLISHED Don't trespass on this deep, lush green nail laquer, Stay Off the Lawn. Complete any look with this OPI's green nail polish shade and you’ll love all those admiring stares. $10.79. At



CROSS YOUR HEART, OK? Wandler's vibrantly neutral green Hortensia mini cross body bag is made in Italy from supple leather with a sculpted silhouette that echoes the label's meticulous craftsmanship. $930. At

CHAMPAGNE IS ALWAYS A GOOD IDEA With these Estelle colored glass coupes, in a set of six, you’ll dream up new things to toast. In Forest green, at a slim 7.5”x4.4” tall, they’ll soon be a new heirloom. $205. At ModaOperandi. com.




SHAKE YOUR GROOVE THING The Royal Dancer feather hem sequined mini-dress might give you the confidence to try things you might not have imagined. On the dance floor, that is. $1995. By Johanna Ortiz. At


OLIVE A GREAT COAT, DON’T YOU? This Weekend Max Mara's green Caraibi coat is cut to a generous, oversized, silhouette from tactile, virgin mohair and alpaca wool, with a concealed double-breasted front. In neutral olive green, it pairs with almost everything. $865. At



HEAVY IS THE HEAD THAT WEARS THE CROWN So, it’s not really a crown, yet this jeweled halo headband will have you feeling very regal. We love how the slanted, padded design gives you a little lift, too. $125. At


EYES ON THE BALL Accented with crossing straps of luminescent green satin, Aquazzura’s Italian crafted Yes Darling sandals feature a silver stiletto heel with a prefect crystalfrosted disco ball base. You’ll be kicking up your heels soon. $950. At


SHADOW DANCER Mix and match these six highlypigmented wearable shades from the Essence Dancing Green eyeshadow palette. The soft, yet shimmering shades are suitable for any song and dance. $3.99. At


PRIME RIB This glorious Kelly-green sweater, in deliciously ribbed cashmere with a loose crewneck and dropped shoulder silhouette, will be your very favorite for fall. It can even be monogrammed on the sleeve. $395. At



What’s The Basis Of True Friendships? How do you define your friendships right now? Robust? Genuine and loving? Transactional? Our own Mary Schneider, a Resonance Repatterning expert based in Austin, shares her perspective on how friendships sometimes evolve. SOME PEOPLE DISTINGUISH SPRING AS THE SEASON OF REBIRTH, renewal, and rejuvenation. Others consider it to be fall. Which one are you? Those in favor of spring cite nature’s pristine growth and the birth of all creatures great and small...spring is heady and the harbinger of new romance. Those partial to fall allude to innovative new cars and TV show introductions historically, as well as harvest time and the brandnew school year. Of course, the season kicks in from football games to galas to the holidays. We here choose fall–it is a time of renewal as it signals the hope of wonderful things and perhaps most of all the possibility of new bonds and friendships. Particularly this fall. The pandemic and its isolation provided an opportunity for us to look at what types of friendships are the most important to us. And what friendships are, well, not so vital. It wasn’t necessary to look at our relationships and their just happened. It can be said this was one of the few benefits revealed during this challenging time. The pandemic enabled us, really forced us, to appraise our relationships in every sphere of life. The Secrets of Lasting Friendships, David Brooks article in The New York Times, cites Robin Dunbar’s book, Friends. Dunbar is celebrated for his ‘number: 150’. Brooks quotes, “The maximum number of meaningful relationships most people can have is somewhere around 150. How many people are invited to the average American wedding? About 150. How many people are on an average Christmas card list? About 150. How many people were there in early human hunter-gatherer communities? About 150.” Maintaining 150 friendships? That can often seem exhausting. Brooks’ article goes on to reference Jeffrey Hall, an expert in the psychology of friendship, who studied 112 University of Kansas


freshman and found it took about 45 hours of presence in another person’s company to move from acquaintance to friend. To move from casual friend to meaningful friend took another 50 hours over a three-month period, and to move into the inner close friend circle took another 100 hours. What do you look for in a friendship? For me, friendship requires reciprocity. By reciprocity I am not referring to a transactional relationship. Where every favor or dinner is matched one-to-one, spontaneity can be crushed, and intimacy compromised. There doesn’t need to be a score keeper. In true reciprocity, a subtle feeling of lightness and ease is present. What commonly exists is a mutual understanding all will work out at some point, or not. No worries. Lauren Mechling writes in her New York Times article, How to End a Friendship, “We are wired to pursue friendship: In the company of our favorite companions, studies have found, our brains release dopamine and oxytocin. The early stages of friendship are their own romance.” Oxytocin is involved in bonding, between lovers–and mothers and their infants. It creates the romance. Dopamine impacts the development of social memories and preference. As in romantic relationships, friendships can indeed end, or have a natural expiration date. Sometimes couples, as well as good friends, can grow apart. It’s helpful to know that when a friendship comes to completion, it isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Change can be an opportunity. According to Catherine Pearson in her New York Times piece, How Many Friends Do You Really Need? “Three decades ago, 3% of Americans told Gallup pollsters they had no close friends; in 2021, an online poll put it at 12%. A year into the pandemic, 13% of women and 8% of men aged 30 to 49 said they’d lost touch with most of their friends.”



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Book Smarts

Summer reading? You bet. Here, our resident bibliophile Lance Avery Morgan has selected some of the best, and surely most artful, tomes to inspire you during the warm weather season. MORE IS MORE IS MORE

By Carl Dellatore Go big or go home, right? Here’s a tome that is a master class in maximalist design. Each theme of color, pattern, elements, layering, and surfaces is accompanied by essays from today’s top design professionals and accompanied by bold photography. $55. At THE LITTLE THEATER OF VINCENT DARRÉ

By Vincent Darré

This handsome oversized volume is a lavishly whimsical scrapbook bursting with creativity that presents twenty recent projects, inspiring encounters, and ephemeral decor created by the French theatrical designer. $75. At RizzoliUSA. com. OCCASIONS TO CELEBRATE

By Alex Hitz

A collection of more than a hundred recipes inspired by traditional Southern fare and French culinary flair, with an emphasis on seasonal fresh-from-themarket ingredients that are perfect for social gatherings. Entertaining expert Hitz imparts cooking, serving, and entertaining secrets to ensure success. $45. At A WORLD HISTORY OF WOMEN PHOTOGRAPHERS

By Luce Lebart and Marie Robert

This is a bold and beautifully illustrated manifesto as well as an invaluable work of reference. Spanning from 1850 to the present day, this remarkable volume showcases images by 300 women photographers, and portrays their views of the world then and now. $85. At ALAÏA AFORE ALAÏA

By Carla Sozzani


From apprenticeships to encounters with Paris’s creative and society crowds, this book pays homage to iconic designer Azzedine Alaïa’s evolution as one of the most sought-after talents in the world. $95. At MAN TO MAN: AN OBSESSION By Florent Barbarossa This celebrates a powerful, revolutionary, and sometimes controversial selection of artworks from Pierre Passebon’s outstanding personal collection of paintings, sculpture, photography, ceramics, and drawings...all with a focus on men. $40. At COLORFUL WORLD

By Mira Mikati

Fashion designer Mira Mikati has always found joy in traveling and the unfamiliar places buzzing with vibrant colors. Here she transports readers to fifty of the most colorful places on earth—from Greece to Japan, Indonesia to Italy—delivering a jolt of optimism and enthusiasm. $29.95. At RizzoliUSA. com. PARISIAN BY DESIGN: INTERIORS BY DAVID JIMENEZ

By Diane Dorran Saeks

Learn how to decorate like a Parisian with tips for decorating in the French style, including chic paint colors and setting an elegant table. Inspiring entries on where to soak up the best designs in Paris are included. Oui Oui. $55. At FLORA PHOTOGRAPHICA

By William A. Ewing and Danaé Panchaud With 200 colorful images, this volume links the very best of flower photography from the past 20 years with its predecessors–canonical floral works from the realms of photography, illustration, and painting. $65. At




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By Héloïse Brion

Here’s an eye-popping volume that revisits the legendary designer’s extraordinary work, sophisticated designs, and thrill she brought to the fashion world between the world wars. $75. At

With an innate flair for entertaining, Brion combines her Franco-American roots to create charming recipes and table settings that foster a warm and convivial atmosphere. In her second book, she expands her repertoire of delicious, yet unpretentious comfort food inspired by her travels and joy of entertaining. $27.95. At


By Jonathan Rachman and Dean Rhys-Morgan Interior decorator Rachman opens the doors to his glamorous universe in this volume illustrating his eclectic, vividly colorful, and markedly refined style, through various projects undertaken for his prestigious clients. $65. At ANOTHER COUNTRY


By Jorge S. Arango

Each residence featured in these pages is simple, functional, and beautiful, achieved with exactitude, attention to detail and craftsmanship by the minimalist Cuban-born designer. $65. At YVES SAINT LAURENT & ART

By Gerry Badger As Britain takes an increasingly significant place in the history of documentary photography, this expansive, illustrated new book brings vital context and breadth to the conversation. In fact, it offers a lively rethinking of this British medium over the last seven decades. $65. At VIVIAN MAIER

By Stephan Janson, Mouna Mekour, Madison Cox From the ancient world to pop art, Yves Saint Laurent regularly took inspiration from art history as he combined colors, and carved out new forms. It inspired him to rethink the structure of garments in order to create his own this volume shows. $50. At ISLAND FOLLIES: ROMANTIC HOMES OF THE BAHAMAS

By Christa Bluëmlinger, Ann Marks, and Anne Morin Maier’s work is a treasured discovery in the photography world. Drawing on unpublished archives and recent scientific analyses, this retrospective sheds new light on her talents as a street photographer in mid-century Chicago. She led an anonymous life as a nanny and photographed the world through her immigrant eyes. $65. At

By Alastair Gordon

Architect Henry Melich showcases the best of his Bahamian island projects, in sunny retreats such Lyford Cay, Harbour Island, and the Windermere Islands. These homes he created for his clients offered a romantic sense of escape and a discreet air of tranquility. $60. At ROMANCING THE HOME


By Stewart Manger

By Roland Beaufre A look at dreamy tropical estates by renowned interior designers and tastemakers alike. It’s a glimpse into the private retreats of style icons, designers, and creatives, who found solace in special, sun-washed places. $65. At

No matter the location, every Manger project combines traditional inspiration with contemporary elegance...from a Park Avenue apartment, a historically restored house perched on the cliffs of Scotland, to a contemporary home overlooking Mallorca’s Bay of Palma, and beyond. Dreamy. $50. At




How Comparison Can Possess Us We’ve all used others’ yardsticks to measure our own lives and it’s been said that comparison is the thief of joy. Now, with social media influences, the field has widened for comparisons. How do we manage it all? Here, our contributing lifestyle expert, life coach, and author Angie McCourt shares her insight from her book, Love Your Gifts: Permission to Revolutionize Authenticity in the Workplace. THE BEST INFLUENCE IN MY BOOK, LOVE YOUR GIFTS: PERMISSION TO REVOLUTIONIZE Authenticity in the Workplace, I dive into “comparison” as a block to revealing our gifts. The reason? It can negatively impact our mindset and start to possess us. Have you thought to yourself (while scrolling through Instagram or other social media channels) why am I so triggered by this person’s posts (even if they are great posts)? It appears we are almost possessed by “comparison” these days. We can’t seem to stop ourselves. Unhealthy comparisons have significantly impacted our mindset across all areas of our life. In a world where we are encouraged to compare ourselves to each other or to famous or successful people either on social media, or by titles, income, looks, and even our bodies, it’s no wonder we tend to feel shameful or not good enough, more often than not. The silent yet in-your-face pictures, articles, and features flooding our information highway can create a sense of personal comparison, even if we don’t realize it is happening. It has brought on more consumerism and accumulation than ever, and impacts our self-worth. It can fuel our inner critic that says we are not good enough, which is one of the most harmful impacts on our mindset. HERE TO THERE The typical underlying message is that we are broken, our home is not up to par with others, we are behind, and we need to step up in society and within our culture. Even further, from a parenting perspective we need to do all, and be all for our children while keeping up with what other parents are doing, or supporting, for their children. Otherwise, we are not good parents. This includes the schools/programs our children are participating in, the grades they receive, the colleges they attend, what we allow our children to do (screen time and accountability), and their behavior. In the workplace, comparisons can have an even greater negative impact on the individual, the team, and company culture. Comparison is heavy, low-vibrational energy, yet it can be healthy if we recognize it is happening and determine if it is helpful or not. Sometimes, it can motivate us to do something we have wanted to, and now that


“they” are doing it, we feel motivated as well. It can also energize us to lean into our strengths and focus on making them central to our lives. Having a frame of reference or a model to mirror can help us overcome indifference, lack of confidence, or simply lack of knowledge in knowing what to do and how to act. If it is not healthy, we can break it and shift our thoughts and beliefs. Evaluating our standards, upgrading them when needed, and awareness when we are straying is key. Breaking the chains of induced comparison is such a freeing feeling. Living with intention and within our values and beliefs allows for healthy comparisons, but only if it motivates us. BEYOND COMPARE Choose to take a different path if you do recognize “comparison”, whether with your intentions (switch to a good one), pausing your mind to readjust (breathe), and acknowledging your feelings (anger, pain, shame, sadness, resentment). Acting with scorn and contempt toward others can have other serious consequences that you may not be able to reverse. If you find that certain things trigger you such as social media, PTA parents (one of mine), media, certain leaders, colleagues, or even organizations’ announcements, remove them from your day. Don’t look, read, or think about them. Let them go, unfollow, and limit your exposure. Shift your mindset through your state of being. Go for a walk, dance, or, if at work, play music in your headphones to change your state. Focus on what you are grateful for and what that means to you and to your goals and desires. Awareness, in and of itself, is a super-helpful way to break the chains blocking our growth. Setting your own personal and professional goals that align with your values and beliefs and sticking to them with integrity can help keep the silent hacker from getting in. Limit social media time and other outlets where you are triggered by “comparison.” Ask yourself, do you really want or need something...or is it just because they have it, and you feel you must have it, too?



Be Your Own Glamour Queen

With most of the warm weather behind us, we look forward to finally wearing the cold weather creations from the Fall/Winter shows. While the collections were full of seasonally expected knits, outerwear, and leather, the overall collections felt unexpectedly opulent and ominous, accordingly to our fashion runway trend experts, THE EDIT ADVISORY’S Krystal De Lisi and Ellen Mason.

FAUX, MEET FANCY Cozy textiles, such as fur and sherpa have made another cold weather comeback. This season brings the addition of sumptuous velvets and head-to-toe knits. Take these tactile textiles beyond outerwear by adding these textures to your blouses, skirts, dresses, and more. Top, clockwise from left: Roberto Cavalli, Alberta Ferretti, Amiri, Del Core, Gucci Bottom clockwise from left: Max Mara, Sharon Wauchob, Tom Ford, Versace, Zero + Maria Cornejo



WELL, IT FIGURES Underwear as outerwear has been trending for a while, but this is max. Feminine corsetry and bustier styling, similar to the trend back in the 80s, is in everything from gowns to suiting. Keep the leather and hardware glamorous and romantic by pairing them with sheer and shiny well as soft silhouettes. Clockwise from left: Isabel Marant, Leonard Paris, La DoubleJ, Staud, and For Restless Sleepers

SINISTER CHIC This is the perfect time to embrace your goth and glamour with head-to-toe black looks that layer metallics, iridescent fabrics, and sequins. From Angelina Jole’s Maleficent to Emma’s Stone’s rendition of Cruella, your typical fairytale ending just may need to be revised. Clockwise from left: Anna Sui, Philosophy di Lorenzo Sarafini, Nicole Miller, Raisa Vanessa, and Anna Sui




The 2022 Mercedes Benz S-Class has something going for it. In fact, it has so many things going for it...from its superior engineering to the sumptuous interior, as our guy-on-the-go Mike Satterfield of The Gentleman Racer reports.

CLASS ACT SURE, THE S-CLASS HAS LONG BEEN THE GOLD standard of luxury sedans, rivaling cars that have nearly double the` MSRP. The one thing I would say it lacks is presence. Now that might be a feature for those who would prefer to fly under the radar, but for many buyers who are spending over $100,000 for a car, they expect their vehicle to make more of a statement. That noted, when it comes to luxury, refinement, and quality, the S-Class is more comparable to a Bentley Flying Spur, than other luxury cars to which it is so often compared. The understated styling on the outside is countered by one of the most opulent interiors available in a production car today. cont'd...



CLASS ACT SURE, THE S-CLASS HAS LONG BEEN THE GOLD standard of luxury sedans, rivaling cars that have nearly double the` MSRP. The one thing I would say it lacks is presence. Now that might be a feature for those who would prefer to fly under the radar, but for many buyers who are spending over $100,000 for a car, they expect their vehicle to make more of a statement. That noted, when it comes to luxury, refinement, and quality, the S-Class is more comparable to a Bentley Flying Spur, than other luxury cars to which it is so often compared. The understated styling on the outside is countered by one of the most opulent interiors available in a production car today. Essentially, the S-Class has always been a platform for the latest and greatest in Mercedes-Benz technology, thus buying an S-Class is buying the cutting edge of automotive innovation. It has long been a saying in the automotive industry that "where the S-Class is today, is where other cars hope to be in a decade." For good reason...the S-Class over the years has led numerous innovations, including production anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, adaptive cruise control, LED-Lighting, and so many other features that are standard in most cars today. FINE AND REFINED The car’s refinement, luxury, power, and technology are second to none and with the 496 horsepower in the S580 this big sedan has plenty of get-up and go. With the weight that comes with a car of this size, you will be shocked at how


nimble the handling is. Not only is it perfect for eating up highway miles, but it is also surprisingly capable on winding roads. With the E-Active Body Control, Mercedes' latest active suspension system, each corner of the car's suspension automatically avdjusts to provide the best ride and handling possible. Inside the S580 is a symphony of luxury and technology. The dash is almost entirely digital with an oversized center touchscreen and a digital gauge cluster that can be toggled through several different display modes... from a more traditional to a dynamic 3-D effect. With massaging seats, the opulent interior is impressive, and the adjustable LED ambient lighting was by far the most popular tech gadget that passengers enjoyed playing with. Plus, the Burmester 3-D Surround Sound system comes with 15 speakers and 710 watts of system power. It is especially intensive, so its perfect performance creates a feeling of floating rather than driving. What was most exciting about the technology in the S-Class, unlike many of its rivals, is that it’s intuitive and easy to use. In fact, the placement of controls and buttons is where you expect them to be. The on-screen menus are clear and easy to follow, so you won’t need to pull over to try to figure out how to use the radio. The S-Class goes head-to-head with the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, Genesis G90, Lexus LS, and Porsche Panamera, but we must remember the S-Class created this class and is still the standard-bearer for a reason. The new all-electric EOS might represent the future of where the brand is going, but the S580 represents where the brand has been and is still a fitting flagship for 2022.


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PERFECTLY PETITE The new power purse is small and colorful, according to Lovard, a Texas-based accessories company from mother and daughter Lee Gunn Falchi (Dallas) and Kate Falchi (Austin), who are the widow and daughter, respectively, of esteemed handbag designer Carlos Falchi. Their collection of iconic handbags made from exotic skins, leathers, and soon-to-launch vegan leathers, as well as jewelry, have been a hit for those who love the high design and approachable price point. From $300. At

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Where to go, who to know...and what to have this fall? Look no further than these top recommendations as the vibrant fall season begins, according to our spectacular Society Texas editorial team who is always on the lookout for the new and different.

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GO AHEAD, FÊTE Native Texan and founder Elizabeth Swift Copeland, a Dallasite, planned and coordinated prominent events in Washington D.C. Now, she has founded her own event and catering company, The Fab Fête, that provides delicious handmade cheese soufflés overnighted directly to your doorstep–then you pop it in the oven. At TheFabFê

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MARFA? MARVELOUS. It’s that time again. Time for Chinati Weekend in Marfa. The weekend of open viewing of the permanent collection, special exhibitions, talks, and music is free to the public and has become an international destination. In the more than thirty years since 1987 when Donald Judd created the happening, it has grown to be an essential part of Chinati’s programming and a much-anticipated cultural event for the entire West Texas region. October 7–9. At SOCIETYTEXAS.COM

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Spring’s Fling The Texas Biomedical Forum Celebrates With Annual Gala By Jake Gaines | Photography by Katie Clementson of Billo Smith Photography

THE SETTING: Nearly 500 guests attended The Texas Biomedical Forum's 51st annual gala, The Enchantment of Spring, at The Argyle. A harpist played to welcome guests into the party as hors d'oeuvres and chilled towels were passed on silver trays to offset the heat, as guests made their way to the nearest bars for refreshments.

Frank and Genevieve Zoch & Steven Fry and Kelly Wade Fry

Eleanor Pfirrmann, Raven LaBatt and Tracee Feik

Callie and Andrew Price

Claire and Oliver Duffin

Nicole McCLane, Lindsay Bolner, Lauren Biegler, Parnak Malek and Carla Brozovich

Carolina Lewis, Elizabeth and Barry Roberts, AJ Lewis, Sloan Thomas and Clayton Thomas

Callie Price, Lauren Biegler, Rebecca Nathan, Amelita Mauzé, Audra Kerr, Avril Byrne and Bonnie Muecke



THE STYLE: A shining star of the evening was the Ribbon Pull, an interactive and fundraising concept that was conceptualized by the gala team. Guests purchased the chance to pull a satin ribbon hanging from a beautiful tree to reveal a prize. The grand prize of the Ribbon Pull was a pair of diamond earrings donated by Kelly Wade Jewelers. Guests also perused and purchased tickets for the raffle packages. Guests then enjoyed a seated dinner that featured a decadent menu prepared by The Argyle, celebrating the abundance and gifts of springtime. Dinner began with a spring pea soup with cranberry coulis, followed by a salad duo of quinoa and chickpeas and a cucumber wrap bouquet. Next was the entrée consisting of a Pepper Bomb New York Strip with Béarnaise sauce, pesto potatoes, green bean and carrot vegetable bundle, and tomato provençal. The dessert of a lemon blueberry mascarpone dome with gold leaf capped off the delicious meal. Then, the Drywater Band entertained guests at the after party in the gorgeously appointed tent while Maverick Bourbon whiskey poured tastings at a table on the lawn. Additionally, three artists from Vogue Vignette of Austin were on-site sketching portraits of couples. Barbara Shorts, Verve Event Planning's founding president, helped coordinate the gala’s festivities. THE PURPOSE: Rebecca Nathan was this year’s gala chair, with Audra Kerr serving as co-chair, and Amelita Mauzé as this year’s Forum president. The purpose of the Texas Biomedical Forum is to support the Texas Biomedical Research Institute through community relations, volunteer services, and fundraising. This funding has allowed researchers to apply for additional grant monies in excess of $75 million in subsequent awards for large-scale research projects, which equates to approximately twenty-three dollars in return for every dollar of Forum grants. The gala team is incredibly grateful to Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry for kindly donating all the crystal party favors that were hand-delivered by the gala team to every attendee in the days leading up to the event.

Friends of the Forum

Sita McNab, Sarah Claire Corrigan, Christina Ketabchi, Elizabeth Matthews, Kourtney Little, Corinna Richter, Ashley Friedman and Mal Moorman

Burkley Fitzsimons, Allegra Hawkins, Katie Courtney and Jennifer Anderson

Tim Martin and Adam Hamilton

Lee and Catriona Cavender & Caroline and Thomas McSween

Sardar Biglari, Dr. Larry Schlesinger and Bobby Cavender

Tiffany and Todd Mills

Colette Edwards & Brad and Amy Martin

Claire and Easton McNabb




Toast With The Most

St. David’s Foundation Toast Of The Town Party Series Dazzles With Twenty Events By Rob Giardinelli | Photography by Matthew Fuller Photography

THE SETTING: A score of Austin’s stunning venues were the recent settings of the Capitol City’s most beloved and popular spring social benefits. This year’s St. David’s Toast Of The Town featured twenty intimate gatherings at a delightfully eclectic mix of popular dining and entertainment well as in beautiful homes and estates. The happenings attracted over 600 of Austin’s most notable philanthropists and VIPs and featured delightful company, engaging conversation, and unforgettable moments.

Brady Anderson, Scott and Cassie Bale, Raven and Trey Eilers & Xavier Pena

THE STYLE: Guests donned their favorite Austin-chic attire for a diverse series of events that would satisfy even the most discerning sociable. Sports fanatics could cont'd...

James Milliken & Jeanne and Mickey Klein

Anurekha Chadha, Harish Gagneja, Punit Chadha and Sunera Gagneja


Chandra and Chris Hosek

Lynn Parr Mock, Ed Burger & Kaylen and Carol Silverberg


Steve and Loreal Sarkisian

Shonnery Pettit, Lesa Rossick and Nydia Romero Connie and Neal Spelce & Marci Henna

Thomas and Darla Payne

Mary Katherine Stout and Elizabeth Boone

Amber and Al Koehler

attend different athletic-themed events with The University of Texas head football coach Steve Sarkisian and his wife Loreal, the UT Baseball Coach David Pierce, or a private experience at the new Q2 Stadium. Music lovers could spend the evening with either Austin Symphony Orchestra Conductor Peter Bay, legendary Austin musician Roy Benson, or Texas-based GRAMMY Award-winning musician SaulPaul. Additionally, foodies had the chance to enjoy a champagne dinner featuring Jeffrey’s Sommelier Anthony Schlotzhauer at a home on Lake Austin or a fabulous dinner at Canje in East Austin. Fashionistas could discuss couture fashion with Project Runway alum Sergio Guadarrama. History enthusiasts had the opportunity to spend a one-of-a-kind evening with LBJ Foundation President Mark Updegrove or The University of Texas Chancellor James Milliken. And the legendary journalist Neal Spelce held court while hosting a conversation al fresco, sharing stories of his time in the press pool during the presidency of Central Texas native Lyndon Baines Johnson.

Justin and Ericka Freels & Amy and Mark Updegrove


Chris Del Conte, Shain and Melody McCaig & Robin Ward

Laurée Moffett, Andrée Barnes and Gracie Rigell

Ghadeer Okayli, Jane Driscoll and Tobie Funte


Sylvia and Julian Huerta, Susan Chen, Brian Walters & SaulPaul



Eric Perez and Troy Gras

Anthony Schlotzhauer

Bill Rossick and Andrew Mason

Chris and Kara Belew & Kelly and Tom Wala

Cile Spelce Elley and Chris Elley

Elizabeth Moorehead and Connie Hsu

Albert and Yvonne Wong & Dinah Street

THE PURPOSE: The Toast of the Town party series, chaired by Chandra Hosek with Mary Katherine Stout serving as vice chair, raised over $577,000 for the St. David’s Neal Kocurek Scholarship Program, which, thanks to a matching grant by St. David’s Foundation, raised the total to over $1.7 million. Each year the Neal Kocurek Scholarship Program, Texas’ largest healthcare scholarship program, awards $7,500 scholarships per year for up to eight years to Central Texas high school seniors looking to pursue careers in the medical field.

John Estrada, Bruce Tharp, Sergio Guadarrama and Matt Swinney

Josh Wolff, Danielle and Claudio Reyna & Angela Wolff

Julie and Wolfgang Niedert

Lady and David Huffstutler

Molly Sherman & Rob and Robin Wilder

Nina Seely and John Carver

Quan Cosby & Jody and Stephanie Hooten






Thanks to our big-hearted supporters, Toast of the Town 2022 was a record success! Their gifts, tripled by St. David’s Foundation Community Fund, provided a record-setting $1.7 million for the St. David’s Neal Kocurek Scholarship. We are ever grateful to the sponsors, committee members, hosts, partygoers and special guests whose generosity is helping today’s Central Texas scholars become tomorrow’s health professionals.



By The Book Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation’s 28th Annual Celebration Of Reading By Jennifer Roosth | Photography by Michele Watson/Catchlight Group

Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush

Michael and Julie Henderson & Jill and Ryan Ramshaw

John and Terri Havens

Laura Frishman and Ruiyang Xiaa

Dr. Rick Rigsby, Maria Bush, Neil Bush, Alafair Burke and Brad Meltzer


Jonathan Schmaltz and Megan Marietta

Nathan and Diana Goff

Sarahbeth and Pierce Bush

John and Betty Hrncir

Linda McReynolds and Rose Cullen


THE SETTING: More than 700 guests gathered at The Post Oak Hotel in Uptown Houston to toast the 28th annual A Celebration of Reading. This year’s theme was Life. Liberty. Literacy. in honor of the late First Lady Barbara Bush’s belief that literacy is a foundation to reaching one’s fullest potential in life and realizing the American Dream. In keeping with the Americana theme, the reception areas and ballroom were donned with stunning red, white and blue décor, while the guests wore patriotic attire, which created a festive allAmerican event. THE STYLE: This year’s exceptional lineup of bestselling authors included Alafair Burke, sisters Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush, Brad Meltzer, and Dr. Rick Rigsby. Foundation chairs Maria and Neil Bush welcomed guests and recognized the late First Lady who personally created A Celebration of Reading to raise awareness and funds to advance her cause of literacy. “Mom always said that literacy is at the core for one to achieve God’s given potential,” Neil Bush noted. Sisters Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush spoke of their personal relationship, and of family and how their “Ganny,” the late First Lady Barbara Bush, instilled a lifelong love of literacy. They also shared how their most recent children’s book was inspired by their mother, former First Lady Laura Bush, who was an only child, yet found women to become her “sisters” throughout life. THE PURPOSE: Marking another successful year, the event raised more than $1.8 million to help support the Foundation’s local and national literacy education causes, including $125,000 to launch a new initiative, Success Through Adult Reading (STAR) that provides scholarships for adult learners in partnership with five community-based organizations.

Allison Schulze, Lisa Jakel and Emily George

Amy and Kyle McCully

Gillian Tilbury and Al Carnrite

Greg and Terri Ebel & Stephen Herring

Greg Worrella and Dwaine Millard

Joanne and Kevin Howard

Kathy and Marty Goossen

Laurie and Mark Lashier

Ron and Julie Finck, Deborah Stavis and Eddie Cohen

Ron Trevino, Shayna Andrews and Irene Heifetz




Provincially Chic ReuNight Fundraiser Benefits The Family Place With French Country Theme By Cynthia Smoot | Photography by Tamytha Cameron, Nate Rehlander and Hal Samples

Maxine Trowbridge, Marisa Howard and Roni Proter Kelly

Shelle Sills

Kit Sawers, Mimi and Rich Sterling & Laura Koonsman Joyce Goss and Jane Weempe

Michelle Goolsby, Jennifer Walters and Christin Livesay

Marcia Dunn, Rajan Patel and Jessica Nowitzki


Dwight and Claire Emanuelson

Lindsay and Chuck Jacaman


THE SETTING: It was an enchanting Evening in Provence theme for a limited one hundred seventy-five guests at the annual ReuNight fundraiser benefiting The Family Place, the Dallas-based family violence agency and largest such service provider in Texas. At the Nasher Sculpture Center Garden, the gorgeous al fresco setting for the evening, guests mixed and mingled amidst exquisite contemporary art to bring awareness to and raise money for ending domestic violence. DJ Steffi Burns entertained guests as they meandered throughout the gardens and socialized on the chic lounge furniture. THE STYLE: For dinner, guests strolled to the elegant outdoor dining setting that included architecturally chic floral décor created by Bryan Long of Grey Gardens Florist, which also complemented the art on display throughout the gardens. Each place setting was accompanied by a small piece of handmade art and a handtied bundle of lavender made by a child at The Family Place. After sponsors were thanked, Wolfgang Puck Catering served a delicious meal for the evening. During the dessert and French cheese course, Wendy Lambert with Lambert Auction Company led a spirited yet intimate luxury live auction, which included six fabulous packages. The evening concluded with an energetic paddle raise, enhanced with matching gifts by two anonymous donors. Through these donations alone, The Family Place raised enough funds to provide 3,027 nights of shelter beds for the men, women, and children of domestic violence who they serve. THE PURPOSE: ReuNight’s co-chairs this year were Marisa Howard, Roni Proter Kelly, and Max Trowbridge, along with Shelle Sills serving as the honorary chair. The Family Place is the largest family violence service provider in Texas, with three emergency shelters providing 177 shelter beds each night, including the state’s only shelter for men and children, and three counseling centers with services being provided in English and Spanish.

Alexa Parra and Robert Weatherly

Carol Seay and Fred Turner

Carol Warren, Leigh Rinearson and Robin Wilkes

Lisa Singleton and Kristen Sanger

James and Kristin Hallam

Harold Ginsburg, Collins Bryan and Bunny Ginsburg

Lynn and Allan McBee

Marjon Zabihi Henderson and Mary McGreevy

Patrick and Kristy Sands & Jeffrey Kollinger

Paul and Brooke Guerrero




Everything’s Coming Up Roses San Antonio Symphony League Hosts Princess Grace-Inspired Gala By Jake Gaines | Photography by Oh Tannenbaum Photography and Overstreet Photography

Dan DeBauche, Katie Kinder DeBauche, Mike Woods, McKenna Kinder & Vickie and David Kinder

Chandler Simpson and Brad Simpson

Lauren Hale, Madison Conn and Emma Gillespie

Abigail Zeller, Kathleen Benson, Lauren Hale, Hunter Hoelscher, Madyson Adame and Payton Wood

Roan Erwin and Lauren Wagner

Tara Hoelscher, Dr. Jennifer Bankler and Galeana Younger

Lew and Laura Moorman IV

Mark Adame, Chloe Adame, Madyson Adame and Kristin Adame

Jodi Wood, Payton Wood and Michael Wood



THE SETTING: The San Antonio Symphony League recently celebrated its 51st annual Symphony Ball with the theme, Le Bal de la Rose, inspired by the annual Monaco fête created by Princess Grace in 1954. The League presented this year’s class of elegant Symphony Belles at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa amongst a ballroom full of lush floral arrangements with pink and white roses reminiscent of times past. THE STYLE: In keeping with tradition, the Belles donned white gowns as they were presented to their guests by their fathers, brothers, and grandfathers. Following the formal presentation, partygoers enjoyed a scrumptious meal and then danced the night away making memories to last a lifetime. The floral décor was provided through a partnership between Danny Cuellar of Trinity Flowers and William Garza of Uptown Floral. The resplendent display of magenta, pink, coral, and white roses with white hydrangeas adorned with lighter purple flowers, created an evening as if in an old-world European garden. Guests enjoyed the evening’s fête with a performance by the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio during the cocktail hour, a special performance by Agarita during the program, and after-dinner dancing to the sounds of the band, Finding Friday. THE PURPOSE: Katie Kinder DeBauche and Dan DeBauche, the 2022 Symphony Ball chairs, created an evening to remember for each Belle and her family. DeBauche was a former Symphony Belle and remembers her time fondly. For nearly half a century, the San Antonio Symphony League has proudly presented at a formal ball young ladies who are the children and grandchildren of League members. During all four years of high school, Belles earn volunteer service hours through various League events. One hundred percent of the annual contributions made to the Belle Program are in turn donated to the San Antonio Symphony League to support classical music and music education programs in the city. Although the Symphony itself has recently closed, the Symphony League’s Belle program will continue. It contributed $100,000 this year to the Musicians of the San Antonio Symphony (MOSAS) for their community concerts.

2022 Symphony Belles

Remy White and Georgia Kemmett

Estee Dabbous and Dr. Ash Dabbous

Jamie Sullivan and Scott Campbell

Laurie and John White, Jr., Remy White, John and Amy White, lll & John White, lV

Lynette Farrimond, Don Farrimond, Lauren Gillespie, Maxine Farrimond, Libby Farrimond Gillespie

Josh Zeller, Abigail Zeller and Allison Zeller


Jamie Johnson, Honor Johnson and Laura Johnson

John Keene, Alexandra Del Olmo and Polly Keene



Park’s Place Hermann Park Conservancy Raises Funds For Green Spaces By Jennifer Roosth | Photography by Priscilla Dickson

Lynn Wyatt and Linda McReynolds

Denise Monteleone and Jana Arnoldy

Lori Sarofim, Melissa Juneau and Christine Falgout-Gutknecht

Anne-Laure Stephens, Kim Tutcher, Laura McWilliams, Cora Bess Meyer and Heather Watters

Catherine Clay and Emily Clay


Colleen Lewis and Crystal Dawli

Estela Cockrell and Isabel David

Heidi Smith, Gracie Cavnar and Kristy Bradsha

Shawn Stephens, Stephanie K. Tsuru, Kelley Lubanko and Phoebe Tudor

Roslyn Bazelle Mitchell


THE SETTING: Due to the ongoing Covid-19 safety measures, this year’s Evening in The Park event for Hermann Park Conservancy looked a little different than in the past. To make up for lost time due to the prior gala’s cancellation, instead of dinner, dancing, and the program under one big tent at the Molly Ann Smith Plaza, the event was socially distanced and progressive. Dinner was then served in tented pods placed along the Mary Gibbs and Jesse H. Jones Reflection Pool. THE STYLE: Guests were welcomed with cocktails while they perused photographs on view in Lindsey Plaza. Then, to add an element of fun, many guests opted to take the Hermann Park Railroad from Lindsey Plaza to the Molly Ann Smith Plaza, passing through the beautiful native plants and grounds of the upcoming Commons site. Upon arrival at the Plaza, Conservancy board chair Kristy Bradshaw spoke about the Conservancy’s endeavors including play spaces, natural habitats and plantings, public art installations, gathering areas, and the McWilliams Dog Park. The dog park was the focus of this year’s gala celebration and one of the most requested features by the community. Next dinner was served, and each party headed to their respective pod to enjoy a meal created by City Kitchen. Then, tunes were provided by DJ Mav at the Pioneer Obelisk as guests danced the night away to celebrate an Evening in the Park’s two years in the making. THE PURPOSE: Event co-chairs Jo and Jim Furr, along with Roslyn Bazzelle Mitchell and Derrick Mitchell, worked tirelessly to ensure guests had an entertaining and safe night. This year’s event surpassed its goal and raised $650,000 for the care and improvement of Hermann Park. Thanks to the generous $1 million gift from Laura and Brad McWilliams, this year’s honorees, funds raised at the gala, and a slew of additional donations directed towards the dog park, the Conservancy is $100,000 shy of its $2 million capital campaign. The honoree of the prior cancelled Evening in The Park event, Marley Lott, was also in attendance and recognized.

Amber Elliott, Chita Johnson and Jennifer Roosth

Katherine Orellana Ross and Mark Sullivan

Cynthia Petrello and Mindy B. Hildebrand

Kelley Lubanko, Kristy Bradshaw and Leigh Smith

Hallie Vanderhider and Fady Armanious

Kaitlyn Scheurich and Lori SpeierA

Kenneth Allen and Doreen Stoller

Lauren Randle and Phyllis Williams

Ting Bresnahan, Catherine Matthews and Lisa Helfman

Tiffany Halik, Teressa Foglia and Ellen Krantz

Sandy Godfrey and Franci Neely

Wendy Hines and Edith (Sis) Johnson




Fabulous Forté Ballet Austin’s Fête And fête*ish Features Dazzling Crowd By Rob Giardinelli | Photography by John Pesina

THE SETTING: The W Hotel in Austin was the recent setting of one of the Capital City’s most anticipated annual social events. Over 500 sociables, philanthropists, and VIPs who were on hand to support Ballet Austin’s Fête gala and fête*ish after party were treated to a dazzling evening of both fun and fundraising.

Leanne Raesener, Craig Miller and Mallory Miller

Spencer Cronk and Becky Beaver

Cookie Ruiz

Jennene Mashburn and Aara Krumpe

Dan Jackson and Jeremy Guiberteau

Jill Fanette and Alex Ladage

Candice McKay and Priscilla Guajardo Cortez

Stephen Mills



THE STYLE: The black tie crowd’s evening began in the ballroom foyer with a splashy cocktail hour in honor of the evening’s theme, Swan Lake. Guests sipped spirits while brimming with anticipation of the fun to come as the festivities then moved into the ballroom for the main program. As the attendees dined on a delectable multicourse meal, they were treated to words from event leaders and Austin’s Mayor Steve Adler, followed by tributes and testimonials on how much Ballet Austin has positively impacted the community. The Fête festivities were capped off with a live auction featuring a custom kitchen package that garnered over $100,000. After the live auction, the patrons poured back into the ballroom foyer of the W, where the bustling fête*ish after party was taking place. One of Austin’s most popular and well-attended after parties, the guests had the opportunity to take advantage of several unique experiential areas set up throughout the entire ballroom level of the W to revel in the fun. One could be seen dancing the night away to the tunes of DJ Max or tucked away into a smaller room on the ballroom floor posing for caricatures. Others enjoyed a nightcap with friends on the W Terrace, capping off a fabulous evening on a beautiful spring night. THE PURPOSE: While there were no designated chairs for Fête, Mallory Miller and Stephanie Gossen co-chaired the fete*ish event. The event raised over $500,000 for Ballet Austin. Proceeds from this year’s Fête and fête*ish will support Ballet Austin’s mission of providing exceptional arts education and artistic programming to the Central Texas community.

Jeff Coddington

Christi Lotz

Isabel and Tony Villarreal

Dee Holliday and Cassandra King

Edie Rogat and Laura Coaxum

Gail Romney and Kerry Tate

Gordon and Alexis Moore

Greg Hodgson and Jed Miracle

Ben Woods, Cameron Harley and Betsi Fores

Naleah and Josh Ryg

Natasa Valocchi and Nina Seely

Hon. Steve Adler

John Butzin, Judy Im, Polly Shrewsbury, Jennifer Basten, Laura Johnson and Riss Estes

Saurabh Khetrapal & Marc and Deanna Rankin


Stephanie Gossen and Bill Slack



In Living Color Children’s Cancer Fund Gala Supporters Raise Funds By Cynthia Smoot | Photography by Thomas Garza and Tamytha Cameron

Jamie O'Banion, Candice Romo, Hollie Siglin and Meredith Land

Natalie Buffett and Dak Prescottt

THE SETTING: Cancer patients, survivors, their families, and celebrities gathered recently for a fashion show, dinner, and dancing in support of the 2022 Children’s Cancer Fund Gala, Color Out Cancer, presented by Amazon at the Hilton Anatole Dallas. The event began with a silent auction and VIP reception, followed by the dinner and program that featured cancer survivors modeling their bravery, as well as fashions provided by Dillard’s. Monica Egert Smith and Brent Christopher

Scott and Brittany Everett

Marianne and Roger Staubach

Tina Craig, Kathy Hilton, Nicky Hilton, Stacey Bendet and Nancy Rogers

Marisa Howard, Bina Patel, Kameron Westcott, Brittney Everett and Sharon Lee Clark


Jennifer Arthur and Amanda Dillard Shufeldt

Andy Beal and Olya Sinitsnya


THE STYLE: Roger Staubach and Trop Aikman, who have been involved with the Children’s Cancer Fund for 33 years and 23 years, respectively, were joined by Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Dak Prescott, former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, Dallas Stars legend Marty Turco, Nicky Hilton, Kathy Hilton, Stacey Bendet, Michael Good, a Blue Origin astronaut, Tyler Toney of Dude Perfect, and other celebrities as runway escorts for 20 pediatric cancer patients, ages 6-17. THE PURPOSE: Amanda Schufeldt Dillard was the event’s chair, while Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman served as honorary chairs. CCF is one of the nation’s leading fundraising groups in support of local research in the treatment and prevention of childhood cancers. The evening and its generous donors raised more than $1.5 million to support pediatric cancer research and treatment programs at Children's Health and UT Southwestern. In the past five years, CCF has raised over $5 million for pediatric cancer research and Child Life services, which has created four additional endowments for Children’s Health.

Drew Herrell and Bumblebee

Bina and Nimesh Patela

Will McKie and Michael Goodwin

Madilyn Hallford and Kelly Gores

Dave Clark and Aaron Budhwani

Nicky Hilton and Tatum Teague

Tony Romo and Christopher Villarreal

Troy Aikman

Jacob Pletan and Roger Staubach


Dallas SWAT and Beckett Burge

DJ Lucy Wrubel



Starry, Starry Night Holocaust Museum Of Houston LBJ Moral Courage Award Dinner Raises Over $2 Million By Rob Giardinelli | Photography by Priscilla Dickson Photography and Jacob Powers Photography

THE SETTING: The Hilton Americas-Houston was the recent setting for the Holocaust Museum of Houston’s annual LBJ Moral Courage Award Dinner honoring the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The event featured over 1,300 of Houston’s most notable sociables for Dr. Kelly J. Zúñiga and Kristin Chenoweth

an evening of touching tributes and dazzling performances those fortunate enough to attend will not soon forget.

Lynn Wyatt and Richard Flowers


The black tie optional affair

featured an elegant mix of formal and highcocktail ensembles worn by patrons. The festivities began with a cocktail reception in the venue’s foyer where old friends were reacquainted, and new friends were made. The Dr. Sippi and Ajay Khurana

festivities then moved into the ballroom for the evening’s main program.

Michael and Sharon Brier & Paulette and Mel Levine

Once inside, the crowd found their tables, where a scrumptious, multi-course kosher dinner awaited them. As guests dined, they were treated to a series of touching video tributes of Ruth Bader Ginsburg from several notables, including Billy Crystal, Chita Rivera, and Aaron Sorkin. The evening was capped off by a showstopping performance by TONY Award-winning actress Kristen Chenowith, who dazzled the audience with a host of Broadway’s greatest hits. After her

Ken and Mady Kades Lou Gregory and Linda Lorelle

performance, Chenowith announced that she was donating her fee back to the museum, which brought the crowd to their feet, capping off a beautiful evening.. THE PURPOSE: The dinner, chaired by Mady and Ken Kades, with Lynn Wyatt serving as honorary chair, raised over $2 million for the Holocaust Museum of Houston. Proceeds raised

Carl Josehart and Sam Jacobson


Shelly Hendry, Stuart Smith and Sue Smith


at the event will go toward funding programs at the museum.

Cynthia Wolff and Beth Wolff

David Leebron and Y. Ping Sun

Drs. Julie and Marc Boom

Edna Meyer-Nelson, Dennis Wright, Suzanne Klein and Dr. Bud Frazier

Gabby and Stephen Graubart

Hallie Vanderhider and Neal Peeler

Jo and Jim Furr

Margaret Alkek Williams and Bill Stubbs

Monica and Brad Radoff

Phoebe and Bobby Tudor

Rhonda Dallas, Sheretta West, Hon. Sylvester Turner and Aaron Dallas

Sidney and Sheryl Evans




Soaring To New Heights AWARE Affair 2022 Enlists Vintage Flight Theme By Cynthia Smoot | Photography by Danny Campbell and Rob Wythe

THE SETTING: The Star Skyline Hangar at the Braniff Centre set quite the scene for AWARE Affair 2022: Soaring to New Heights Fighting Alzheimer’s. The evening began with a VIP Mari Epperson, Karisti Julia and Sharon Ballew

David & Kim McDavid, Jr.

William C. Seanor and Anne Peters

reception in the Star Skyline Lounge, as guests were greeted with a display of vintage Braniff flight attendant uniforms from the collection of Deborah Brown. She was also dressed in one of the fashionable uniforms by the renowned designer Emilio Pucci. THE STYLE: The event’s emcee was Scott Murray, and Myrna D. Schlegel received the Founder’s Spirit Award. Although Schlegel was unable to

Chris and Nikki Jordan, Lee Roy and Biddie Jordan & Melanie and David Jordan

Ann Mahowald and Stephanie Bray

attend in person, she shared her thanks with a video message. The Amy Osler Spirit of Education Leadership Award was presented to Dr. Cindy Marshall, who was also given recognition for her longtime support of AWARE in its fight against Alzheimer’s. THE PURPOSE: This year’s event was chaired by Mari Epperson and Sharon Ballew. Biddie

Dennis and Carrie Hamilton

Andy Szuwalski and Angela Fontana

and Lee Roy Jordan served as honorary chairs. AWARE is dedicated to fighting Alzheimer's disease by providing funding and support to programs, projects, and research provided by nonprofit organizations that actively help individuals affected by Alzheimer's in Dallas and the greater North Texas area. Attendees included the Presenting Sponsor, William C. Seanor,

Buc Tran and Dr. Cindy Marshall


Dr. Holly Hull Miori and Michael Miori

Hattee and William Beecherl


AWARE president Karisti Julia, Josey and Craig Kennington, and Greg Osler.

Anna and Todd Terry

Bob and Barbara Bigham

Dr. Carla Russo and Regina Bruce

Cooper Smith and Dr. Kamilia Smith

Darin Kunz and Clint Bradley

Deborah Brown

Doris Jacobs, Hugh Hackman and Lee Bailey

Jolie and Bart Humphrey

Josey and Craig Kennington

Larry and Venise Stuart

Tess Novek, Tanda East & Kymberley Scalia and Tony Scalia

Tom Nolan and Penny Reid




Ten For Ten Mack, Jack & McConaughey 10th Anniversary Gala Raises Over $10 Million By Rob Giardinelli | Photography by Tyler Schmitt of Mill Photography Studio

Mack and Sally Brown, Jack and Amy Ingram & Camila and Matthew McConaughey

Steve Clemetson, Michael Clinton, Jennes Lazaro and Chris Bires

Bill and Tracey Marshall

Judd and Caroline Messer

Rico and Cristal Guevara & Eric and Kristi Kunz

Joshua Johnson and Melissa Reidhead

L'Oreal and Steve Sarkisian


Mack Brown, Jack Ingram and Matthew McConaughey

Jeff and Leslie Socha & Jessica and Charles Eide


THE SETTING: The Moody Theatre at the Austin City Limits Live venue was the recent setting for the 10th annual Mack, Jack & McConaughey gala. The star-studded evening featured close to five hundred of Austin’s most notable philanthropists, VIPs, and music lovers who turned out for a night for the ages, which included tributes, showstopping performances, and an eyepopping fundraising amount. THE STYLE: The gala’s supporters, who scored an orchestra-level seat at the Moody Theatre, began the evening with an exclusive VIP cocktail party on the terrace. After posing for photos on the red carpet, guests sipped spirits while perusing a beautifully curated array of silent auction items that showcased the ever-popular sports collectibles and art categories. The festivities then moved to the orchestra level where guests dined on a delicious multi-course meal, while they were treated to the main program, which featured touching tributes and words from the event’s leaders. The action turned into a highly spirited live auction where the top-grossing items included a golf trip throughout Ireland with legendary golfer Sergio Garcia (raising $350,000) and a private stay at a ranch in Cibolo Creek near Marfa (raising $3 million). An additional 2,000 guests poured into the mezzanine level of the performance space for the evening’s entertainment…a concert by country music superstar Kenny Chesney. Music lovers rejoiced as they danced to his top hits, capping off an unforgettable evening those fortunate to be a part of will not soon forget. THE PURPOSE: The event, hosted by Mack and Sally Brown, Jack and Amy Ingram, and Matthew and Camilla McConaughey, raised an astounding $10 million for a series of non-profits serving children in Texas that included Dell Children’s Medical Center, HeartGift, Just Keep Livin’ Foundation, and The Rise School Austin. To date, the Mack, Jack & McConaughey event has raised over $20 million and provided over 250,000 children with education, health, and wellness services.

Amy Biegel and Laura Craddick

Angela and Sergio Garcia

Rachel and Colt McCoy

Brian Estes and Jennifer Beese

Lezli Harrell and Lisa Diedrich

Blake and Eve Wiley

Parker McCollum and Hallie Ray Light McCollum

Lance Avery Morgan, Mary Ellen Patranella, Jennifer Carnes and Rob Giardinelli

Katie and Chris Ogden

MJ and Whitney McFarland, Andy and Sarah Valenzuela & Lance and Jess Haley

Derek Potts, Drake Potts, Devyn Damato and Mallory Potts

Sam and Matt Conkey & Jeff and Kendra WildeXW

Kenny Chesney performs



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L.A. LOUVRE When Houstonian Becca Cason Thrash hosts an event, it is a happening. On par with few other galas in the world, the lady raised in Harlingen, Texas continues to raise the bar for not only herself, but also for other international organizations like the Musée du Louvre, who has benefitted from her latest largesse. Join us in this exclusive look at the party of the decade in Los Angeles, according to our very own social chronicler, Lance Avery Morgan. Photography by Linda Posnick SEPTEMBER• OCTOBER 2022


Liane and Richard Weintraub, Julia Sorkin, Peter Iacono and Elizabeth Segerstrom. Photography by Tiffany Rose

Brad and Colleen Bell

Eugenio Lopez and Becca Cason Thrash. Photography by Tiffany Rose

Charlie and Moll Anderson

Kimberly and Justin Whitman & Natalie and James Bloomingdale


THE HALO OF A CRISP, LATE SPRING evening in Los Angeles, with its bright blue satiny sky, hovered over the festivities like a sparkling jeweled tiara with freshly cut gems placed into it. The occasion? Another Becca Cason Thrash extravaganza, of course. The Texasbased philanthropist has a nearly perfect record of creating successful events. However, this was unlike any Thrash Bash before it. No stranger to rolling up her shirtsleeves to help a cause she believes in, Thrash received the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor in 2011 for her philanthropic talents at home and abroad in France...and certainly for her tireless fundraising for the Musée du Louvre. Also, her ongoing championing of Franco-American relations continues to support the Louvre and Notre-Dame de Pâris organizations. So, based on her experiences, she knows a thing, or more like it, several thousand things, about the nuisances of both France and fundraising. The events Thrash has created in the past is a roster of hundreds of philanthropic causes far too long to list, yet they include a range from Best Buddies, on which she serves as a board member, to the Houston Ballet, Houston Grand Opera, Contemporary


Art Museum Houston, Holocaust Museum Houston, and more. Although those amply fill her fundraising dossier in Houston, in the late 2000s, she took her show on the road to Europe with the first Musée du Louvre event in Paris in 2007, when she was invited by then Louvre director Henri Loyrette to chair the first-ever fundraising gala for the the Louvre. That was followed by other substantial Louvre galas that she also helmed again in Paris, then Venice, and Palm Beach. Whether hosting an event in her Houston home, or in monumental internationally known venues, her events attract hundreds of guests who arrive to support five-star cultural institutions with every intention to also have fun. Her fundraising, in her and her husband John Thrash’s estimation, is likely well north of $110 million (so far and counting)...and that might well be a conservative assessment. “Becca is the ultimate fun-lanthropist,” muses international style setter Cameron Silver who attended the recent festivities. “She is so passionate about supporting the world’s cultural institutions. The Louvre needs international support and Becca is so successful at raising funds from every corner of the planet. I have nearly twenty-five years of attending events hosted by her...from Paris to Houston to Los Angeles. When an invite comes from Becca, it is a guarantee of a memorable evening because she works her butt off as if she’s producing a 150-million-dollar action film. Truthfully, Becca is a super heroine.”


Valerie Fuller and Andrew Echols Ulla Parker and Naeem Khan Kip Forbes and Mimi Song

Vanessa and Michael Chow

Much like the Pied Piper, those who follow her lead to offer their support, comprise today’s current roster of Jet-Set names from Europe, Mexico, and throughout the U.S. When Thrash throws a party, people show up to support her and her causes. Her latest wildly successful venture had her taking the show stateside, this time to the City of Angels, where fundraising is a true sport. With a geyser of sociable names, all dressed to the nines, the three-day Los Angeles affair, LA L.A. Louvre, consisted of private art collection visits, luncheons, and parties, each captivating those who would attend this latest incarnation to raise money to restore the Roman galleries in the Lourve. Thrash, in her usual accomplishment-driven manner, approached the event with confidence. Confident she would wow her guests with artful tours and tons of fun...and, all the while, raise boatloads of money for a cause so near to her heart. Beyond relationships, the simple fact of the matter is Thrash’s hard work began well over a year ago to create this event. With the pandemic waning last November, I caught up with Thrash in L.A. to attend Houston’s Sir Mark Haukohl’s seated dinner party at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art honoring his photography collection exhibit. Thrash was also in town and up to her swan-like neck in arranging significant private art tours of some of the most important collections in the world that just also happened to be in the Los Angeles area. The event, originally scheduled for mid-March, shifted to May, in hopes the pandemic would subside more, which it did. The pandemic also posed logistical problems and therefore, some

Dinner at Eugenio Lopez's. Photo courtesy of Tiffany Rose

collections were not able to be viewed because of the restrictions the city had imposed for over two years. “There is no city in the country with a more vibrant art scene, and architecturally iconic homes, than Los Angeles,” confides Becca Cason Thrash. “So, I dove into LA and began by contacting friends who had great homes, fabulous collections, or both. Asking if I could bring a hundred strangers in to see their private spaces was a different story. In the end, 14 said yes...with two I couldn't get to budge.” Thrash’s attention to the platinum-level event creation had been in the works for over six months by the time she arrived in Los Angeles in early May to oversee the happening of the festivities. “The Covid restrictions and mask mandates were still an issue, which affected the guest list quite a bit, but we got around those by May,” shared Thrash. “With the date being postponed to May, American graduations and European art fairs prevented several guests from attending. I was heartbroken but there is never a perfect date for everyone. Gratefully their contributions helped us raise over two million dollars." The dozens and dozens of hands-on meetings with Houston’s Richard Flowers, of The Events Company, and his team, as well as vendors in Los Angeles, was the only way the event could flawlessly occur. Whether the event is in the Louvre in Paris, or in a tent on the grounds of a historic Los Angeles estate, Thrash is 100% in. For the seasoned fundraising veteran, the challenge becomes...what next? As with this gala in L.A., anyone in the serious world of fundraising knows of Thrash’s abilities to cont'd...


Bobby and Phoebe Tudor, Becca Cason Thrash and Richard Flowers

Melissa and Michael Mithoff

Ford Hubbard, Karina Acorda and Lucas Somoza

lead the way in bringing serious money to organizations. The LA L.A. Louvre happened only due to the sponsorships of John and Becca Cason Thrash, Sotheby’s Fine Art and Auction, and fine jewelers Cartier, Vacheron Constantin, Kip Forbes, David Yurman, Tiffany & Co., and Bulgari. The wines and champagnes were provided by LVMH, as well as Kastra Elion vodka, and Casa Dragones tequila for additional libations. Vibrant and full of stories about each guest she hand-picks to attend, Thrash is a captivating international hostess who is pretty peerless these days. Her style, charmingly precise and over-the-top at the same time, is in the mold of the great hostesses of the past like Pamela Harriman, Marella Agnelli, Babe Paley, or, on a more Texas playing field of yore, Martha Hyder and Baroness di Portanova. Few, if any, compare to her today. “When hosting an event, you really have to curate your guest list,” admits Thrash. “You want chic, like-minded people but need the occasional, or unexpected, controversial guest. That's what stirs it up and keeps it from feeling like a night at the club. I am so fortunate to have cultivated so many friendships through the years from all over the world and that I can extend these opportunities to them.”


Thrash’s essence, like her hair, also now in the shade of pandemic platinum, has captivated a room with flair and finesse for decades, as she flawlessly sets the stage for every event. Philanthropy, at the highest level, takes ingenuity and brains, both of which Thrash has plenty. It was her goal that the Paris-


Cameron Silver and Ceron

Carla and Jack McDonald

Bridgette Gless Keller

meets-Los Angeles’ 72-hour whirlwind, a three day experience of private art collections, luncheons, dinners, and a gala offered guests something smart, exclusive and unique. The private collection visits offered to the fortunate guests were some of the most important private collections in the world. It began with film and television producer Michael Phillips’ Asian art collection, T.V. show creator Darren Star’s art-filled collection at his Beverly Hills home, philanthropists Lynda and Stewart Resnick’s collection at their Beverly Hills estate, real estate developer James Goldstein’s collection housed in his mid-century masterpiece, John Lautner-designed Beverly Hills home, prolific gallery owner and collector Larry Gagosian’s Holmby Hills home, the home and private art museum of entertainment executive Steve Tisch, the art foundation of Frederick R. Weisman in Bel Air, as well as opportunities to see the latest exhibits at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Getty Museum, and the new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. “There isn’t anyone who knows how to create memorable experiences the way Becca does,” shared Dallasite entertaining guru Kimberly Schlegel Whitman. “When her name is on an invitation, it is guaranteed to be filled with friends and fun and is sure to be a night you will remember. The LA L.A. Louvre event introduced us to private corners of Los Angeles that we often drive past and don’t even know. It was incredible treat to go inside their homes and see their collections with other art enthusiasts and hear the stories of the collectors and their

Corey and Caroline Kelly & Milton Townsend

Thomas Wheatley and Annie McCreery

Michael Macaulay leading the live auction

Bar Hemingway Re-creation

remarkable collections.” The event hosts included entrepreneur Ronnie Haft, with his husband Andrew Nagel, who had a welcome cocktail party at their Beverly Hills Forever home on Tuesday evening. Real estate developer Richard Weintraub, and his wife Liane, hosted the Malibu brunch on Wednesday in their historic, 1921 fivestory beach front home, Villa Tramonto, while contemporary art collector and Jumex Collection owner Eugenio Lopez hosted a glorious al fresco seated dinner in his art-filled Beverly Hills home on Wednesday evening. In Lopez’s estate, one was as likely to see a Basquiat, Donald Judd, Cy Twombly, or a Warhol Brillo box, as an incredible Jeff Koons poolside sculpture among the other treasures that were feasts for the guest’s eyes. The coup de grâce was Thursday evening’s culmination of the tremendous effort, a seated dinner for over 250 at the home of Colleen and Bradley Bell, high above the City of Angels in Holmby Hills. Longtime friends of Thrash through their mutual support of Anthony Kennedy Shriver’s Best Buddies organization, she’s the former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary and a T.V. producer, and he’s a seasoned television executive who has won over 20 Daytime Emmy© Awards. Their home, formerly the residence of Rod Stewart, and before that, Gregory Peck, served as the perfect backdrop for the Le Grand Nuit.


Many of the guests upon arrival at the Bell’s estate, entered the Mediterranean-style villa and were captivated by the impressive contemporary and classic art collection the Bells

Alexandra Longanecker

HRH Sultan Bin Nasser Bin Abdulaziz and HH Dena Aljuhani Abdulaziz

have assembled. Friendly, charming, and outgoing, the Bells are the perfect hosts for this kind of event. Never one to miss an opportunity to incorporate the French theme, a rendition of The Ritz Paris’ Hemingway Bar was recreated in the oak-paneled library of the residence. “The Bells are such lovely people, and their home was perfect for this event. The Hotel Ritz barkeep Colin Fields, who was flown in to create the pop-up, lost his mind when he saw the facsimile,” noted Thrash. As the Old Fashioned, Martini and signature Serendipity (nicknamed France in a glass) cocktails flowed, so did the guests who greeted longtime friends and eagerly made new ones. In fact, as the event spilled onto the estate, with a magnificent view of the city, guests were so entranced by each other that dinner was served over an hour later than planned. After all, it isn’t always easy gathering guests to be seated. The gigantic tent was festooned with vibrantly pink lighting. With an abundance of one-story high greenery perched on the tables, it was the perfect counterbalance to the fuchsia pink carpet. Much of decorative elements and rentals were driven directly from Houston to Los Angeles. “We incorporated the natural beauty of Southern California with palms, elephant ear leaves and banana trees to add to the gradations of green,” offered Thrash. “The chandeliers dripped in long, cascading ivy, while the shapes of the plants were projected onto the ceiling, adding to the tropical theme.” Creative, sublime, yet extremely elegant was Thrash’s goal in creating the décor. Never one to miss an opportunity, Becca cont'd...


Cocktails before dinner

Celesta Hodges and Esthella Provas. Photography by Tiffany Rose

Lucinda and Javier Loya

Valerie Cooper

Cason Thrash’s dress of glittering olive green sequins, designed by her close friend, designer-to-the-stars Naaem Khan, who also attended, matched the environment perfectly. “I find inspiration everywhere in creating a gala’s theme. Naaem sent me the dress he designed for me, and we built the evening around that,” revealed Thrash. The synergy between the olive beaded gown and her pink kunzite and diamond jewels that punctuated the green and pink theme wasn’t lost on anyone. “It was so appropriate that Becca’s Naeem Khan gown had a cape attached,” shares Austinite philanthropist Carla McDonald. “She is a philanthropic superhero, and her superpower is bringing the world’s most interesting people together to advance the work of the world’s most important organizations.” Guests raved over the entirely green table palette, highlighted with Yves Klein French blue tableware accents, that graced the silk table coverings on the many Continental and square tables, as guests were perched on green Chiavari chairs. In fact, every place setting was a feast for the eyes, and shortly thereafter, the cuisine palette. Guests dined on elegant French fare of filet mignon, asparagus in a light Bearnaise sauce, as well as pears in Champagne with crème fraiche. To pair with the meal, bottle upon bottle of Baron de Rothschild Champagne’s Chateau de Meusault 2016 and Le Petit Haut Lafitte 2015 were poured. For après dinner, Casa Dragones Joven sipping tequila, Kastra Elion expresso martinis, and an array of French chocolates were served.


Roger Klein, Jack Corwin, Brighton Keck and Chris Levine

While dining, and as the evening progressed, the live auction, deftly helmed by Michael Macauley of Sotheby’s Fine Art and Auction, raised the pulse of the evening even more. As Becca Cason Thrash shared a few moving words about the importance of fundraising for the cause, with a video greeting by the Louvre President Laurence des Cars, the auction was off to a flying start. Some of the artists who donated works and who also attended the event were Chris Levine of London, Californiabased artist James Verbicky, Niki Haas of the Haas Brothers duo who grew up in Austin, to name a few. The Impressionist collector Lionel Sauvage (and longtime Louvre's International Friends' board member) was spotted huddling with the current American Friends Of The Louvre board chairman, Kip Forbes of New York (Becca Cason Thrash serves as the vice-chairman), while collector Mary Ellen Marziale flew in from Italy for the gala and was accompanied by her actor/director son, Antonio Marziale. The bevy of guests who attended the event also included Michael Chow, founder of Mr. Chow restaurants, who bought the custom Tiffany watch for $85,000 at the auction, and Former Ambassador to Great Britain, the Honorable Robert Tuttle and his wife, Maria. Since the event occurred in Los Angeles, some local star power added to the guest list including Jacqueline Bisset, Chris O’Donnell, Jennifer Tilley, a few Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast members, producer Mark Burnett and his actor wife, Roma Downey, to name a few. Paris was also well represented with Parisian residents Ina Giscard d’Estaing

Chris North performs

Brad Oberwanger and Zoe Bonnette

Rob Giardinelli, Don Krindler and Ernie Carswell & Lance Avery Morgan

Becca and John Thrash

(her father-in-law was Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, the former President of France), Baroness Rose Anne de Pampelonne, Ritz Paris Director Mark Raffray, Fabrice Pasqual of Air France, and Parisian Lucas Somoza, among many other dear Paris-based friends of Thrash’s. The creative clout of the guests included designers like Juicy Couture co-founder Gela Taylor, and Monique Lhullier. Many other notables comprised of investor Francois Schramek, German technologist Patrick Hessler, philanthropists such as Sydney Holland, Carolyn Powers, and Orange County-based Elizabeth Segerstrom. In fact, philanthropists Gregory Annenberg Weingarten and his wife, Regina, were overheard marveling about the vast turnout and enthusiastic support from so many Texans, too. The laundry list of Thrash’s Texas fans and supporters who would show up to support her for anything, anywhere would be too long to list here, yet we were all there. “Most were eager to show up to make a contribution to the event by doing their part: looking as glamorous as possible, donning fashionable new ensembles and jewels, and bringing their irreplaceable Texas exuberance by bidding vigorously and showing the international guests how to let their hair down.” laughed Thrash.


Martha and Richard Finger

As with previous Louvre galas, the dinner and auction ended, and with the attendees ready for more action, Sinatra-esque singer Chris North took to the stage in a white dinner jacket, ready to rumble with the crowd. “He tore the ceiling off the roof

with his 35-minute, non-stop set of mega superstar hits of the last 50 years,” enthused Thrash, who was referred to North’s talents by their mutual pal, event producer Colin Cowie. “Chris had the guests dancing on their seats and in the aisles. It was a fabulous, high-octane performance that left people begging for more.” “The events hosted by Becca Cason Thrash are legendary, as I have read about them in Brilliant, The Society Diaries, and Society Texas for years,” confided Texan-turned-Angeleno Natalie Bond Bloomingdale. “How cool that my first party to attend helmed by Becca was in Los Angeles, and for such a wonderful cause. It was a meticulously orchestrated, very wellplanned, with a well-organized itinerary, and with incredible access to the best private art collections Los Angeles has to offer. Her grand vision was beautifully executed, and I am hopeful the funds raised will do a great deal for the restoration of the Roman Galleries at The Louvre. With the evening raising over a whopping two million dollars, we will all have to stay tuned to learn of Thrash’s next fundraising and across the globe. “I have been contacted by so many wonderful organizations,” confides Thrash. “I'll probably take on an entirely different project next, so stay tuned.”



John F. Kennedy, Neal Spelce and Lyndon Baines Johnson in Hyannis Port, Mass. at meeting to plan the 1960 presidential campaign

TELL ME THIS Neal Spelce is a legendary media professional and a witness to presidential history. Due to spending part of his career with President Lyndon Baines Johnson, his life course changed as he shares in his new book, With The Bark Off: A Journalist’s Memories of LBJ and a Life in the News Media. This exclusive excerpt is chock full of his recollections of the Johnson family, as well as Spelce’s point of view on today’s media landscape.

Photography courtesy ofNealNeal Spelce andSpelce LBJ, 1961 in front (and with replicas) of Taj Mahal, Agra,

India , Luci Johnson at an LBJ Ranch event, 1964, Lynda Johnson Robb at an LBJ Ranch event, 1964, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru greets LBJ, 1961, Vice President Hubert Humphrey and LBJ on horseback at the LBJ Ranch, 1964

Senate majority leader.”

THE 1960 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN WHEN LBJ RAN AGAINST JOHN F. Kennedy for the Democratic nomination in 1960, there was an obvious contrast in age and style. JFK was youth personified—that was his image—and LBJ countered with his seasoned experience. His campaign slogan was “A Leader to Lead the Nation,” and he used that famous profile photo (the correct side) with a little gray in the temples. He worked that to his advantage, insisting that every now and then you needed someone with a touch of gray in their hair, a sign of maturity. His approach was “Kennedy is a young senator, but I’m the

KTBC covered the 1960 primary from the Texas perspective, especially when LBJ was having a function in Austin. There was an aura about The Man. Trailing after him with cameras, we knew we were a part of history being made. Our station was a very interested observer of the Democratic Convention in Los Angeles, when LBJ was selected as vice president. I wasn’t there; I watched it on television. We knew the players on the Texas side. His trusted aide and the future governor of Texas, John Connally, was a key supporter and a leader in LBJ’s effort for the nomination. LBJ and JFK hadn’t been enemies, but they were combatable. (Bobby Kennedy despised LBJ until the day Bobby died.) To butcher an Ann Richards analogy, JFK was born on third base, and LBJ was born in the dugout. There was an enormous difference in their personalities, upbringing, culture, and geography. And yet they knew they had to come together to map a strategy for the Democratic campaign against Richard Nixon and Henry Cabot Lodge. After he was selected as the VP running mate at the July convention, LBJ took the Texas Capitol press corps to the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, and I was fortunate to be invited. The White House press corps was also there covering the discussions. The two running mates considered the occasion an opportunity to get to know each other better in a casual setting and in a different light. When I arrived, the Kennedys were throwing a football on a grassy lawn leading down to the waters of Nantucket Sound. It struck me as a summer home where everybody was on permanent vacation. The presidential candidate and the vice presidential candidate were wandering around the lawn, and the press was observing their every move. The public scrutiny didn’t seem to bother the Kennedys. They didn’t appear to be posturing; they were being themselves, wearing sneakers, khakis, and open-neck shirts. Their press conferences were informal, unlike those in previous administrations and today, where everything is well scripted. When JFK approached the press corps to make a statement, he didn’t wear a tie or a jacket, per tradition, usually just a golf shirt. He was open and direct about their plans: “Lyndon is going to work the South, and here are a few other things we’ve decided on.” On one occasion, Jackie Kennedy very graciously came outside to say hello to the press. What a beautiful lady! She was pregnant with John Jr. at the time, and she was positively glowing. Like everyone else in the country, I was impressed with her. She wasn’t trying to make headlines; she was simply an elegant and charming hostess greeting her guests. She understood the importance of good relations with the media.


There was a special moment for me when I was standing with both JFK and LBJ on the porch at the compound, and LBJ asked, “Neal, you want to get a picture with us?” “Well, sure.” Vern Sanford, who was the Texas Press Association’s executive director, was there with his camera. “Vern, come over here and take a picture,” LBJ said. Sixty years later, it’s hard to believe, but I actually appeared in a photograph with LBJ and JFK. It’s an absolute treasure—the young Neal Spelce standing between two monumental figures in twentieth-century American history who would eventually serve as presidents of the United States. And there I am, shaking Jack Kennedy’s hand and looking into the eyes of Lyndon Johnson. Back at KTBC, everyone saw the photo and a joke went around the station: “Neal, you certainly know who your boss is, don’t you?” LBJ ASCENDING, 1961–1963 Once LBJ becamve vice president, his Secret Service detail was in and out of the KTBC building in Austin all the time. We had some fun with them. I owned one of those retractable pointers that professors use, and I would get on the elevator with the agent assigned to elevator duty and pull out the retractable pointer like a walkie-talkie and speak into it—“Secret Service on the elevator, stand by”—and collapse the pointer and put it away. Their heads would jerk around. When I went into the lobby: “In lobby now. Secret Service clearly visible.” I would do that every time there was a new agent, and I was lucky they didn’t throw me to the floor. I had been to the LBJ Ranch for small events before he became vice president, but it was when he served as VP that the ranch became a folksy, comfortable gathering place for world leaders and a familiar geographical reference in the public mind, like Hyannis Port and Warm Springs, Georgia. And of course, when he was president, the ranch became known as the Little White House. LBJ loved hamburgers made at the Night Hawk, a beloved institution among Austin’s most popular restaurants. The original place was located at the south end of the Congress Avenue Bridge and had been in business since 1932. Harry Akin was the owner and later elected as mayor of Austin, and he was an early supporter of LBJ. Every time the Johnsons hired a new cook, LBJ would phone Harry Akin and tell him, “Harry, I have someone I want to send down there. I want you to teach him how to make those burgers like you make them.” LBJ’s favorite was the Frisco Burger, with its Thousand Island–like special sauce on a buttered and toasted bun. After the cook was trained, LBJ would sit in his suite above the KTBC studio and eat Frisco Burgers the way they made them at the Night Hawk. Harry confided to me that LBJ was the one who told him to integrate the Night Hawk. He said, “You’ve got to lead on this, Harry. We’ve got to serve Negroes.” Harry had already been hiring minorities to work in his kitchen and as wait staff for many years, but serving African American diners was a bolder step during those volatile times. When he decided to integrate his restaurants, there was no muss, no fuss. He just did it. I don’t remember anyone making a peep. During that same period, in the spring of 1960, African American students from UT and the historically black Huston-Tillotson College had begun to conduct sit-ins at the lunch counters downtown on Congress Avenue at Woolworth’s, the Kress fiveand-dime store, and other variety stores and department stores. In Austin, there were demonstrations on both sides of the integration issue, but by May of that year, thirty-two lunch counters and cont' d...

Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru greets LBJ, 1961

Neal Spelce and LBJ, in front (and with replicas) of the Taj Mahal, Agra, India, 1961

Luci Johnson at an LBJ Ranch event, 1964

Lynda Johnson at an LBJ Ranch event, 1964

Hubert Humphrey and LBJ on horseback at the LBJ Ranch, 1964


Cactus Pryor, Neal Spelce and Chet Huntley, Headliners Club, Austin, 1966

Neal Spelce during the University of Texas Whitman sniper coverage, Austin, 1966

Grogan Lord, Gregory Peck, John Connally and Cactus Pryor, Headliners Club, Austin, 1964

Neal Spelce with former LBJ Press Secretary George Christian, 1968


Neal Spelce, Election Night Special KTBC, Austin, 1962

restaurants in Austin had voluntarily desegregated. It was a relatively quick and peaceful transition. LBJ really did surprise people. As a southerner, he was able to push for social progress and accomplish many things that were not expected of him. Observers assumed that a northeastern liberal like JFK would lead the charge on progressive social issues, but it took a liberal southern Democrat to get things done. He achieved significant success because he’d come up through the Senate and knew how to twist arms. Literally! I’d seen him do it. He would lean over you with that large physical frame and tell you exactly what you needed to do or say. With Lyndon Johnson serving as vice president and later as president, Austin was becoming more visible in the national consciousness. Whenever world leaders arrived, they’d have to land at Bergstrom Air Force Base (now Austin-Bergstrom International Airport) outside Austin and then be driven or choppered out to the ranch in Stonewall, Texas, which is sixty miles away. The ranch had a small runway that could handle two-engine planes, but not the larger ones. Whenever LBJ or someone else was due to land, the Secret Service would rush out to the landing strip and chase the deer away so there would be no mishap while the plane was touching down. In time, Austin became an extension of the ranch itself, not only because of the proximity, but also because the White House press corps would stay in Austin when there was a newsworthy event at the ranch. They usually stayed in the Driskill Hotel downtown, and besides their coverage of LBJ, they soon they began writing sidebars about the charming college town. Previous presidents didn’t have a colorful ranch. LBJ owned cattle and horses and an expanse of land along the Pedernales River. (The proper Texas pronunciation of that river is PURR-de-NAH-liss.) He provided deer hunting and exotic game. By Texas standards it was little more than a gentleman’s ranch, but he had a ranch foreman to make it official—and the barbecue was fantastic. LBJ had great fun with his visitors. He enjoyed entertaining them. I could see him get a twinkle in his eye whenever he was about to pull a prank on the tinhorns. He loved to drive around his ranch and check on his cattle, and on a few occasions I went along for the ride. He owned a small German-made Amphicar convertible, lagoon blue in color, that could float and maneuver on water. But he didn’t tell his guests it was an amphibious vehicle. They’d get in the car and he’d say, “Let’s go look at the ranch. I’ll show you my cattle. I’ve got this bull out here you gotta see.” The Pedernales River flows through the ranch property and runs over a little dam, and although passengers can’t see this from a car, the water is streaming over the top of a road. LBJ would drive along, talking about his property and pointing out its woodsy features to the visitors, and then he’d suddenly head straight into the moving water. They didn’t know he was driving on a little strip of road. At other times, he’d shout that the brakes had failed and he’d steer the car splashing into a small lake. While the terrified passengers were catching their breath, he would laugh and guide the amphibious car toward dry land. BOTH SIDES JOURNALISM When Barry Goldwater was running against LBJ in 1964, the Republican presidential nominee booked a campaign stop in Austin, in the heart of LBJ country. Goldwater was a pilot, and he flew his own plane, a fairly large DC-3. We reporters headed out to the old Mueller airport in East Austin, and when Goldwater rolled to a stop on the landing strip, we were out there with our cameras. His supporters were there, too. He pushed open the pilot window and stuck his head out and waved to the crowd. “I’m glad

to be here,” he said. “When I took off from Phoenix, they asked me if I’d ever been to Austin and if I knew where it was. I said, ‘No, I’ve never been to Austin, but I’m gonna fly east and when I get to a fairly good-sized city with only one TV tower, I’m going to land.’” Folks were amazed that I put that on the air because it was “critical of LBJ’s family ownership of the KTBC-TV station.” But I said, “It was a great quote.” In all the years I was working at KTBC as a reporter and then as news director—making decisions about what stories to air and what not to air—never once did LBJ or the Johnson family give orders to cover this and not that. There were newsworthy events at the LBJ Ranch, and we’d go out there with reporters from all over the nation to cover a prime minister or some other visiting dignitary. That was news. But we were never told “you must come.” In one case, Walter Jenkins, one of LBJ’s trusted aides, was arrested for a sexual liaison in a men’s room in Washington, DC, and it was a serious scandal. Mrs. Johnson was very supportive of Jenkins, but in spite of her objection, President Johnson accepted the aide’s resignation. I ran with the Jenkins story on the air, and the next day I received a call from Time magazine. “Spelce, we’re just checking around the country to find out how this Walter Jenkins story was covered. How did you cover it in Austin?” “We led with it at ten o’clock last night.” The caller said, “You did?” “It was the top news story of the day,” I said, “so we led with it.” They were trying to find out if KTBC had buried the story because it was negative toward LBJ and his family. Our coverage was indicative of how we handled the news at KTBC, even when it wasn’t advantageous to our owner. That objectivity had been instilled in me by the University of Texas School of Journalism and by Paul Bolton. He was a stickler for getting a story accurate before putting it on the air. Get it first, if at all possible, but get it right, and let people draw their own conclusions based upon what you report. Don’t hide it, don’t dodge it. If it’s out there, it’s out there, and it’s your job as a reporter—as someone who’s conveying important information—to present the facts. The topic doesn’t matter. You want the viewers to say, “Wow, I didn’t know about that.” Today, there are so many ways for individuals to get news. With the Internet and twenty-four-hour cable news, viewers can go anywhere and find whatever they want to find, with whatever stripe they may want to put on it. But back in the 1950s and 1960s, KTBC was the sole source for television news in Austin and we had a serious obligation to cover it accurately and make sure the facts were correct. I always tell folks, “Don’t rely on a single source. Whenever you’re looking for news, broaden your scope. If you want to watch a left-leaning channel, watch a right-leaning channel as well, so you can balance your judgments and make up your own mind.” In today’s world, that attitude is considered quaint and out of step with current realities. Sometimes I sound like a Pollyanna, even to myself, but that’s the way I roll. In my view, polarization is a problem in our society. Most people watch or read to reinforce their own worldviews. And although they’re passionately engaged, they’re missing something if they don’t explore various websites and check other programs and read this blog or that article. I love to go to the online aggregator sites that represent different viewpoints and report on a variety of subjects. I encourage people to get a more complete picture, so whatever their position may be, it’s either reinforced or questioned. cont' d...


It’s important to challenge our assumptions and biases. Now in my seventh decade as a reporter, I’m often asked, “What do you think about that story that broke today, Neal?” I usually respond, “I was fascinated by it.” Not believing the story, necessarily, but fascinated by the news itself. After so many years in the business, I’ve found a way of standing back and looking at things philosophically. I’m intrigued by what the left does and what the right does and how everybody reacts to that. I don’t get caught up in “I’m taking his side, and the other side be damned.” I think it goes back to that journalistic training. You’re trained to walk into a situation, whatever it may be—a city council meeting, a public hearing on rising water bills, a school shooting—and analyze what’s going on, what’s newsworthy, what’s most important to your audience. And then you write the story. You don’t get caught up in “Don’t quote this person, but quote this person.” The pursuit of balance and objectivity has carried me forward throughout my long career. News analysts are everywhere now, but they’re not really that new. I can remember back in the early days when Eric Sevareid would come on CBS as an analyst and commentator. Dan Rather told me one time, “I envision what happens in Eric Sevareid’s life. I can see him waking up, putting on his robe, padding to the front door in his slippers, and picking up several newspapers and reading through them. And then he gets on the phone and says, ‘I think I’ll talk about this today,’ and calls that person and they go have lunch, usually with a martini. And then Eric comes to the office and sits down and writes his piece and records it and goes home. What a life!” Dan was out there getting punched in the gut, stalked, and shot at, but there’s Sevareid having a martini at lunch. To be fair to Eric Sevareid, he’d covered the fall of Paris to the Germans in World War II and later parachuted into Burma from a crashing airplane, so he deserved those martinis, because he’d earned his status as a commentator. I watched his analysis over the years, and I’m not sure he ever took a hard right or hard left position. He’d say, “Here is this and here is this, too, and there’s going to be a big battle over this, and we’ll have to watch and wait and see.” A turning point in polarization may have come with the popular “Point-Counterpoint” segment of 60 Minutes, which aired from 1975 to 1979, a weekly debate between liberal Shana Alexander and conservative James J. Kilpatrick. It was famously satirized on Saturday Night Live, with comedian Dan Aykroyd (Kilpatrick) often replying to Jane Curtin (Alexander), “Jane, you ignorant slut.” I’m not sure if it was the humorous satire or the “Point-Counterpoint” segment itself, but that formula exploded all over country, a harbinger of the future. Today there are entire teams of folks out there analyzing, pontificating, and arguing “I’m right, you’re wrong.” It’s sometimes entertaining, but usually produces more heat than light. After I left daily television, I was often brought back to analyze the voter returns during election night coverage. One evening during a statewide race, I was sitting on the set with the anchor and co-anchor, and I had my yellow pad and pencil in front of me. As election returns came in, it was my job to announce that at 7:00 p.m., this candidate was ahead, and at 8:00 p.m., South Texas had not been counted yet and voting in Houston was heavy. That kind of thing. It’s what computers do now, but all I had was a yellow pad and a number two pencil. The anchor sitting next to me wasn’t the brightest bulb on the porch, and when I said, “We’d better keep an eye on this. The margin is narrowing, and it looks like the other candidate may win,” he said,


“Really, Neal? He’s been behind all night long. How can you say something like that?” And I very calmly and quietly said, “Because of the trendline and votes that are still uncounted. South Texas is normally going to go in this direction, and they’re not in yet—and that could put this candidate over the top.” That’s the kind of pad-and-pencil analysis I did back in the day, and that’s the way I like to watch election returns now. But the computers are so far ahead of everybody, they calculate results down to the minute and report, “We can now declare a winner in the congressional district northeast of Dallas.” Not to mention, “Hey, California and the West Coast, the election is already over and we’ve declared a winner. Your vote is superfluous.” The Donald Trump election of 2016 is a great example of how analysis can go awry. All the ratings and data showed that Hillary Clinton was going to win. I’d been watching a lot of television coverage, and I stayed up to speed on what was happening. Two or three days before the election, I made the comment, “Trump can win this.” I mentioned that to a pollster who was polling for Trump and the Republicans, and he said, “There’s just no way.” But I insisted, “I don’t think the polls are right.” I’m not claiming credit for predicting Trump’s victory, but when I was seeing such large, passionate crowds at his rallies, I tried to figure both sides of journalism out, “Who the heck are these folks who are so angry and engaged?” And I realized that those folks were not being polled because they were “anti-media” and “antipolling”—“I’m not going to talk.” Nobody looked at their numbers. But sitting back in my armchair and watching news coverage week after week, I could see what was taking shape. So when I made that “bold prediction,” I was dismissed, but it came to pass. It’s the job of the reporter to analyze what’s happening with a cold eye to the truth. Polling has become essential, for better or worse, to that highly competitive media world that has emerged over the past thirty years. Unfortunately, the polls sometimes drive public opinion instead of the other way around. I have examined polls, and even conducted polls when I ran my PR firm, and I know that you can direct the results by how you phrase the questions. When John Connally was running for governor of Texas for the first time in 1962, he was not well known and he was running against a sitting governor, Price Daniel, who was pretty doggone popular. One of Connally’s tactics was to encourage his supporters to vote early. It was a unique idea at that time, and reminiscent of what candidates do today. His campaign would contact the Austin American-Statesman and other newspapers and say, “I understand there are big crowds at the polling places right now, voting early. You ought to send a reporter out there and find out what’s going on.” Of course, it was a set-up. The reporters would ask the early voters, “Who are you voting for?” and the response was usually, “I’m voting for John Connally.” Governor Price Daniel’s response was, “My voters can go vote tomorrow.” But the overall effect was it looked like an enthusiastic groundswell for this unknown candidate named John Connally. The press was being manipulated by his campaign. It wasn’t the first time that a political campaign had outmaneuvered an opponent, and it certainly wouldn’t be the last. To access an exclusive interview with Neal Spelce, visit SocietyTexas. com. Spelce’s memoir, With The Bark Off: A Journalist’s Memories of LBJ and a Life in the News Media, is published by the University of Texas Briscoe Center for American History. It is available in hardcover, e-book, or audiobook on, or wherever fine books are sold. For more info, or for a personally signed, first edition copy of the hardcover version, visit

Former President George H. W. Bush, Neal Spelce and Former President George W. Bush, 2012

Neal Spelce, 2022

Neal Spelce and George Christian honor Walter and Betsy Cronkite at the Headliners Club, Austin, 1990s

University of Texas Moody College of Communication's Neal Spelce Broadcast Journalism Studio

Neal Spelce pointing out his view of the University of Texas Tower shooting during his earlier broadcast, 2015



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Only The Best The best plays, musical performances, and exhibits in Texas are enjoyed by record-breaking crowds, according to our cultural arts arbiter Leanne Raesener, who shares our favorite recommendations for what to enjoy this fall across the state.


Dallas/Fort Worth

TANTALIZINGLY TAME Shakespeare’s comedic tale of marital mismatch is given new life with breathtaking costumes and modern, dynamic choreography in Ballet Austin’s lighthearted and lovely recreation of The Taming of the Shrew. September 16–18. At

I SEE, I SPY The special exhibition Murillo: From Heaven to Earth celebrates the genre paintings of one of the most celebrated painters of the Spanish Golden age: Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617-1682). Known for his religious and secular themes, he also portrayed the ordinary people of his time. September 18–January 29, 2023. At

Courtesy of Ballet Austin

VIEWING A WRITER The new exhibit at the University of Texas Harry Ransom Center, The Writers: Portraits by Laura Wilson, highlights photographic portraits of some of the most influential writers of our time including Louise Erdrich, Gabriel García Márquez, Zadie Smith, and Tom Stoppard. Inspiration from the exhibit is drawn from images in Wilson’s upcoming book where she immersed herself in the personal setting of each writer along with details that have inspired their literary triumphs. Through January 1, 2023. At

Two Women at a Window, c. 1655/1666 by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Photo courtesy of The Kimbell Art Museum

THINK R-E-S-P-E-C-T Broadway diva Capathia Jenkins and the three-time GRAMMY nominee Ryan Shaw light up the stage in Aretha: A Tribute with your favorite Aretha Franklin hits. Led by GRAMMY Award-winning conductor John McLaughlin Williams, this high-energy, glittering tribute is not to be missed. October 14–16. At Zadie Smith, New York, N.Y. Photographed November 2013 © Laura Wilson

Kimberely Marable and company in Hadestown. Photo by T. Charles Erickson

A SONG IN YOUR HEART Hadestown, the winner of eight 2019 TONY Awards, is a love story for the ages inviting audiences on a haunting and hopeful theatrical experience that will linger long after you leave. September 24–25. At


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THE BOY KING Immersive King Tut: Magic Journey to the Light features the most famous of the Egyptian rulers, the Pharaoh Tutankhamun. The show commemorates the 100th anniversary of archeologist Howard Carter’s discovery of the legendary “boy king’s” tomb. September 23–November 13. At



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Back Door #2, 2003. Michael Wolf© 2022, Courtesy of the artist and Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York

BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG IMPRESSIONS The new exhibition, Urban Impression: Experiencing the Global Contemporary Metropolis at Rice Universtiy’s Moody Arts Center, focuses on urban life's overarching and shared aspects. Presenting international and Houston-based artists, the show highlights alternate modes of perception. September 16–December 17. At

LET’S MISBEHAVE Theatre Under The Stars’ hot new production, the TONY Awardwinning musical fave, Ain't Misbehavin': The Fats Waller Musical, celebrates the music of Fats Waller and the Black artists of the Harlem Renaissance…one of the most innovative periods in American music. September 21–October 2. At Courtesy of the Alley Theatre

American Mariachi by Jordan Fraker

FAMILIA ES TODO American Mariachi, written by Latine writer, José Cruz González, is the first play or musical depicting Mexican American culture to premiere at The Public Theater since its founding in the early 1900s. Enjoy an evening of muy especial songs performed by San Antonio’s premiere Mariachis. September 9–October 2. At

Courtesy of the National Touring Company of Ain’t Too Proud. By Emilio Madrid.

TEMPT YOUR IMAGINATION Ain’t Too Proud–The Life and Times of The Temptations, nominated for 12 TONY Awards and the winner of the 2019 TONY Award for Best Choreography, tells the unforgettable story of this legendary quintet, tracing their extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. October 11–October 16. At

Antonius-Tín Bui, Remodel Minority, 2019. Courtesy of the artist, McNay Art Museum Pre-production image of La Traviata courtesy of Houston Grand Opera

ITALIAN GLORY Verdi’s opera La Traviata is one of the world’s most performed and beloved operas. When the glamorous courtesan Violetta falls in love with the young Alfredo, it’s as if nothing can tear them apart. But as tragedy unfolds, their true love is shaken to its core. October 21– November 6. At

A TIME TO REFLECT The McNay exhibition, Reflecting Selves: Asian American Artists in Texas, presents five artists who challenge preconceived notions about Asian Americans. Particularly ones that ignore the challenges Asian Americans face in their adopted homeland. The artworks depict diverse Asian American experiences in the U.S. due to discrimination. Through October 9. At




Let’s Table The Discussion

With everyone returning to restaurants like never before, there are a plethora of new, beautiful ones to try, as well as favorites to try again, according to our savvy eatery devotees, Rob Giardinelli (Austin), Cynthia Smoot (Dallas), Rob Giardinelli (Houston) and Alexandra del Lago (San Antonio).


Dallas/Fort Worth

Photo by Jane Yun YOUR LOCAL VINTNER Located in Westlake, Neighborhood Vintner offers over 1,000 wine bottles for retail purchases at varying price points, along with wines available in the store by the glass, all of which pair exquisitely with their charcuterie menu. The locale is perfect for meeting a friend after work, as the first stop on a night out, or to obtain a last-minute host gift en route to a dinner party. At STEAK-ING A CLAIM Dean’s Italian Steakhouse is a classic American steakhouse with Italian expression that has recently opened its first Texas location. Located downtown on the ground floor of the JW Marriott Austin, Dean’s offers the best cuts of steak, market fresh seafood, and housemade pasta...and a killer happy hour menu to boot. At Photo by Jane Yun SEA THE TEX-MEX Brought to Austin by Tex-Mex restaurant company Trudy’s, Trudy’s Del Mar recently opened in the former South Congress Café location. It offers a nod to its iconic predecessor by continuing its beloved brunch menu while serving unique and exciting seafood dishes inspired by traditional recipes from Mexican Coastal living. At


Courtesy of Alice PAN-ASIAN SPECIFIC Known for its take on Pan-Asian cuisine and craft cocktails, Alice recently launched new menu offerings. The refreshed menu by Ashkan Moeinearaghi, their executive chef, offers memorable dishes centered around sushi, sashimi, and nigiri plates. At

RIGHT THIS WAY, SER Located inside the Hilton Anatole, SER Steak + Spirits is a contemporary American steakhouse with unparalleled views of the Dallas skyline. They have reopened with a new executive chef, a globallyinspired menu, and a dining experience that ignites the senses. At

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Courtesy of SER ALL IS FAIR Running September 30–October 23, this year’s State Fair of Texas is themed Treats Of Texas and there’s no tastier treat than a Fletcher’s Original Corny Dog slathered in mustard. Get your Fletcher's fix at one of seven stands scattered throughout the fairgrounds. Can't make the Fair this year? They ship nationally through Goldbelly. At cont'd...

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LUNCH ON THE MENU A hit since it opened for happy hour and dinner service this spring, The Warwick recently added lunch to its stellar dining repertoire. The New American fare, with a Southern Twist lunch menu, features culinary classics such as Shrimp Po’ Boy and Cajun pasta, as well as a delectable Cobb salad. At

HAMSA MORE Recently opened in Rice Village, Hamsa is a Modern Israeli restaurant featuring elevated classics from the Middle East. Shared plates are recommended, and the space also features a sixperson chef’s table, called Yalla Yalla, where culinary connoisseurs can sample a curation of the chef’s top selections. At

SHACK DADDY Opening its first location in Houston, California-based Daddy’s Chicken Shack offers a wide range of scrumptious chicken offerings that are a fusion of American South and Southeastern Asian flavors. The menu also features breakfast and vegan offerings so the whole family can enjoy. At


SUGAR FIX Sugar Factory American Brasserie, the eatery known for its overthe-top dishes and treats, has opened its second Texas location in downtown San Antonio. The world-famous, family-friendly, highenergy celebration destination has been designed to give guests an interactive experience filled with memorable moments. At

PEARL DROP-IN The much-anticipated Carriqui at the Pearl aims to honor its past and usher in the next chapter with the very best offerings that create a space for joyful gathering. Named after the green jay of South Texas, it features fresh seafood from the Gulf, Rio Grande-inspired botana platters, pit-cooked barbacoa and brisket, a masa program, and a robust cocktail and beverage program. At

FULL & HAPPY Located at the Pearl, Full Goods Diner serves scratch-made, seasonally-driven food for breakfast and lunch. In addition, it serves comforting and familiar everyday food to connect the restaurant to its central and South Texas roots of Mexican and American fare. The design also embodies the warm and welcoming environment with rich wooden accents, plenty of natural light, and a greenhouse-style entry. At


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September 9 Wild Game Dinner Ronald McDonald House of Ft. Worth

September 10 Art for Advocacy Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center

October 7 The Lunch Goodwill Industries of Dallas

October 23 The Great Create Nasher Sculpture Center

October 22 Zoo Ball Houston Zoo

September 17 Cattle Baron’s Ball American Cancer Society

October 7 The Hope Gala New Hope Equine Assisted Therapy

October 28 – November 6 2021 Partners Card The Family Place

October 28 2021 Howl-O-Ween Ball Houston SPCA

September 17 Mad Scientist Ball Fort Worth Museum of Science and Natural History

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October 29 Red Hot Gala 2022 Houston Professional Firefighter Association Charitable Foundation

September 20 Power of Preservation Recovery Resource Council September 22 Gala 2022 Dallas Contemporary Art Museum September 23 Each Moment Matters Luncheon Forefront Living Foundation September 23 Texas Trailblazers Awards Dinner The Family Place September 24 41st Annual Black-Tie Dinner September 27 37th Annual Luncheon Texas Women’s Foundation September 29 Forklift Fantasia: The Shape of Water Forklift Danceworks September 30 Chick Lit Luncheon Community Partners of Dallas September 30 Cowtown Ball: Stars and Stetsons American Cancer Society October 1 Gala 2022: Lehárs “The Merry Widow” Dallas Symphony Orchestra October 1 Fur Ball SPCA of Texas October 4 Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon & Fashion Show Equest

October 10-11 Kappa Tablescapes October 12 Signature Chefs Auction March of Dimes October 13 Hope for Humanity Luncheon Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum October 13-16 Christmas In Cowtown Junior League of Ft. Worth October 14 Burgers & Burgundy DIFFA Dallas October 14 Attitudes & Attire Luncheon & Fashion Show Attitudes & Attire

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October 16 All Star Chef Classic Dallas 24 Hour Club

October 1 Viva Las Vegas Gala Children’s Museum of Houston

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October 13 Razzle Dazzle Pink! Memorial Hermann

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