LaunchAbility And The Wilkinson Center Kick-Off “Smokey” And Shaken, Not Stirred Fundraiser...

OCT 14, 2013 1:30 PM BY JEANNE PREJEAN Published By: My Sweet Charity

LaunchAbility Kick-Off
October 1 started the month off with a couple of kick-off parties for future major fundraisers.

In Preston Hollow the vehicles were lined up in front of Holly and Doug Deason’s home. The occasion was the kick-off of LaunchAbility’s “A Special Evening Hosted by Alliance Data” and it attracted a crowd that included Anne and Steve Stodghill, Billy Gannon and Brian Demma.

Even though the concert at the Meyerson doesn’t take place until Monday, March 31, plans were already set.

Co-Chairs Piper and Mike Wyatt had arranged for Caroline Rose Hunt to be honorary chair.

As for the entertainment, it will be Smokey Robinson. When asked how they decided on Smokey, Piper didn’t hesitate — “I’ve always love Motown and always loved Smokey. Mike and I love ‘The Voice’ TV show, and Smokey did a duet on the show with Nicholas David. Smokey was wearing chunky jewelry, leather pants and I thought, ‘He’s still got it!’”

Across the way, Doug told how Holly’s daughter was going to be one of the 2014 Dallas Symphony Orchestra League debs. He laughed that he felt sorry for Holly’s ex [Lawrence Bock] because of the cost of having a deb daughter. Then he got a double dose of reality. Holly reminded him that they were going to have to buy a table at the ball, and Doug’s own daughter was starting to show signs of wanting to debut in the future.

A dad’s life is a tough one.

Wilkinson Center Gala Press EventShaken Not Stirred Kick-Off
Across town in the West Village, it was an entirely different story. Instead of a calm residential street, the bustling retail center’s parking was as scarce as cactus in Antarctica. As people dined nearby at Taco Diner’s patio, Kendra Scott’s doors were wide open and with good reason — the crowd, including Craig Innes, Tiffany Divis, Kathy Coons, Adrienne O’Connor, Pam Karlos, Carlin Morris and Al Tatum, kept pouring into the shop. The reason? The Friends of Wilkinson Center was hosting its kick-off for the “Shaken, Not Stirred” gala.

Slated for Friday, October 25, at the Adolphus Hotel, the James Bond-themed event is being presented by the Orix Foundation. In addition to a traditional dinner, silent and live auctions, casino royale, photo booth, wine pull, open bar and after-party starting at 9 p.m., DJ Red Sean will be orchestrating the music.

Instead of Daniel Craig, they’re having Dallas’ own Mr. Cool — Mayor Mike Rawlings — and his equally cool bride Micki as honorary co-chairs.

To keep guests blinged up for the gala, the Kendra Scott staff not only provided a 10% discount to guests, they also donated 10% of the evening’s profits to Wilkinson. Not to be outdone, Deep Eddy donated their Ruby Red cocktails and Union Bear offered two specialty drinks with 15% of proceeds going to The Wilkinson Center.

Now, that’s the kind of kick-off that gets things shaking, not just stirred.

Wilkinson Center Gala Press Event
Wilkinson Center Gala Press Event