Wilkinson Center’s Can Do! Luncheon Kick-Off Celebrates At Tootsies With Fashion, Friends...

MAR 24, 2014 3:30 PM BY DIANA OATES Published By: My Sweet Charity

The fundraising season must be truly underway because Tootsies has once again become the go-to-place for non-profits to launch, toast and celebrate. But there was something different on the eve of spring, otherwise known as Wednesday March 19th. Instead of arriving at the Preston Road front door, guests-in-the-know arrived at the back door. So much easier than fighting traffic jammed with drivers headed to their Preston Hollow homes and elsewhere.

With the sunlight streaming through the windows, guests like Angie Kadesky, Cynthia Beaird, Leslie Diers, Susan Hardie and Jan Baldwin seemed to glisten for the Wilkinson Center’s May 13th Can Do! Luncheon at the Dallas Country Club.

For the event the Friends of Wilkinson Center were showing off the Tootsies fashions. But a true standout was Can Do! Luncheon Chair Christie Carter. If ever a misty pink blouse and gray jacket ever hit the spot, they certainly were in the same universe on Christie.

Across the way, Tiffany Divis was realizing her agenda of the three days included the Can Do! Event, Thursday’s Zoo-To-Do at Lela Rose and Spirit of Uganda at Dallas City Performance Hall, and Friday at the Dallas Country Club for Fashion Stars for a Cause. Hopefully, Saturday was slated for a day of rest.

On the other hand, her husband Paul didn’t give a darn. Among all the gals jabbing, he was with his old West Point classmate/cadet Mike Lessel.

Wilkinson Center Executive Director Anne Reeder was glowing. The Wilkinson Center’s Can Do! Fundraiser was right on target. Perhaps it was because last year’s was such a hit despite tornado warnings in the area. For a first-time event, it really hit the spot with great food, an incredible gathering of supporters and just enough message that everyone walked away feeling dang good.

This year’s event will honor Anne and Terry Conner and the Women of Saint Michael.

But back to the gab. Unless you’re not interested. Then you can move on to the next item on your agenda. Lynn McBee was telling Lisa Longino about the McBees’ wine fav “Gundlach Bundschu” from Sonoma. After a couple of tries and spelling of the winery’s name, Lynn just said, “Think Gun Bun.” To accessorize that vino train of thought, Lisa revealed that after many tries, her favorite wine cork puller was Legacy’s Cork Pops.

Lisa, who orchestrated last year’s Crystal Charity Ball bus tour, missed it this year. But she had a good reason. She had been on the East Coast, where he got to spend time with her three very young grand kiddos. Like most munchkins, they gave their granny something to take home with her — a head cold.