The Happiest Hour

Wilkinson Center kicks off Can Do Luncheon with cocktails and couture

Wilkinson Center kicks off Can Do Luncheon with cocktails and couture

Lindsey Collins, Lauren Mason, Haley Nielson, Kristen Johnson, Ryan Sadkin, Can Do Luncheon Kick-Off
Lindsey Collins, Lauren Mason, Haley Nielson, Kristen Johnson, Ryan Sadkin Photo by Andrew Buckley
Joni Brown-Jaas, Sally Wheeler, Can Do Luncheon Kick-Off
Joni Brown-Jaas, Sally Wheeler Photo by Andrew Buckley
Melanie Myers, Vickie Thompson, Can Do Luncheon Kick-Off
Melanie Myers, Vickie Thompson Photo by Andrew Buckley
Sherry Stevener, Gary Stevener, Can Do Luncheon Kick-Off
Sherry Stevener, Gary Stevener Photo by Andrew Buckley
Joan Eleazer, John McStay, Ellen McStay, Can Do Luncheon Kick-Off
John Eleazer, John McStay, Ellen McStay Photo by Andrew Buckley
Anne Reeder, Ellen McStay, Can Do Luncheon Kick-Off
Anne Reeder, Ellen McStay Photo by Andrew Buckley
Tiffany Divis, Anne Reeder, Paul Divis, Can Do Luncheon
Tiffany Divis, Anne Reeder, Paul Divis Photo by Andrew Buckley
Sandy Williams, Beth Johnson, Anne Reeder, Cristy McAtee, Can Do Luncheon Kick-Off
Sandy Williams, Beth Johnson, Anne Reeder, Cristy McAtee Photo by Andrew Buckley
Gary Stevener, Jane Kieke, Sherry Stevener, Alice Murray, Can Do Luncheon Kick-Off
Gary Stevener, Jane Kieke, Sherry Stevener, Alice Murray Photo by Andrew Buckley
Anita Sabinske, Beth Yablon, Can Do Luncheon Kick-Off
Anita Sabinske, Beth Yablon Photo by Andrew Buckley
Lindsey Collins, Lauren Mason, Haley Nielson, Kristen Johnson, Ryan Sadkin, Can Do Luncheon Kick-Off
Joni Brown-Jaas, Sally Wheeler, Can Do Luncheon Kick-Off
Melanie Myers, Vickie Thompson, Can Do Luncheon Kick-Off
Sherry Stevener, Gary Stevener, Can Do Luncheon Kick-Off
Joan Eleazer, John McStay, Ellen McStay, Can Do Luncheon Kick-Off
Anne Reeder, Ellen McStay, Can Do Luncheon Kick-Off
Tiffany Divis, Anne Reeder, Paul Divis, Can Do Luncheon
Sandy Williams, Beth Johnson, Anne Reeder, Cristy McAtee, Can Do Luncheon Kick-Off
Gary Stevener, Jane Kieke, Sherry Stevener, Alice Murray, Can Do Luncheon Kick-Off
Anita Sabinske, Beth Yablon, Can Do Luncheon Kick-Off

Happy hour at Tootsies always draws a crowd of well-heeled philanthropists. The elegant boutique, which often hosts charitable fetes, set the scene for the Wilkinson Center kick-off party for the upcoming inaugural Can Do Luncheon. 

The Wilkinson Center is the leading poverty rescue and prevention agency for the working poor, providing empowerment and essentials to help its clients become self-sufficient. It serves more than 14,000 people annually, mainly in east and southeast Dallas. 

Stylish devotees — including luncheon chair Joan Eleazer, Lindsey Collins, Haley Nielson, Kristen JohnsonAnita Sabinske, Beth Yablon, Melanie Myers, Sally Wheeler and Ryan Sadkin — sipped on cocktails as models donning Tootsies fashions cruised through the crowd. 

But happy hour for these folks also meant recognizing generous honorees Ellen and John McStay for their dedication to giving back, supporting the Wilkinson Center and their "can do" attitude toward making a difference in the community. 

Attendees chatted about the unique invitation — emblazoned with an Andy-Warhol inspired design — and the great expectations for the first-ever fundraiser. You can still purchase tickets for the Can Do Luncheon, which takes place May 21 at Dallas Country Club