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Reality TV star Bethenny Frankel dishes it up at annual Dallas luncheon

Reality TV star Bethenny Frankel dishes it up at Dallas luncheon

Gail Corder Fischer, honorary chair, Bethenny Frankel, featured speaker, Mary Martha Pickens, Chick Lit Luncheon co-chair and Tricia George, Chick Lit Luncheon co-chair
Gail Corder Fischer, Bethenny Frankel, Mary Martha Pickens, Tricia George Photos by Dana Driensky, Daniel Driensky, and Tamytha Cameron Smith
Katherine Coker, Lynn McBee
Katherine Coker, Lynn McBee Photos by Dana Driensky, Daniel Driensky, and Tamytha Cameron Smith
Bela Pjetrovic, Lisa Cooley, Ciara Cooley, Sabina Pjetrovic
Bela Pjetrovic, Lisa Cooley, Ciara Cooley, Sabina Pjetrovic Photos by Dana Driensky, Daniel Driensky, and Tamytha Cameron Smith
Nancy Rogers and Michael Flores
Nacny Rogers, Michael Flores Photos by Dana Driensky, Daniel Driensky, and Tamytha Cameron Smith
Nancy Dobbs, Terri Bass, Tanya McDonald
Nancy Dobbs, Terri Bass, Tanya McDonald Photos by Dana Driensky, Daniel Driensky, and Tamytha Cameron Smith
Sally Dietz, Maureen Redish, Cindy Turner, Karen Carney
Sally Dietz, Maureen Redish, Cindy Turner, Karen Carney Photos by Dana Driensky, Daniel Driensky, and Tamytha Cameron Smith
Stephanie Seay, Ashley Conneely, Amanda Ward
Stephanie Seay, Ashley Conneely, Amanda Ward Photos by Dana Driensky, Daniel Driensky, and Tamytha Cameron Smith
Heather Hicks, Lauren Hicks, Joanna Clarke, vice president of development, Community Partners of Dallas, and Julia Hicks
Heather Hicks, Lauren Hicks, Joanna Clarke, Julia Hicks Photos by Dana Driensky, Daniel Driensky, and Tamytha Cameron Smith
Lara Tafel, Katie Balssey, Lauren Ludlow
Lara Tafel, Katie Balssey, Lauren Ludlow Photos by Dana Driensky, Daniel Driensky, and Tamytha Cameron Smith
– Partners for Children Award recipients:  John Bitzer, Leslie Needleman, Jason Needleman, Mary Ella Bitzer, Meredith Needleman, Josh Needleman and Paige McDaniel, president and CEO, Community Partners of Dallas
John Bitzer, Leslie Needleman, Jason Needleman, Mary Ella Bitzer, Meredith Needleman, Josh Needleman, Paige McDaniel Photos by Dana Driensky, Daniel Driensky, and Tamytha Cameron Smith
Gail Corder Fischer, honorary chair, Bethenny Frankel, featured speaker, Mary Martha Pickens, Chick Lit Luncheon co-chair and Tricia George, Chick Lit Luncheon co-chair
Katherine Coker, Lynn McBee
Bela Pjetrovic, Lisa Cooley, Ciara Cooley, Sabina Pjetrovic
Nancy Rogers and Michael Flores
Nancy Dobbs, Terri Bass, Tanya McDonald
Sally Dietz, Maureen Redish, Cindy Turner, Karen Carney
Stephanie Seay, Ashley Conneely, Amanda Ward
Heather Hicks, Lauren Hicks, Joanna Clarke, vice president of development, Community Partners of Dallas, and Julia Hicks
Lara Tafel, Katie Balssey, Lauren Ludlow
– Partners for Children Award recipients:  John Bitzer, Leslie Needleman, Jason Needleman, Mary Ella Bitzer, Meredith Needleman, Josh Needleman and Paige McDaniel, president and CEO, Community Partners of Dallas

More than 1,000 guests showed their support for the Community Partner's of Dallas 11th annual Chick Lit Luncheon at the Hilton Anatole. And while Dallas loves a good cause, there's no doubt that a few extra seats were sold due to reality TV's favorite guilty pleasure Bethenny Frankel acting as this year's guest speaker.

Co-chairs Tricia George and Mary Martha Pickens and honorary chair Gail Corder Fischer welcomed guests to the event, which began with a VIP reception where select sponsors and luncheon attendees mix and mingled with Frankel, before the remaining guests gathered in the grand ballroom for a seated lunch.

While guests dined, the  2017 Partners for Children Award was presented to the Bitzer and Needleman families. Peacock Alley, a longtime partner of Community Partners of Dallas, was also honored for its commitment to meeting the philanthropic needs of our community. This year marks the 14th year that Peacock Alley has been the home of CPD’s annual toy drive. 

CPD President and CEO Paige McDaniel then took the stage to thank everyone for coming and to tell guests a little bit more about the important work of Community Partners of Dallas and how important their donations were. She was followed by CPD board member Greg Nieberding, who introduced Frankel as a best-selling author, natural foods chef, reality TV star, businesswoman, and, most importantly, mighty mommy to Bryn. 

Frankel took to the stage and did not disappoint. She talked about personal struggles of overcoming child abuse and other challenges in her youth, and she shared excerpts from her book, "A Place of Yes: 10 Rules for Getting Everything You Want." And because it wouldn't be a Frankel-fest without a little Bravo banter, the original Skinny Girl dished on the drama that we all love to hate (or hate that we love). 

Attendees — including Stephanie Stollenwerck, Lara Tafel, Nancy Rogers, Lisa Cooley, Sandy Moore, Katy Miller, Greg NieberdingLaura Braun, Helaine Blizzard, Marybeth Conlon, Lynn McBee, Cindy RachofskyChristie Carter, Claire Emanuelson, and Susan Farris — left with fabulous favor bags that featured Mary Kay products, cocktail napkins from Paper Affair, and coupons from Peacock Alley, Zoe's Kitchen, and Bachendorf's.

Community Partners of Dallas has ensured safety and restored dignity and hope to abused and neglected children since its founding in 1989. The proceeds from the Chick Lit Luncheon help to provide crucial resources and support to the caseworkers of Dallas County Child Protective Services.