Fashionable fête

Dallas fashionistas and Cowboys legends celebrate luncheon-style show's 20th year

Dallas fashionistas and Cowboys greats celebrate luncheon's 20th year

Pam Busbee, Lisa Cooley, Christie Carter
Pam Busbee, Lisa Cooley, Christie Carter Photo by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky
Nerissa Von Helpenstill, Dustin Holcomb
Nerissa Von Helpenstill, Dustin Holcomb Photo by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky
ALICE + OLIVIA Multi Butterfly Maxi Dress
A model wears the Alice + Olivia Multi Butterfly maxi dress. Photo by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky
SMYTHE Plaid Blazer, DEREK LAM 10 CROSBY Sky Blouse, SEA Slate Plaid
A model wears a Smythe plaid blazer, Derek Lam 10 Crosby Sky Blouse, and SEA slate plaid pants. Photo by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky
Models Wearing APPARIS Lime Coat, CINQ A Sept Teal Velvet Gown, APPARIS orange Coat, MILLY Pink Leopard Dress
Models arew wearing Apparis lime coat, CINQ A Sept teal velvet gown, Aparis orange coat, and Milly pink leopard dress. Photo by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky
Jan Strimple
Jan Strimple produced the fashion show. Photo by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky
Renée Winter, Suzette Derrick
Renée Winter, Suzette Derrick Photo by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky
Scott Murray, Emcee; Michael Downs, Doug Donley, Everson Walls, Inaugural Everson Walls Legacy Award; Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Timmy Newsome, Drew Pearson
Scott Murray, Michael Downs, Doug Donley, Everson Walls, Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Timmy Newsome, Drew Pearson  Photo by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky
Joanna Tollenaere White, Lauryn Gayle White
Joanna Tollenaere White, Lauryn Gayle White Photo by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky
Katie Derrick, Suzette Derrick, Tiffany Derrick
Katie Derrick, Suzette Derrick, Tiffany Derrick Photo by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky
Lauren Tamaoka, Michelle Gross, Aimee Goodell, Kyra Barnett
Lauren Tamaoka, Michelle Gross, Aimee Goodell, Kyra Barnett  Photo by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky
Lorraine Meenan, Donna Arp Weitzman, Mary Miller
Lorraine Meenan, Donna Arp Weitzman, Mary Miller Photo by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky
Pam Busbee, Lisa Cooley, Christie Carter
Nerissa Von Helpenstill, Dustin Holcomb
ALICE + OLIVIA Multi Butterfly Maxi Dress
SMYTHE Plaid Blazer, DEREK LAM 10 CROSBY Sky Blouse, SEA Slate Plaid
Models Wearing APPARIS Lime Coat, CINQ A Sept Teal Velvet Gown, APPARIS orange Coat, MILLY Pink Leopard Dress
Jan Strimple
Renée Winter, Suzette Derrick
Scott Murray, Emcee; Michael Downs, Doug Donley, Everson Walls, Inaugural Everson Walls Legacy Award; Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Timmy Newsome, Drew Pearson
Joanna Tollenaere White, Lauryn Gayle White
Katie Derrick, Suzette Derrick, Tiffany Derrick
Lauren Tamaoka, Michelle Gross, Aimee Goodell, Kyra Barnett
Lorraine Meenan, Donna Arp Weitzman, Mary Miller

What: KidneyTexas, Inc.’s "The Runway Report: Transforming Lives" Luncheon and Fashion Show 

Where: Brook Hollow Golf Club

The 411: Marking its 20th anniversary, the beloved Dallas luncheon brought together patrons, community leaders, and fall fashion-watchers in support of KidneyTexas' fight against kidney disease. 

After a mimosa reception, emcee Scott Murray and KidneyTexas president Sandy Secor welcomed guests and acknowledged those who have worked to help raise over $3.54 million for the organization. 

Luncheon chair Mari Epperson and honorary chairs Suzette Derrick and Renée Winter then had a few surprises up their sleeves.

The inaugural Everson Walls Legacy Award was presented to former Cowboys great Everson Walls, who donated one of his kidneys to his former teammate, Ron Springs, who lived for several years after the surgery. As a grand surprise for Walls, his friends and former Dallas Cowboy players appeared on the stage show their support: Doug Donley, Michael Downs, Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Timmy Newsome, and Drew Pearson.

Guests dined on a delectable lunch that was crowned with a mascarpone cheesecake with a carmelized brulée topping and butterfly tuile. They also got to bid in a spirited live auction, which featured items such a TOOTSIES Shopping Spree, Bachendorf's gift certificate, and Biltmore Estate getaway. Additionally, a call for contributions brought in over $17,000.

For many, the highlight of the luncheon is always the fashion show, and this one did not disappoint. Jan Strimple, renowned Dallas fashion event producer, helmed the show, sponsored by TOOTSIES and KidBiz.

As the lights dimmed and music filled the room, models showed off top fashion trends for fall and winter: plaids, bold floral prints, red lips, patterned hose and leggings, ankle-high shoes and boots in reptile patterns, hair accessories, lace leggings, wonderful cocktail dresses, patterned blouses, and work wardrobes with belted waists. The children smiled as they strutted the runway in fashions by KidBiz and The Wild Brand.

 The evening gown finale drew much applause, featuring a model dressed in a beautiful flowing gown with a long tulle cape and a headpiece full of colorful butterflies. 

As a special treat, the party continued as TOOTSIES hosted a post-luncheon champagne reception at their Preston Center boutique, featuring a glass treasure chest filled with jewelry, an evening clutch, scarf, and earrings, all locked up, only to be opened with a key, which was given out in the program. KidBiz donated a post luncheon giveback shopping spree at their Lovers Lane location, as well.

Proceeds from KidneyTexas' 20th annual luncheon benefit Baylor Health Care System Foundation, Camp Reynal, Children’s Medical Center Foundation, Methodist Health System Foundation, and Parkland Health & Hospital Foundation. 

Who: Nerissa Von Helpenstill, Dustin Holcomb, Pam Busbee, Lisa Cooley, Christie Carter, Katie Derrick, Suzette Derrick, Tiffany Derrick, Joanna Tollenaere White, Lauryn Gayle White, Lauren Tamaoka, Michelle Gross, Aimee Goodell, Kyra Barnett, Lorraine Meenan, Donna Arp Weitzman, and Mary Miller.