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Sweet stories fuel success for annual KidneyTexas luncheon and style show

Sweet stories fuel success for KidneyTexas luncheon and style show

Style Council Patrons Baer Schamerloh, Heather Schamerloh, Janelle Friedman, Ava Schamerloh
Baer Schamerloh, Heather Schamerloh, Janelle Friedman, Ava Schamerloh Photo by Dana Driensky/Daniel Driensky
Renee Winter, Natalie Taylor, Kidney Texas
Renee Winter, Natalie Taylor Photo by Dana Driensky/Daniel Driensky
Barbara Daseke, Carmaleta Whiteley, KidneyTexas
Barbara Daseke, Carmaleta Whiteley Photo by Dana Driensky/Daniel Driensky
Style Council Patrons Christina White and her daughter, Caroline Georgia White
Christina White, Caroline Georgia White Photo by Dana Driensky/Daniel Driensky
fashion from tootsies, kidneytexas
Fashion from Tootsies was showcased at the KidneyTexas luncheon and style show. Photo by Dana Driensky/Daniel Driensky
Terri Bumgarner and Lauryn Gayle White, Luncheon Co-Chairs
Terri Bumgarner, Lauryn Gayle White Photo by Dana Driensky/Daniel Driensky
Kidney recipient Christine Martin and her brother, Fred Martin, donor
Kidney recipient Christine Martin and her brother, Fred Martin, who is also her donor. Photo by Dana Driensky/Daniel Driensky
Di Johnston, Emilynn Wilson, KidneyTexas
Di Johnston, Emilynn Wilson Photo by Dana Driensky/Daniel Driensky
fashion from tootsies, kidneytexas
Jan Strimple produced the style show featuring Tootsies fashions. Photo by Dana Driensky/Daniel Driensky
Samantha Wester, Bernadette Schaeffler, Annalee Aston, KidneyTexas
Samantha Wester, Bernadette Schaeffler, Annalee Aston Photo by Dana Driensky/Daniel Driensky
Mary Potts, Linda Ivy, Shirley Flabiano, KidneyTexas
Mary Potts, Linda Ivy, Shirley Flabiano Photo by Dana Driensky/Daniel Driensky
Michaela and Trey Guena, Ann Dyer, Honorary Service Award recipient; Bob Dyer
Michaela Guena, Trey Guena, Ann Dyer Photo by Dana Driensky/Daniel Driensky
Marianna Wilshusen, Megan Meyercord, Pat McDonough, Charlotte Kimberlin, KidneyTexas
Marianna Wilshusen, Megan Meyercord, Pat McDonough, Charlotte Kimberlin Photo by Dana Driensky/Daniel Driensky
Doris Jacobs, Ron Corning, emcee, WFAA TV Channel 8
Doris Jacobs, Ron Corning Photo by Dana Driensky/Daniel Driensky
fashion from tootsies, kidneytexas
Style show featuring looks from Tootsies. Photo by Dana Driensky/Daniel Driensky
Georgianna Ireland, artist of live auction items
Georgianna Ireland Photo by Dana Driensky/Daniel Driensky
Amelia Sabinske, Dyann Skelton, KidneyTexas
Amelia Sabinske, Dyann Skelton Photo by Dana Driensky/Daniel Driensky
Stacey Wiggins, Jolie Humphrey, KidneyTexas
Stacy Wiggins, Jolie Humphrey Photo by Dana Driensky/Daniel Driensky
Pat Cousin, Dustin Holcomb, Nerissa Von Helpenstill, KidneyTexas
Pat Cousin, Dustin Holcomb, Nerissa Von Helpenstill Photo by Dana Driensky/Daniel Driensky
Kim Mathews, Anna Bland Aston, KidneyTexas
Kim Mathews, Anna Bland Aston Photo by Dana Driensky/Daniel Driensky
Style Council Patrons Baer Schamerloh, Heather Schamerloh, Janelle Friedman, Ava Schamerloh
Renee Winter, Natalie Taylor, Kidney Texas
Barbara Daseke, Carmaleta Whiteley, KidneyTexas
Style Council Patrons Christina White and her daughter, Caroline Georgia White
fashion from tootsies, kidneytexas
Terri Bumgarner and Lauryn Gayle White, Luncheon Co-Chairs
Kidney recipient Christine Martin and her brother, Fred Martin, donor
Di Johnston, Emilynn Wilson, KidneyTexas
fashion from tootsies, kidneytexas
Samantha Wester, Bernadette Schaeffler, Annalee Aston, KidneyTexas
Mary Potts, Linda Ivy, Shirley Flabiano, KidneyTexas
Michaela and Trey Guena, Ann Dyer, Honorary Service Award recipient; Bob Dyer
Marianna Wilshusen, Megan Meyercord, Pat McDonough, Charlotte Kimberlin, KidneyTexas
Doris Jacobs, Ron Corning, emcee, WFAA TV Channel 8
fashion from tootsies, kidneytexas
Georgianna Ireland, artist of live auction items
Amelia Sabinske, Dyann Skelton, KidneyTexas
Stacey Wiggins, Jolie Humphrey, KidneyTexas
Pat Cousin, Dustin Holcomb, Nerissa Von Helpenstill, KidneyTexas
Kim Mathews, Anna Bland Aston, KidneyTexas

Dallas men and women dressed in their daytime finest strolled into the Brook Hollow Golf Club for the much-anticipated KidneyTexas annual luncheon and fashion show, an important fundraising event that helps raise awareness for kidney disease.

As supporters found their seats, co-chairs Terri Bumgarner and Lauryn Gayle White welcomed guests, and KidneyTexas president Natalie Taylor expressed her gratitude for all the Dallas community does to combat the disease, which affects roughly 20 million people in the United States.

Next up was honorary chair Renée Winter, who shared a video from her husband, Dr. David Winter, who couldn’t attend. Then award recipient Ann Dyer, a longtime volunteer and board member, received a standing ovation from the grateful audience.

Once the applause settled, the Jan Strimple-produced fashion show began. Gorgeous models, as well as family members of some of the event’s donors, showcased hot styles from Dallas favorite Tootsies.

However, the highlight of the morning was the time spent introducing attendees — including Barbara Daseke, Doris Jacobs, Marianna Wilshusen, Megan Meyercord, Pat McDonough, Charlotte Kimberlin, Pat Cousin, Dustin Holcomb, Nerissa Von Helpenstill and Maggie Kipp — to people who have been given a second chance at life through a kidney transplant.

These touching stories of kidney donation ranged from a brother saving his sister to a neighbor who felt moved to help her friend. The kidney donors and recipients waltzed down the runway, and trust me when I say there wasn’t a dry eye in the room.

Emcee Ron Corning concluded the presentation part of the affair with a short live auction. Gifts ranged from trips to New Mexico to art by Georgianna Ireland and even gift cards to Anthropologie. Supporters then moved into the elegant dining room for a delicious lunch and a chance to reflect on the good work of KidneyTexas.

Since 1999, the volunteers of KidneyTexas have worked together with the organization’s underwriters to raise more than $2.5 million for local efforts to improve the ability to diagnose and manage kidney disease.