Anything for the Kids

Dallas supporters shell out big bucks for St. Jude's Evening Under the Stars Party

Supporters shell out big bucks for St. Jude's Evening Under the Stars

Amanda Blackman, Holly Brooks, Jaclyn Dennis, Samantha Smith
Amanda Blackman, Holly Brooks, Jaclyn Dennis, Samantha Smith Photo by Greg Blomberg
Tara Conway, Kay Laurenzi, Karen Carney, Jay Laurenzi, Sharon Saller
Tara Conway, Kay Laurenzi, Karen Carney, Jay Laurenzi, Sharon Saller Photo by Greg Blomberg
Jennifer Paradise, Pennie Marshall, Christina Goodman
Jennifer Paradise, Pennie Marshall, Christina Goodman Photo by Greg Blomberg
Steve and Barbara Durham
Steve Durham, Barbara Durham Photo by Greg Blomberg
Sherry and Richard Hightower
Sherry Hightower, Richard Hightower Photo by Greg Blomberg
Mary and Jerry Crawford
Mary Crawford, Jerry Crawford Photo by Greg Blomberg
Mark and Patty Langdale
Mark Langdale, Patty Langdale Photo by Greg Blomberg
Lydia Novakov, Marian Bryan and Cindy Feld
Lydia Novakov, Marian Bryan, Cindy Feld Photo by Greg Blomberg
John Pickett and Regina Bruce
John Pickett, Regina Bruce Photo by Greg Blomberg
Jan Miller and Jeff Rich
Jan Miller, Jeff Rich Photo by Greg Blomberg
champagne, st judes evening under the stars
Glasses of champagne were sold for $100 to benefit St. Jude's. One glass had a 1-carat diamond at the bottom. Photo by Greg Blomberg
Doug and Holly Brooks, Buck Williams, Perry Smith
Doug Brooks, Holly Brooks, Buck Williams, Perry Smith Photo by Greg Blomberg
David and Christine Burns, Joe Haggar
David Burns, Christine Burns, Joe Haggar Photo by Greg Blomberg
Chris Miller and Kay Arrant
Chris Miller, Kay Arrant Photo by Greg Blomberg
Cecy, Cindy and Jon Feld
Cecy Feld, Cindy Feld, Jon Feld Photo by Greg Blomberg
Carrie Ruff and Courtney Jefrey
Carrie Ruff, Courtney Jefrey Photo by Greg Blomberg
Carole and Scott Murray
Carole Murray, Scott Murray Photo by Greg Blomberg
Annette Leslie and Alison Wood-Solomon
Annette Leslie, Alison Wood-Solomon Photo by Greg Blomberg
Ann and Rick Shadyac, Wyman Roberts
Ann Shadyac, Rick Shadyac, Wyman Robers Photo by Greg Blomberg
Amanda Blackman, Holly Brooks, Jaclyn Dennis, Samantha Smith
Tara Conway, Kay Laurenzi, Karen Carney, Jay Laurenzi, Sharon Saller
Jennifer Paradise, Pennie Marshall, Christina Goodman
Steve and Barbara Durham
Sherry and Richard Hightower
Mary and Jerry Crawford
Mark and Patty Langdale
Lydia Novakov, Marian Bryan and Cindy Feld
John Pickett and Regina Bruce
Jan Miller and Jeff Rich
champagne, st judes evening under the stars
Doug and Holly Brooks, Buck Williams, Perry Smith
David and Christine Burns, Joe Haggar
Chris Miller and Kay Arrant
Cecy, Cindy and Jon Feld
Carrie Ruff and Courtney Jefrey
Carole and Scott Murray
Annette Leslie and Alison Wood-Solomon
Ann and Rick Shadyac, Wyman Roberts

More than 900 guests dressed in their best cowboy chic attire headed over to the Omni Dallas hotel for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital's Evening Under the Stars Party. Along with funds raised at the golf classic, held at the Stonebriar Country Club, more than $900,000 was collected for St. Jude to aid in its efforts to advance cancer research.

Event co-chairs Marian Haggar Bryan and Lydia Haggar Novakov, along with party chair Cindy Feld, welcomed partygoers to the swanky soiree complete with live and silent auctions, performances from some of Nashville’s top singer-songwriters, and a seated dinner.

Guests — including Amanda Blackman, Holly Brooks, Jaclyn Dennis, Samantha Smith, Holly and Doug Brooks, Buck Williams, Perry Smith, and Carole and Scott Murray — mingled among the silent auction items to start the evening, and the room was filled with glasses of bubbles and bling. Oh, yes. You know that Dallasites love a good glass of champagne. So much so that $100 glasses were sold to raise funds for St. Jude.

One special glass had a 1-carat diamond at the bottom. The others? Just a 1-carat cubic zirconia stone. But, hey, it's for the kids.

As guests dined, big news was announced: Chili's Grill and Bar donated $50 million to St Jude's. This is the largest donation from a single-partner campaign in the hospital's history. Bravo, Chili's.

Ten packages were then sold at the live auction. The highlight was a dine around town with Kent Rathbun. The Dallas celebrity chef and known philanthropist took the stage and ended up donating two packages to the two highest bidders. You're the best, Kent.

Just when guests thought that the Evening Under the Stars couldn't get any better, unforgettable performances by Sonny Curtis, Tommy Lee James, Don Poythress and Phillip White rocked and rolled the crowd until an evening under the stars turned into a dapper dance at dawn.