Crystal Charity Takes on Cleon

Winter storm can't stop the New York-inspired glamour at Crystal Charity Ball

Winter storm can't stop NY-inspired glamour at Crystal Charity Ball

Kimberly Schlegel Whitman, Justin Whitman at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Kimberly Schlegel Whitman, Justin Whitman Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Pam Perella, Caren Kline, Betsy Eiseman at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Pam Perella, Caren Kline, Betsy Eiseman Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Kay Bailey Hutchison at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Kay Bailey Hutchison Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Nancy Carlson, Stacy Walker at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Nancy Carlson, Stacy Walker Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Mary Clare Finney, Niven Morgan at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Mary Clare Finney, Niven Morgan Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Brooke Shelby, Mary Gill at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Brooke Shelby, Mary Gill Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Lynn McBee, Michelle Lockhart, Crystal Charity Ball 2013, Hilton Anatole
Michelle Lockhart, Lynn McBee Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Model at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Models dressed as flappers suited the Magnificent Manhattan theme. Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Drew Zodrow, Kelly Cruse at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Drew Zodrow, Kelly Cruse Photo by Hoyoung Lee
John Sughrue, Marlene Sughrue, Walter Evans, Candy Evans at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
John Sughrue, Marlene Sughrue, Walter Evans, Candy Evans Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Troy Schiermeyer, Gillian Breidenbach at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Troy Schiermeyer, Gillian Breidenbach Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Alicia Wood, Scott Wood at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Alicia Wood, Scott Wood Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Karen Seanor, Devin Cook at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Karen Seanor, Devin Cook Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Chantilly Ballroom at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
The Chantilly Ballroom at the Hilton Anatole was transformed. Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Guests mingled among the lights of the Big Apple. Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Crystal Charity Ball 2013
The Hunter Sullivan Band provided a nice backdrop for photos. Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Hunter Sullivan Band at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Hunter Sullivan Band Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Guests perused silent auction items. Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Trey Bowles, Taylor Bowles at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Trey Bowles, Taylor Bowles Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Kris Arviso, Lindsey Arviso, Katy Miller, Kyle Miller at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Kris Arviso, Lindsey Arviso, Katy Miller, Kyle Miller Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Kristi Cohyl, Ron Cohyl, Kate Rose Marquez at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Kristi Cohyl, Ron Cohyl, Kate Rose Marquez Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Richard Toussaint at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Richard Toussaint Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Cathy Phillips, Scott Phillips at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Cathy Phillips, Scott Phillips Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Catherine Awtrey, Mike Cieri at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Catherine Awtrey, Mike Cieri Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Casino at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Attendees took their chances in the casino. Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Debra Phares, Eric Gilmour at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Debra Phares, Eric Gilmour Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Model at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
The grand entrance flanked with models — who braved the cold. Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Anne Davidson, Mark Porter at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Anne Davidson, Mark Porter Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Gift at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Each guest took home a Tiffany mug. Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Russ Ramsland, Kathy Ramsland at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Russ Ramsland, Kathy Ramsland Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Crystal Charity Ball 2013
No expense was spared to bring New York to Dallas. Photo by Hoyoung Lee
Kimberly Schlegel Whitman, Justin Whitman at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Pam Perella, Caren Kline, Betsy Eiseman at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Kay Bailey Hutchison at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Nancy Carlson, Stacy Walker at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Mary Clare Finney, Niven Morgan at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Brooke Shelby, Mary Gill at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Lynn McBee, Michelle Lockhart, Crystal Charity Ball 2013, Hilton Anatole
Model at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Drew Zodrow, Kelly Cruse at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
John Sughrue, Marlene Sughrue, Walter Evans, Candy Evans at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Troy Schiermeyer, Gillian Breidenbach at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Alicia Wood, Scott Wood at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Karen Seanor, Devin Cook at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Chantilly Ballroom at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Hunter Sullivan Band at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Trey Bowles, Taylor Bowles at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Kris Arviso, Lindsey Arviso, Katy Miller, Kyle Miller at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Kristi Cohyl, Ron Cohyl, Kate Rose Marquez at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Richard Toussaint at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Cathy Phillips, Scott Phillips at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Catherine Awtrey, Mike Cieri at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Casino at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Debra Phares, Eric Gilmour at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Model at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Anne Davidson, Mark Porter at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Gift at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Russ Ramsland, Kathy Ramsland at Crystal Charity Ball 2013
Crystal Charity Ball 2013

You didn't think a little ice would stop the most fabulous and philanthropic Dallasites from attending the most highly anticipated social event of the year, did you? More than 1,500 attendees got out their furs and braved the cold for the 2013 Crystal Charity Ball themed "Magnificent Manhattan" at the Hilton Anatole.

Caren Kline, chairman of this year's fantastic fete, glowed in a grand Marchesa gown as she welcomed faithful friends — including Kay Bailey Hutchison, Lucy Billingsley, Lynn and Allan McBee, Karen and William Seanor, Mary Gill, Brooke Shelby, Barbara and Don Daseke, Mary Clare Finney, Niven Morgan, Nancy Carlson, Marlene and John Sughrue, and Myrna and Bob Schlegel — for what was surely the pinnacle of this year's social calendar.

Capturing the excitement of the Big Apple, the Anatole was transformed into the bright lights of New York, with street performers, Broadway entertainers, and even a street cart or two. As they were serenaded by the Hunter Sullivan Band, guests bid on hundreds of luxury silent auction items, got their portraits taken by James French, sipped champagne and noshed on chilled shrimp, and tried their luck at the casino stations — and this was all before dinner.

When the clock struck 9, the doors of the Chantilly Ballroom opened, and glam guests were whisked into a winter wonderland created by Tom Addis, where they supped on lobster salad, steak and spinach souffle amid sparkling floral arrangements adorned with crystals.

After dinner, attendees hit the dance floor to the James Davis orchestra — and after the successful year these Crystal Charity ladies have had, there was much to dance about. Eight beneficiaries will receive nearly $5 million to help ensure every child has the opportunity to become a healthy and educated member of the community.

New York-based Starlight was there for the late-night movers and shakers, who also partook in a little candy and coffee. When it was finally time to say farewell, guests went home with fun New York-themed Tiffany mugs and bags of bagels and cream cheese to go.

We wonder, is it too soon to start dreaming about what 2014 Crystal Charity Ball chair Robyn Conlon has up her sleeve?