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Chick Lit enthusiasts hang in Highland Park Village for author reveal

Chick Lit enthusiasts hang in Highland Park Village for author reveal

Maggie Kip, Kerensa Vest
Maggie Kipp, Kerensa Vest Photo by Dana Driensky
– Elizabeth Dacus, Sharon Jett, Lisa Bhattacharya, Nikki Webb, Chick lit Kickoff
Elizabeth Dacus, Sharon Jett, Lisa Bhattacharya, Nikki Webb Photo by Dana Driensky
Kristin Baker, Lindsay Ballotta, Chick Lit Kickoff
Kristin Baker, Lindsay Ballotta  Photo by Dana Driensky
Laurie Grace Bouldin, Caytie Langford, Chick Lit Kickoff
Laurie Grace Bouldin, Caytie Langford  Photo by Dana Driensky
Travis Hollman, Stephanie Hollman, Chick Lit Kickoff
Travis Hollman, Stephanie Hollman Photo by Dana Driensky
Wendy Messmann, Chick Lit Luncheon 2015 chair, Carol Seay, Chick Lit Luncheon 2015 honorary chair, Paige McDaniel, president and CEO, Community Partners of Dallas
Wendy Messman, Carol Seay, Paige McDaniel  Photo by Dana Driensky
– Elizabeth Gambrell, Cindy Stager, Nancy Gopez, Chick Lit Kickoff
Elizabeth Gambrell, Cindy Stager, Nancy Gopez Photo by Dana Driensky
Krista de la Harpe, Jennifer LeLash, Chick Lit Kickoff
Krista de la Harpe, Jennifer LeLasH  Photo by Dana Driensky
Sandy Moore, Barry Moore, Chick Lit Kickoff
Sandy Moore, Barry Moore  Photo by Dana Driensky
Katie Robbins, Amy Martinez, Chick Lit Kickoff
Katie Robbins, Amy Martinez  Photo by Dana Driensky
Stacey Ballis, Chick Lit kickoff
Stacey Ballis is the featured author at the 2015 Chick Lit Luncheon scheduled for April 24 at Brook Hollow Golf Club.  Photo by Gray Tilt
Maggie Kip, Kerensa Vest
– Elizabeth Dacus, Sharon Jett, Lisa Bhattacharya, Nikki Webb, Chick lit Kickoff
Kristin Baker, Lindsay Ballotta, Chick Lit Kickoff
Laurie Grace Bouldin, Caytie Langford, Chick Lit Kickoff
Travis Hollman, Stephanie Hollman, Chick Lit Kickoff
Wendy Messmann, Chick Lit Luncheon 2015 chair, Carol Seay, Chick Lit Luncheon 2015 honorary chair, Paige McDaniel, president and CEO, Community Partners of Dallas
– Elizabeth Gambrell, Cindy Stager, Nancy Gopez, Chick Lit Kickoff
Krista de la Harpe, Jennifer LeLash, Chick Lit Kickoff
Sandy Moore, Barry Moore, Chick Lit Kickoff
Katie Robbins, Amy Martinez, Chick Lit Kickoff
Stacey Ballis, Chick Lit kickoff

Chick Lit Luncheon chairman Wendy Messmann rounded up 50 of her host committee members and sponsors at new Highland Park Village hot spot Roberta Roller Rabbit for a night of sips and snacks, shopping, and special announcements.

Charitable attendees — including Jill Goldberg, Nikki Webb, Lindsay Ballotta, Andrea Cheek, Maggie Kipp, Elizabeth Dacus, Lisa Bhattacharya, Elizabeth Gambrell and Jennifer Tobin — perused the shop’s bright and eclectic collection of clothing, accessories and home furnishings while awaiting the news they had all showed up to hear: the featured author for the 2015 Chick Lit Luncheon, which is slated for Friday, April 24, at Brook Hollow Golf Club.

Paige McDaniel, president and CEO of beneficiary Community Partners of Dallas, thanked all in attendance before announcing luncheon chairman Messmann, honorary chairman Carol Seay and 2014 Partners for Children award recipient the ORIX Foundation. The award honors the foundation’s commitment to the philanthropic needs of our community and its years of service meeting the needs of abused and neglected children.

For the big reveal, Messman joined McDaniel to share the news: The next keynote speaker is Stacey Ballis, author of such novels as Off the Menu, Out to Lunch and Recipe for Disaster. Currently she is co-authoring a new cookbook called Cooking for You: Wellness in the Kitchen with Dr. Francis Ardito, which will be released in 2015.

After the announcement, committee member Jennifer Lelash was gifted with a special something from Roberta Roller Rabbit, because she was the only one who had guessed the 2015 Chick Lit speaker based on clues sent out before the party.

Community Partners of Dallas (CPD) is dedicated to ensuring safety and restoring dignity and hope to abused and neglected children by providing resources and support to the caseworkers of Dallas County Child Protective Services. In the last year alone, CPD has served more than 20,000 children through programs funded in part by Chick Lit.