Dallas Social Datebook
With the first month of the new year drawing to a close, it's time to look ahead to spring. The most fabulous and philanthropic Dallasites are emerging from their hiding places, shining their stilettos and steaming their tuxedos in preparation for yet another unforgettable season on the charity circuit.
Wondering where they'll be? Here's a list of the most anticipated spring events on the social scene. We have already sent in our RSVP's, so we'll see you there.
Saint Valentine's Day Luncheon
The Meyerson gets hit by cupid's arrow on February 12 when the Saint Valentine's Day Luncheon and Fashion Show presented by Stanley Korshak returns for its 30th anniversary. Festivities include a fab fashion show produced by the incomparable Jan Strimple and an elegant seated lunch. The event benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Hurry, because tickets will go fast.
Junior League of Dallas Ball
These women do so much for Dallas that it only makes sense they take a night to relax and celebrate all of their good works. The 52nd annual Junior League of Dallas Ball, themed "The Marvelous City," takes place February 22 at the Hilton Anatole. This black-tie affair features entertainment from Bob Schneider and Professor D.
Mad Hatter's Tea
Expect the unexpected on April 10, when the Women's Council of the Dallas Arboretum hosts this fun fete filled with fancy hats and champagne at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Thanks to chair Lisa Loy Laughlin, the afternoon includes a hat-judging contest, live auction, fashion presentation and, of course, delicious lunch.
House of DIFFA Masquerade
House of DIFFA never disappoints. But this year things are going down a little differently, including new venue Omni Dallas and a new production led by event chair and creative director Jim DiMarino — with help from event architect Jeffery Horn, fashion producer Kathryn Knox and production company Freeman. The always-entertaining evening benefits North Texas HIV/AIDS charities.
We are pumped for this year's art-filled fundraiser on April 4 at the Dallas Contemporary, led by co-chairs Joyce Goss and Kenny Goss. At this highly anticipated event, attendees get a chance to grab one-of-a-kind works before anyone else to support the MTV Staying Alive Foundation, which combats the speed and threat of the ongoing HIV and AIDS epidemic.
Dallas Art Fair Preview Gala
On April 10, the top arts patrons and collectors in Dallas get to preview and purchase exhibited works prior to the public opening of the Dallas Art Fair, which takes place April 11-13 at Fashion Industry Gallery. There were more than 80 art dealers and galleries from all over the world last year, so we can't wait to see what's in store for 2014.
The Great Create
Leave it to Dallas to include the kids in one of the most anticipated social events of the year. The Great Create is a family-friendly fundraiser that supports the Nasher Sculpture Center's educational initiatives. This festive afternoon, a celebration of youth art education and appreciation, was a sell-out last year. It's going down April 27, with workshops in the Nasher Garden led by local and national artists, as well as live entertainment and snacks.
Genesis Women's Shelter Luncheon
The Genesis Women's Shelter Luncheon always attracts the city's most generous philanthropists. For the 21st annual luncheon, event chair Bunny Cotten secured New York Times best selling author Pat Conroy as keynote speaker. Tickets for this event, happening May 8 at the Hilton Anatole, are available now.
TITAS Command Performance Gala
This is the performing arts event of the year. Command Performance has become an exciting showcase for premieres of TITAS-commissioned works by the best in the game, including Dwight Rhoden, Mia Michaels, Jessica Lang and Twyla Tharp. Experience this beautiful and passionate show for yourself on May 2 at the Winspear Opera House.
This gala, the largest fundraiser for the Dallas Museum of Art, is always one of the year's most spectacular. But event chair Gina Betts has truly outdone herself by luring Grammy Award-winning entertainer John Legend. Event designer Tom Addis promises to bring 1920s Paris to Dallas — including a clear tent over the Sculpture Garden that will serve as a French garden for cocktails and silent auction — for the May 3 soiree.
TACA Party on the Green
Our taste buds can't wait for May 9, when TACA Lexus Party on the Green returns to the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. The event features signature dishes from the best chefs in Dallas and Rosewood properties around the world, as well as an impressive auction. This tasty affair benefits The Arts Community Alliance.