Girls Night Out
A little spring storm couldn't stop the determined women behind the 2014 Girls Party benefiting Dallas Children's Theater. And good thing because this year's garden chic soiree at Nancy Carlson's Park Cities home would not tolerate the hail that rained down on the burbs.
Guests — including Katherine Coker, Cara French, Tara Lewis,Sharron Hunt — snacked on hors d’oeuvre and desserts, indulged in a hibiscus cooler or two, and danced to a girl-power soundtrack put together especially for the event. The best part? This garden party was actually outside: Carlson's bedecked backyard was the perfect backdrop for a girls night out themed "Surprise It's Your Birthday," which served as a salute to DCT's 30th anniversary season.
Event co-chairs Maggie Kipp and Tara Lewis truly outdid themselves by securing Linda Gray, star of TNT's Dallas, as a celebrity guest host. Gray graciously posed for photos with guests, but perhaps more impressive was her laid-back demeanor as she mingled throughout the evening. Everyone in attendance enjoyed the Hawaiian luau dance lesson, a high-energy performance by the Dallas Youth Repertory Project and a live painting performance by JD Miller. The painting then went on sale at Samuel Lynne Gallery, with 50 percent of the proceeds going to DCT.
The evening came to a close with drawings for some spectacular prizes, including a JD Miller painting; a Highland Park Village shopping spree; a luxurious Santa Fe getaway; and a meal catered by Mico Rodriguez, the man behind Mr. Mesero.
The evening supported Dallas Children's Theater in its mission to inspire young people to creative and productive lives through the art of theater.