The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Luncheon And Fashion Show

By Samantha Subar
Photography by Dana Driensky

THE SCENE: Philanthropists and fashionistas were sharing toasts and the runway for an afternoon of glamour, gourmet food, and most importantly – giving. Patrons gathered at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center for the “Legends of Love” themed luncheon honoring of past luncheon chairs.

THE VIBE: Fashion icon Jan Strimple produced the fashion show featuring 30 years of fashions from 30 different designers in a delightful show presented by Stanley Korshak showing the chicest styles streamed across the runway. The crowd-pleasing finale ended with 30 models parading in every style of gown, then taking their place in elevated tiered platforms, covering the entire stage. Standing center stage was an elegant bride in full-length white lace caressing a dark rose-red violin studded with crystals and accented with blooming orchids. Clarice Tinsley, anchor for the Dallas/Fort Worth Fox TV affiliate, emceed the program again this year. The table settings were art pieces within themselves. Draped in chocolate brown satin with pink satin napkins the tables hosted centerpieces of red roses and pink hydrangeas on which the delectable appetizers and meal.

THE CAUSE: The afternoon revolved around saving lives, not raising money as underwriting chairwoman Lynn McBee stated. This year’s chairs were Jan Miller and Jeff Rich, while the Carmaleta Whitely was the luncheon chair, and Nancy and Richard Rogers were the presenting sponsor.  Two awards were presented at the Luncheon: The Spirit of Tom Landry Character Award and The Lynda Adleta Heart of Gold Award. The impressive $8 million that the event has raised over the years has been used to raise awareness to help find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma and to improve the quality of live for patients and their families. This year, patrons outdid themselves once again – increasing earnings by $400,000 from the luncheon.


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