Party Hopping

Cooking up hope

The 12th annual Symphony of Chefs on Feb. 28 at SMU’s Armstrong Fieldhouse raised more than $300,000 to help KidLinks connect children to healing, hope, and happiness through music and media therapy.

Roni Proter, a TV personality, chef, and creator of Dinner Re-invented (, emceed. Christina and Chase Sanders and Lisa and Stuart Sides served as co-chairs, and John Kleifgen and Eric Dreyer as Honorary Chef Chairs.

Booker T. Strings Trio performed as guests enjoyed chef-prepared food, starting with hors d’oeuvres, fresh focaccia and classic rustic bread, and several courses. 

Prodigal exhibit

SMU’s Meadows Museum celebrated the opening of “Murillo: Picturing the Prodigal Son” and honored the exhibit’s lenders as well as dignitaries and others at a Feb. 18 dinner held within the museum galleries.

On loan from the National Gallery of Ireland, a series of six paintings by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617–1682) is in the U.S. for the first time. The exhibit illustrates the popular biblical parable and runs through June 16.

Healing the Mind

The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute celebrated members of its new friends’ group, the Texas State of Mind Society, during a Feb. 17 welcome reception at The PumpHouse, a private event space at the home of Meadows Institute board member Deedie Rose.

The society, co-chaired by Caren and Peter Kline, will support the institute’s goal of making Texas the national leader in mental healthcare. Guest speakers were Meadows Institute President and CEO Andy Keller and Dr. Madhukar Trivedi, founding director of the Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care at UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute.

Boogie for Nexus 

With Disco and Dessert, the Dallas Nexus Recovery Center and its patrons celebrated 50 years of bringing substance abuse treatments to women and honored recently retired former CEO Becca Crowell for 30 years of service.

Jan Madigan, Carolyn Waghorne, and Angie and Rush Waghorne chaired the Nov. 17 event.

Guests fully embraced the theme, sporting boogie attire including gold sequins, platform shoes, and ’70s inspired fashions for the agency’s first in-person fundraising event in nearly two years.

The evening at the Joule began with an invitation-only Honorary Reception, chaired by Jan Madigan and Carolyn Waghorne, for 50 For 50 donors and sponsors.

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