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Style Show 2017

Sisters InStyle featured beautiful spring and summer fashions while raising money for eight local literacy agencies in our city.  Halo Hugs to our chairmen, Suzanne Everbach, Natalie Siegel, & Kathy Vasaalo, and our Honorary Chairmen, Penny Cook, Jeanne Cox, and Kay Bailey Hutchison

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Style Show Patron Party

Liz and Bill Armstrong opened their breathtaking Museum Tower home for the “Sisters InStyle” Patron Party on April 6, 2017.  Guests were inspired by the spectacular views of our great city, and are greatly anticipating the upcoming style show fundraiser on April 18 that will benefit eight literacy agencies in Big ‘D’.

 

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March Meeting

Pi Phi alumnae were charmed by Texas Eta Katie Decker’s elegant jewelry line, and her journey into the jewelry design world.  What started as doodling during her finance classes has evolved into Katie’s dream of featuring her own exquisite jewelry line in twelve stores across the country.

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Pretty In Pink Party

Parisian panache inspired our “Pretty In Pink” annual Pi Phi Pink Party, February 16, at the lovely home of Daffan Nettle.  Partakers enjoyed delightful dinner crepes and champagne at this favorite dinner social.  Many thanks to chairmen, Carolyn Goelzer and Daffan Nettle, for the many thoughtful party details implemented for this occasion!

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January Meeting

On January 13, 2017, the Dallas Alumnae Club had the honor of hearing the heartfelt testimonial from Dru Mobley Hammer.  Dru was a past president of Pi Phi and became a philanthropist and social activist.  Her marriage to Michael Hammer, grandson of Arman Hammer of Occidental Petroleum, thrust her into a glamorous life that has taken her worldwide.  After a painful divorce and thru a beautiful journey of faith and mercy, she founded the Hammered Heart Foundation.  The Hammered Heart Foundation is a nonprofit corporation that partners with ministries around America to help people in need.  Dru on her foundation, “I know I did not go through my divorce in vain.  As painful as the separation was, I realized how blessed I was to come through without financial burdens.  There are many women and children who are left destitute from divorce and abandonment.  Hammered Hearts has been set up to help people who simply cannot make ends meet in times of crisis.” 

For more information on her story and on her foundation, visit hammeredheart.org.

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September Kick-Off Meeting

Festive wine and blue balloons flanked the cheerful blue door of Blue Print Store as about seventy-five Pi Phis arrived at our September Kick- Off meeting on September 28th!  Co-Chairs, Liz Miller and Betsy Ramey, brilliantly thought of every detail to make the evening merry.  Alumnae Club history was made when Diane Bielman, Grand Vice President Alumnae, presented our club with the Premier of Excellence Award!  The celebration continued as our lovely style show chairmen announced the 2017 Style Show Beneficiaries.

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Founders’ Day 2016

Our 2016 Founders’ Day was glorious as we celebrated 149 years of Pi Beta Phi!  It was beautifully chaired by Anne Bradley, Whitney Kielwasser and Carla Swenson.  We celebrated our five deserving Dallas Alumnae Club award recipients, three Diamond Arrows and nine Golden Arrows. 10 Our latest Golden Arrows

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CELESTIAL CELEBRATION

Our Celestial Celebration or “UnGala” was held on Thursday, April 7, at the beautiful home of Alan Engstrom to celebrate the donors to our 2015-2016 fundraising campaign.  It truly was a heavenly event!  The generosity of these donors at every level enabled us to fulfill the pledges that we made to four wonderful agencies which support family literacy.  These are the Aberg Center for Literacy, The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, Literacy Instruction for Texas, and Vickery Meadow Learning Center. Ungala 12

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March Meeting

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In March, our own Robin Lewis spoke on the Golden Age of Children’s Literature, and shared her beautiful children’s books with our membership.

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Pi Beta Phi Pink Party

The lovely home of Kathy Shuford was the setting for our Dallas Alumnae Club’s annual Pink Party.  It was a Pink Party to be remembered!   The event was chaired by Laura Kellogg, Terry Hill and Kathy Shuford and catered by Pi Phi Liz Swift Copeland, celebrated Houston caterer and event planner. The party was aglow with pink lights, beautiful flowers, fabulous food, a wonderful Cookie Shine and special friends.  Many thanks to all of these Pi Phi sisters for a glorious evening!!

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January Meeting

 

At our January meeting Carrie Vitt, author and founder of the website, Deliciously Organic, gave a motivational talk entitled “Food as Medicine: How to Heal your Body.  She imparted a wealth of tips on healing your body through what we eat. This inspirational program was held at the beautiful home of Scarlett Bowden.

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Christmas Tea and Open House Texas Beta House at SMU

The beautiful Pi Beta Phi Christmas Tea was held at the Pi Beta Phi house at SMU this year!  It was quite a festive occasion with the Highland Park High School String Quartet, festive Christmas decorations, delicious food, glorious Christmas cookies and special friends!  The evening was chaired by the fabulous mother-daughter teams of Mary Cynthia Church and her daughter, Emily, and Vicki Ward and her daughter, Ellie.  The house was beautifully decorated for Christmas by Lee Rury, Michelle Collins, and Margaret Ann Purse.  We wholeheartedly thank these talented ladies for providing such a beautiful, special evening for all of us.

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November Meeting – Holiday Decorating with Lisa Luby Ryan

Our alumnae club was in for a special treat in November when Lisa Luby Ryan demonstrated many wonderful ways to decorate for the holidays!  We all left inspired and ready to go home and create the magic ourselves!  Thank you Lisa for sharing your talents and gifts with us.

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Special Gift to Texas Beta

November 2, 2015 Ruth Altshuler gave her prestigious Member of Distinction Award to the Pi Beta Phi chapter at SMU, her very own chapter!  This exceptional National award is only given every other year and honors an extraordinary member of Pi Beta Phi who has distinguished herself and who has achieved success and recognition within her profession. The chapter was thrilled and honored to receive her gift and held a beautiful dinner at the Pi Phi house to commemorate this special occasion. 

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October Meeting

Clint Bruce, former Navy Seal and President of the Trident Response Group, gave a wonderful talk on staying safe at our October meeting at the lovely home of Betsy Skorburg.

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