ReuNight: And just like that… life returns to a new normal in 2022, and social activities seem appropriate, especially when supporting one’s fave non-profit, such as The Family Place.

Roni Proter, Max Trowbridge, Shelle Sills, Marisa Howard at The Conservatory

Roni Proter, Max Trowbridge, Shelle Sills, Marisa Howard at The Conservatory

It’s been over ten years that, in some small way, I’ve supported The Family Place, either by attending events, through media partnerships, participating in Partners Card or as honorary chair of Partners Card in 2018. So it seemed perfectly appropriate to honor my dear friend Mimi Sterling‘s first year as CEO of The Family Place when they invited me to chair the ReuNight annual dinner gala. I’m also excited that my sweet friends Marisa Howard and Roni Proter Kelly will join me as co-chairs and that the legendary retail extraordinaire Shelle Sills will join us as the honorary chair. What a crew!

Mimi Sterling, Max Trowbridge, Brian Bolke, Marisa Howard, Roni Proter

Mimi Sterling, Max Trowbridge, Brian Bolke, Marisa Howard, Roni Proter

ReuNight is always a memorable evening! I’ve attended a few over the years; however, I am thrilled that this year’s dinner will remain within last year’s locale, beneath the stars, alfresco style, in the lush setting of The Nasher Sculpture Garden on Thursday, May 12. The night’s theme, An Evening in Provence, was inspired by the most Instagrammed fashion event of the year in 2019 by Jacquemus. So join us on the pink carpet in Provence, amidst the scents and sights of lavender, seated at farm-style tables, twinkling lights, and a four-course French-inspired menu by Wolfgang Puck Catering. Thanks to the exquisite Provence-based winery, Château d’Esclans will serve delicious sips with their refreshing Whispering Angel and Rock Angel Rosé wines. Très chic!

Kymberley and Tony Scalia

Kymberley and Tony Scalia

Jane Weempe, Joyce Goss, Elspeth Weempe

Jane Weempe, Joyce Goss, Elspeth Weempe

Last night, Marisa, Roni and Moi, invited the host committee, sponsors and donors to our intimate ReuNight kick-off cocktail and shopping reception at The Conservatory boutique in Highland Park Village. It was a treat to see so many friends and catch up with lovely ladies, Melinda Knowles, Claire Emanuelson, Muffin Lemak, Lynn McBee, Rose Cole, Katherine Coker, Natalie Lorio, Tom and Sharon McCollum, to name a few.

Deborah and John Scott

Deborah and John Scott

Alexa Parra, Robert Weatherly, Olivia Lowery

Alexa Parra, Robert Weatherly, Olivia Lowery

Thanks to the always philanthropic Brian Bolke for kindly indulging us with a gathering at his boutique while still recovering from the thrill of success after chairing the Dallas Museum of Arts’ Art Ball on Saturday evening. And the reason for all this fun, philanthropic finery is to support an organization close to my heart. The Family Place, founded in 1978, is the largest family violence service provider in Texas. Empowering victims of family violence, The Family Place provides safe housing and counselling that creates independence while building community engagement and advocating for social change to stop family violence.

Kasey Lemkin, Sharon Lee Clark

Kasey Lemkin, Sharon Lee Clark

Whitney Harmon, Samantha Wortley

Whitney Harmon, Samantha Wortley

Margot Aliffi, Mary Catherine Benavides, Brianna Lucido

The Family Place team, Margot Aliffi, Mary Catherine Benavides, Brianna Lucido

And fundraising is never over, so please join us for ReuNight on Thursday, May 12, at The Nasher Sculpture Center and support The Family Place. Tickets start at $1.5k, and sponsorships begin at $5k. For more details, visit The Family Place.

See you at ReuNight, Max xoxo