With all this talk of Real Housewives of Dallas, how did we miss October’s announcement of the The Salonniere 100’s inclusion of four of our own most beloved and fabulous Dallas housewives? And what is The Salonniere, anyway?
For your educational enlightenment- Salonnieres (pronounced salon-yairs) -women in 17th and 18th century Paris who hosted social gatherings, called salons, in their homes. Ladies gathered to discuss everything from literature and education to economics and politics. At a time when women had little formal influence in society, the Salonnieres wielded tremendous power because they decided who would be invited to their salons and what would be discussed. Many believe that salons played a key role in the French Enlightenment as people gathered to voice their discontent during the reign of Louis XIV. And so, The Salonniere represents the power and potential of a well-orchestrated social gathering and is the premier and award-winning site dedicated exclusively to the art of party hosting. Designed for those who love to entertain, The Salonniere gives tips from the world’s most skilled entertaining experts and party hosts, those whose expertise is generally accessible only to their clients and closest friends. No paid-for posts, as fun to read as it is informative, stories are presented in three-minute morsels with classic photos and quotes to garnish each story.
So, Which four Dallas women made the Salonniere 100 list of America’s best party hosts? I don’t think you’ll be surprised!
Gene Jones -Wife of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. This January the former Razorback football student-athlete and member of Arkansas’ 1964 national championship football team, Jerry Jones and his wife, Gene, made a gift of $10.65 million to Razorback Athletics. Number 11 on D Magazines list of 100 most expensive home owners, Jerry bought the Dallas Cowboys in 1989 for $150 million. The team is now reportedly worth $1.8 billion. The Dallas Cowboys team has been used to raise more than $1 billion for the Salvation Army. The Jones’ neighbor is Margaret Crow (No. 15), who lives just down the street from her art enthusiast son Harlan (No. 5). You can be sure there are some majorly fabulous parties going on down that street! And then there is what we Dallasites like to refer to as “JerryWorld” the AT&T Stadium, formerly known as Cowboys Stadium. AT&T Stadium is more than the home of the Dallas Cowboys., its an art museum and event space. “Our goal was to build more than just a football stadium,” Gene Jones said. “We really want this to be a chance for others, who may not be inclined to go to an art museum, to be exposed to it and see it in a different setting, and maybe this will allow them to expand their horizons and look at art in other ways.” The stadium’s original 13 commissioned artworks as well as other contemporary pieces and this new expansion of the initiative were conceived, launched and funded by Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones and his wife lovely wife Gene.
Speaking of art enthusiasts, let’s move along to:
Cindy Rachofsky– Wife of Howard Rachofsky who hails from Highland Park. Howard played trumpet in the Highland Park High School band. Now known as an avid art collector and philanthropist, young Howard was an entrepreneur from an early age and ran a front-yard Coke stand at the family’s University Park home. Trading stocks is what he would later grow a passion for and a 1986, Financial World magazine article put him as one of the 100 highest-paid people on Wall Street. How’s that for a Top 100 list? Cindy and Howard Rachofsky are the most art-zealous couple you can find in Dallas. Having built their famous home that is a liveable art museum, they literally LIVE art in their home. The Rachofsky House features a complete collection of art from the lawn to the architecture by renown architect Richard Meier. The Rachofsky’s host what could be called Dallas most fabulous charity event- the annual fall gala known as Two x Two for AIDS and Art. As of it’s 17th year, the event has raised over $60 million in support of essential AIDS research at amfAR and for the Contemporary Art Acquisitions Fund at the Dallas Museum of Art. Tickets are a bit pricey, but if you are going to splurge on a “see and be seen” event this year, THIS is the one. Save the date for Saturday, October 22, 2016 and get tickets early as this event is always a sell out.
How about the art of making women beautiful? This next lady has a connection with a very famous cosmetic company :
Nancy Rogers– Wife of Richard Rogers, son of the iconic Mary Kay Ash. Nancy is a former private-jet stewardess turned jet-setting philanthropist. Nancy has chaired, co-chaired, honorary chaired,and/or sponsored just about every major charity Gala from Dallas to Aspen and been given numerous awards for her work in a variety of philanthropic areas. The Rogers spend much of their time in their home in the Palmilla corridor located on the Sea of Cortez, which boasts miles of pristine, white sandy beaches. San Jose del Cabo, on the tip of Baja California Sur, “is one of our family’s favorite places”, Nancy told FD in an article on how a Dallasite can master Mexico. Nancy says that if she doesn’t know many people at a gala or event a comfortable ice breaker is travel. “Its the best thing to talk about with anyone, and great way to learn about other peoples life experiences.” Every great party host knows how to get conversations started and Nancy is always eager to listen to other people, not talk about herself. She chose her husband as “the best dressed man in town”, says “he wears his brilliance, honesty and compassion as a true gentleman”. Aw, Nancy, we Love that! Richard Rogers serves as Executive Chairman for Mary Kay Inc., the cosmetics company he co-founded with his mother,Mary Kay Ash in September of 1963. He served as the Company’s General Manager until 1965, when he was elected Vice President. In 1968, he was elected President and Chief Executive Officer, and in November 1987, was named Chairman of the Board. He returned as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mary Kay Inc. in 2001 and assumed the title of Executive Chairman in 2006.
And this last one, has the art of event planning down to perfection:
Kimberly Schlegel Whitman- wife of real estate developer Justin Whitman, the son of Hollywood actor Stuart Whitman. Southern Living has named Kimberly one of 75 of the best-dressed entrepreneurs living in the South. The Bob and Myrna Schlegal family have been called Dallas version of the Kardashians and you can be sure have been approached by producers for TV. Rather than flaunt family wealth for TV, Kim signed with a manager and a “branding expert” in Los Angeles, hoping eventually to land her own TV show as a “kinder, gentler Martha Stewart for the Millennial generation”. Kimberly found her knack for event planning while planning her Idlewild debut. Finding that the choice of high-end party rentals in New York was far above anything available in Dallas, she bought and brought back cartons of Baccarat crystal, Limoges china, and BBJ linens. In 1998 she launched her glam party-rental store that gave her the reputation as a lifestyle entrepreneur. After building RSVP Soiree Luxury Event Rentals, she sold it in 2006. She took the one hundred year old RSVP Social Calendar online in 1999 and continues to maintain the annual list of Dallas’ finest charitable events. Kimberly has made countless television appearances, does a daily radio segment on Dallas’ number one morning show and a spot as co-host of KTXD’s live daily television talk show, Texas Living. In 2011, she became the Editor-at-Large of Southern Living Magazine, the seventh-largest monthly paid consumer magazine in the nation. At age 24 she published her first of 6 books from wedding planning to planning a party for your pooch. Kimberly seems to be an event planning Natural! Number one, in my book.