When it comes to philanthropy, Dallasites do it with one fashionable foot forward. This September, some of the city’s most stylish women will be recognized and applauded for their outstanding commitment to community service at the Crystal Charity Ball Ten Best Dressed Fashion Show and Luncheon. The sold-out Sept. 14 luncheon will return to Neiman Marcus downtown Dallas for the 44th consecutive year. Follow this article online to find out more about each of the 10 Best Dressed ladies.
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1. Amy Hegi
Amy is a two-time honoree. She and her husband Peter have three daughters. Amy is an SMU graduate and received her degree in advertising. She worked in the advertising industry for several years for TBWA Chiat/Day before following her passion for fashion to the buying offices of Neiman Marcus and Harold’s before retiring to raise her daughters.
Q: Tell us about your favorite piece of clothing in your closet:
A: My torn blue jeans. I have had them for years, and they feel like pajamas. I can throw them on with a T-shirt and be casual or can throw them on with a button down and dress them up … definitely my favorite. READ MORE
2. Lisa Cooley
Lisa is a second-year honoree. She and her husband, Clay, have three children. A dedicated community volunteer, Lisa is currently serving as chairman of the Family Gateway Luncheon. She most recently chaired the Go Red Luncheon benefitting the American Heart Association. Lisa is an active member of the Crystal Charity Ball underwriting committee. Her past charitable affiliations include After School All Stars, Children’s Cancer Fund, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Opera, Housing Crisis Center, and TACA among many others.
Q: What’s been the most valuable learning experience as part of Crystal Charity Ball?
A: Realizing the amazing value of teamwork, and the tremendous impact that we can make on the lives of the children we serve. READ MORE
3. Cate Ford
This is Cate’s first year as an honoree. She grew up in Dallas and is married to Jeremy Ford. They have three children, Curran, Jerry, and new baby Chloe. In addition to her involvement with their schools, Hockaday and The Episcopal School of Dallas, Cate serves on the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas board of directors and their development committee. She serves on the Women’s Auxiliary at Children’s Medical Center; the Sweetheart Ball Committee; and she is an inactive member of Cattle Baron’s Ball committee. Cate received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University.
Q: What is your favorite Park Cities or Preston Hollow eatery to get dressed up for lunch with girlfriends?
A: Le Bilboquet. READ MORE
4. Kimberly Whitman
Kimberly is a first-time honoree. She and her husband, Justin, have two children, a son, JR and a daughter, Millie. She is a graduate of SMU with an honors degree in art history. She has served as a lifestyle contributor to the Today Show and editor-at-large of Southern Living Magazine since 2011. Among her many charitable causes, Kimberly is a member of The Sweetheart Ball and the advisory committee of MTV’s ReDefine of which she is a past chair.
Q: Tell us about your favorite Park Cities or Preston Hollow place to get pampered:
A: I love getting a manicure and pedicure from Sophia’s on Lover’s Lane or using the Cherry App to come to my house. READ MORE
5. Jennifer Dix
Jennifer is a first-time honoree. She and her husband, Richard, have two children, Nate and Gracie. Jennifer has both a bachelors and master’s degree from Baylor University as well as a Ph.D. from UT Austin. In addition to her Crystal Charity activities, she and her husband are currently chairing the American Cancer Society’s $27 million capital campaign to construct Hope Lodge.
Q: What cosmetic is always in your purse?
A: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Golden Sand. It’s like Couture Chapstick! READ MORE
6. Tucker Enthoven
Tucker is a third-time honoree. She is married to Rich Enthoven, and they have four children. In addition to her work on the Crystal Charity Ball Committee, she has served on the board of directors of the Senior Source, Big Thought, Educational First Steps and the Letot Center Foundation. She received her bachelor of science and master’s degree from Stanford University. She was chairman of the 2017 Celebrating Women Luncheon and is Ball Reservations co-chairman for the 2018 Crystal Charity Ball.
Q: What is your fashion motto?
A: When in doubt, wear something classic with fun, bold accessories. READ MORE
7. Anita Arnold | Honorary Chairman
Anita Arnold is a third-time honoree. She is married to Truman Arnold, and they have three children and four grandchildren. Anita serves on several nonprofit boards, including the Texas Cultural Trust, the Baylor Scott and White Healthcare System Foundation and she is chairman-elect of the SMU Tate Lecture Series Board. Anita has an honorary doctorate from Texas A&M University-Texarkana and is a partner at TA Capital, a family-owned private equity firm. The Arnolds are generous donors to Crystal Charity beneficiaries.
Q: Who is your style inspiration and how do you embody them?
A: My beautifully dressed Dallas girlfriends are my inspiration every day. READ MORE
8. Cara French
Cara is a first-time honoree. She is married to Jim French, and they have two children. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a liberal arts degree. Cara was a member of the Cattle Baron’s Ball committee for 14 years before chairing the ball in 2016. She chaired the Equest Luncheon and is president-elect for the Women’s Auxiliary. She is a recipient of the Pi Beta Phi Community Service Award, and she is a former Flower Show chairman and president of the Junior Group of the Dallas Garden Club. In addition to her family, Cara is passionate about her two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Maggie and Purdy.
Q: What cosmetic is always in your purse?
A: Smith & Cult No.2 lip color and gloss. It’s dreamy! READ MORE
9. Delilah Boyd
Delilah Boyd is a second-year honoree. She is married to Sam Boyd, and they have their adorable Shih Tzu puppy, Honey Belle. Delilah graduated from SMU with a degree in music and received a master’s of liberal arts the following year. She then returned 19 years later and received her law degree. She has served on the Crystal Charity Ball Selection committee for 22 consecutive years and has been an active member of the Crystal Charity Ball committee for 29 straight years. Her past board affiliations include the SMU Tate Lecture Series, March of Dimes, Dallas Mediation Services, and the American Foundation for the Blind.
Q: What is your fashion motto?
A: Dress appropriately for the occasion. READ MORE
10. Piper Wyatt
Piper is a third-time honoree. She and her husband, Mike, have two rescue dogs, Newton and Minnie Pearl, multiple nieces, nephews, and godchildren. The LSU graduate owns PK Home, Inc., a wholesale textile rep agency. Her past chairmanships include Vine & Dine benefitting Ability Connection, underwriting chairman for the Art Ball, and A Special Evening benefitting LaunchAbility. Currently, she is chairman of special gifts for this year’s Crystal Charity Ball.
Q: What fashion statement this year do you dislike, and why?
A: I am not a fan of wide leg culottes, and white boots look cute on others but silly on me. READ MORE
Robyn Conlon | Hall of Fame
This year’s Hall of Fame Honoree is Robyn Conlon. She was on the best-dressed list from 2009-2011.
Robyn Conlon and her family are generous supporters of all areas of the community. They are longtime donors to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Genesis Women’s Shelter, Interfaith Housing Coalition, Equest, and The Stewpot. Recent affiliations include After-School All-Stars Luncheon, of which the Conlon family is serving as honorary chairs.
The Dallas native graduated from Queen’s College in Charlotte, North Carolina with a degree in art education. Conlon is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Dallas and has served on several boards, including the Family Place.
Conlon and her husband, Dave, have three sons and three grandchildren.