Fanciful Fort Worth fundraiser brings inspired designs to the table for 30th anniversary
What: Design Inspirations' 30th Anniversary Preview Party & Luncheon
Where: Ridglea Country Club
The 411: For 30 years, volunteers from the Fort Worth Alumnae Associations of Kappa Kappa Gamma and Pi Beta Phi have teamed up for one of the most unique fundraisers in the city - Design Inspirations. The two-day, mega showcase of beautifully set tablescapes has raised more than $1.4 million since its inception.
The 2023 edition marked Design Inspirations' 30th anniversary and was chaired by Allie Turney and Molly Van Amburgh (Pi Beta Phi), and Leigh Brown and Katie Howard (Kappa Kappa Gamma). Proceeds went to Gill Children’s Services, Inc. and Breakthrough Fort Worth.
The event started the evening of Wednesday, March 1 with champagne toast that included event chairs from the past 30 years, and most significantly, the four founders: Carol Dunaway, Ann Harwood, Kay Howell, and Judy Schell.
A Preview Party followed, where nearly 500 guests sipped on cocktails and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres while previewing 64 elegant tablescapes designed by local designers, florists, and businesses. Tables by longtime designers, including Beckley Design Studio, Central Market, Christy Dunaway Smith, Domain XCIV, Inc., Jessica McIntyre Interiors, Kay Genua Designs, Neiman Marcus Fort Worth, and The Enchanted Florist, sat alongside newer designers and supporters, including Allison Curry Interiors, Emily Gilbert Designs, Mackenzie Page Interiors, Paxton Place Design, and Schumacher.
The next morning, more than 550 guests - dressed in their spring florals best - enjoyed the Design Inspirations Luncheon, featuring a presentation by New York interior designer and author of the new book More Rooms, Katie Ridder. (Of course she went home with her own custom boots from M.L. Leddy's.)
Music and the scent of hundreds of fresh florals filled the room as attendees sipped on Prosecco and strolled through the five rooms decorated with jaw-dropping floral and creative table themes from garden party to Western chic.
Following the presentation, a lunch of tomato and cucumber salad, grilled filet and wedge salad, and a special 30th Anniversary raspberry cream cake was served.
For more information on Design Inspirations and the causes it supports, visit the website.
Who: Attendees included Tanya Runyon, Courtney Mitchell, Duffy Bloemendal, Heather Senter, Leslie Daly, Jessica Dodson, Robyn Hatfield and Laura Rooker, Kristi Newman, Olivia Kearney, Melinda Adams, Lou Martin, Jordan Davidson, Alison Gengelbach, Courtney Holm, Katie Semple, Lizzie Sell, Ro McKee Rynd, Carrie Woodson, Rebecca Hillard, Pepper McLean, Sharon Fulgham, Rhonda Rich, Amber Robertson, and hundreds more.