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'Yellowstone' stars blaze into our 10 hottest Fort Worth society stories of 2022
Editor's note: As we look back at the most popular society stories of 2022, a clear theme emerges: Yellowstone. Red-carpet and black-tie events featuring stars from Taylor Sheridan's hit show land on the list three times. Fort Worth philanthropists also shined up their stilettos for the first Jewel Charity Ball since the start of the pandemic, donned their ballgowns for an elegant FWSO Gala, and slid on their cowboy boots and hats for Cowtown Ball. These are the most-read society stories of the year.
1. Yellowstone stars hit the red carpet for season 5 premiere in Fort Worth Stockyards. On a chilly evening November 13, the cast and crew of Yellowstone descended on Fort Worth for the hit Paramount TV show's long-awaited season 5 premiere. Stars and supporters of both Yellowstone and its Fort Worth-shot prequel 1883 hit the red carpet (okay, technically it was black) at Hotel Drover before sitting down to a screening at the Downtown Cowtown at the Isis theater.
2. Yellowstone and 1883 stars cowboy up at Fort Worth gala honoring Taylor Sheridan. Fort Worth has always been "where the West begins," and now it's where TV's hottest Western drama begins, too. The 2022 Lone Star Film Festival Gala - held November 11 at Hotel Drover in the Stockyards - leaned hard into the city's connections to Yellowstone and its prequel, 1883, with signs and programs that boasted "The Road to Yellowstone Began in Fort Worth."
3. Prominent home on River Crest Country Club opens for sale of ‘museum-quality’ antiques. A century-old house across from the first hole of Fort Worth's River Crest Country Club opened to the public in late August, and behind the doors was a treasure trove of rare antiques that needed new homes. The stately white two-story at the corner of Crestline Road and Tremont Avenue was the longtime home of Michael and Drinda Fiske and their two sons, Damon and Shannon — a well-known, well-loved family in the neighborhood.
4. Yellowstone's Kevin Costner and Jen Landon help Grapevine gala rope in $2.9 million. In the wild, wild west world of black-tie charity balls, there's rarely a guaranteed lasso to success. But nonprofit Emily's Place hit the target and then some, raising a jaw-dropping $2.9 million at its "Black Ties & Grassroots" gala starring Kevin Costner and his Modern West band, and emceed by Yellowstone co-star Jen Landon, on April 23 at the Gaylord Texan Resort.
5. All that glittered was glorious at Jewel Charity Ball 2022 in Fort Worth. After sadly sitting out last year, Fort Worth's most glamorous gala and storied fundraiser, Jewel Charity Ball, returned in glittering fashion — and a full house was ready to party. About 1,500 guests — dressed in their finest ballgowns and tuxedos — sipped, supped, shopped, mingled, and danced the night away at Will Rogers Memorial Center's Amon G. Carter Exhibit Hall on March 5.
6. Save the date for these 12 must-attend spring 2022 soirees and galas in Fort Worth. In January, Fort Worth was ready to dust off the stilettos and steam the ballgowns because galas, cocktail parties, and power lunches were finally back. After two years of COVID-cancellations — or pivots to virtual formats — Fort Worth's most glamorous fundraising events of spring returned to the calendar. We rounded up the must-attend events.
7. 15 fantastic fêtes and galas every Fort Worth social butterfly should attend in fall 2022. Fort Worth philanthropists were ready to flex some fundraising muscle again in the fall months, if the season's schedule of glamorous galas was any indication. For the first time since the onset of the pandemic, fall was filled with black-tie balls and benefits. Here was the gown lowdown.
8. Cliburn celebrates 2022 winners with primo party in Fort Worth's Sundance Square. After they'd worked hard and played hard on the piano for 17 days, the winners of the 2022 Cliburn Competition got to party hard with their Fort Worth fans in Sundance Square. Following the historic conclusion of the competition at Bass Hall on June 18, the three medalists were given a celebrity-style escort to the Sundance Square Plaza for a big soiree.
9. Fort Worth guests don Western best to give cancer the boot at 2022 Cowtown Ball. On a picture-perfect fall evening, 450 supporters of the American Cancer Society gathered alfresco at the Fort Worth Zoo for the 29th annual Cowtown Ball. Appropriately themed "Spurs on the Savanna," the September 30 gala welcomed guests outfitted in their best Western chic, from custom cowboy hats to designer boots.
10. Elegant Fort Worth Symphony Gala rises to the moment with scaled-down affair. On a Saturday night in February that felt cold, dreary, and heavy in every way, supporters of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra came together to lift spirits, lift a toast, and lift paddles at a Gala that was warm, understated, and celebratory. Renowned violinist Sarah Chang joined FWSO for a performance in Bass Hall before an elegant dinner at the Worthington Renaissance Hotel.