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Maggie Kipp, luncheon chair Melinda Knowles, Nancy Gopez

St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon & Fashion Show patrons and event leadership were treated to a special “pop by” celebration at Highland Park Village’s Carolina Herrera on Thursday, January 28 in honor of the upcoming virtual fundraiser benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. 


Luncheon chair Melinda Knowles and Carolina Herrera general manager Morgan Williams welcomed small pre-scheduled groups of four, donning masks, as a thank you for their support of this year’s event.  While champagne and sweets were a “to go” treat in keeping with health protocols, attendees did have time to peruse the boutiques stunning collections, including a gorgeous selection of pink and red Valentine-inspired clothing and accessories.


Carolina Herrera is one of the Highland Park Village retailers that will be featured in the February 11 virtual fashion show, in addition to Alice & Olivia, The Conservatory,  Veronica Beard, Roller Rabbit, Lela Rose and MARKET.


2021 St. Valentine’s Day Luncheon & Fashion Show sponsors include: HOPE - Margot Perot; and Melody and Rick Rogers; DIAMOND - Highland Park Village; Louise and Guy Griffeth; and Sewell; SAPPHIRE – Robyn and Don Conlon; Rusty and Bill Duvall Family / Lincoln Property Company; and Ruth Robinson; EMERALD - Lyda Hill Philanthropies; RUBY - The Baldridge Foundation; Benchmark Bank; The Boone Foundation; Children’s Health; Condon, Tobin, & Sladek;/Janie and David Condon/Melinda and Mark Knowles; Maura Costello; Elbit Systems of America; Claire Emanuelson; Janet Evans and Rusty Duvall; Zoe and Todd Hart; Angie Kadesky and Shelle Sills; Maggie Kipp and Jen O’Neal; Dawn and Jon Mellon; Marie Keese LeLash Foundation; PaperCity; Sidley Austin LLP; Donosky Family; Fox 4; Active Pure; Ms. Nancy Perot; Planet Productions; Integer Group; Sandra Roberdeau; and TONI&GUY. 


The Saint Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Showwill be held virtually on February 11, 2020 at 11:30 a.m.   Event highlights will include an online silent auction, recognition of 2021 award recipients, and a runway style show featuring fashions by Highland Park Village and produced by Jan Strimple.  Special treats will be delivered to all sponsors and ticket holders in advance of the event.Sponsorships and tickets are still available at   


The 2021 luncheon committee includes: advisors Nancy Gopez and Maggie Kipp; underwriting chairs Roz Colombo, Angie Kadesky, Dee Dee Lee, Lisa Shirley and Shelle Sills; “Fund the Fight” chair Jennifer LeLash; kickoff and patron party chairs Mason Custard, Pilar Henry, Marcia King and Sara Stroud; table sales chairs Dianne La Roe and Alison Pearl; live auction chairs Jennifer Davis and Jen O’Neal; raffle chairs Zoe Hart and Jennifer Lake; children’s chair Nikki Webb; and design chair Katherine Coker. 


Founded by Janet Evans and Rusty Duvall, the Saint Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Showhas raised more than $13 million in its 37 years, funding research in Texas, including UT Southwestern Medical Center.   Since its inception some patient survival rates have doubled and countless advances have been made with new safer treatments for patients.


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