Friday: April 21: Bethenny Frankel speaks at 11th Annual ChickLit luncheon

Tricia George and Mary Martha Pickens  are event co-chairs of April 21, 2017 event

(Featured photo: Luncheon chairs Mary Martha Pickens and Tricia George. Bethenney Frankel.)

(Dallas, TX) – Community Partners of Dallas (CPD) announces best-selling author, natural foods chef, reality TV star, self-made businesswoman, and mom, Bethenny Frankel, as the featured speaker for the 11th Annual Chick Lit Luncheon.


Tricia George and Mary Martha Pickens will co-chair the annual fundraiser, which will be held on Friday, April 21, 2017 at the Hilton Anatole.  Katy Bock, Marybeth Conlon and Lori Anna Dees will serve as underwriting chairs.


“We are absolutely thrilled to announce Bethenny Frankel as the featured speaker for this year’s Chick Lit Luncheon,” remarked Paige McDaniel, president and CEO, Community Partners of Dallas. “Following last year’s record-breaking tenth anniversary event, we know Bethenny’s straight-forward and witty approach to relationships, nutrition, business, parenting and all things ‘Real Housewives’ will certainly keep our devoted attendees entertained.  This year is not to be missed!”

Bethenny Frankel first came to national attention with her wit, wisdom, and humor when she was named first runner-up on NBC’s The Apprentice: Martha Stewart. Her success on the series led her to Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York City for three seasons, as well as two spin-off series on the network, Bethenny Getting Married? and Bethenny Ever After.  After a three-season hiatus, she made her highly anticipated return for season seven of The Real Housewives of New York City.

A savvy businesswoman, Bethenny is the creator of the low calorie cocktail brand Skinnygirl Cocktails and partnered with Beam Suntory in 2011. The cocktail portfolio now includes over 20 products including wines, flavored vodkas, and delicious ready-to-drink cocktails. Frankel is a brand collaborator, developer, and marketer for Skinnygirl Cocktails. As the owner of Skinnygirl, Bethenny has created a thriving lifestyle brand featuring products offering women practical solutions to everyday problems. Some of the many Skinnygirl products include “Sparklers” non-alcoholic beverages, microwave popcorn, snacks, hummus, dips, nutrition bars, salad dressings, liquid sweeteners and water enhancers, shapewear, and appliances. In 2013, Frankel brought her distinct voice and candid point of view to daytime television on Bethenny, her nationally syndicated daytime talk program, and she has been named one of the “Top 100 Most Powerful Celebrities” by Forbes magazine.


She is the four-time best-selling author of Skinnydipping, A Place of Yes: 10 Rules for Getting Everything You Want Out Of Life, Naturally Thin: Unleash Your Skinnygirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting, and The Skinnygirl Dish: Easy Recipes for Your Naturally Thin Life. She has also authored Skinnygirl Solutions: Simple Ideas, Extraordinary Results, the recently released children’s book Cookie Meets Peanut, the cocktail book, Skinnygirl Cocktails, and her most recent release I Suck at Relationships So You Don’t Have To.


The 11th annual Chick Lit luncheon will be held on April 21, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the Hilton Anatole.  The event will include a wine reception followed by a seated luncheon and remarks by Ms. Frankel. Tables begin at $1,750 and are on sale now; individual tickets will go on sale in early April if space permits.  For more information, visit

About Community Partners of Dallas

Since 1989, Community Partners of Dallas has ensured safety and restored dignity and hope to abused and neglected children by providing crucial resources and support to the caseworkers of Dallas County Child Protective Services.  Community Partners of Dallas provides items such as winter coats, diapers and formula, holiday gifts, school uniforms, personal hygiene products, food and more,  to send the abused children in our community the message that someone does care.  Please visit for more information.


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