KidneyTexas, Inc. Founding Members Celebrated at TOOTSIES Brunch

TOOTSIES Hosts the 20th Anniversary Celebration Kick-Off of the
KidneyTexas, Inc. The Runway Report Transforming Lives
2019 Luncheon and Fashion Show

*Featured photo: Founding Members Lorraine Meenan, Emilynn Wilson, Barbara Bigham, Patricia Cowlishaw.)*

 Celebrating its 20th year, KidneyTexas, Inc. honored founding members at a brunch in their honor hosted by TOOTSIES, the fashion show sponsor for The Runway Report Transforming Lives 2019 Luncheon and Fashion Show.

Members of KidneyTexas modeled fashions showcasing fall trends, which were revealed by Nerissa Von Helpenstill and Dustin Holcomb of TOOTSIES. Look for reptile prints, unexpected colors such as camel paired with pink or baby blue hues, military-inspired coats, dark romantic florals, ankle boots and hair accessories are back!

Nerissa Von Helpenstill and Dustin Hoffman, TOOTSIES
Fashion Show Sponsor*

Announcements were made about the upcoming Luncheon and Fashion Show happening on Tuesday, September 24th at the Brook Hollow Golf Club. Honorary chairs are Suzette Derrick and Reneé WinterMari Epperson is chair and Sandy Secor is president of KidneyTexas, Inc.

Suzette Derrick and Renee Winter, Honorary Chairs*

Patricia Cowlishaw will receive the Sue Goodnight Service Award and Community Awards will be presented to Lynn Dealey and Jan Strimple.         

The inaugural Everson Walls Legacy Award will be presented to Everson Walls as the honoree at the Fashion Show and Luncheon. This award honors an individual or corporation for their dedication to fighting kidney disease. Walls, a former Dallas Cowboy, donated one of his kidneys to his former teammate, Ron Springs, who lived for several years after the surgery.           

Heartfelt thanks also went to Gold Crown Valet for their sponsorship and to Preston Hollow Catering for the wonderful brunch.     

  At the luncheon and fashion show, the morning begins with a mimosa reception, followed by the runway fashion show featuring fashions from TOOTSIES produced by Jan Strimple, which is always a fabulous event including fun surprises. It is all topped off with a delicious luncheon.        

In the preamble to the fashion show, supporters who have donated or received a kidney or who have made a large financial commitment to others living with or impacted by the disease share their personal stories and walk the runway. Other fashions are also sponsored by Pockets and KidBiz.        

Beneficiaries are Baylor Health Care System Foundation, Camp Reynal, Children’s Medical Center Foundation, Methodist Health System Foundation, Parkland Health & Hospital Foundation, Texas Health Resources Foundation and UT Southwestern Medical Center.    

Visit the web site at, email   or call 214-891-0896.

Mission Statement: The purpose of KidneyTexas, Inc. is to provide funding to improve the methods of treatment, the search for a cure and prevention of kidney disease and other kindred or contributory diseases; and to develop more adequate provision for the care of persons suffering from such diseases.

Statistics: Debilitating kidney diseases impact approximately 20 million people in the United States today. Groups at high risk include African Americans, Hispanics, senior citizens and people with diabetes. In Texas, there are over 30,000 people on dialysis and 4,000 on a transplant list. The number of patients on dialysis is anticipated to double this decade.

History: Celebrating its 20th Year in 2019! Since 1999, the dedicated volunteers of KidneyTexas, Inc. have worked in tandem with our generous underwriters to raise over $3.5 million for local efforts to improve the ability to diagnose and manage kidney disease. 

Each fall KidneyTexas, Inc. hosts its Luncheon & Style Show in an effort to raise money for designated beneficiaries and awareness for a disease that affects millions of people each year. The success of this event depends heavily upon the contributions and dedication of our Dallas business and community leaders. Your support is crucial to the success of our mission.

About TOOTSIES: Housed in a vast 20,000 square foot space in the Plaza at Preston Center, Tootsies is a modern full line specialty store offering the very best dresses, denim, ready to wear, shoes, handbags and jewelry.  We are a one stop shop known for exceptional service and on site personal styling in addition to our curated collection of designers including A.L.C.  Aquazurra, Brandon Maxwell, Cinq a’ Sept, Self Portrait, Ulla Johnson and Veronica Beard.

*Photos by Danny Campbell.

(Sharon Adams, Adams Communications Public Relations, is honored to represent KidneyTexas, Inc.)


Principal of Philanthropy Lifestyles (formerly, the award-winning eBuzzNewsletter and Adams Communications Public Relations, a boutique PR firm specializing in media and community relations for small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Sharon is also a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in Dallas Business Journal, Katy Trail Weekly, People Newspapers (Park Cities People and Preston Hollow People/North Dallas People), Preston Hollow Life magazine, The Park Cities News, White Rock Lake Weekly, numerous blogs and websites and more.