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(Continued from page 38) I entered a sparkling room, which had been magically transformed by Melanie Ta t u m , f i l l e d w i t h a gloriously black-tie-attired crowd of more than 1,500. Intimate seating areas were created for guests to visit with friends that many hadn't seen since the abundance of holiday parties in December. I immediately bumped into Marlow and Kearney, who were wearing exquisite jewels from JCB's official jeweler, Tiffany & Co. I later spied a contingency of Steeplechase and Assembly debutantes who were also dripping with fabulous baubles from the revered jeweler. Anyone who realized that they might need another bangle, necklace, or ring had the opportunity to purchase Tiffany's dazzling pieces in a pop-up. I could go on and on about the fashion that evening. Julia Sawyer wore hot-pink Naeem Khan. Mackenzie Brittingham obviously had her fan club in attendance, as many were wearing her creations, including Michelle Marlow in a dramatic one- shoulder gown, paired with Jimmy Choo heels that "ended up under my chair late night," she confesses. Olivia Kearney's dashing husband, attorney Jeff Kearney, surprised her earlier that evening with a David Webb Persian turquoise and diamond ring. Paige Pate accessorized with one-of- a-kind Mizuki jewelry: black Tahitian pearl earrings and ring with black- and gray-slice natural and pavé diamonds. I had a fabulous time catching up with my extremely talented friend Julie Hayes (a home she designed was on the cover of April PaperCity), who was wearing Italian designer Taller Marmo. Perhaps Paige Pate summarized the evening best: "My favorite moment had to be watching so many couples crowding the dance floor. Before dinner, during dinner, and late into the evening." Rarely have I been at an event where guests made their way to the dance floor between courses. One of the memories I will take with me from the evening was seeing Marlow on stage with the five men in her life (her husband, Scott, and four sons) and quoting Audrey Hepburn: "Giving is living. If you stop wanting to give, there's nothing more to live for." As I climbed into my sumptuous bed at the Hotel Drover (I turned the evening into a staycation), the words of the inimitable Dean Martin came to mind: "How lucky can one guy be … My head keeps spinnin', I go to sleep and keep grinnin' …" Thank you, Michelle Marlow and the whole Jewel Charity Ball squad. It was hands down one of the most beautiful (and fun) black-tie events I've ever had the privilege of attending. Spotted dancing the night away: Kelly and Jeff Dillard, who underwrote The Temptations — a performance that most will never forget; Christy Dunaway Smith in a dramatic entrance-ready voluminous blue Tish Cox dress; Shannon and Stephen Nolan, whose daughter, Ariana, was one of the debs that evening); and Becky Bowen, who made the trip from Dallas since she never wants to miss a JCB Gala; along with Paige and Neil Randel, Anne and Orlando Carvalho, Kathy Sneed, Jill Moser, and Marisa Selkirk. Billy Fong, Michelle Marlow Kennedy Collins Ashley German Julie Parker Mcbride Natalie Mcbride Campbell John & Gisel Merrifield Ross Moncrief Dylan Spencer Yellow Feathers Pair Perfectly With Diamonds, Karen Simon Nancy Lamb documents the night Myriah & Cedric James Black cowboy boots with a hint of red Mo & Trish Sheats 40

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