By:Nancy Smith, Business
March 18, 2001
The Yellow Rose Multiple Sclerosis Foundation finds itself with one of the largest star entertainer lineups in Dallas benefit history, thanks to honorary chairman Don Henley.
Henley, a member of the rock band The Eagles which had the Platinum Record hit "Hotel California," is bringing in the fellow members of the Eagles to entertain at the April 21 benefit at the Hotel Inter-Continental-Glenn Frey, Timothy Schmit and Joe Walsh.
Not only that, they are touring Europe later this spring and are offering as an auction prize round-trip tickets to see them in any of the cities where they'll be entertaining-Stockholm, London, Paris, Brussels, Zurich and Moscow.
As if that's not enough, Henley also is bringing in Stevie Nicks of "Fleetwood Mac" and country singer Trisha Yearwood to entertain...
And Ed Begley Jr., star of TV's "West Wing" as master of ceremonies.
And to sweeten the kitty, Begley is offering for an auction prize first-class tickets for two to actually appear in the TV show, and be part of the cast that includes Martin Sheen.
Allister Webster, Yellow Rose executive director, says she could believe it.
"You know when you make somebody an honorary chairman, they almost never do anything. Don Henley didn't know that. He's the hardest working honorary chairman I've ever seen."
Henley is a native Texan and lives in Dallas with his wife, Sharon, and their children, and has a new album out on his own, "Inside Job."
The connection between Yellow Rose and Henley came about last year when he was doing a live broadcast for the A&E cable channel, and had his manager call the Yellow Rose office saying it could sell tickets to the broadcast and use it as a fund-raiser.
When it came time to choose the honorary chairman, Alister immediately thought of Henley. "We felt we would honor him for being so gracious," never dreaming how far his generosity would extend.
Along with the European trip, Henley also is offering patrons another once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: tickets to go to Las Vegas and have a tennis lesson with one's choice of Andre Agassi or Steffi Graf. And Agassi is in turn offering the winner tickets for two in his box at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York.
If people want tickets to the gala, Allister says, "They'd better call quickly. We're almost sold out." Call 214-303-0080.