Area doctors last week raffled off a pair of boobs in an effort to help a neighborhood-based charity.
A Lamborghini was stabled in front of Hotel Zaza, where high-heeled shoes clicked down a hallway leading to a dimly lit ballroom. Inside, dozens of divas and young blades kept the bartenders busy. Normal people were also present. The crowd paused every five or ten minutes when the chillout music dropped and another prize was promoted and raffled.
The True You event, as it was called, was a publicity move for age management vendors headlined by Dr. Robert L. True, a salt-and-pepper-haired gentleman with a medical trifecta including cosmetic surgery, gynecology and anti-aging regenerative medicine.
“We try to give women what they want,” he said.
But the event also was a charity fundraiser. Well, sort of a fundraiser for a fundraiser. Cheryl Rios, who helped promote the event, said the raffle’s proceeds will be added to those earned at April’s Greer Garson Gala, which benefits Women and Infant Services in the Margot Perot Center at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, based in the Lake Highlands area. Rios said the charity had raised around $1,500 by 8 p.m. (Later via Facebook they reported $2,000).
Raffle tickets went for $5 a pop. Must be present to win. Someone won Mavs game tickets and someone else won a $300 gift certificate for famed Preston Hollow clothier Liz Morgan. An 82-year-old man won a round of libido-enhancing hormone pellet therapy. Someone won eyebrow enhancer and someone else won a syringe of facial filler.
Along the ballroom’s walls, vendors offered demonstrations, pamphlets and special pricing for cosmetic surgery and Botox injections. Yes, for a price, the Fountain of Youth waits in syringes, tubes, pills or under a scalpel’s shadow. Apparently a healthy lifestyle helps too.
It would be easy to mock seemingly superficial steps toward confidence and, by proxy, contentment, but as attendee Bell Smith put it, “Cosmetic surgery is about image, but you have to love yourself first.” Fair enough.
The evening’s grand prize was a shiny new pair of saline breast implants valued at $4,995. Installation included. Dr. True told the crowd that the winner didn’t have to get saline implants. Silicon implants were also a possibility, as was breast modification or a little lift. Remaining conscious during the procedure was another option on the table.
And so, just after 9 a.m., the crowd came to an anxious quiet as the lucky winner’s name was drawn. And that lucky winner was—not present. So the ticket was tossed and a second name pulled.
Then Dr. True yelled, “Hodo!”
Jenn Hodo threw a wide-eyed glance at Jeremy, her husband, before covering her mouth in shock. She quickly walked over to express her gratitude and pose for a photo where the overhead light shined down on her nicely shaped, bald head.
Hodo said that in 2009, when her first son was still an infant, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor that was dangerously close to her spinal column. Fears that the cancer would quickly spread lead to an aggressive radiation treatment that all but destroyed her hair follicles. Despite being four years in remission, her hair still won’t grow as it once had. Her husband said he continues to shave his head in support of his wife.
Hodo said her self-esteem has taken a heavy blow since 2009, but that breast augmentation would certainly help.
“I’m thrilled!” she said. “It’s like I’m in a dream. I mean, is this really for real?”
She couldn’t stop smiling … neither could her husband.