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On October 3, Dallas Women’s Foundation’s patron party, graciously hosted by Lisa and Peter Kraus at their home, was a celebration of sponsors who have contributed to the 33rd Annual Luncheon. The luncheon, presented by Toyota, is set for November 7 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel, and will feature Academy Award nominated director and producer Ava DuVernay in a dialogue with noted journalist Michele Norris.

Roslyn Dawson Thompson, Foundation president and CEO, welcomed the crowd. “We are so grateful to each of you and the organizations you represent, for your generous support. This luncheon promises to be one of our most successful ever. And that is due entirely to the marvelous leadership of co-chairs Lael Brodsky and Tricia Miller, with honorary co-chairs Matrice Ellis-Kirk and Ambassador Ron Kirk.”

Dawson Thompson turned the microphone over to the co-chairs to thank the hosts and sponsors by name. Lael Brodsky said, “We are thrilled to have several ‘firsts’ – this is the first year for Toyota to be our presenting sponsor, the first time for Nancy C. Rogers to be our Spotlight Sponsor, the first year for Target to serve as our Speaker Sponsor and the first year for Sammye and Mike Myers to be Platinum Sponsors! And we are delighted to have Lyda Hill and U.S. Trust again generously serving as Platinum Sponsors.”

Tricia Miller thanked the Crystal, Emerald, Gold, Silver and media sponsors, and concluded by saying, “We could not have such a successful Luncheon and raise so much money to support the outstanding work of Dallas Women’s Foundation without the generosity of our sponsors.  A very special thanks to our hosts tonight – Lisa and Peter Kraus. And a very special announcement: We are so excited to tell you that the luncheon is completely SOLD OUT!” 

The sponsors of Dallas Women’s Foundation’s 33rd Annual Luncheon are:

Presenting Sponsor: Toyota

Spotlight Sponsor: Nancy C. Rogers

Platinum Sponsors: Lyda Hill, Sammye and Mike A. Myers, U. S. Trust

Speaker Sponsor:  Target and with ongoing support from Suzanne Ahn, M.D. Speaker Endowment Fund

Crystal Sponsors: Lael Brodsky and Tricia Miller, Capital One, Nancy Ann and Ray Hunt, The Men and Women of Hunt Consolidated, Jones Day, Southwest Airlines and Texas Instruments

Diamond Sponsors: Barings Multifamily Capital; Julie Bleicher, Diana Dutton, Gail Griswold and Patricia Villareal; Ernst & Young, Kimberly Clark Corporation, NexBank

Emerald Sponsors:  AT&T, Inc., AXXESS, Ellenore Knight Baker/Carter Financial Management; Mickie Bragalone, Lynn Hunt Gray and Pam Patsley; Becky Bruder, Debbie Barnes, Faye Lidji and Candace Krause; Jill Cochran, Joyce Goss and Selwyn Rayzor; Claire Dewar, Julie Hawes and Muffin Lemak; Fossil Group; Frito-Lay, Inc.; Haynes and Boone, LLP; The Horchow Family; Daniel and Toni Hunt; Lisa Kraus, Leslie MacLean and Janie Strauss McGarr; Reverend Katherine G. Lyle; Patsy Woods Martin; Paula and Ron Parker; Sprinkles Cupcakes; Betty Suellentrop; Texas Health Resources; Shawna D. Wilson; Women's Foodservice Forum

Media Sponsors: Dallas Business Journal, DCEO, iHeart Radio, My Sweet Charity

Dallas Women’s Foundation is the largest regional women’s fund in the world. It is a trusted leader in advancing positive social and economic change for women and girls. The Foundation was built on the belief that when you invest in a woman, there is a ripple effect that benefits her family, her community and her world. Dallas Women’s Foundation has researched, funded and demonstrated the ripple effect since 1985 in North Texas, granting more than $42.2 million since inception and $5 million annually to help create opportunities and solve issues for women and girls. With the support of its donors, the Foundation unlocks resources to improve education and quality of life, give voice to issues affecting women and girls, and cultivate women leaders for the future. For more information, visit, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Instagram.


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