Co-chairs Emily Eisenhauer and Patti Flowers welcomed friends and members of the Junior League of Dallas to its annual Milestones Luncheon to celebrate its achievements and impact on the Dallas community in the last year.
Guests — including Lynn McBee, Debbie Oates, Pam Perella, Cary Deuber, Amanda Shufeldt and Kameron Westcott — ate, drank and mingled with their fellow philanthropists at the Hilton Anatole. With more than 5,000 women working under the Junior League name, there were plenty of people to catch up with.
During the lunch, this charitable powerhouse honored the 2013-2014 Sustainer of the Year: Linda Secrest, who was welcomed with a standing ovation. Secrest was singled out for improving her community through service, including work with Genesis Women’s Shelter, American Red Cross and Crystal Charity Ball.
Another treat was an inspiring speech by Vernice Armour, a retired captain in the United States Marines and the first African-American female combat pilot. Known to most as “FlyGirl,” her words left every woman in the room with goose bumps.
JLD members also got a chance to visit with Armour before and after her speech to get ideas on how to turn dreams into realities in the new year.
The Junior League of Dallas provides more than 130,000 hours of trained volunteer service and donates more than $1 million to the community each year.