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Cowboys great hosts United Way benefit with major country star power

Cowboys great hosts United Way benefit with major country star power

Troy and Capa Aikman, United Way
Troy Aikman, Capa Aikman Photo by Kelly Alexander
Nancy Perot, Rod Jones, Lynae Fearing, Tracy Rathbun, United Way
Nancy Perot, Rod Jones, Lynae Fearing, Tracy Rathbun Photo by Kelly Alexander
Mike McGuire, Natalie McGuire, Barry Andrews, United Way
Mike McGuire, Natalie McGuire, Barry Andrews  Photo by Kelly Alexander
Jennifer Sampson, Annette Simmons, United Way
Jennifer Sampson, Annette Simmons  Photo by Kelly Alexander
Jason Aldean, United Way fundraiser
Jason Aldean Photo by Kelly Alexander
Jeff and Andrea Busby, United Way
Jeff Busby, Andrea Busby  Photo by Kelly Alexander
Gwen and Doug Parker, United Way
Gwen Parker, Doug Parker Photo by Kelly Alexander
Edward Sampson, Stacey Walker, Reid Walker, Kit Sawers, United Way
Edward Sampson, Stacey Walker, Reid Walker, Kit Sawers Photo by Kelly Alexander
David McAtee, Cristy McAtee, United Way fundraiser
David McAtee, Cristy McAtee  Photo by Kelly Alexander
Daren and Angela Lesley, April Anthony & Mark Anthony, United Way fundraiser
Daren Lesley, Angela Lesley, April Anthony, Mark Anthony Photo by Kelly Alexander
Bob Woods and Cynthia Hayes, United Way fundraiser
Bob Woods, Cynthia Hayes Photo by Kelly Alexander
Alan Motsenbocker, Anne Motsenbocker, Stephen Giles, United Way fundraiser
Alan Motsenbocker, Anne Motsenbocker, Stephen Giles Photo by Kelly Alexander
Troy and Capa Aikman, United Way
Nancy Perot, Rod Jones, Lynae Fearing, Tracy Rathbun, United Way
Mike McGuire, Natalie McGuire, Barry Andrews, United Way
Jennifer Sampson, Annette Simmons, United Way
Jason Aldean, United Way fundraiser
Jeff and Andrea Busby, United Way
Gwen and Doug Parker, United Way
Edward Sampson, Stacey Walker, Reid Walker, Kit Sawers, United Way
David McAtee, Cristy McAtee, United Way fundraiser
Daren and Angela Lesley, April Anthony & Mark Anthony, United Way fundraiser
Bob Woods and Cynthia Hayes, United Way fundraiser
Alan Motsenbocker, Anne Motsenbocker, Stephen Giles, United Way fundraiser

What: United Way of Metropolitan Dallas fundraiser

Where: The home of Troy and Capa Aikman

The 411: Capa and Troy Aikman opened their home to a who's who of Dallas philanthropists for a private dinner and performance by country music star Jason Aldean — all to benefit United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.

As the chair of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ 2017-2018 annual campaign, Aikman is helming the efforts to raise funds to support the organization's focus areas of education, income, and health in North Texas.

Aikmans hosted their first private fundraising event for United Way in their new home, which marked the culmination of his chairmanship. Celebrity chef Kent Rathbun prepared a gourmet dinner for guests who included United Way CEO Jennifer Sampson, Deedie Rose, Barry Andrews, Barbara and Jim Lentz, Natalie and Mike McGuire, Ellen and John McStay, Nancy Perot, Rod Jones, Annette SimmonsJerry Fronterhouse, and many more.

The intimate dinner took place in the Aikmans' luxurious garage, which had been transformed into a beautiful dinner setting by event designer Jason Valdivia. After the last course was served, Sampson took to the stage to thank Aikman for his dedication.

“For those who know Troy, they know he is very thoughtful about his commitments,” she said. 

Aikman then expressed gratitude to Aldean and his wife, Brittany, for making the trip from Nashville. He also thanked Aldean’s tour manager, Jake LaGrone (who is a close friend of Troy’s and who arranged the performance), as well as Sampson and her team.

“Get aligned with smart people who know more than you, then good things will happen," he said. "United Way is a great example of that.”

The evening concluded with an acoustic set by two-time Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year Aldean, who performed his most notable hits — including “You Make It Easy” and “A Little More Summertime” — pausing to share personal stories in between each song.

May has been a busy month for Aikman. On May 8, he unveiled plans for his eatery, Troy's, which is scheduled to open at Texas Live! in Arlington in late summer.

Who: Lynae FearingBarry AndrewsJeff Busby, Andrea BusbyGwen Parker, Doug ParkerEdward Sampson, Stacey Walker, Reid Walker, Kit SawersDavid McAtee, Cristy McAteeDaren Lesley, Angela Lesley, April Anthony, Mark AnthonyBob Woods, Cynthia HayesAlan Motsenbocker, Anne Motsenbocker, and Stephen Giles.