Viola Davis in Dallas

Academy Award nominee amps up anticipation for attorney luncheon

Academy Award nominee amps up anticipation for attorney luncheon

Viola Davis
Viola Davis is the keynote speaker for the Attorneys Serving the Community luncheon on June 20. courtesy photo

To ensure its 28th annual luncheon is one that supporters never forget, Attorneys Serving the Community has secured keynote speaker Viola Davis. The Academy Award-nominated actress takes the stage June 20 at the Hilton Anatole.

Proceeds from the luncheon benefit the Foundation for the Education of Young Women, a network of public schools that support single-gender, college-preparatory education to provide young women — many from economically disadvantaged situations — an opportunity to achieve academic and leadership success. Specifically the funds support an internship program at Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, the first FEYW network school in Dallas, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

“We thank Attorneys Serving the Community for selecting the Foundation for the Education of Young Women as the beneficiary of this luncheon,” said Lynn McBee, CEO of FEYW. “Since our founding, we have invested funds and resources with impressive results: 100 percent of our seniors graduate from high school, and 100 percent are accepted to college. We are also excited to hear from Viola Davis, whose story is similar to so many of our young women.”

Davis is best known for her performances in The Help and Doubt, as well as her role opposite Julia Roberts in Eat, Pray, Love. Raised in abject poverty, Davis fell in love with theater early in high school as a form of escape.

She earned a full scholarship to the Young People’s School of the Performing Arts, after which she attended the prestigious Juilliard School. Davis has achieved success on Broadway, television and film and was named one of Time’s most influential people of 2012.

This year’s luncheon chairs are Dena DeNooyer Stroh of Murchison Oil & Gas Inc. and Kelli Hinson of Carrington Coleman. Kim J. Askew is the event’s honorary chair. Tickets are available for $100 each; sponsorships start at $1,500. For more information, call 214-824-1400 or email Cindy Ryan at