Trinity Triumph

Big-deal Dallas altruists toast to the trails and Margaret McDermott Bridge

Dallas altruists toast to the trails and Margaret McDermott Bridge

Carol Glendenning, Don Glendenning, Trinity Trust, Toast to the Trails
Carol Glendenning, Don Glendenning Photo by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky
Gail Thomas, Margot Perot, Ross Perot, Trinity Trust. Toast to the Trails
Gail Thomas, Margot Perot, Ross Perot Photo by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky
Lyda Hill, Mary Anne Cree, Margot Perot, Trinity Trust, Toast to the Trails
Lyda Hill, Mary Anne Cree, Margot Perot Photo by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky
Laura Miller, Margot McDermott, Mike Rawlings, Trinity Trust, Toast to the Trails
Laura Miller, Margot McDermott, Mike Rawligns Photo by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky
Nancy Cain Marcus, Bill Vowell, Joanne Stroud, Nelda Cain Pickens, Trinity Trust, Toast to the Trails
Nancy Cain Marcus, Bill Vowell, Joanne Stroud, Nelda Cain Pickens Photo by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky
Catherine Rose, Will Rose, Trinity Trust, Toast to the Trails
Catherine Rose, Will Rose Photo by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky
Marnie Wildenthal, Kern Wildenthal, Trinity Trust, Toast to the Trails
Marnie Wildenthal, Kern Wildenthal Photo by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky
Margaret McDermott, Trinity Trust, Toast to the Trails
Margaret McDermott Photo by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky
Trinity River Audubon Center, Toast to the Trails
Supporters celebrated the groundbreaking of the Margaret McDermott Bridge at the Trinity River Audubon Center.  Photo by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky
Carol Podolsky, Dan Podolsky, Trinity Trust, Toast to the Trails
Carol Podolsky, Dan Podolsky Photo by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky
Mike Rawlings, Micki Rawlings, Garrett Boone, Trinity Trust, Toast to the Trails
Mike Rawlings, Micki Rawlings, Garrett Boone Photo by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky
Allan McBee, Lynn McBee, Trinity Trust, Toast to the Trails
Allan McBee, Lynn McBee Photo by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky
Diana Self, Sam Self, Trinity Trust, Toast to the Trails
Diana Self, Sam Self Photo by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky
Tori Mannes, Emily Summers, Electra Harelson, Michelle Thomas, Trinity Trust, Toast to the Trails
Tori Mannes, Emily Summers, Electra Harelson, Michelle Thomas Photo by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky
Brent Brown, Anne Brown, Trinity Trust, Toast to the Trails
Brent Brown, Anne Brown Photo by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky
Ben Jones, Brian Trusty, Holly Reed, Trinity Trust, Toast to the Trails
Ben Jones, Brian Trusty, Holly Reed Photo by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky
Nelson Spencer, Brenda Spencer, Vera Thornton, Bob Thornton, Trinity Trust, Toast to the Trails
Nelson Spencer, Branda Spencer, Vera Thornton, Bob Thornton Photo by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky
Stephen Stefanou, Gail Thomas, Ross Perot, Trinity Trust, Toast to the Trails
Stephen Stefanou, Gail Thomas, Ross Perot Photo by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky
Larry Barzune, Dolores Barzune, Trinity Trust, Toast to the Trails
Larry Barzune, Dolores Barzune Photo by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky
Ted Enloe, Bess Enloe, Trinity Trust, Toast to the Trails
Ted Enloe, Bess Enloe Photo by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky
Bonnie Pittman, Mary Suhm, Trinity Trust, Toast to the Trails
Bonnie Pittman, Mary Suhm Photo by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky
Carol Glendenning, Don Glendenning, Trinity Trust, Toast to the Trails
Gail Thomas, Margot Perot, Ross Perot, Trinity Trust. Toast to the Trails
Lyda Hill, Mary Anne Cree, Margot Perot, Trinity Trust, Toast to the Trails
Laura Miller, Margot McDermott, Mike Rawlings, Trinity Trust, Toast to the Trails
Nancy Cain Marcus, Bill Vowell, Joanne Stroud, Nelda Cain Pickens, Trinity Trust, Toast to the Trails
Catherine Rose, Will Rose, Trinity Trust, Toast to the Trails
Marnie Wildenthal, Kern Wildenthal, Trinity Trust, Toast to the Trails
Margaret McDermott, Trinity Trust, Toast to the Trails
Trinity River Audubon Center, Toast to the Trails
Carol Podolsky, Dan Podolsky, Trinity Trust, Toast to the Trails
Mike Rawlings, Micki Rawlings, Garrett Boone, Trinity Trust, Toast to the Trails
Allan McBee, Lynn McBee, Trinity Trust, Toast to the Trails
Diana Self, Sam Self, Trinity Trust, Toast to the Trails
Tori Mannes, Emily Summers, Electra Harelson, Michelle Thomas, Trinity Trust, Toast to the Trails
Brent Brown, Anne Brown, Trinity Trust, Toast to the Trails
Ben Jones, Brian Trusty, Holly Reed, Trinity Trust, Toast to the Trails
Nelson Spencer, Brenda Spencer, Vera Thornton, Bob Thornton, Trinity Trust, Toast to the Trails
Stephen Stefanou, Gail Thomas, Ross Perot, Trinity Trust, Toast to the Trails
Larry Barzune, Dolores Barzune, Trinity Trust, Toast to the Trails
Ted Enloe, Bess Enloe, Trinity Trust, Toast to the Trails
Bonnie Pittman, Mary Suhm, Trinity Trust, Toast to the Trails

The Trinity River Audubon Center set a lovely scene for an evening hosted by the Trinity Trust Foundation, the organization that helps raise funds for the $2.2 billion urban park project to add bridges, lakes, amphitheaters and ball fields to the city.

The occasion? A "Toast to the Trails" and groundbreaking celebration of the Margaret McDermott Bridge. 

If you were lucky enough to be invited, you were certainly among Dallas' elite — Margot and Ross Perot, Lynn and Allan McBee, Mickie and Mike Rawlings, Catherine and Will Rose, Nancy Cain Marcus, Lyda Hill, Bill Vowell, Joanne Stroud, Nelda Cain Pickens, Carol and Don Glendenning, and U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson

A three-piece orchestra provided soothing background sounds while supporters sipped on "Margaretinis" and dined on an elegant meal provided by Bolsa

"What Santiago and Tina Calatrava have given us is a hike and bike trail," said Mary McDermott Cook, chair of the Trinity Trust. "The Margaret McDermott Bridge, with the biking and pedestrian elements designed by Calatrava, will allow more connectivity to the Southern White Rock Creek." 

The spotlight turned to McDermott as she broke through the turf on a model of the bridge, with current mayor Mike Rawlings and former mayor Laura Miller standing by. 

"We are so appreciative of Margaret McDermott and her generous spirit," said Gail Thomas, CEO of Trinity Trust. "Both the bridge and the new trails will only elevate Dallas' reputation as one with exceptional architectural bridges and outdoor hike and bike trails."

Throughout the night, supporters chatted about the upcoming campaign in which the Trinity Trust will raise funds for the 14.3-mile trail from the Audubon center to the Dallas Arboretum and the trail through the Great Trinity Forest. 

To end the celebratory dinner on a high note, Ross Perot led the crowd in shouting "hip, hip, hooray" three times in McDermott's honor. "Who else would deserve to have a bridge named after her other than Margaret McDermott?" he said.