Philanthropy Notes

Legendary gala raises big bucks for Family Compass

Legendary gala raises big bucks for Family Compass

Doug Carson, Melissa Poe Carson, a legendary evening
Doug Carson, Melissa Poe Carson Photo by Steve Foxall
Jessica Trudeau, executive director, Family Compass with Trevor and Jan Rees-Jones, Spirit of Compassion award recipients, a legendary evening
Jessica Trudeau, Trevor Rees-Jones, Jan Rees-Jones Photo by Steve Foxall
Tiffani Davis, Colleen Coyle, WFAA-TV and mistress of ceremonies, Tiffany Bruckert, a legendary evening
Tiffani Davis, Colleen Coyle, Tiffany Bruckert Photo by Steve Foxall
Diane and Ward Beaudry, a legendary evening
Diane Beaudry, Ward Beaudry Photo by Steve Foxall
Meghan and Eddie Grothaus, a legendary event
Meghan Grothaus, Eddie Grothaus Photo by Steve Foxall
Maggie Kipp, JB Hayes, a legendary event
Maggie Kipp, JB Hayes Photo by Steve Foxall
Honorary chairs Kelly and Marty Turco, former NHL All-star and Olympic goalie, a legendary evening
Kelly Turco, Marty Murco Photo by Steve Foxall
Adam Connatser, president, Family Compass board of directors, and Audrey Connatser, a legendary evening
Adam Connatser, Audrey Connatser Photo by Steve Foxall
Margaret and Randy Michero, a legendary evening
Margaret Michero, Randy Michero Photo by Steve Foxall
Jack and Nancy Ogden, A Legendary Evening
Jack Ogden, Nancy Ogden Photo by Steve Foxall
Doug Carson, Melissa Poe Carson, a legendary evening
Jessica Trudeau, executive director, Family Compass with Trevor and Jan Rees-Jones, Spirit of Compassion award recipients, a legendary evening
Tiffani Davis, Colleen Coyle, WFAA-TV and mistress of ceremonies, Tiffany Bruckert, a legendary evening
Diane and Ward Beaudry, a legendary evening
Meghan and Eddie Grothaus, a legendary event
Maggie Kipp, JB Hayes, a legendary event
Honorary chairs Kelly and Marty Turco, former NHL All-star and Olympic goalie, a legendary evening
Adam Connatser, president, Family Compass board of directors, and Audrey Connatser, a legendary evening
Margaret and Randy Michero, a legendary evening
Jack and Nancy Ogden, A Legendary Evening

More than 250 guests made their way to the Hilton Anatole for the 20th annual "A Legendary Evening" benefiting Family Compass.

Upon arrival, guests were greeted by co-chairs Kristine Schwope and Heather Walther and honorary chairs Kelly and Marty Turco who invited them to enjoy cocktails while bidding on one-of-a-kind silent auction items.

Guests feeling particularly lucky bought chances for "Duff's Diamond Dig" containing prices like a men's Rolex, a dazzling ring made of yellow gold, rose quartz and white diamonds and a stunning necklace made of yellow gold, purple amethyst and white diamonds — all courtesy of Duff’s Fine Jewelry.

Guests were then seated as the evening’s mistress of ceremonies, WFAA's Colleen Coyle, introduced the impressive roster of the evening’s legends including voice of the Dallas Cowboys Roger Emrich, leading real estate reporter and consultant Candy Evans, the Dallas Arts District’s Catherine Cuellar, Community Foundations of Texas president and CEO Brent Christopher, president of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Jennifer Sampson and many more.

Family Compass executive director Jessica Trudeau welcomed patrons and announced the 2014 Spirit of Compassion Award recipients and long-time supporter of Family Compass, Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones.

Partygoers —including Maggie Kipp, JB Hayes, Meghan and Eddie Grothaus, Erica and Jesse Abercrombie, Diane and Ward Beaudry and Erin and Justin Strange— enjoyed a delicious dinner followed by coffee and dessert. As the cheesecake was being served, the live auction got underway.

Hot items on the auction block included a private dining experience for 10 prepared by chef David Anthony Temple, an evening at a Dallas Stars game in the alumni suite with Marty Turco, and a private dinner for 25 from restaurateur Mico Rodriquez.

As the live auction came to a close, partygoers put in their last minute bids in the silent auction before hitting the dance floor with entertainment by KellsWorld Music. As patrons prepared to leave, they were treated to a trio of pampering products from Mary Kay.

The annual fundraiser raised over $212,000 in support of Family Compass programs, which help create a strong Dallas community by preventing child abuse and neglect.