Vocal legend Aretha Franklin took to the stage at CitySquare's annual fall fundraiser, A Night To Remember, to help the organization raise a record $850,000 for its fight against poverty.
Guests — including Brenda and Larry James, Richard and Beverly Osteen, Tanya and Tarik Rodgers, and Wendy and Boyd Messman — packed the Winspear Opera House as co-chairs Cindy and Scott Collier and Kara and Ross Miller, along with honorary chairs Annette Simmons and daughter Amy, welcomed them to a candlelit dinner honoring major sponsors.
Then it was showtime, and the undisputed Queen of Soul performed for 90 minutes. A delicious dessert reception ended the night on an even sweeter note.
For more than 25 years, CitySquare has addressed the root causes of poverty by working together with the people they serve. Originally started as the Central Dallas Food Pantry, CitySquare has now grown to be one of the largest, most effective social services organizations in Texas.
Previous big-name performers for this highly anticipated event include B.B. King, Steve Martin, Clint Back, Patti LaBelle, Bill Cosby, Jay Leno, Lyle Lovett and Diana Ross.