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Aretha Franklin commands respect at A Night To Remember in Dallas

Aretha Franklin commands respect at A Night To Remember in Dallas

Aretha Franklin, CitySquare
Aretha Franklins performs at A Night To Remember presented benefiting CitySquare. Photo by JBeck Photography
Scotty Branks, Aretha Franklin, Stephen Pyles, Aretha Franklin concert
Scott Branks, Aretha Franklin, Stephen Pyles Photo by JBeck Photography
Brenda James, Larry James, Aretha Franklin
Brenda James, Larry James Photo by JBeck Photography
Aretha and co chairs, Aretha Franklin Concert
Ross Miller, Kara Miller, Aretha Franklin, Scott Collier, Cindy Collier Photo by JBeck Photography
Melani Ismail, Gail Warrior, Aretha Franklin
Melani Ismail, Gail Warrior Photo by JBeck Photography
Richard Osteen, Beverly Osteen, Melissa McRoberts, Andrew McRoberts, Aretha Franklin
Richard Osteen, Beverly Osteen, Melissa McRoberts, Andrew McRoberts Photo by JBeck Photography
Scott Collier, Shawn Wills, Ross Miller, Aretha Franklin
Scott Collier, Shawn Wills, Ross Miller Photo by JBeck Photography
Wendy Messman, Boyd Messman, Aretha Franklin
Wendy Messman, Boyd Messman Photo by JBeck Photography
Tanya Rodgers, Tarik Rodgers, Aretha Franklin
Tanya Rodgers, Tarik Rodgers Photo by JBeck Photography
Aretha Franklin, CitySquare
Scotty Branks, Aretha Franklin, Stephen Pyles, Aretha Franklin concert
Brenda James, Larry James, Aretha Franklin
Aretha and co chairs, Aretha Franklin Concert
Melani Ismail, Gail Warrior, Aretha Franklin
Richard Osteen, Beverly Osteen, Melissa McRoberts, Andrew McRoberts, Aretha Franklin
Scott Collier, Shawn Wills, Ross Miller, Aretha Franklin
Wendy Messman, Boyd Messman, Aretha Franklin
Tanya Rodgers, Tarik Rodgers, Aretha Franklin

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.