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Sandy Hook hero to serve as keynote for 2014 Spirit of Contact Luncheon

Sandy Hook hero to serve as keynote for 2014 Spirit of Contact lunch

Laura Johnson, Benaye Rogers, CONTACT Executive Director and Leigh Anne Haugh , Event Chair, sprit of contact
Laura Johnson, Benaye Rogers, Leigh Anne Haugh Photo courtesy of Spirit of Contact
Monica Egret Smith, Jan Baldwin and Kristina Whitcomb, spirit of contact
Monica Egret Smith, Jan Baldwin, Kristina Whitcomb Photo courtesy of Spirit of Contact
Amy Wendt, Melinda Rathke, spirit of contact
 Barbara Johnson, Bob Johnson Photo courtesy of Spirit of Contact
Linda and Leslie Secrest, the spirit of contact
Linda Secrest, Leslie Secrest Photo courtesy of Spirit of Contact
Amy Wendt, Melinda Rathke, spirit of contact
Amy Wendt, Melinda Rathke Photo courtesy of Spirit of Contact
Laura Johnson, Benaye Rogers, CONTACT Executive Director and Leigh Anne Haugh , Event Chair, sprit of contact
Monica Egret Smith, Jan Baldwin and Kristina Whitcomb, spirit of contact
Amy Wendt, Melinda Rathke, spirit of contact
Linda and Leslie Secrest, the spirit of contact
Amy Wendt, Melinda Rathke, spirit of contact

The Carolina Herrera boutique in Highland Park Village was the place to see and be seen recently, as Dallas supporters of the Spirit of Contact Luncheon joined event chair Leigh Anne Haugh and honorary chair Mike Boone for a special announcement.

Attendees — including Monica Egret Smith, Jan Baldwin, Kristina Whitcomb, Barbara and Bob Johnson, and Linda and Leslie Secrest — nibbled on Tex-Mex bites courtesy of Mi Cocina before Contact president Benaye Rogers revealed that Kaitlin Roig would be the 2014 Spirit of Contact Award recipient and keynote speaker.

Roig is the Sandy Hook teacher who rushed her first-graders into the bathroom during the tragic December 2012 shooting in which 25 teachers and children were gunned down. She provided immeasurable comfort to her children that day.

"Kaitlin stepped into that moment of crisis and brought a turning point of hope and courage to a classroom of frightened children," Rogers said.

The 18th annual Spirit of Contact Luncheon, From Breaking Point to Turning Point: Conversations of Hope, will be held on March 27, 2014, at the Hilton Anatole. Tickets can be purchased online.