Fans of the TV show Dallas filled the Highland Park Village theater for the season two premiere of the TNT series. Before the main event, cast members Josh Henderson, Brenda Strong, Mitch Pileggi, Julie Gonzalo and Emma Bell joined producer Ken Topolsky and Larry Hagman Foundation director Lara Ashmore for a VIP fete honoring the late Larry Hagman.
At the pre-show event, Highland Park Village co-owner Ray Washburne presented a check to the Larry Hagman Foundation, which provides art education to disadvantaged kids throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Among the star gazers were Marlene and John Shugrue, Barbara Buzzell, Joyce Goss, Rachel Michelle, Harry Hunsicker, Kersten Rettig, Elisa Summers, and Ashley Rutlidge.
Hagman, who passed away the day after Thanksgiving, was a known philanthropist and a fixture on the Dallas charity circuit. He was in Dallas celebrating the holiday with family and shooting episodes for the new season when he died.