Superstar Larry Hagman does more than play a tough J.R. Ewing in the Dallas remake on TNT. He supports creative arts education for disadvantaged children in the Dallas-Fort Worth area with his organization, the Larry Hagman Foundation.
Lisa Blue Baron was gracious enough to host the inaugural fundraising event for the foundation, with a cocktail party and private dinner — named J.R. Ewing Gives Back to Dallas — in her beautiful home. The first beneficiaries — Dallas Children's Theater, Big Thought, Artreach and the Thornton Foundation for the Arts — were recognized and awarded with grants.
The evening was filled with Dallas-themed auction and raffle items, including an on-set visit to the Dallas scene (and lunch with a few cast members) and a Mario AC Della Casa painting of J.R. and Jock Ewing, which went to bidder Arthur E. Benjamin. To top it all off, Asleep at the Wheel performed — after a tireless weekend performing in Austin for ACL.
To support his charitable efforts, Hagman's fellow cast members — Patrick Duffy, Brenda Strong, Josh Henderson and Linda Gray — were in attendance among 200 other devotees, including Yvonne Crum, Mayor Mike Rawlings, Katy and Lawrence Bock, Caroline Rose Hunt, Gina and Scott Ginsburg, Daniel Lewis, Sharron Hunt, and Lara Ashmore.