Laura Bush lends her voice for vital Dallas charity's record-breaking night
What: Magdalen House Leave a Legacy Dinner with Laura Bush
Where: The Hall on Dragon
The 411: The Magdalen House’s evening with former first lady Laura Bush was not only the largest fundraising event in the agency’s 32-year history, but it was the first public announcement of the nonprofit’s ambitious $3.2 million Legacy of Hope Capital Campaign, which is seeking funding for a new facility on Gaston Avenue.
The event, chaired by Kathi and Scott Shuford and family, brought together more than 500 patrons and guests for a celebration of life, recovery, and freedom from alcoholism for local women.
“It is estimated that over 250,000 women in the Dallas-Fort Worth area are alcohol-dependent," Bush said in her address. "This includes wives, mothers, sisters, and even daughters. The Magdalen House’s treatment plan has saved thousands of these North Texas women from the darkness of alcoholism, and most importantly, it has put mothers back with their children, and on a path to success.”
Executive director Lisa Kroencke shared with the crowd her personal experience of turning to The Magdalen House during own recovery 12 years ago. She emphasized that a new, larger space will allow the organization to better serve the growing population of alcoholic women in Dallas-Fort Worth.
Awards were presented to individuals who have made an impact on The Magdalen House’s mission through the years. The Honorary Award was accepted on behalf of the David M. Crowley Foundation by Delia Johnson, vice president of programs at the foundation. Nancy and Jack Zogg received the Paul Tate Advocate Award.
In total, the event raised more than $670,000, which will go directly to providing free programs and building the new facility.
The Magdalen House is a nonprofit organization helping women achieve sobriety and sustain recovery from alcoholism. Founded in Dallas in 1987, it remains the only agency in the Metroplex to offer comprehensive recovery services — without insurance or state funding — for free.
The Legacy of Hope Capital Campaign is the most significant milestone in the organization’s three-plus decades in existence. To date, $2.79 million has been raised for the new facility, which is expected to be complete in spring 2021.
Who:Lauren Laughry, Mary Shuford, Caroline Smith, Adriane Crosland, Rose Allegro, Delia Johnson, Lisa Kroencke, Kristin Sanders Case, James Hallam, Ed Appleby, Linda Appleby, Jake Kroencke, Kristy Hoglund Robinson, Lance McIlhenny, Dow Crocker, Bill Shuford, Lucinda Buford, Lisa Kroencke, and Lynn Mahurin.