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Dallas Autumn Ball founder leads the charge for young professionals

Dallas Autumn Ball founder leads the charge for young professionals

Adam Kraus of Dallas Autumn Ball
Adam Kraus, founder of the Dallas Autumn Ball. Courtesy photo

Editor’s note: This is the inaugural year for CultureMap’s Top Texans Under 30, a program that celebrates the twentysomething power players making a difference in their industries and communities across the Lone Star State — and, in some cases, the world. The full list is here. For now, read all about Adam Kraus.

Adam Kraus, 29, has been defying norms since he was a kid. The Dallas native jokes that he somehow managed to become a hockey player in North Texas before going to Boston University, where he helped the hockey team win a national championship. By day he works in the corporate world, but by night — and, most specifically, in the autumn — Kraus can be found leading other young professionals in their charitable endeavors.

Kraus founded the Dallas Autumn Ball in 2013 with the same barrier-breaking attitude that fueled his hockey playing. The outreach program helps young professionals get involved in the community via inclusive volunteer opportunities, and a festive black-tie fundraiser, focused on helping local education nonprofits. To date, the Dallas Autumn Ball has donated more than $85,000 to local education organizations — money largely raised through sold-out events every year.

We sat down with Kraus to find out a little more about him and his work on the local charity circuit.

CultureMap: What inspires you to do what you do?

Adam Kraus: I’m inspired to give back to Dallas because I see a longstanding and growing socioeconomic divide that needs urgent attention. I believe it’s important for the engagement of young professionals to become leaders today by getting involved in the community, while developing partnerships and trust among the city.

CM: What’s one piece of advice you’d give to other Texans trying to make a difference?

AK: Step outside your comfort zone and meet with people who have different opinions and backgrounds than you do. Listen to what they have to say.

CM: Sum up Texas in three words:

AK: Texas pushes boundaries.

CM: What’s one thing that people might not know about you?

AK: I’ve been to 47 states.

CM: Finish this sentence: “It’s a good day when … ”

AK: It’s a good day when I’m on the beach.