Shopping for a Cause
Dallas party reveals Family Place fans shopped till they dropped $1 million
What: The Family Place Partners Card Announcement Party
Where: DEC on Dragon
The 411: With the gorgeous Dallas skyline illuminating the night sky, about 150 guests gathered on a rooftop terrace for The Family Place's Partners Card Announcement Party. And they had a lot to celebrate this year.
Co-chairs Brynn Bagot Allday and Jennifer Burns announced that the 25th anniversary of the Partners Card was one for the books. Over $1 million was raised for The Family Place, making it possible to provide more than 14,000 nights of lifesaving shelter for men, women and children escaping domestic violence.
Guests, including retailers, sponsors, past chairs, and other supporters, celebrated their accomplishments with music by DJ Niro, passed bites provided by Food Glorious Food, an open bar, and fabulous downtown views.
"What The Family Place is doing is important, end of story," said Bob White,executive vice president of Bank of Texas, the longtime presenting Partners Card sponsor. It’s important to the country, it’s important to Dallas and what happens here tonight matters."
Family Place CEO Paige Flink showed appreciation to everyone who was involved in making Partners Card the organization's largest fundraiser, and Paula Davis was recognized as the top community seller for selling 166 Partners Cards. The other top sellers were Sara and Cass Robinson and Jody and Mike Coffey. All top sellers received a special prize from Bachendorf’s.
Flink announced that the 2018 Partners Card co-chairs will be Leigh Danley, Tierney Kaufman, and the first-ever male chairman, Julian Leaver.
Partners Card is the signature fundraiser for The Family Place, one of the longest-serving family violence agencies in the state. Cardholders who purchased a $70 card received a 20 percent discount at their favorite stores and restaurants while supporting The Family Place last fall. In 2017, more than 750 retailers and restaurants participated.
Who: Paige Westhoff, Theron Bryant, Samantha Wortley, Eric White, Adriana White, Melissa Sherrill Martin, Erin Kharitonov, Javier Barr, Brett Dougall, Elizabeth Ferons, Nancy Wechsler, Kim Miner, Rebecca LaFavre, Mike Meredith, Judy Rowan, Debbie Garrett, Nancy Gopez, Kristin Sanger, Heather Street Baker.