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Barbara Pierce Bush charms crowd with White House tales at Dallas luncheon

Barbara P. Bush charms crowd with White House tales at Dallas luncheon

Christina Dabney, Barbara Pierce Bush, Kate Dabney, Shelby Dabney
Christina Dabney, Barbara Pierce Bush, Kate Dabney, Shelby Dabney Photo by Tamytha Cameron and Celeste Smith
Austin Hunt, Chelsea Hunt, Laura Bush, Brittany Hunt, Marshall Hunt
Austin Hunt, Chelsea Hunt, Laura Bush, Meredith Land, Brittany Hunt, Marshall Hunt Photo by Tamytha Cameron and Celeste Smith
Meredith Land, Barbara Pierce Bush
Meredith Land, Barbara Pierce Bush Photo by Tamytha Cameron and Celeste Smith
Shelby Goff, Michelle Hunt, Lauren Laughry
Shelby Goff, Michelle Hunt, Lauren Laughry Photo by Tamytha Cameron and Celeste Smith
Meredith Needleman, Jenny Saphier, Elizabeth Scrivner, Lindsay Miller
Meredith Needleman, Jenny Saphier, Elizabeth Scrivner, Lindsay Miller Photo by Tamytha Cameron and Celeste Smith
Christina Dabney, Laura Bush and Shelby Dabney
Christina Dabney, Laura Bush, Shelby Dabney Photo by Tamytha Cameron and Celeste Smith
Chelsea Hunt, Barbara Pierce Bush, Brittany Hunt
Chelsea Hunt, Barbara Pierce Bush, Brittany Hunt Photo by Tamytha Cameron and Celeste Smith
Bela Cooley and Sterling O’Hara
Bela Cooley, Sterling O’Hara Photo by Tamytha Cameron and Celeste Smith
Ashley Tiffany, Danielle Stephens, Vicki Roy and Kasey Bevans
Ashley Tiffany, Danielle Stephens, Vicki Roy, Kasey Bevans Photo by Tamytha Cameron and Celeste Smith
Meredith Land, Barbara Pierce Bush
Meredith Land interviews Barbara P. Bush on stage. Photo by Tamytha Cameron and Celeste Smith
Kate Ficke, Leslie Ficke and Diane Ficke Carter
Kate Ficke, Leslie Ficke, Diane Ficke Carter Photo by Tamytha Cameron and Celeste Smith
Love Luncheon 2020
The fifth annual luncheon took place at Dallas Country Club. Photo by Tamytha Cameron and Celeste Smith
Christina Dabney, Barbara Pierce Bush, Kate Dabney, Shelby Dabney
Austin Hunt, Chelsea Hunt, Laura Bush, Brittany Hunt, Marshall Hunt
Meredith Land, Barbara Pierce Bush
Shelby Goff, Michelle Hunt, Lauren Laughry
Meredith Needleman, Jenny Saphier, Elizabeth Scrivner, Lindsay Miller
Christina Dabney, Laura Bush and Shelby Dabney
Chelsea Hunt, Barbara Pierce Bush, Brittany Hunt
Bela Cooley and Sterling O’Hara
Ashley Tiffany, Danielle Stephens, Vicki Roy and Kasey Bevans
Meredith Land, Barbara Pierce Bush
Kate Ficke, Leslie Ficke and Diane Ficke Carter
Love Luncheon 2020

What: Fifth Annual Love Luncheon benefiting Clayton Dabney for Kids with Cancer  

Where: Dallas Country Club

The 411: More than 400 big-hearted guests filled the ballroom of Dallas Country Club on February 10 for the fifth annual luncheon that supports families of children in the final stages of cancer. Event co-chairs Chelsea Hunt and Brittany Hunt had a day of sweet surprises in store for attendees.

The afternoon included a market-style shopping experience featuring local vendors, nail polish changes from MiniLuxe, Valentine’s-inspired cocktails, raffles, and the main event — a luncheon and onstage interview with former first daughter, humanitarian, and best-selling author Barbara Pierce Bush.

As guests dined on tomato bisque and chicken salad, Christina, Kate and Shelby Dabney took the stage for a heartwarming tribute to Clayton Dabney, the organization's namesake, who lost his battle with cancer in 1996, when he was just 6 years old. 

NBC-5 anchor Meredith Land then moderated the keynote presentation with Bush, CEO and co-founder of Global Health Corps (GHC), a nonprofit that mobilizes a global community of young leaders to build the movement for health equity.

Bush, a Dallas native, discussed her family’s experiences in the White House, her current pursuit of a master's degree at Harvard University, and the work she is doing for global health initiatives. Looking on in the audience was her mother, former first lady and Dallas resident Laura Bush.

“Barbara, like all the Bush women, is extremely inspiring to us all,” said Leslie Ficke, executive director of Clayton Dabney for Kids with Cancer. “Despite her incredible background, she is relatable, personable and charming.”

Proceeds from the luncheon specifically benefit the organization's “Medicine of the Heart” outreach program, which supports its mission to provide financial assistance to families who have a child in the last stages of terminal cancer. They provide assistance that allows families to spend time together and create memories during their child’s final days.

Since its inception, Medicine of the Heart has distributed more than $8 million in last wishes, gifts, and financial assistance to more than 4,400 families across the United States.

Who: Honorary co-chairs Ann and John DelautourAustin Hunt, Marshall HuntShelby Goff, Michelle Hunt, Lauren LaughryMeredith Needleman, Jenny Saphier, Elizabeth Scrivner, Lindsay MillerBela Cooley, Sterling O’HaraAshley Tiffany, Danielle Stephens, Vicki Roy, Kasey BevansKate Ficke, and Diane Ficke Carter.