Philanthropy High Notes
Visiting Nurse Association raises whopping $600,000 at inaugural Legends & Leaders
The Fairmont Dallas set the mood for an elegant affair, where more the 400 supporters of the Visiting Nurse Association — including Lynn McBee, who managed to say a few remarks at the opening night of the Dallas International Film Festival that same night — gathered for the inaugural Legends & Leaders benefit.
Sixty “legends and leaders” — from the business, arts, philanthropy, sports, education, restaurant and legal communities — served as table hosts for the dinner, to engage with fellow philanthropists in lively conversation. Among the movers and shakers on table duty were celebrity chef Stephan Pyles, mayor Mike Rawlings, Nasher Sculpture Center director Jeremy Strick, Hockaday School headmistress Kim Wargo, Hoglund Foundation founders Sally and Forrest Hoglund, and Richards Group founder Stan Richards.
To add to the fun, guests selected which influencer they wanted to dine with. But it wasn’t nearly as difficult as choosing teams for dodge ball in middle school, as all the tables were full of VNA devotees eager to have a good time.
“We are thrilled with the success of the event,” said event co-chair Lori Whitlow. “The generous gifts of those who attended will help VNA continue to serve the community with compassion and expertise.”
While they dined, attendees — including co-chair Jay Oppenheimer; honorary chairs Suzanne Simmons Bartolucci, Peggy Simmons Dear and Betty Simmons Regard; Caroline Rose Hunt; Harriet Mier; Caren Prothro; Charlene Howell; Bess Enloe; and Dan Podolsky — listened intently to VNA board chair Robert Ted Enloe III.
“Today, we serve with a stronger sense of purpose,” he said. ”People are living longer than ever before, and they want to live where they’re most comfortable. VNA can help provide the ability to live life on your own terms.”
The evening raised $600,000 for VNA’s hospice care, meals on wheels and private care services. Since 1934, VNA has helped people live independently by providing medical care, nutritious meals and other essential resources to those in North Texas.