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Texas legends charm supporters at Genesis Women's Shelter luncheon

Texas legends take center stage at Genesis Women's Shelter luncheon

Rudy Gatlin, Jan Langbein, Nolan Ryan, Genesis, luncheon
Rudy Gatlin, Jan Langbein, Nolan Ryan Photo by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky
Beth Montgomery, Amy Simmons, Devin Cook, Genesis, luncheon
Beth Montgomery, Amy Simmons, Devin Cook Photo by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky
Gillian Breidenbach, Robyn Conlon, Gina Betts, Genesis, luncheon
Gillian Breidenbach, Robyn Conlon, Gina Betts Photo by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky
Ellen McStay, John McStay, Genesis, luncheon
Ellen McStay, John McStay Photo by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky
Amanda Reynolds, Jenny Reynolds, Genesis, luncheon
Amanda Reynolds, Jenny Reynolds Photo by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky
Susan Farris, Suzy Gekiere, Genesis, luncheon
Susan Farris, Suzy Gekiere Photo by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky
Susan Wells, Angela Nash, Genesis luncheon
Susan Wells, Angela Nash Photo by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky
Emilynn Wilson, Tincy Miller, Genesis, luncheon
Emilynn Wilson, Tincy Miller Photo by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky
Elizabeth, Karahan, Nancy Ann Hunt, Jan Rees-Jones, Genesis, luncheon
Elizabeth Karahan, Nancy Ann Hunt, Jan Rees-Jones Photo by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky
David Johnson, Laura Johnson, Genesis, luncheon
David Johnson, Laura Johnson Photo by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky
Crayton Webb, Mike Rawlings, Genesis, luncheon
Crayton Webb, Mike Rawlings Photo by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky
Melody Rogers, Nancy Rogers, Maleiah Rogers, Genesis, luncheon
Melody Rogers, Nancy Rogers, Maleiah Rogers Photo by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky
Cinda Hicks, Nell Beck, Genesis, luncheon
Cinda Hicks, Nell Beck Photo by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky
Jan Langbein, Ray Hunt, Genesis, luncheon
Jan Langbein, Ray Hunt Photo by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky
Fehmi Karahan, Elizabeth Karahan, Ashlee Kleinert, Chris Kleinert, Genesis, luncheon
Fehmi Karahan, Elizabeth Karahan, Ashlee Kleinert, Chris Kleinert Photo by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky
Clark Durham, Suzane Durham, Genesis, luncheon
Clark Durham, Suzane Durham Photo by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky
Julie Salvana, Alma Garza, Genesis, luncheon
Julie Salvana, Alma Garza Photo by Dana Driensky and Daniel Driensky
Rudy Gatlin, Jan Langbein, Nolan Ryan, Genesis, luncheon
Beth Montgomery, Amy Simmons, Devin Cook, Genesis, luncheon
Gillian Breidenbach, Robyn Conlon, Gina Betts, Genesis, luncheon
Ellen McStay, John McStay, Genesis, luncheon
Amanda Reynolds, Jenny Reynolds, Genesis, luncheon
Susan Farris, Suzy Gekiere, Genesis, luncheon
Susan Wells, Angela Nash, Genesis luncheon
Emilynn Wilson, Tincy Miller, Genesis, luncheon
Elizabeth, Karahan, Nancy Ann Hunt, Jan Rees-Jones, Genesis, luncheon
David Johnson, Laura Johnson, Genesis, luncheon
Crayton Webb, Mike Rawlings, Genesis, luncheon
Melody Rogers, Nancy Rogers, Maleiah Rogers, Genesis, luncheon
Cinda Hicks, Nell Beck, Genesis, luncheon
Jan Langbein, Ray Hunt, Genesis, luncheon
Fehmi Karahan, Elizabeth Karahan, Ashlee Kleinert, Chris Kleinert, Genesis, luncheon
Clark Durham, Suzane Durham, Genesis, luncheon
Julie Salvana, Alma Garza, Genesis, luncheon

Co-chairs Susan Wells and Angela Nash went big for Genesis Women's Shelter's 20th annual luncheon at the Hilton Anatole. Befitting the theme "Texas Legends, American Heroes," the duo tapped former president George W. Bush to deliver the keynote address. Baseball Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan served as honorary chair. 

To begin the momentous event, award-winning musician Rudy Gatlin opened with the national anthem. Then Wells and Nash recognized some of our city's most influential men who have taken a stand against domestic violence: Ray Hunt, Dallas police chief David Brown, Dr. Gerald Turner, Chris Kleinert, Dr. Terry Flowers and Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings

As supporters dined on all-American favorites such as steaks and cherry pie, Crayton Webb, board president of HeROs, the Genesis Women's Shelter's men's auxiliary group, presented the HeROs award to Rawlings for his willingness to speak out against domestic violence

"[He] asked us men to attend a rally on March 23 to publicly say, 'Not in my house, not on my street and not in my city,'" Webb said. "And rally we did — very much like today — and a spark was lit." 

After Rawlings accepted his award, Genesis Women's Shelter director Jan Langbein sat down with Bush for a Q&A. Although Langbein took the lead, the former president had his own plans, often digressing from the question at hand.

Sitting comfortably on stage, he charmed the audience with anecdotes about life after the presidency and his favorite topic of late: his new grandbaby. When Langbien asked him about getting emotional during the opening of the Bush Presidential Center — which took place only days prior — he explained that it wasn't because of the library. He said that seeing his daughters sobbing over their grandfather got him all choked up. 

Attendees set aside their political beliefs for the afternoon and walked away from the luncheon with a newfound perspective on the former president — and, more important, a better understanding of the shelter's mission to end domestic violence.

On the scene for the legendary luncheon: Laura and David Johnson, Melody Rogers, Nancy Rogers, Ellen and John McStay, Robyn Conlon, Gina Betts, Kimberly Westphall, Ashlee Kleinert, Millie and Dr. Ken Cooper, Jan Rees-Jones, Cinda Hicks, and Susan Farris