Lynn McBee

The Dallas fundraising phenom on service, determination and Paciugo gelato

Dallas fundraising phenom Lynn McBee on service and determination

Lynn McBee
Lynn McBee learned the importance of going the extra mile from her grandmother. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon

If you've attended any charitable event in Dallas, then you most likely recognize Lynn McBee, one of our city's most tireless philanthropists. Few can compete with her energy and passion for giving back.

For her "day job," the seventh generation Texan — and great, great, great, great granddaughter of Emily Austin, Stephen F. Austin's sister — is a biotech consultant for New England BioLabs. But we know her better for the many charitable organizations she serves, from the Junior League, Crystal Charity Ball and Cattle Baron's Ball to the Dallas Film Society, for which she currently serves as chairman of the board.

But that is only a very small sample of her good deeds.

McBee credits her grandmother, who insisted on adding Milano cookies to the Meals on Wheels when McBee was a young girl, for teaching her the importance of going the extra mile. Although she says her small-town upbringing made her more aware of those who are underserved, she has not lost momentum living in Big D. She never tires of helping those in need. 

Thanks to her supportive husband, Allan — who often accompanies her on the social circuit — and her unwavering zeal, McBee gets up every day to make a positive mark on this world. Take a look to learn what drives this role model: 

What is your chief characteristic?

Effective. Optimistically determined!

Your idea of happiness?

Sitting on the beach with a good book and my running shoes.

Your idea of misery?

Being stuck in an elevator with the elevator music cycling over and over!

Your favorite food and drink?

Iced coffee and Paciugo gelato.

Your favorite motto?

"No worries."

Your favorite heroes in real life?

Teachers and mentors. Where would any of us be without them? We all learn from and are influenced by someone.

If not yourself, who would you be?

Early explorer; I have always been extremely curious.

Your favorite pastime?

Movies and film festivals and long distance/marathon running.

What do you love most about Dallas?

Positive, "can do" attitude to accomplish any goal set forth — no matter how bold!

What would you change about the city?

Bring back some of the significant historic structures that have been demolished.

What makes a true Dallasite?

Help-your-neighbor spirit!