One of Dallas' favorite spring luncheons has landed a Hollywood icon for its 2020 edition. Academy Award-winning actress, director, and author Diane Keaton will headline the 14th Annual Chick Lit Luncheon, benefiting Community Partners of Dallas, on March 27 at the Hilton Anatole.
The luncheon is presented by Dr. Robert and Lara Tafel with Sally Dutter and Beth Thoele serving as co-chairs, and honorary chair is Tracey Kozmetsky.
“We are incredibly honored to have the inimitable Diane Keaton as our keynote speaker for the 14th annual Chick Lit Luncheon, our largest annual fundraiser,” says Paige McDaniel, president and CEO of Community Partners of Dallas, in a release. “Diane needs no introduction with stand-out roles in television and films, such as Annie Hall, The Godfather series, Father of the Bride I and II, Something’s Gotta Give, The First Wives Club, and many more."
The annual event — always a must-circle on the spring social calendar — includes a wine reception followed by a seated luncheon, presentation of the Partners for Children Award, and a conversation with Keaton. Proceeds go to Community Partners of Dallas, which, since 1989, has helped to bring safety and restored dignity to abused and neglected children by providing support to Dallas County Child Protective Services.
Known for landing big-name stars of stage, screen, and books, Chick Lit's recent past speakers have included Andy Cohen, Katie Holmes, Bethenny Frankel, Tim Gunn, and Emily Giffin.
Keaton is their biggest "get" to date. With 50 movies and TV shows under her belt, she has taken on a wide range of roles through a career that has spanned decades. She received an Oscar for Annie Hall, which also won an Oscar for Best Picture. She has received dozens more Oscar, Tony, and other award nominations, as well.
Also an author, Keaton's books include a poignant 2011 memoir, Then Again; Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty, released in 2015; and a third book to be released in February 2020 titled Brother & Sister: A Memoir, which is a touching account of her relationship with her younger bother.
"We are delighted to share this living legend with Chick Lit devotees,” McDaniel says.
Chick Lit Luncheon tables begin at $2,500 and are on sale now; individual tickets will go on sale in early March if space permits. For more information, visit the Community Partners' website.