Applause-worthy TACA luncheon raises record $700K for the arts in Dallas
What: 2023 TACA Silver Cup Award Luncheon
Where: Omni Dallas Hotel
The 411: Dallas' most fervent arts supporters gathered on May 3 for the TACA (The Arts Community Alliance) 45th Silver Cup Award Luncheon. Celebrated since 1979, the event annually spotlights two philanthropists for their volunteerism and extraordinary support for arts and culture in North Texas.
This year's honorees were Gene Jones and Joe Hubach. They were honored onstage by luncheon co-chairs Elaine Agather and Andy Smith, as well as Maura Sheffler, the Donna Wilhelm Family President & Executive Director of TACA.
“Each year we come together to celebrate two incredible arts philanthropists and volunteers for their contributions to making Dallas a vibrant arts community. With Joe Hubach and Gene Jones, I can’t think of two people more deserving of this year’s TACA Silver Cup," said Smith. "I thank them for their unique and long-lasting contributions."
The arts-focused luncheon included not only a sumptuous meal and heartfelt awards presentation, but performances by some of Dallas' rising stars. Among them: SMU Meadows School of the Arts sopranos Avuya Ngcaweni and Sarah E. Navy, and Dallas Symphony Orchestra Young Strings' Antonella Quintana (on violin) and Carlos Vega (on cello).
The annual event is also an important fundraiser for TACA. This year's Silver Cup Award Luncheon raised more than $700,000 through sponsorships, table and ticket sales, and donations, surpassing the organization's goal.
“The 2023 TACA Silver Cup Luncheon was an unprecedented success for the arts community in Dallas,” Sheffler said. “We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to our co-chairs, Elaine Agather and Andy Smith, for their commitment to surpassing our fundraising goal making this year’s event honoring Gene Jones and Joe Hubach our most successful to date.”
TACA supports excellence and impact in the arts through grant-making, capacity-building, and thought leadership in the Greater Dallas area. For more information, visit the organization's website.
Who: Wanda Fearing, Dean Fearing, Shelby Goff, Kevin March, Carol March, Barbara Hill Moore, Le Moore, Sam Self, Donna Wilhelm, Gabrielle Kurlander, Benaye Chambers, Sam Self, Diana Self, Michael Meadows, and hundreds more patrons and guests.