The Dallas Opera Presents 21st Century Wall Of Honor With Seven Honorees At The Winspear Opera House

Dallas Opera Board Chairman Dr. Kern Wildenthal, Mary McDermott Cook, Don and Ellen Winspear, Rogene Russell, Margot and Ross Perot, Tom and Phyllis McCasland, Dallas Opera General Director/CEO Keith Cerny and James R. Seitz, Jr.

The Dallas Opera continues to show vim and vigor in development activities. Not only was Chairman of the Board Kern Wildenthal on KRLD with David Johnson, but this afternoon The Dallas Opera’s 21st Century Wall of Honor was presented acknowledging seven of the TDO’s most generous donors and foundations from the past decade.

In the west lobby of the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House the following heroes were recognized: Phyllis and Tom McCasland, Margaret McDermott, Margot and Ross Perot/The Perot Foundation, James R. Seitz Jr., the Elsa Von Seggern Foundation, Margot and Bill Winspear and our old friend, Mr/s. Anonymous.

According to TDO, each has “given multi-million dollar gifts to the Dallas Opera in the 21st century and made tremendous contributions to both the artistic and financial strength of the company.”

Kern said, “The Dallas Opera is extremely fortunate to be the beneficiary of some of the most respected and visionary philanthropists in North Texas. Their past generosity has defined the Dallas cultural landscape and their gifts to TDO in the 21st century have helped this company to weather the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.

“Together, these people have created a model of cultural and civic leadership that will endure for generations to come,” Kern concluded.

TDO General Director/CEO Keith Cerny added, “We are enormously grateful to each of these benefactors and foundations that have made The Dallas Opera a part of their 21st century mission. They have demonstrated a generosity of spirit that elevates gift-giving to an art form all its own, and I am proud to be able to share with patrons and visitors to the Winspear Opera House how much this company has benefited from their extraordinary giving, as well as, their formidable expertise.”

Photo credit: Karen Arnold