TACA And Business Council For The Arts Celebrated The Art Loving Greats

Thursday, October 13, must have been designated somewhere as Art News Day. In one part of town, the TACA crowd shifted their GPS from Jennifer and John Eagle’s nest for the traditional TACA Silver Cup Announcement reception to Marguerite Hoffman’s home. There it was announced that the 2017 Silver Cup Award would be presented to Nancy Nasher and Walter Elcock on Tuesday, March 7, at the Hilton Anatole.

Over at the Mayfair in the Sky Club, the Business Council for the Art held a thank you for sponsors and recipients of the Obelisk Awards.

Ah, shoot! What a loss that the two events celebrating the art loving supporter couldn’t have been held just 24 hours apart.

Kevin Hurst, Ryan and Niki Anthony and Jeff Byron

Kevin Hurst, Ryan and Niki Anthony and Jeff Byron

Snapshots: Gunnar Rawlings told Neiman Marcus Downtown GM/VP Jeff Byron that his fiancée Gaby Gutierrez had purchased her wedding dress at the NM flagship… Obelisk Co-Chair Kevin Hurst reported the death of his beloved 12-year-old pup Skylar. Luckily, the household is not without a pooch with Ms. Hayden still in residence…Obelisk Award Luncheon keynote speaker Ryan Anthony and his wife Niki Ryan stopped by, but had to leave before the presentation by Board of Directors Chair Larry Glasgow, Kevin and Luncheon Co-Chair/Tolleson Managing Director Dotti Reeder…Others in the crowd included Patricia Meadows with Mark Roglan, Alfredo Duarte, Laura Einspanier, KERA President/CEO Mary Anne Alhadeff and her husband David Alhadeff, Big Thought’s Gigi Antoni and Business Council for The Arts CEO Katherine Wagner.

Laura Einspanier and Gunnar Rawlings

Laura Einspanier and Gunnar Rawlings

Dotti Reeder

Dotti Reeder

Katherine Wagner and Alfredo Duarte

Katherine Wagner and Alfredo Duarte

Mary Anne Alhadeff

Mary Anne Alhadeff

There are a couple of changes in this year’s presentation. Instead of taking place at the Fairmont, the event will take place on Monday, November 7, at Belo Mansion and Pavilion and tickets are moving briskly. Also, glass artisan Jim Bowman had designed the award that was more of an obelisk than last year’s model that was a transparent purple, kidney-shaped bowl.

This year’s honorees include:

Mark Roglan and Patricia Meadows

Mark Roglan and Patricia Meadows

  • Cash America nominated by Junior Players
  • Dallas Film Society nominated by ABCO Inc.
  • Darrell Rodenbaugh nominated by Plano Children’s Theatre and North Texas Performing Arts
  • Mark Roglan nominated by Patricia Meadows
  • Taxco Food Produce nominated by The Mexico Institute
  • The law offices of Eric Cedillo nominated by Cara Mia Theater
  • UMB Bank nominated by The Dallas Opera
  • Watters Creek at Montgomery Farms nominated by Allen Arts Alliance
  • Zenetta Drew nominated by Leadership Women

Sold-Out Alert!: 28th Annual Obelisk Awards Luncheon

Those favorite words have been sent again — Sold Out! Business Council for the Arts28th Annual Obelisk Awards Luncheon Co-Chairs Kevin Hurst and Dotti Reeder report that the fundraiser on Monday, November 7, at the Belo Mansion is at total capacity.

Kevin Hurst (File photo)

Kevin Hurst (File photo)

Dotti Reeder (File photo)

Dotti Reeder (File photo)

Ryan Anthony (File photo)

Ryan Anthony (File photo)

But come on. A very nice check and a pretty please might just open a seat or two.

In addition to recognizing a load of great supporters of the arts, the event will include a talk by Dallas Symphony Orchestra principal trumpet Ryan Anthony. Perhaps Ryan will bring along his horn for a mini-performance.

MySweetCharity Opportunity: The Obelisk Awards Luncheon

According to Neiman Marcus Group Director of Charitable Giving and Obelisk Chair Kevin Hurst,

Kevin Hurst*

Kevin Hurst*

“There is no better way to celebrate the extraordinary achievement that can be obtained when commerce and culture come together than at the 2015 Obelisk Awards benefitting the Business Council for the Arts.

“Since its inception in 1989, The Obelisk Awards, presented by Business Council for the Arts (BCA), have honored more than 200 companies of all sizes and industries throughout DFW.

“Founded by Ray Nasher in 1988, BCA strives to create strong business and arts partnerships that build world-class communities where people want to live, work, and grow. It is the only North Texas membership organization dedicated to building corporate investment and opportunities in the arts. ‘Having relocated from Chicago to Dallas two years, I have been impressed with the commitment of the city and corporations to create a thriving arts and culture community, and the role that Business Council for the Arts plays in that. At Neiman Marcus, we proudly continue our philanthropic legacy and in 2013, we announced our national funding priority to specifically support youth arts education.’ Research shows that students who receive an arts-infused education tend to matriculate and graduate at higher rates, score higher on the SAT, and become more creative problem solvers and engaged civic leaders.

2014 Obelisk Awards*

2014 Obelisk Awards*

“Historically, The Obelisk Awards have recognized the efforts of businesses and business leaders. I am pleased to announce two new awards. The BCA board of directors wants to also recognize the efforts of nonprofits that have developed a unique partnership opportunity with companies to advance the North Texas community. Additionally, we will honor a Leadership Arts alumnus who has excelled in arts leadership.

“The Obelisk Awards and Luncheon will be on Friday, November 13, 2015. at The Fairmont Dallas at 11:30 AM. For more information on tickets and table purchases, please contact Katie Smith, Director of Development at [email protected]

“There has been an illustrious and distinguished list of past honorees and chairs, and I am honored and humbled to take the reins. My goal is to help celebrate the accomplishments of my peers and raise awareness of the ongoing collaboration and funding needs for arts and culture.

“To learn more about the valuable programs of Business Council for the Arts, visit www.ntbca.org.”

* Photos provided by Business Council for the Arts