Susan and Ralph Hawkins’ very 21st friendly estate glowed, thanks to brilliant designing and the incorporation of green-friendly pluses like solar panels and a floor plan placing the cooling units beneath the house instead of in the attic.
It worked so perfectly for the 14th Annual Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award Luncheon announcement reception on Tuesday, October 6. After all, Ralph was last year’s award recipient.
The only problem was the turnout. The crowd of 100 including Bob Brackbill, Chad Wick, Sharon and David McCullough, Michael Meadows, Brent Christopher, Kevin Dahlberg and past award VCD recipients Lindalyn Adams, Caroline Rose Hunt, Tincy Miller and Marnie and Kern Wildenthal spilled into all nooks and crannies of the home. Alas, the poor servers tried their best to wedge their way through the guests.
Bank of Texas’ Bob White told how bank founder Fred Ball had gotten BoT involved with the Texas Woman’s University fundraiser years ago.
TWU Chancellor/President Dr. Carine M. Feyten then gave a state-of-the-university update reporting that the school’s enrollment was at an all-time high — 15,288. She also reported that the nurses program was going great guns, the state is providing $2.2M for the new Center for Women in Business, and the school had received in June its biggest gift ever — $10M from the Woodcock-Munoz Foundation to create the Woodcock Institute for the Advancement of Neurocognitive Research and Applied Practice at TWU.
Upon announcing that the 2016 award recipient would be Francie Moody-Dahlberg, Virginia said, “It’s wonderful. It just adds another star to our whole collection.”
Giving annually to a “Dallas leader with a lifelong commitment to improving the quality of life in the community and to furthering the importance of education,” the luncheon presented by Bank of Texas will be held at Belo Mansion on Wednesday, February 10.