Having recovered from shopping overload with deep discounts, The Family Place‘s 2017 Partners Card Co-Chairs Brynn Bagot Allday and Jennifer Burns, their sponsors and committee members had the Dallas skyline in the background as they celebrated their million-dollar plus haul on Thursday, January 25, at Dec on Dragon. Here’s a report from the field:
Over 150 guests overlooked the gorgeous Dallas skyline from the rooftop terrace of Dec on Dragon Thursday, January 25, where The Family Place held the Partners Card Announcement Party. Retailers, sponsors, past chairs and other supporters joined Co-Chairs Brynn Bagot Allday and Jennifer Burns, as they celebrated the 25th anniversary of Partners Card presented by Bank of Texas and benefiting The Family Place.
Taking place from Friday, October 27 through Sunday, November 5, more than $1 million was netted making it possible to provide over 14,000 nights of lifesaving shelter for men, women and children escaping domestic violence which represented an increase in funding from last year’s campaign.
Guests like The Family Place Board of Directors President Eric White and his wife Adriana White, Mike Meredith, Carolyn Kerins, Judy Rowan, Paige Westhoff, Jennifer Tobin, Tyler Sweatman, Michelle Davenport, Lora Farris, Brett Dougall, Tina Peterson, Carol Seay, Gloria Warren, Lisa Bhattacharya, Andrea Cheek, Samantha Wortley, Susan Farris, Gay Donnell, Lynn McBee, Jennifer Tobin, Nancy Gopez and Kristin Sanger celebrated their accomplishments with music by DJ Niro, strolling bites provided by Food Glorious Food, an open bar, and the fabulous view of downtown Dallas. Brynn and Jennifer kicked off remarks by thanking retailers, sponsors, card sellers, volunteers and media who make the annual Partners Card fundraiser possible each year.
Brynn introduced Bank of Texas Dallas Market Executive Bob White, who spoke on behalf of the bank, which has been the presenting sponsor of Partners Card for 10 years and officially committed to sponsoring Partners Card again in 2018. “What The Family Place is doing is important, end of story. It’s important to the country, it’s important to Dallas and what happens here tonight matters,” he said.
Family Place CEO Paige Flink concluded remarks by showing appreciation to everyone who was involved in making Partners Card the largest fundraiser for The Family Place, and Paula Davis was recognized as the top community seller for selling 166 Partners Cards. The other top sellers were Sara and Cass Robinson and Jody and Mike Coffey. All top sellers received a special prize from Bachendorf’s.
In addition, Flink announced the 2018 Partners Card Co-Chairs would be Leigh Danley, Tierney Kaufman and the first-ever male chairman, Julian Leaver.
* Photo credit: George Fiala