With such elected officials as State Rep. Helen Giddings and Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins in attendance, the League of Women’s Voters of Dallas held its annual 22nd Susan B. Anthony Luncheon with a major turnout at Lakewood Country Club on Thursday, February 8. In addition to honoring Ruel Hamilton and others, it provided an opportunity encourage a voter turnout for the Tuesday, March 6, election. Here’s a report from the field:
The League of Women Voters of Dallas held its 22nd Annual Susan B. Anthony Awards Luncheon on Thursday, February 8, at the Lakewood Country Club.
Lisa Sherrod and Rebecca Acuna served as co-chairs for the event, which was the luncheon’s largest turnout in its over two decade history. While the luncheon typically enjoys a robust attendance, the uptick was as a result of it being an election year, in addition to increase interest from the business community.
Mistress of Ceremonies Regina Montoya opened the program explaining the importance of voter engagement and discussed trends of low voter turnout in Texas. (Compared to other states with similar demographics).
To emphasize the importance of voting, a a video was shown promoting the organization’s “Be A Texas Voter” initiative. In partnership with the Dallas County Community College District, the program’s goal is to encourage voter engagement among high school and college students.
The luncheon also provided the opportunity to recognize such people as luncheon founders Vernie Crabtree and Carol Donovan as well as Ruel Hamilton for his leadership and support of DISD and other critical support service programs in the Dallas community.
Additionally, Nancy Lubar and Richard Marcus were recognized for their grassroots advocacy on voter engagement with the National Council of Jewish Women. Both Richard and Nancy have a long record of service in a variety of capacities. Richard has become the leader in Dallas in organizing large scale voter registration and education drives for underserved populations. His latest venture is the organization of a coalition to focus on social justice in Dallas while continuing his voter outreach efforts. Most recently, Nancy has worked with Dallas’s neediest people, refugees and the homeless, securing housing and furnishings.
* Photo provided by the League of Women Voters of Dallas