Attorney Michael Hurst put aside his role as president of the Dallas Bar momentarily on Wednesday, April 25. He and his attorney wife Jane Hurst hosted the VIP party for Genesis Women’s Shelter’s 25th Anniversary Luncheon with top-notch guests like Gail and Gerald Turner, Ashlee Kleinert, Nancy Ann Hunt, Pat and Pete Schenkel, Sidney Powell and Wilson Powell. It was totally understandable that the Hursts were hosting the party since they were also co-chairing the luncheon on Friday, May 11, with Hilary Swank as the featured speaker. And for the Hursts, Genesis is a family undertaking that includes their daughter Sophia Hurst, who is a Genesis volunteer.
In the crowd was Jennifer Staubach Gates, who recalling Monday’s Wings of Springs event, told how her mother had been the rock of the family over the years… Chris Kleinert discussing possibilities for men to join up for New Friends New Life Men’s Advocacy Group.
Genesis CEO Jan Langbein gathered the supporters in the family room with the Hurst pooches wagging all into place. Jan recalled how back in 1993, Kathy Helm had chaired the event and was amazed that they had folks show up.
Tying in with Michael’s legal world, Jan told how women with an income less than $23,000 could not access legal aide. Genesis took that as a wake-up call and arrange to draft attorney Sara Bennett to provide those services for Genesis clients that make more than $23,000 like school teachers, nurses, etc. Today they have two attorneys and a paralegal who will go to bat for Genesis clients.
She recalled a child at Genesis who walked the halls with a toy gun warning everyone they needed to hide for cover and standing on a chair as he shot at an invisible perpetrator on the street. As shocking as this may have seemed, it made sense. He had witnessed his mother’s being threatened with death by the man in her life.
Jan then recognized HeROs Founder Crayton Webb for the support provided by men who don’t dally around when it comes to abuse against women. An example: A woman can go to court to fight for the custody of her children and she’ll have the HEROs in their suit in the gallery on her side of the courtroom.
She then turned the speaker’s role over to Jane, who acknowledged the legions that had supported them. Jane recalled how last year Crayton had pointed out that if one in four developed a terminal disease, it would be attacked. So, the problem of violence against women/children is the disease that is facing society.
What some thought was the closer was Genesis Senior Director of Fund and Community Development Bianca Jackson, who reported that the organization was within $140,000 of making the million-dollar goal. She encouraged the group to buy raffle tickets to reach the goal.
Just as folks thought the program was winding up, Jan announced that it was Jane’s birthday. Immediately a cupcake with a candle was presented.