While the kids were handing their coins for Community Partners of Dallas‘ Change Is Good on one side of the Trinity, the Wesley-Rankin Community Center supporters were enjoying a “Taste Of The West Dallas” at 3015 at Trinity Groves. With a menu featuring the talents of West Dallas chefs and brewmasters, the sold-out crowd not only feasted, they learned how the center is a vital force in helping all ages of West Dallas. Here’s a report from the field:
There was more than one party happening Sunday, October 27, across the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge to Trinity Groves. Heading to “A Taste of West Dallas” at World Master Chef Sharon Van Meter’s 3015 at Trinity Groves, guests also ran across the Halloween Safe-Tacular for Kids and Pets celebrating first responders at the Ronald Kirk Bridge and Felix H. Lozada, Sr. Gateway. It lent for a fun atmosphere surrounding the entire area.
“A Taste of West Dallas” VIPs headed to Saint Rocco’s New York Italian rooftop for a reception in their honor and had a bird’s-eye view of the crowds enjoying the happenings as the sun began to fade into what was sure to be a gorgeous sunset.
Enjoying a short stroll across the street to the fabulous event venue at 3015 at Trinity Groves, Co-Chairs/ Event Founders Mari and Don Epperson and Kay and Duncan Fulton joined supporters from presenting sponsor Texas Capital Bank, Honorary Co-Chairs Jane and Pat Bolin, Katrina and Houston Bolin and Mary Katherine and Ross Bolin, friends and families of underwriters and sponsors as over 400 supporters gathered to savor sips – beer, wine and tequila – and savory bites from these West Dallas chefs, restaurants and breweries: 3015 at Trinity Groves, Amberjax, Cake Bar, La Estrella Y Familia Bakery, Legal Draft Beer Company, Odom’s BBQ, Peticolas Brewing Company, Pura Vida Tequila, St. Rocco’s New York Italian, Steam Theory, Taquero and Whiskers Fish and Burgers.
Mari took the podium and welcomed the crowd, thanking the host committee and media sponsors The Park Cities News and My Sweet Charity. Duncan introduced Wesley-Rankin’s Executive Director Shellie Ross, who gave heartfelt thanks to everyone for their support and shared an overview of the organization’s mission and their programs which create an intelligent pathway for students to achieve their ambitions in education, regardless of their financial circumstances. In addition to children and youth, Wesley-Rankin supports adults through Adult Academy courses and senior citizen programming. Together, the Center bridges gaps in the inequities of education, the arts and mental health. The Center believes that everyone deserves a fair chance to reach his/her potential.
Joining in the tasteful gathering were Presenting Sponsor — Texas Capital Bank; Diamond Sponsors — Jane and Pat Bolin and Erin and Billy Young; and Platinum Sponsors — Kathryn and Stephen Arata, Deanna and Jack Brown, Pam and Phil Bush, Kay and Duncan Fulton, Kama Koudelka and Lisa and Mac Tichenor.
For more information about Wesley-Rankin Community Center and its programs, visit the website: http://www.wesleyrankin.org.
* Photo credit: Dana Driensky