Whoa! The Dallas Arboretum is going to be as busy as an accountant right around the middle of April. On the heels of the Mad Hatter’s announcement yesterday about its fundraising slated for the afternoon of Thursday, April 15, the 2021 Aware Affair organizers just announced that the Aware Dallas event will take place the very next day (aka Friday, April 16) at the Arboretum.
And like the Mad Hatter’s crowd, the Aware group is changing up their traditional fundraiser for Alzheimer’s research and treatment.
Aware President Barbara Glass announced that instead of having one or two chair the event, it will be co-chaired by The Women of Aware Affair (Carol Stabler, Barbara Glass, Stacey Jones Angel, Sharon Ballew, Stephanie Bray, Janet Broyles, Emily Collins, Karen Carney, Cheryl Chantilis, Kay Hammond, Jolie Humphrey, Karisti Julia, Josey Kennington, Wendy Kumpf, Paige Rippey Locke, Becky Mills, Holly Hull Miori, Gail Plummer, Barbara Sypult, Venise Stuart and Sharon Walker). Joining the “Women” will be Honorary Emeriti Co-Chairs Sally and Forrest Hoglund, Kim and David McDavid Jr. and Ellen Terry with her daughter Amy Terry Kriegel and son Todd Terry.
The group has put together quite an evening for the “Aware Affair: 2021: Celebrate The Moments — Alzheimer’s Myths Unveiled” that will incorporate the Arboretum’s scenic areas extending from Rosine Hall to A Tasteful Place.
Along with a live auction, the presentation of the 2021 Amy Osler Spirit of Education Leadership Award to Carol Stabler and Founder’s Award to Kay Hammond will take place in Rosine Hall. Outside the Hall the silent auction will be staged at the Rodriguez Gazebo with desserts served in the Scott K. Ginsburg Family Plaza.
The grounds of A Tasteful Place will feature “Aware Grant Recipient Gallery” with “interactive vignettes highlighting the work of the dedicated organizations that provide programs, services, education and resources to those living with or caring for a loved on suffering from Alzheimer’s.”
Overlooking the ground at the 3,600-square foot Charlotte and Donald Test Pavilion will be “chef-driven tasting experiences and botanical cocktails.”
Across the way at the Three Sisters Lagoon Overlook, Aware Men will host “Scotch and Sliders,” while the nearby Barbara and Bob Bigham Scenic Overlook will be the scene of an outdoor amphitheater with downtown Dallas and White Rock Lake serving as a backdrop.
For those unable to attend, Aware is providing a simulcast Virtual Experience Catering package which includes a four-course dinner and wine for two.
Tickets starting at $350 per person and underwriting and sponsorship opportunities beginning at $5,000 are available here.
This year’s beneficiaries include: Baylor Scott And White Dallas Foundation, Bishop Arts Theatre Center, Casa De Vida, Dallas Arboretum And Botanical Society, Dallas Museum Of Art, Ed-U-Care, For Love And Art, Highland Park United Methodist Church, Jewish Family Service, Juliette Fowler Communities, Plano Symphony Orchestra, The Senior Source, The Meadows Museum At Southern Methodist University, Texas Health Resources, Stomping Ground Comedy, The University Of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Texas Winds Musical Outreach, Visiting Nurses Association Of Texas, Wilshire Baptist Church and Myrna D. Schlegel Aware Scholarship Fund.
* Photo credit: Dana Driensky