There’s been all that talk about how New Yorkers and Californians are up and moving to North Texas. For all new arrivals, Diane and Hal Brierley are the perfect role models to have. They moved to the area from the East Coast back in the 1980s with their entrepreneurial spirit and invested in the community by supporting countless non-profits. One category in particular was the arts. If there was an opening night, the Brierleys were there. If there was campaign underway to raise funds, they were there. If a board needed an out-of-the-box braintrust, they were there. If a hostess was asked for the must-have-couple on a fundraiser guest list, they were there.
As Hal explained in 2010, “This is the easiest city in the country to quickly become a part of the community if you become philanthropically involved. You have to get involved with either time or money.”
That is why it’s so appropriate that the AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Bravo! Gala will honor Diane and Hal on Friday, November 19, at the Winspear.
According to AT&T Performing Arts Center President/CEO Debbie Storey, “This year we are so pleased to celebrate Diane and Hal Brierley in recognition of their generous and sustained commitment to the Center and the impact they continue to have across the Arts District and this community.”
Gala Co-Chairs Sheryl Adkins-Green and Kristi Sherrill Hoyl have arranged for a full night of activities including a “progressive cocktail hour on all levels of the opera house, to a three-course seated dinner and an array of performances from local artists and arts organization each step of the way.”
The highlight of the evening’s activities will be “an intimate cabaret-style performance” by Phillipa Soo, who originated the role of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton in the Broadway hit production of “Hamilton.”
* Photo courtesy of Mary Kay Inc.