With The Crystal Charity Ball’s sold-out, two-in-one-day fashion shows at Neiman Marcus NorthPark just a week away, one would think that the focus would be on the fashions and plans for the fundraising event recognizing the CCB Ten Best Dressed (Marybeth Conlon, Tiffany Divis, Jennifer Dix, Cate Ford, Cara French, Libby Hegi, Kim Hext, Karla McKinley, Amy Prestidge and Kimberly Schlegel Whitman) and Hall of Famer Mary Clare Finney.
But CCB, Neiman’s and NorthPark Center had other plans. It was to shine a light on the purpose of the annual fundraiser — the eight 2021 CCB beneficiaries (Baylor Scott And White Dallas Foundation’s Tiniest Texans, Café Momentum’s Internship Program in the COVID-19 Era, Dallas CASA’s Advocacy for Teens in Foster Care, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center’s DCAC Core Programs, Dallas Symphony Association Inc.’s Southern Dallas Residency Youth Education, Network of Community Ministries’ Mobile Pantry and Classroom Food Supply Program Expansion, Phoenix House Texas’ Substance Use and Mental Health Treatment Services and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children’s Boundless Centennial Campaign – Day Surgery Renovation) and how they help the children of Dallas County.
Thanks to 2021 CCB Chair Leslie Diers, CCB Exhibition Coordinator Candace Winslow, NM NP General Manager Mary McGreevy and NorthPark Art Programming’s Anna Kern, a display of nine-foot-tall rectangular columns made their public debut in front of Neiman’s with a description and a photo of each beneficiary along with a QR Code that could be scanned for donations.
In addition to the individual write-ups, one of the columns even features a video showcasing the beneficiaries at work.
The exhibition will be on display through the month of October in hopes that it might encourage passersby to get involved by donating or volunteering.