Amanda Shufeldt may have been born in Little Rock and graduated from Vanderbilt, but as soon as she could, she landed in Dallas. The reason was to earn her JD/MBA from SMU’s Dedman School of Law. It was while juggling torts, contracts and moot court classes that she met her Stanford graduate/future husband Charlie Shufeldt. They’re a perfect example of why it’s a real plus to have folks settle down in North Texas.
Charlie not only served as president of the Friends of The Katy Trail’s board of directors, where he spearheaded a $8M “Campaign To Complete The Katy Trail,” he also heads up Elk Range Royalties.
Amanda has co-chaired the Art Ball and been a member of the Dallas Museum of Art Board of Trustees, Children’s Health Foundation Board of Directors, The Cary Council of UT Southwestern Steering Committee, The Crystal Charity Ball and Cattle Baron’s Ball.
Even with all these activities, their priority is their three daughters (Alexa Shufeldt, Charlotte Shufeldt and Margaret Shufeldt, whose artwork for the Community Partners of Dallas’ Change Is Good was featured on the front of T-shirts).
Despite having healthy kids, Amanda and Charlie are all too aware of the challenges faced by parents with children diagnosed with cancer. For this reason, Amanda has taken on the role of chairing Children’s Cancer Fund’s 2022 “Color Out Cancer” Gala on Friday, April 22, at the Hilton Anatole with youngsters battling and overcoming cancer on the runway escorted by celebrities.
As Amanda put it, “These kids have the boldest courage in overcoming cancer.”
In her role as gala chair, she has recently been named one of NorthPark Center’s 2022 Ambassadors representing Children’s Cancer Fund.
But there’s a two-degree-of-separation between Amanda and the annual fundraiser. Before getting hitched, Amanda’s maiden name was Dillard. You know, like in the department store that provides the clothes for the children on the runway. Not only do the kids get to pick out their outfits, they get to keep them thanks to Dillard’s.
This year’s gala featuring celebrity escorts and Honorary Gala Co-Chairs Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach is especially important since last year’s event was canceled due to COVID.
According to CCF Executive Director Jennifer Arthur, “Our CCF models have waited two years to have their moment in the spotlight, and with the help of Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman and Amanda Dillard Shufeldt, we are going to give them the biggest, brightest night of their life [sic].”
If you love celebrities, just admire the kids and their parents battling a vicious disease or simply want a marvelous evening of seeing and being seen, lock down your place here.
* Graphic courtesy of Children's Cancer Fund