As Jennifer and Richard Dix’s household was juggling past oops and leading forth on Thursday, February 10, the street in front of their home was jammed with everything from constructions trucks to sedans.
On the outside, workers repaired the house’s roof damaged from the previous week’s Winter Storm Landon. It seems that a major chunk of ice had plummeted onto the roof, ripping the corner apart.
While Richard surveyed the repairs, inside the dining room table was surrounded by Pam Busbee, Ciara Cooley, Di Johnston, Shannon Graham, Mary Martha Pickens, Patti Flowers, Lynn McBee and Cece Turner putting personal notes on the Turtle Creek Conservancy’s 14th Annual Day At The Races underwriting letters.
Jennifer was hosting the letter signing project in between attending a Carr P. Collins Advisory Board meeting and before heading off to a luncheon at Park House.
The reason for the full-force signing was Turtle Creek Conservancy President/CEO Tiffany Divis‘ plan to have the letters hitting postal services by Valentine’s Day.
The Conservancy fundraiser would once again coincide with the 2022 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. In addition to having Truist Bank on board as the presenting sponsor, Truist North Texas Regional President Christian Corts and his wife Katie Corts will serve as event co-chairs, mother/daughter team of Doris Jacobs and Teffy Jacobs will be honorary co-chairs emeritus and Lisa Cooley and Jennifer Dix will be underwriting co-chairs.
Plans call for the DATR activities to include a spirits tasting garden, Southern-inspired cuisine and dancing. For underwriters, VIP ticket holders and sponsors, there will such perks as invitations to a Kick-Off Party and a Patron Party as well as the best seats in the house to watch “the most exciting two minutes in sports.”
As the signatures and notes were being added to the letters, the backstory of Honorary Chair Elizabeth Knowles’ involvement was shared. It seems that when her late husband/the former president and COO of Dr Pepper/Seven-Up Cos. Inc. True Knowles died on February 27, 2020, a tree was planted in the Park in his honor. Since that time Elizabeth has supported the Conservancy. Ironically, the DATR is taking place on what would have been their wedding anniversary: Saturday, May 7 (1988).
If you haven’t received your letter, not to worry. Your snailbox has probably already been jammed with Valentine wishes.