With spring fundraising in overdrive, there are signs that the latter part of 2022 is going to be just as busy. Today the dining room table of Tracey Kozmetsky’s gorgeous home was surrounded throughout the day by women including Jennifer Dix, Carol Seay, Ann Dyer, Pam McCallum, Angie Kadesky and Melinda Knowles. Instead of chowing down, the ladies were putting personal notes on underwriting letters for the 2022 Celebrating Women Luncheon.
During a very brief break, Luncheon Co-Chairs Marybeth Conlon and Elizabeth Gambrell announced that plans had just been finalized for the annual Baylor Scott and White Dallas Foundation’s (BSWD Foundation) fundraiser on Friday, October 21.
After a two-year stint of holding the event virtually, it will not only be an in-person event returning to the Hilton Anatole, it will also have Tom Thumb and Albertsons Companies Foundation on board once again as the presenting sponsor.
As for the speaker, it will be Academy Award-winning actress Patricia Arquette, who shared a virtual message at the 2021 virtual event. But let’s face it — there’s nothing like having a speaker in the flesh. 5’2″ Patricia won her Academy Award for the “Boyhood” in 2015 and has more recently starred in one of Elizabeth’s favorite streaming programs, “Severance,” which was just renewed for a second season.
Having lost her mother to breast cancer more than 20 years ago, Patricia has been a strong advocate for breast cancer awareness and research.
BSWD Foundation President Ben Renberg had planned to be present for the announcement but was called out of town due to a family emergency. In his place was BSWD Foundation Director Christina Goodman, who reported that despite having to hold the fundraiser virtually for the past two years, more than $2.5M had been provided for BSWD Foundation’s breast cancer programs. Thanks to those funds, they were able to:
- Expand the High-Risk Breast Screening Program, which helps identify women who were at high-risk for developing this disease but unaware;
- Provide mammograms and other breast cancer services for patients unable to afford this care; and
- Support patient navigators, who play a crucial role in the patient’s journey by identifying and resolving barriers, answering questions and offering support.
Since that first luncheon 22 years ago, the Celebrating Women Luncheon has provided $37M for breast cancer research, treatment and patient assistance.
If your letter hasn’t popped up in your mailbox, don’t wait. Lock down your sponsorship or ticket and schedule your mammogram. Both are lifesaving investments.