And the announcements keep pouring in boding for a very busy spring fundraising season. The latest to arrive is about the 2023 Destiny Award Luncheon. Co-Chairs Kacy and Carter Tolleson and Honorary Co-Chairs Diana and Todd Maclin have revealed the details for the St. Philip’s School and Community Center’s 2023 fundraiser at the Hilton Anatole on Friday, March 3.
With this year’s theme being “Illuminating Art, Education and Service,” the speaker is ideal for the occasion. It will be actor Sterling K. Brown, whose trophy room is highlighted with African American Film Critics Association TV Honors, Black Reel Awards, Critic Choice Awards, Golden Derby Awards, a NAACP Image Award, Online Film And Television Association Awards and Primetime Emmys.
Perhaps best known for his role as Randall in the NBC drama series, “This Is Us,” his portrayal made double-header history garnering the first African American actor to win both a Golden Globe in the Best Actor category and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Male Actor in a Drama.
But those accolades and award-winning roles didn’t just happen. He got the acting bug while attending Stanford University, where he had initially planned to major in economics with a focus on business. He not only switched his major to acting but also met his future wife Ryan Michelle Bathe. Following graduation from Stanford, he did post-graduate work at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree.
In addition to having a “dynamic moderated conversation” with Undermain Theater Co-Founded/Producing Artistic Director Bruce DuBose on stage, the luncheon will include performances by St. Philip’s students, tributes by alumni and the presentation of the Mona and David Munson Humanitarian Award to philanthropists Ellen and John McStay.
Adding to the celebration is the fact that JPMorgan Chase has signed up to serve as the luncheon’s title sponsor for 2023 and 2024.
According to J.P. Morgan Private Bank Managing Director Pete Chilian, “We are thrilled to serve as title sponsor for St. Philip’s Destiny Award Luncheon this March and over the next two years. 2023 also marks 30 years of JPMorgan Chase’s engagement with St. Philip’s. We are proud to play a role in supporting the school and community center in the important work they do throughout Southern Dallas and the Metroplex as a school, community center and neighborhood change agent.”
Sponsorships and tickets for the luncheon are available here.
* Graphic courtesy of St. Philip's School and Community Center