Faces of Philanthropy-Dallas 2023 Fall Calendar

Gear up for Fall’s Full Slate of Fundraising Events, Launches, & Celebrations

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KidneyTexas, Inc. Cultivate and Educate Fashion Show and Luncheon
September 26, at Brook Hollow Golf Club, benefiting KidneyTexas

Treasure Street
September 28 at Scottish Rite For Children, benefiting the hospital

The Farrah Fawcett Foundation presents A Tex-Mex Fiesta
September 28, benefiting Stand Up To Cancer

New Friends New Life Annual Luncheon
September 29 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas, benefiting formerly trafficked teen girls, women and their children

2023 Symphony Gala
September 30 at Meyerson Symphony Center, benefiting the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s education and community initiatives

Equest Women’s Auxiliary Luncheon and Fashion Show
October 3 at Brook Hollow Golf Club, benefiting Equest’s therapeutic horsemanship programs 

Prelude Clubhouse Fall Music Fest
October 7 at Love and War in Texas restaurant in Plano, benefiting those in recovery from mental illness

Dallas All-Star Chef Classic
October 8 at Lighthouse ArtSpace, benefiting Dallas 24 Hour Club

Texas Trailblazer Awards
October 10 at the Hilton Anatole, benefiting The Family Place

Kappa Tablescapes Luncheon 
October 10 at Dallas Country Club, benefiting Community Partners of Dallas, Crossroads Community Services, New Friends New Life and the North Texas Food Bank

Fashion Notes Luncheon and Style Show
October 12 at Meyerson Symphony Center, benefiting the Dallas Symphony Association’s education and outreach programs

Gateway To Opportunity Luncheon
October 12 at the Omni Dallas, benefiting Family Gateway

Champion of Children Award Dinner
October 12 at The Fairmont Dallas, benefiting Dallas CASA 

Party in the Park 
October 12 at Klyde Warren Park, benefiting the park

50th Cattle Baron’s Ball
October 14 at Southfork Ranch, benefiting the American Cancer Society

CARE Breakfast 
October 16 at Dallas Country Club, benefiting CARE Dallas

Corporate Cup Golf Tournament
October 17 at Dallas National Golf Club, benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas

Fur Ball
October 20 at The Factory, benefiting the SPCA of Texas

Turtle Creek Association’s 2023 Tour of Homes
October 20 Gala Kick-Off Event at the Marriott Uptown
October 22 tour event 1-4 pm

Turn Up The Lights
October 21 at the Wyly Theatre, benefiting AT&T Performing Arts Center

Night of Superstars
October 21 at the Sheraton Dallas, benefiting physically and intellectually diverse students and young adults

Two x Two for AIDS and Art
October 21 at The Rachofsky House, benefiting amfAR and the Dallas Museum of Art

The Great Create
October 22 at the Nasher Sculpture Center, benefiting the museum’s education programs

Help Our Heroes Luncheon
October 24 at Frontiers of Flight Museum, benefiting The Army Scholarship Foundation

Preservation Dallas Centennial Gala
October 26 at Le Méridien Dallas, The Stoneleigh Hotel, benefiting Preservation Dallas

Humble Beginnings Luncheon
October 27 at the Hilton Anatole, benefiting Austin Street Center

2023 Partners Card fundraiser
Shopping days: October 27-November 5, 2023, benefiting The Family Place.

Change Is Good
October 29 at Arlington Hall at Turtle Creek Park, benefiting Community Partners of Dallas

Celebrating Women Luncheon
October 30 at the Hilton Anatole, benefiting Baylor Scott & White Dallas Foundation’s fight against breast cancer in North Texas

Preservation Park Cities Distinguished Speaker Luncheon
October 30 at Dallas Country Club, benefiting Preservation Park Cities

Boots and Bandanas Dinner and Auction
November 2 at Edison’s Dallas, benefiting Camp Summit

Women of Distinction Luncheon
November 3 at the Hilton Anatole, benefiting the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas

The Kips Bay Decorator Show House
November 3-17, at 9446 Hathaway Street in Old Preston Hollow, benefiting Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club

Zoo to Do
November 4 at the Dallas Zoo, benefiting the Dallas Zoo

Canines, Cats and Cabernet Gala
November 4 at the Sheraton Dallas, benefiting Operation Kindness

An Evening Under The Stars
November 4 at the Omni Dallas, benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

November 4 at the House of Blues, benefiting the Junior League of Dallas

Great Contributors Award
November 5 at the Dalas Arboretum, benefiting the gardens

A Writer’s Garden
November 7, benefiting The Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum

Pantry in the Park
November 10 at the Dallas Arboretum, benefiting WilkinsonCenter

Folds of Honor North Texas Annual Gala
November 11 at AT&T Stadium, benefiting educational scholarships for fallen or disabled military members, first responders and their families

Red Tie Gala
November 11 at the Warwick Melrose Hotel, benefiting Cancer Support Community North Texas

Night at the Museum
November 11 at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, benefiting the museum’s programs for schools and families

Big Black Tie Ball
November 11 at the Frontiers of Flight Museum, benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters

Chi Omega Christmas Market
November 15-18 at the Automobile Building in Fair Park, benefiting Catch Up & Read, Hope Cottage, Youth Equipped to Succeed (YES), My Possibilities, RISE Adaptive Sports and Dallas 24 Hour Club among others

Dallas History Makers Awards for Excellence Luncheon
November 17 at The Dallas Fairmont Hotel, benefiting Dallas Historical Society’s outreach programs

Bravo! Gala
November 18 at the Winspear Opera House, benefiting AT&T Performing Arts Center

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Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer (WOKC) was busy during September Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. WOKC offered a $25,000 matching grant to incentivize donations on September 21–North Texas Giving Day.  Celebrating its 43rd year, the non-profit offers comfort and hope to kids with cancer through support programs serving the entire family.  WOKC fundraising activities also support innovative research leading to new discoveries and treatments in the fight against pediatric cancer.

Kris Cumnock, CEO, WOKC; Cindy Brinker Simmons, Founder, WOKC.
Courtesy photo.

KidneyTexas, Inc. board members Christine Martin, Rose Gault, Barbara Bigham, Natalie Taylor, Nancy Greenbach (president, holding the award); Dr. Carla Russo, Regina Bruce, Terri Bumgarner and Therese Rourk accepted a “Southwest Transplant Alliance Foundation 2023 Outlive Yourself Award.”  The award is bestowed annually on those who have contributed to the advancement of organ donation in meaningful ways over the past year. (Photo by Danny Campbell.)  Since its founding in 1999, KidneyTexas, Inc. has provided $4.6 million in local funding to help in the search for a cure, to promote research, enhance treatment and support quality renal care in our community.

Deborah Brown modeled one of the Pucci uniforms with matching print hat and stockings at the Braniff Fashion Show and 95th Anniversary Celebration September 16 at Frontiers of Flight Museum.

Watch Deborah’s interview by NBC Channel 5 TV about her passion for collecting vintage flight attendant uniforms.

Karen Koop, 2023-2024 President, AWARE, is pleased to announce its 2023-2024 Grant Recipients.  Each year, AWARE pledges support to other nonprofits to fund programs, projects, and research in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.  photo by Rob/ Wythe/Wythe Portrait Studio.

 JD Trueblood, President and CEO of the Turtle Creek Association will lead its annual Gala (Oct. 20) and Home Tour (Oct. 22). 

Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased online at www.Turtlecreekassociation.org

Tour of Homes tickets are available via the website at www.turtlecreekassociation.org

The Dallas Arboretum selected retired U.S. Navy Four-star Admiral and New York Times Best-Selling Author and  former University of Texas System chancellor William H. McRaven for its Great Contributors Award. He will be honored November 5 at a dinner with proceeds benefitting the Dallas Arboretum. After the dinner, former U.S. Ambassador to NATO and U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison will interview Admiral McRaven about world affairs, intelligence and national security—topics on which both are experts.

Leading the Folds of Honor Gala on November 11: Sarah Duncan, North Texas Senior Director of Impact; Holly and Jim Trester, Honorary Chairs and Kickoff Party hosts; Meredith Allen Connally, North Texas Regional Impact Officer, Photo by Thomas Garza

Founded in 1946, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s mission is to support the Dallas Symphony Orchestra through service, education and fundraising activities. Since 1998 the League has contributed over $22 million in support of the Dallas Symphony Association’s Community Outreach and Education programs, which help bring the wonder of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra to thousands of youths and adults in the Dallas Metroplex.

The DSOL’s 38th Presentation Ball is February 10, 2024. Presentation Ball Chair Kristin Cordiak and DSOL President is Nancy Labadie will lead the DSOL’s major fundraising event
Mark your calendars for the Junior Symphony Ball on Saturday, January 27, 2024, at Gilley’s Dallas.  More than 2,500 students are expected to attend! The lineup of the 2024 Co-Chairs represents schools across Dallas: (l to r) Cara Lichty, Episcopal School of Dallas; James Sutherland, St. Mark’s School of Texas; Kate Fagan, The Hockaday School; Cash Nix, Highland Park High School; Ela Austin, Ursuline Academy; Ashton Krug, Jesuit College Prep of Dallas; Adelaide Boisture, Parish Episcopal School; Baker Trent, Bishop Lynch High School; Caroline Woram, Highland Park High School.


The State Fair opens September 29 and runs through October 22, 2023. Fried Pho, Bourbon Sopapillas and Loaded Fries Pizza are among this year’s food finalists.
The 18th annual Autumn at the Arboretum: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and runs through November 5, 2023.
The Meadows Museum at SMU presents Spanish Light: Sorolla in American Collections through January 7, 2024.

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