Faces of Philanthropy-Dallas Summer Calendar

Over the summer, The Savvy List’s Beverly Smirnis is interviewing guests for the upcoming launch of her podcast. The show is all about people Leading a Savvy Life by Pursuing Their Passions. So, for one of the upcoming show’s episodes, Beverly invited the talented artist and designer Sharon Lee Clark to be her guest. Sharon tells the story of her business success. And, she also shares her passion for charity. Last spring, she chaired DSOL’s Fashion Notes event and The Runway Show benefitting Children’s Cancer Fund. This fall, Sharon will co-chair the 2023 Partners Card fundraiser for The Family Place. Shopping days: October 27-November 5, 2023.


Parade of Playhouses
July 14-30 at NorthPark Center, benefiting Dallas CASA

Motorcycle Ride For Suicide Awareness
July 22 at Bachman Lake Park, benefiting Hear My Cry Foundation

Summer Colors: An Art Auction
July 27 at Scottish Rite For Children, benefiting the hospital

Parade of Playhouses: The Closing Party
July 27 at Design Within Reach in NorthPark Center, benefiting Dallas CASA

BVB Dallas 2023 Game
August 12 at the Cotton Bowl, benefiting Alzheimer’s programs offered through the Alzheimer’s Association, Juliette Fowler Communities and The Senior Source as well as research through UT Southwestern

30th Anniversary Fantasy Football Draft Night
August 18 at the Westin Galleria Dallas, benefiting the children serves at The Warren Center

Do It For Durrett Doubleheader
August 25 at Texas Rangers Golf Club, benefiting the Do It For Durrett Foundation


Addison Kaboom Town! ®
July 3– Airshow 7:30 pm, Fireworks 9:30 pm

Annual Park Cities 4th of July Parade
July 4th at 9:00 am, benefitting the North Texas Food Bank

Dallas Country Club
July 4th fireworks start at 9:30 pm

 U.S. News & World Report ranks Dallas Arboretum as one of the “21 Top Things to Do in Texas.”  July admission is $5, and August is only $3 during Summer at the Arboretum.
The presents arrive early when Christmas in July starts in Grapevine. Tickets will go on sale for The Christmas Capital of Texas® events on July 25th.  

Visit GrapevineTexasUSA.com for tickets to:

  • North Pole Express®  on Trinity Metro TEXRail
  • Peace Plaza Ice Rink 
  • Live Christmas performances at the Historic Palace Theatre including Reba – The Christmas Tribute.
  • Classic Christmas movies at the Historic Palace Theatre .
  • Elf Adventure

Check out:  ChristmasAtGaylordTexan.Marriott.com  for ICE!, snow tubing and more. And more events on GreatWolf.com/Grapevine

Meyerson Symphony Center

  • Dallas Winds presents Star-Spangled Spectacular – July 4
  • ONE PIECE Music Symphony – July 5
  • Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts – July 13
  • National Youth Orchestra – July 22
  • Sara Evans – July 28
  • Queens of Cool – July 29
  • Los Lobos – August 11
  • Summer Wine Down Dinner – August 25
  • Symphony of Flavors Grand Tasting – August 26
  • Bubbles & Brunch Bites – August 27

Moody Performance Hall

  • Poems for Broken Screens – June 1-3
  • Heather McMahan – June 2-3
  • Fonseca – June 4
  • Ballet British Columbia – June 9
  • Dallas International Violin Competition Finals– June 20
  • Turtle Creek Chorale presents What Happens In Vegas – June 29-30

Winspear Opera House

  • Boz Scaggs – July 22
  • Keb’ Mo’ – July 25
  • The Magic of Rob Lake – July 29
  • One Night of Queen – August 6

Caruth Auditorium at SMU

  • Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition – June 8-18

Dallas Museum of Art

  • Tess Gunty – July 12
  • Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray – July 20
  • Alice Hoffman – August 16
  • James McBride – August 23

Music Hall at Fair Park

  • Mughal-e-Azam – July 21-23
  • Jason Mraz – July 26
  • Kard – July 29
  • The Flash in Concert – July 31
  • The Book of Mormon – August 1-6

Lighthouse Artspace

  • Disney Immersive – through September 4

The Army Scholarship Foundation serves military families by raising funds to provide college scholarships to spouses, sons and daughters of soldiers in the United States Army. But, funds for the scholarships mainly come from the Foundation’s Help our Heroes Luncheon. So, mark your calendar for October 24, 2023 at the Frontiers of Flight Museum.

Honoring Military Families

Folds of Honor also awards scholarships to military families. The education funds are awarded to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service members. In addition, Folds of Honor is expanding to incorporate scholarships for spouses and children of America’s first responders. So, families of police, fire-fighters, EMTs and paramedics are also eligible. The Folds of Honor North Texas Annual Gala is scheduled for November 11, 2023 at AT&T Stadium. 


Photos by Rob Wythe/Wythe Portrait Studio


The Dallas Symphony Orchestra League introduced the 2024 debutantes during announcement weekend festivities held in May. And, a host of events following mark the official start “Deb Season.” But, all the events lead up to the 38th Presentation Ball. The 2024 Presentation Ball is February 10, 2024.

The 2024 Debutantes are:

Helena Breland Bach

Erika Mae Batson

Mia Lane Blanton

Claire Elise Cahoon

Ellie McClain Gidden

Ripley Elizabeth Cooley

Kennedy Claire Downing

Electra Wallace Ford

Sarah Rose Gambrell

Catherine Lee Grayson

Camille Anne Greening

Meredith Elizabeth Hallam

Grace Soleil Handler

Caroline Parker Hart

Catherine Bradford Hunt

Isabella Ann Jackson

Ashley Elizabeth Jaynes

Ellen Taylor Jones

Minje Kwun

Emannuelle Grace Le Voyer

Claire Michael Levy

Riya Kaur Luthra

Elizabeth Myers Madison

Avery Pilar Moore

Finley Elizabeth Nelson

Day Gilmer Nettle

Lillian Susan Nettle

Mina Hiranmayee Raj

Bailey Erin Robirds

Courtenay Christianson Sands

Kathryn Bunker Sands

Caroline Robertson Smith

Sheridan Michelle Spencer

Caroline Story Stiles

Leslie Katherine Swango

Caroline Parker Teegarden

Payton Grace Thurman

Megan McKamy Dyer Underwood

Lauren Alexis Watkins

Charlotte Nicole Webb

Kelley Caroline Wheeler

 Abigail Archer Willingham

Claire Anh Wooley

Sophia Corina Yung

“Adventure Awaits” at the Zoo to Do

Harrison Edell Dallas Zoo Executive V.P. of Animal Care and Conservation and Chief Mission Officer;  Zoo-to-Do Chairs Thai-Lan Tran and Steven J. Roth, Honorary Chairs Lyda Hill and Sean Green Executive Vice President of Park Operations and Dallas Zoo COO
The reveal party was graciously hosted by Gretchen and George Seay.  

There is nothing subtle about a party where live flamingoes stroll the gardens; a leopard tortoise makes the rounds, a Eurasian eagle owl eyes the crowd and an opossum enjoys snacking on his favorite treats. All of this happened courtesy of the Dallas Zoo’s Animal Adventures Outreach program at the Zoo To Do theme reveal garden party.

Choose your Safari Chic attire and join in the fun November 4, 2023 for the 32nd annual Zoo To Do at the Dallas Zoo!  This event is the major source of funding for the nonprofit Dallas Zoo, bringing in more than $1 million each year.

A Writer’s Garden–“Homes, Hospitality and Heavenly Gardens”

(l to r) Honorary Chair Ann Barbier-Mueller, Women’s Council President Karen Sargent, co-chairs Sharon Ballew and Mari Epperson and Wendy Hansen announcement party hostess. 

The Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum announced A Writer’s Garden on Tuesday, November 7.  Theme will be “Homes, Hospitality and Heavenly Gardens.”

Presenting at the event will be Kate Markert, executive director of the 25-acre Hillwood Estate Museum and Garden in Washington, D.C. along with international designers Paolo Moschino and Philip Vergeylen. They will present “An Entertaining Life: Designing Town And Country” featuring their West Sussex and London homes.

Dallas Historical Society Luncheon Has a New Name and a New Award Category

Daniel Murchison and Laura Woodall will chair the Dallas History Makers Awards for Excellence Luncheon at The Fairmont on November 17. 

The Dallas Historical Society is kicking off its second century with a new awards luncheon name.  Its annual fall fundraiser will now be known as the Dallas History Makers Awards for Excellence.  DHS also introduces a new awards category:  Dallas Historical Society’s Benefactor of the Year.

Funds support DHS outreach programs at area schools and help maintain its exhibits at the Hall of State in Fair Park, visited by over 160,000 people including more than 20,000 students each year.

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