Via: Dallas Morning News

By: Holly Haber

The Dallas Women’s Foundation announced a new name, the Texas Women’s Foundation, and a robust $35 million in assets at its record-breaking luncheon on Nov. 7.

The 33rd annual event grossed $1.5 million and featured filmmaker Ava Duvernay speaking to a capacity assemblage of 1,570 guests.

Lael Brodsky and Tricia Miller served as co-chairs with honorary chairs Matrice Ellis-Kirk and former Dallas mayor and ambassador Ron Kirk.

“As Texas Women’s Foundation, our goal is to transform Texas for women and girls by advancing economic security for women, girls and families across the state and by ensuring opportunities for them to lead in every sector — from the classroom, to the first job, the board room and the halls of government,” said president and CEO Roslyn Dawson Thompson.

Thompson also revealed that the group has reached its goal in the Unlocking Leadership Campaign launched in 2013, earning $50 million in donations and pledges.

Campaign co-chairs Ashlee and Chris Kleinert, Paula and Ron Parker,and Trea and Richard Yip helped secure a cornerstone $5 million donation from Harold Simmons Foundation plus gifts from nearly 5,300 individuals, corporations and foundations.

Funds support the agency’s statewide research about issues affecting women and girls plus the annual distribution of $5 million in grants to further its mission.

Luncheon donors included:

$50,000-$100,000: Toyota, Nancy C. Rogers, If/ThenLyda Hill Foundation, Sammye and Mike A. Myers, U. S. Trust and Target/Suzanne Ahn, M.D. Speaker Endowment Fund.

$10,000-$25,000: American Airlines, Lael Brodsky and Tricia Miller,Capital One, Nancy Ann and Ray Hunt, Hunt Consolidated, Jones Day, Southwest Airlines, Texas Instruments, Barings Multifamily Capital, Julie Bleicher, Diana Dutton, Gail Griswold and Patricia Villareal, Ernst & Young, Freeman Audio Visual, Kimberly Clark Corp., NexBank, AT&T Inc., Axxess, Ellenore Knight Baker/Carter Financial Management, Debbie Barnes, Becky Bruder, Fay Lidji, Candace Krauseand Shelle Sills, Mickie Bragalone, Lynn Hunt Gray and Pam Patsley, Jill Cochran, Joyce Goss and Selwyn Rayzor, Claire Dewar, Julie Hawesand Muffin Lemak, Fossil Group, Frito-Lay Inc., Haynes and Boone LLP, Horchow family, Toni and Dan Hunt, Lisa Kraus, Leslie MacLeanand Janie Strauss McGarr, the Rev. Katherine G. Lyle, Patsy Woods Martin, Paula and Ron Parker, Sprinkles Cupcakes, Betty Suellentrop, Texas Health Resources, Shawna D. Wilson and Women’s Foodservice Forum.