Via: My Sweet Charity
By: Jeanne Prejean
The sponsor reception held just before the Dallas Women’s Foundation‘s Leadership Forum & Awards Dinner on Thursday, April 19, at the Omni Dallas Hotel was a busy and colorful affair.
Over in one corner of the packed room, guests sidled up to Gerald Turner and Ray Hunt, both clad in tuxedos, as well as Gail TurnerNancy Ann Hunt and Ashlee Kleinert. Gerald and Ray were dressed to the nines because, right after the dinner—which was scheduled to honor Gail with one of the DWF’s 2018 Maura Women Helping Women awards—they intended to scram to the George W. Bush Presidential Center at Southern Methodist University. There, their pal the former president would present U2 lead singer Bono with a medal for distinguished leadership.
Meantime, DWF dinner keynoter Nina Tassler—she’s the former chairman of CBS Entertainment—was having an impromptu reunion with an old friend from their high school in Coral Gables, Florida. It seems that Nina and her friend, Dallas hairdresser Chuck Clarke, had both performed years ago in the school’s production of “The Wizard of Oz.” The happy meeting was arranged by Jennifer Biry, CFO, technology and operations, for AT&T, presenting sponsor for the Leadership Forum & Award Dinner. Others enjoying the reception included DWF President and CEO Ros DawsonCaren ProthroMarilyn and Dr. Stephen Mansfield and Holly Reed.
Once the sponsor party was over, everyone repaired to the Omni’s Trinity Ballroom, where a sold-out crowd of 700-plus was filing in to enjoy dinner and the awards program. Guests such as Shawn WillsJan LangbeinThear SuzukiCheryl Mayo WilliamsKerry TorresApril WilliamsColleen AffeldtRegina MontoyaRep. Helen Giddings, Pam Gerber, Paige Flink, Shawn Wills, Ann Margolin, Shannon Wherry, and the Hon. Tonya Parker were quickly welcomed by event co-chairs Effie Dennison and Jan Sharry.