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Thursday, November 4, 2021

Texas Women’s Foundation’s 36th Annual Luncheon Raised More than $1 Million to Support Women and Girls

 Texas Women’s Foundation’s 36th Annual Luncheon Raised More than $1 Million to Support Women and Girls 

Cleo Wade, Angie Thomas, Laysha Ward

Held online for the second year on September 30th, Texas Women’s Foundation’s 36th Annual Luncheon, presented by the Dallas Mavericks, raised more than $1 million. About 4,000 people watched the program themed “My Voice. My Story. Every Woman’s Power to Build Compassion and Community.”

The Annual Luncheon is the Foundation’s principal fundraiser in support of its work to advance women’s economic security, leadership, education, health and safety in Texas through research, advocacy, programs and grantmaking.

Cynt Marshall, Roslyn Dawson Thompson, Laura Nieto

Hilda Galvan, Texas Women's Foundation Chair, welcomed luncheon co-chairs, Debra Hunter Johnson and Lindsay Billingsley.  

The trio then thanked the major sponsors for their tremendous support:

Presenting Sponsor: The Dallas Mavericks

Speaker Sponsors: Target with ongoing support from the Suzanne Ahn, M.D. Speaker Endowment Fund at Texas Women’s Foundation 

Book Club: Perkins Coie

Ripple: Southwest Airlines

Investor: Lindsay Billingsley & Debra Hunter Johnson, Lucy C. Billingsley, CBRE, Hunt Consolidated, Inc., Thomson Reuters

Leader: Galleria Dallas, Jones Day, Pepsico, Kimberly-Clark, Reciprocity Consulting Group, Toyota

Advocate: Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Dr. Arlene Ford, Katherine Glaze Lyle, NexBank, Gwendolyn A. Parker, Vizient

Roslyn Dawson Thompson (TXWF president and CEO), Debra Hunter Johnson (co-chair), Lindsay Billingsley (co-chair), Hilda Galvin (TXWF chairwoman)

Billingsley introduced the speakers, Angie Thomas and Cleo Wade, who discussed the power of women’s storytelling. 

Next came the appeal to support Texas Women’s Foundation from two luncheon sponsors. Dallas Mavericks CEO Cynt Marshall and Southwest Airlines’ Laura Nieto spoke in front of the Dallas Galleria community wall that was displayed throughout the month of September. Marshall and Nieto announced a surprise: people who donated at least $500 would receive two tickets to a Mavs game and a Southwest roundtrip airline ticket.

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