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Co-chairs Kristine Schwope and Heather Walther, with honorary chairs Kelly and Marty Turco, welcomed over 270 guests to the twentieth annual A Legendary Evening on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Hilton Anatole.  The fundraiser raised over $212,000 in support of Family Compass’ programs.

Upon arrival, partygoers mingled while sipping cocktails and bidding on unique and one-of-a-kind silent auction items or buying chances for “Duff’s Diamond Dig,” for three prizes including a handsome two toned men’s Rolex watch, dazzling yellow gold, rose quartz and white diamond ring and a stunning yellow gold, purple amethyst and white diamond necklace, courtesy of Duff’s Fine Jewelry.

Guests were then seated as the evening’s Mistress of Ceremonies, WFAA-TV’s Colleen Coyle, introduced the impressive roster of the evening’s legends which included former WFAA-TV meteorologist Troy Dungan; reality TV star and swimsuit designer Melissa Poe Carson,  voice of the Dallas Cowboys Roger Emrick; The Honorable Roberto Canas, presiding judge, Criminal Court 10;  paralympic medalist Taylor Lipsett; shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLC Hugh E. Hackney; president of The Dallas Foundation Mary Jalonick and co-founder of DSVP Bob Wright ; PR maven Martha Tiller, president and CEO of Martha Tiller Company; leading real estate reporter and consultant Candy Evans; Dallas Arts District’s Executive Director Catherine Cuellar, Chef “DAT,” underground chef; executive director; Michael Sorrell, president of Paul Quinn College; Restaurateur Todd Conger; Center for Nonprofit Management president Cynthia Nunn and Community Foundations of Texas president and CEO Brent Christopher; director of corporate communications and corporate social responsibility for Mary Kay Inc. Crayton Webb; and president of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Jennifer Sampson.

Before dinner was served, Executive Director Jessica Trudeau welcomed patrons and announced the 2014 Spirit of Compassion Award recipient and long-time supporter of Family Compass, Jan and Trevor Rees-Jones.  The Rees-Jones’ accepted their honor, with Mr. Rees-Jones giving  brief remarks on the importance of supporting and investing in the clients of Family Compass.

Save the date for the 2015 A Legendary Evening gala to be held on Saturday, April 25 at the Hilton Anatole. 
Details coming soon!  For more information contact Tiffani Davis, Director of Development.

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