18th Annual Founder's Luncheon
Hilton Anatole - Chantilly Ballroom
January 10, 2014
12 noon - 1:15 pm
Honorary Chairs: Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson and Michael Jenkins
Chairs: Revs. Claude O. & Patricia B. Maples
Honorees: Veletta F. Lill, Opal Johnson Smith, and Mary K. Suhm


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*Contributors of $1,000 or more will be listed on the Luncheon Invitation and program.

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Unable to Attend - Make a Donation in Honor of Mrs. Ann Williams to support DBDT's education and outreach programming for children and youth.

The 18th Annual Founder's Luncheon brings together individuals who share in the vision and passion of Dallas Black Dance Theatre Founder, Ann M. Williams, and celebrates the continued accomplishments of the company over its past 37 year history.

The event includes the presentation of the Founder's Award to civic and business leaders of Dallas who have made an impact with Dallas Black Dance Theatre, as well as an impact on the Dallas arts community. The 2014 Founder's Award recipients include Veletta Lill, Opal Johnson Smith, and Mary Suhm. Serving as the Mistress of Ceremonies in 2014 will be Ms. Clarice Tinsley, award-winning anchor of Fox 4 News.

The Founder's Luncheon is the major community fundraiser for DBDT and helps the organization continue to present dance programs that provide an educational message, bridge cultures and reach diverse communities in the metroplex, across the nation and around the world.

Event proceeds benefit DBDT's community outreach and educational programs in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, including dance classes, workshops and lecture-demonstrations to over 20,000 students (grades K-12) from Dallas ISD and other metroplex private and home schools.

Proceeds from the Luncheon will benefit over 20,000 K-12 students through:

  • Arts in Education programs in public schools across the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex that enhance creative thinking and will motivate at-risk students to stay in school and become active participants in the educational process.
  • Scholarships to Dallas Black Dance Academy for talented youth who would not otherwise be able to attend a high-quality dance program.
  • Unique Student Matinee performances during DBDT's Dallas Season at the Wyly Theatre and City Performance Hall providing many students with their first live professional dance experience.
  • Specialized Summer Dance Programming that teaches children and youth the dance forms of ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop, and African dance in DBDT's facility, as well as in community centers throughout.

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For more details, contact the Development office at development@dbdt.com or 214-871-2376 ext. 452.