19th Annual Founder's Luncheon - January 9, 2015
Friday - 12 Noon – 1:15 PM
Hilton Anatole – Grand Ballroom
2201 N. Stemmons Fwy, Dallas, TX 75207

Honorees: Michelle Thomas; Joleen & Jim Chambers
Honorary Chairpersons: Revs. Claude O. & Patricia B. Maples
Luncheon Chairpersons: Drs. Ellen Cooper-Edwards & Dralves Edwards
Mistress of Ceremonies: Clarice Tinsley-FOX4 News Anchor/Reporter


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The 19th 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 38 year history.

The event includes the presentation of the DBDT Founder’s Award to civic and business leaders of Dallas who have made an impact with Dallas Black Dance Theatre, as well as the Dallas arts community. This year’s award recipients include Michelle Thomas, and Joleen & Jim Chambers. Serving as the Mistress of Ceremonies in 2015 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.

Presenting Sponsor: Chase
Honoree Award Sponsor: Locke Lord LLP
Centerpiece & Parking Sponsor: Bank of Texa Honoree Award Sponsor
VIP Reception Sponsor: Hilton Anatole

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