(Featured photo: Paige Westhoff and Theron Bryant, with Partners Card 2017 Co-Chair Jennifer Burns and Past Partners Card Chair Samantha Wortley.)*
Over 150 guests overlooked the gorgeous Dallas skyline from the rooftop terrace of DEC on Dragon Thursday, January 25, where The Family Place held the Partners Card Announcement Party. Retailers, sponsors, past chairs and other supporters joined co-chairs Brynn Bagot Allday and Jennifer Burns, as they celebrated the record-breaking 25th anniversary of Partners Card presented by Bank of Texas and benefiting The Family Place. More than $1 million was raised making it possible to provide over 14,000 nights of lifesaving shelter for men, women and children escaping domestic violence which represented an increase in funding from last year’s campaign.
Guests celebrated their accomplishments with music by DJ Niro, strolling bites provided by Food Glorious Food, an open bar, and the fabulous view of downtown Dallas. Partners Card 2017 Co-chairs Brynn Bagot Allday and Jennifer Burns kicked off remarks by thanking retailers, sponsors, card sellers, volunteers and media who make the annual Partners Card fundraiser possible each year.
Allday introduced Bank of Texas Dallas Market Executive Bob White, who spoke on behalf of the bank, which has been the presenting sponsor of Partners Card for 10 years and officially committed to sponsoring Partners Card again in 2018. “What The Family Place is doing is important, end of story. It’s important to the country, it’s important to Dallas and what happens here tonight matters,” he said.
Family Place CEO Paige Flink concluded remarks by showing appreciation to everyone who was involved in making Partners Card the largest fundraiser for The Family Place, and Paula Davis was recognized as the top community seller for selling 166 Partners Cards. The other top sellers were Sara and Cass Robinson and Jody and Mike Coffey. All top sellers received a special prize from Bachendorf’s. In addition, Flink announced the 2018 Partners Card Co-chairs – Leigh Danley, Tierney Kaufman and the first-ever male chairman, Julian Leaver.
Partners Card is the signature fundraiser for The Family Place, Texas’ largest and longest-serving family violence agency, and over the past 25 years has become one of the most popular shopping events in the Dallas Metroplex. Cardholders who purchased a $70 card received a 20 percent discount at a variety of their favorite stores and restaurants while supporting The Family Place. In 2017, more than 750 retailers and restaurants participated in the program, raising more than $1 million to support The Family Place’s mission to provide life-saving shelter and support to victims experiencing family violence.
This year’s 10-day Partners Card shopping event was held Friday, October 27 through Sunday, November 5, 2017. Cardholders were invited to shop with a purpose and together they saved!
Guests included: Partners Card 2017 Co-chairs Brynn Bagot Allday and Jennifer Burns, The Family Place Vice President of Development Melissa Sherrill Martin, Ross Martin, The Family Place CEO Paige Flink, Mary Catherine Benavides, The Family Place Development Manager Heather Street Baker and The Family Place Development Associate Grace Dewar, Bank of Texas Team: Mike Meredith and Bob White, Carolyn Kerins, 2018 Partners Card Co-chair Leigh Danley, 2018 Partners Card Co-chair Tierney Kaufman, Judy Rowan, Paige Westhoff, Jennifer Tobin, Tyler Sweatman, Michelle Davenport, Lora Farris, Brett Dougall, Tina Peterson, Carol Seay, Gloria Warren and Past Partners Card Chairs: Lisa Bhattacharya, Andrea Cheek, Samantha Wortley, Susan Farris, Maggie Cook Kipp, Gay Donnell, Lynn McBee, Jennifer Tobin, Nancy Gopez and Kristin Sanger.
ABOUT THE FAMILY PLACE
Over 40 years, The Family Place has grown to be the largest family violence service provider in Texas. The agency actively works to end family violence by providing emergency shelter, outreach counseling and several community education programs. Since 1978, The Family Place has counseled more than 210,000 clients in residential and outreach programs. In addition, the agency has provided life-saving shelter to more than 23,000 women and children and has answered more than 575,000 calls for help. For more information, please visit www.familyplace.org or call (214) 559-2170.