The Family Place Announces Partners Card 2016 Raised More Than $1 Million To Help Victims Of Family Violence

(Featured photo: Partners Card 2016 Co-Chair Jane Rozelle, Partners Card 2016 Co-Chair Samantha Wortley, Showroom Manager Tyler Sweatman, Partners Card 2016 Co-Chair Elizabeth Dacus, and Honorary Chair Lisa Cooley)*

Sponsors, retailers and friends of The Family Place, Dallas’ largest family-violence agency, gathered alongside Partners Card 2016 Co-chairs Elizabeth Dacus, Jane Rozelle and Samantha Wortley and Honorary Chair Lisa Cooley, as CEO Paige Flink announced Partners Card, presented by Bank of Texas, raised $1,050,000 in 2016. The Announcement Party took place at Bungalow 5 Thursday, January 12, 2017.

To honor 24 years of dedication that has made the Partners Card the fundraiser it is today, guests sipped and shopped while they mingled amongst the unique, stylish and strikingly fresh pieces offered in the Bungalow 5 showroom. Partners Card Co-Chairs Jane Rozelle, Elizabeth Dacus and Samantha Wortley welcomed guests by thanking them for their attendance and helping to make Partners Card 2016 a success. They also thanked Honorary Chair Lisa Cooley for her support, acknowledged The Family Place Board, Partners Board, Partners Card committee, Retail Advisory board, Retail Sales Liaisons, community sellers, underwriters and wonderful retailers, restaurants and their generous owners who participate year after year, as well as top sponsors.

Bank of Texas Market President Ryan Suchala also addressed the group to congratulate The Family Place on its success and dedication to ending the cycle of domestic violence before announcing that Bank of Texas will return as the presenting sponsor of the 25th anniversary of Partners Card.

The Family Place Chief Executive Officer Paige Flink recognized Partners Board President Lisa Bhattacharya for her service to the organization; announced the top sellers of 2016 which included: Sara and Cass Robinson, who sold 162 Partners Cards; Paula Davis, who sold 155 Partners Cards; and Nancy Scripps, who sold 130 Partners Cards. Flink also drew the winner of the $2,000 Bungalow 5 gift card. Before revealing the amount raised, Flink reminded the crowd that 35 women, 66 children and seven men were currently in shelter and that through their support of Partners Card, The Family Place is able to provide shelter and services to those in need. Guests were reminded that 2017 is the 25th Anniversary of Partners Card and Brynn Bagot Allday and Jennifer Burns will be co-chairing the 2017 fundraiser. In addition, the pair will be helped by other past Partners Card chairs who are joining together again to make the anniversary year the best yet.


“We are proud to announce we raised more than one million dollars this year, which is truly incredible,” said Paige Flink, CEO of The Family Place. “These funds are critical and will provide over 15,000 nights of shelter and support to the women, men and children who come to The Family Place to escape a violent situation.”


Guests included: Partners Card 2016 Co-chairs Elizabeth Dacus, Jane Rozelle and Samantha Wortley; Honorary Chair Lisa Cooley; The Family Place Chief Executive Officer Paige Flink; The Family Place Vice President of Development Melissa Sherrill Martin; The Family Place Development Manager Heather Street Baker; Bank of Texas Senior Market President Ryan Suchala; Bungalow 5 Showroom Manager Tyler Sweatman; Partners Card 2017 Co-Chairs Brynn Bagot Allday and Jennifer Burns; Past Partners Card Chairs: Nancy Gopez, JB Hayes, Maggie Kipp, Debbie Munir, Anne Conner, Susan Farris, Kristen Sanger, Nancy Scripps and Paige Westhoff; Anne Crews; Sara and Cass Robinson; Paula Davis; Pam Borders; Amy and Stephen Bodwell; Dana Beckman and Jody Coffey. 


*Photos by George Fiala. is honored to be a sponsor of The Partner’s Card benefiting The Family Place.


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