(Featured photo: Scott Beck, Co-Chair; Karen Hughes, President and CEO, Vogel Alcove; Alex Holmes , Co-Chair.)*
Karen R. Hughes, President and CEO, Vogel Alcove, along with Arts Performance Event co-chairs Scott Beck, CEO of Beck Ventures, Inc. and Alex Holmes, Chairman and CEO of Moneygram International, brought over 700 supporters together in person and virtually to benefit Vogel Alcove.
Featuring the Beach Boys in concert, the 29th Annual Arts Performance Event filled the lawn at the AT&T Performing Arts Center Annette Strauss Artist Square with socially distanced beach chairs, a favor bag full of goodies and a gourmet picnic dinner provided by Wolfgang Puck Catering. Guests dressed in designer Hawaiian and fashionable spring casual outfits as they began the experience with a photo opp inside a colorful vintage Volkswagen van painted in a 1960s theme by Photobus DFW, a signature cocktail strawberry mojito and passed hors d’oeuvres.
It was a festive evening as the oldies music filled the air and everyone enjoyed cocktails, photo opps, tossing beach balls, getting together with friends, and other entertainment by Main Event. The event also feature an in-home Virtual Experience of the performance for those who preferred to remain at home. The Arts Performance Event is the largest fundraising event of the year for Vogel Alcove, raising a significant portion of their annual funding. Following a year of event cancellations and unprecedented occurrences, this 2021 event was unlike any other, featuring an outdoor venue and set-up inline with CDC guidelines.
Brad Sham, emcee, welcomed the crowd introducing videos of testimony from Vogel Alcove clients and supporters. Scott Wilson, Chairman of the Board, Vogel Alcove, shared the mission of Vogel Alcove and recognized board members in the audience with a round of applause.
Co-chairs Scott and Alex took the stage thanking Premier Sponsor Oliver Wyman, Inc. and Presenting Sponsors Beck Family & United Texas Bank, Eagle Materials, Inc., Susan and Larry Hirsch-The Hirsch Family Foundation, Kainos Capital, Kerri and Rick Lacher/Houlihan Lokey, MoneyGram Interionational, Inc, Vinson & Elkins LLP, Lisa and Scott Wilson, Winston & Strawn LLP, and sharing their own personal experiences working as volunteers with the children at Vogel Alcove. Their stories touched everyone’s hearts as the videos gave uplifting visuals of the interactions with the children, their fun events, counselors and teachers, saying their hopeful energy brings smiles all around.
The Beach Boys took the stage singing “Catch a Wave” with a stage-sized video screen behind them showing scenes from their past concerts, nostalgic moments they enjoyed together off stage, and followed with fan favorites, as the audience joined in dancing and singing. Since lead-singer Mike Love penned the lyrics to The Beach Boys’ first hit, “Surfin’” (1961), dozens of the bands chart toppers have become eternal anthems of American youth: “Surfin’ USA,” “Surfer Girl,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around,” “California Girls,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “Barbara Ann,” “Good Vibrations,” “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” “Rock and Roll Music” and “Kokomo.” The Beach Boys mark more than a half century of making music, continuing to ride the crest of a wave unequalled in America’s musical history. The Beach Boys have become synonymous with the California lifestyle and have become an American icon to fans around the world.
The evening concluded with an after-party for guests with music and dessert from Cow Tipping Creamery, Steel City Pops, and Wolfgang Puck Catering. Miniature golf was played, a prize raffle took place with prizes from Raising Cane’s, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Southwest Airlines, and a basket of fine bourbons. A silent auction took place; guests bid on surf boards signed by Beach Boys Mike Love and Bruce Johnston. This portion of the evening was so popular that the stage-prop surf boards were signed and auctioned off as well.
All proceeds from the Annual Arts Performance Event benefit Vogel Alcove, an early childhood education and Parent Opportunity Center that is working to Rewire Brains, Repair Hearts, and Restore the Families of homeless children in Dallas. Vogel Alcove provides educational, developmental, and therapeutic services to children and families affected by homelessness. Using its “Two-Generational” approach to solving homelessness, services are provided to client families through the early childhood education program and parent opportunity department. All of these services are free, in a safe and nurturing school environment, in which the families can learn and grow together. Learn more about Vogel Alcove by visiting the website at VogelAlcove.org and follow them on Facebook and Instagram @VogelAlcove.
About the Beach Boys:
The Beach Boys have sold over 100 million records worldwide and have received more than 33 RIAA Platinum and Gold record awards. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers where also honored at the 2001 Grammy Awards with the Lifetime Achievement Award. With more than five decades of touring under their belts, The Beach Boys have performed more concerts than any major rock band in history.
Sounds of Summer: The Very Best Of The Beach Boys, Capitol/EMI’s 30-track collection of the band’s biggest hits, has achieved triple-platinum success with sales of more than three million copies in the U.S. since its release.
The Beach Boys are led by Mike Love, who, along with longtime member Bruce Johnston, musical director Scott Totten, Brian Eichenberger, Christian Love, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill, Keith Hubacher and Randy Leago continue the legacy of the iconic band. Brian Wilson, Al Jardine or David Marks will not be in attendance.
Vogel Alcove is a 501c3 nonprofit agency which provides therapeutic early childhood services, school-age programs and family support services for homeless children and their families. Since 1987, the agency has served more than 16,000 Dallas-area homeless children. Approximately 3,000 children in Dallas go to sleep each night without a home of their own. We’re on a mission to help young children overcome the lasting and traumatic effects of homelessness. It is our vision that every child in our community has a home, a self-sufficient family and a foundation for success in school and life. Homeless children are the most invisible and neglected members of our community. But Vogel Alcove is devoted to helping these children cope with the physical, emotional and mental trauma they are experiencing so that they might succeed in life despite their circumstances. Visit VogelAlcove.org for more information.
*Photos by rob Wythe/Wythe Portrait Studio