(Featured photo: Mari Epperson, Gala Chair; Biddie and Lee Roy Jordan, Honorary Chairs; Sharon Ballew, Gala Chair; Karisti Julia, President, AWARE)*
It was a lovely evening as guests strolled to the Flora HALL event space surrounded by the extraordinary artwork inside HALL Arts Hotel where Lee Roy and Biddie Jordan were announced as the honorary chairs for AWARE Affair 2022 Soaring to New Heights Fighting Alzheimer’s at the gala’s Kick-Off Party.
Karisti Julia, president of AWARE, began remarks by welcoming the crowd and saying that as of this year, AWARE has raised $14,000,000 in support of its mission which has been dedicated to fighting Alzheimer’s since 1989 and introduced Mari Epperson and Sharon Ballew as AWARE Affair chairs. After rounds of applause in support of the nonprofit, Mari announced the honorary chairs emeriti, Sally and Forrest Hoglund, Kim and David McDavid, Jr., Ellen Terry with her daughter, Amy Terry Kriegel and son, Todd Terry. Then it was a most exciting moment as Jack Broyles took the podium and announced Lee Roy and Biddie Jordan as the gala’s honorary chairs.
Lee Roy and Biddie are longtime supporters of AWARE. Everyone remembered Lee Roy as one of the star players with the Dallas Cowboys. He became the franchise’s all-time leader in solo tackles (743) in his 14 seasons with the Cowboys. He was a two-time All-Pro and a five-time Pro Bowler. He also helped the Cowboys to three Super Bowls and five NFC Championship games. In 1989 he was the seventh member of the Cowboys Ring of Honor. There were hugs and smiles all around, including from the Jordan family, Melanie and David Jordan and Nikki and Chris Jordan. Sharon announced the gala’s location, Star Skyline Hangar at the Braniff Centre, saying that AWARE Affair was honored to be able to host its annual fundraising gala at this iconic Dallas landmark.
After the reception, guests enjoyed VIP personal tours of the HALL Arts Hotel art collection, guided by Andrew Mike, HALL Arts Chief Concierge.
Slated for Friday, April 8, 2022, AWARE Affair 2022 Soaring to New Heights Fighting Alzheimer’s will be an evening of beautiful sights, sounds, wonderful food and fellowship, including a cocktail reception, live and silent auctions, seated three course-dinner and entertainment. Attire is cocktail, tie optional.
There are many opportunities to support the gala with individual tickets, exclusive naming opportunities and sponsorships. Find out more on the website at www.AWAREDallas.org.
The 2021-2022 Grant Recipients are: Baylor Scott & White Foundation, CASA DE VIDA, Center for Brain Health at UT Dallas, Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society, Dallas Museum of Art, Educare, For Love and Art, Jewish Family Service, Juliette Fowler Communities, Plano Symphony Orchestra, Stomping Ground Comedy, The Senior Source, Texas Health Resources, Texas Winds Musical Outreach, The Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University, The University of Texas Foundation for the Callier Center, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Visiting Nurses Association of Texas, Wilshire Baptist Church, and the Myrna D. Schlegel AWARE Scholarship Fund.
Media sponsors are Modern Luxury Dallas and Senior Resource Guide.
AWARE Mission: AWARE is dedicated to fighting Alzheimer’s disease by providing funding and support to programs, projects, and research provided by nonprofit organizations that actively help individuals affected by Alzheimer’s in Dallas and the greater North Texas area.
AWARE is a component fund of The Dallas Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) publicly supported charity. In partnership with the Foundation AWARE conducts an annual grant review process by which grant applicants are carefully and thoughtfully vetted to ensure that grant dollars are awarded to organizations that provide outstanding services to Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers, and to those research institutions that are at the forefront of medical research in the treatment, prevention, and cure of Alzheimer’s disease.
Together with compassion and dedication we can make a difference. Membership is open to both men and women. Join AWARE now and join the fight. www.AWAREDallas.org
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*Photos by Dana Driensky
(Sharon Adams, Adams Communications Public Relations, is honored to represent AWARE and post this Philanthropy Lifestyles Scene.)