(Featured photo: Junior League of Dallas Centennial Co-chairs Andrea Cheek and Margo Goodwin)*
The Junior League of Dallas (JLD) hosted its Centennial Gala, presented by the Sewell Family, on April 23, in the Chantilly Ballroom at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. The 1920s Art Nouveau-inspired soirée was the celebration of the century, serving as the exciting conclusion to the League’s week-long celebration of its 100 years of service to the Dallas community. The evening featured a VIP cocktail reception sponsored by Tolleson Wealth Management, a seated dinner, dancing, a big board auction and a raffle.
JLD President Christa Sanford kicked off the event with opening remarks, welcoming guests and thanking Centennial Co-chairs Andrea Cheek and Margo Goodwin for their collective efforts in planning the 100th anniversary celebration. Sanford also recognized the current Board of Directors, the Leadership Council and all former JLD presidents in attendance. Without their efforts, she says JLD would not be where it is today. Before dinner, guests were treated to a performance by dancers from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Before opening the dance floor, Cheek and Goodwin raised their glasses and led the audience in a champagne toast and rendition of “Happy Birthday,” followed by a rush of shiny, gold confetti falling across the stage.
Guests then hit the dance floor and danced to the upbeat, lively tunes from Stratosphere, a 16-piece dance band performing under Jordan Kahn, sponsored by Dallas Southwest Osteopathic Physicians (DSWOP). As an additional treat, guests took a look inside JLD’s impressive 100-year-history through a Centennial exhibit available throughout the evening.
Wrapping up the evening, the JLD offered a raffle featuring items including: A $5,000 gift card to Central Market, a $5,000 PlainsCapital debit card, a $5,000 Dillard’s gift card, a $5,000 dress credit to Patti Flowers and a Bachendorf’s Lisa Nik necklace valued at $4,620. All proceeds benefited the JLD and winners were drawn at the conclusion of the Gala.
Sponsors of the Gala included: the Sewell Family, presenting sponsor; Dallas Osteopathic Physicians (DSWOP), entertainment sponsor; Tolleson Wealth Management, VIP Reception; Gittings Portraiture, VIP Photography; Great Southwestern Fire & Safety, auction sponsor.
ABOUT JUNIOR LEAGUE OF DALLAS
The Junior League of Dallas cultivates leaders who collectively address the critical needs of the community. Founded in 1922, the JLD is one of the largest Junior Leagues in the world, as well as the largest and oldest training organization for women in Dallas. Active members range in age from 22 to 49 with approximately 85% percent of women employed outside of the home. The JLD provides leadership opportunities to nearly 5,000 women each year through more than 26,000 cumulative hours of experiential and formal training. Uniquely member-run, the JLD provides over 130,000 hours in volunteer service and approximately $1 million in funding to area nonprofits each year. For more information, please visit www.jld.net or Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.
*Photographs by Tamytha Cameron and Celeste Cass
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