2022 Partners Card Kicks Off with Exclusive Luncheon and Fashion Presentation at Eataly Dallas in NorthPark Center

(Featured photo: Lisa Hewitt, Paula Davis ,Andrea Cheek, Wynne McNabb Cunningham.)*

The Family Place celebrated the start of Partners Card with a festive luncheon and fashion presentation featuring NorthPark Center retailers

Dallas-based family violence agency The Family Place and NorthPark Center hosted an exclusive luncheon and fashion presentation on the first day of Partners Card, Friday, October 28, at Eataly Dallas in NorthPark Center. The Partners Card Preview featured a fantastic seasonal lunch by Terra and a custom fashion presentation from some of NorthPark’s Partners Card brands and retailers.

NorthPark’s Fashion and Lifestyle Ambassador, Kimberly Schlegel Whitman, welcomed almost 100 guests to the festive lunch to celebrate the start of the 30th anniversary of Partners Card. She then introduced the brands, ANINE BING, Fabiana Filippi, Scanlan Theodore, Maje, and Sandro, which would be showcased during the fashion presentation to help inspire guests’ shopping lists for the fall season.

Whitman introduced The Family Place CEO, Mimi Crume Sterling, who spoke to the group about the legacy of Partners Card over the past 30 years and its impact on The Family Place, with proceeds supporting survivors of domestic violence within our community. Partners Card is a truly unique event that empowers our supporters to save money and save lives,” Sterling said.

Sterling thanked this year’s Partners Card Co-Chairs, Andrea Cheek, Wynne McNabb Cunningham, Hannah Fagadau, Lisa Hewitt, and Honorary Chair Paula Davis. She then recognized Sally Johnson, one of the original Partners Card chairs, who was also in attendance. Sterling then thanked Partners Card’s presenting sponsor, Bank of Texas, NorthPark Center, Nancy Nasher, and David Haemisegger, Eataly, Neiman Marcus, and all the NorthPark retailers participating in Partner’s Card for partnering with them on this event and for being such longstanding supporters of Partners Card and The Family Place.

Additional guests in attendance were Sharon Lee Clark, Vodi CookNancy Johnson, Megan Pharis, Brooke Bailey, Jennifer Tobin, Nerissa von Helpenstill, Stacy Rasansky, Mary Catherine Finney, and Lindsey Jacaman, including past chairs Debbie Snell, Elizabeth Dacus, Regina Bruce, Jane WallingfordRachel Osburn, and Caroline Snell Wagner. Each luncheon guest received a complimentary free facial from retailer Neiman Marcus and a copy of the October issue from media partner PaperCity Magazine. 

Andrea Cheek then welcomed guests to an after-party in the Neiman Marcus beauty section to kick off an afternoon of shopping throughout NorthPark Center with their Partners Cards, replete with champagne. Partners Card takes place this year, 2022, from October 28 through November 6.

(Note from Sharon Adams, editor and publisher, PhilanthropyLifestyles: While Partners Card is over, keep this in mind for 2023. Prices and benefits may change, but this is one of the best buys of the season. In 2022: For $75, shoppers could purchase a Partners Card, or for $500, a limited-edition Pearl Card, granting them a 20% discount at retailers and a 10% discount at restaurants during the 10-day event. The purchase of a $75 Partners Card pays for one night of safety for a survivor of family violence at The Family Place, and a Pearl Card purchase provides one week of safety. Additionally, 100% of a Partners Card purchase directly supports The Family Place programs and services to end family violence. More information www.partnerscard.org.)

NorthPark Center is the top shopping destination for Partners Card, with over 75 retailers participating this year. NorthPark has also been a longtime supporter of the Partners Card campaign and sponsored the special 30th anniversary Pearl Card. Purchasers of the Pearl Card will receive tons of perks, including complimentary valet parking at NorthPark for a year.


The Family Place is at the forefront of the mission to empower victims of family violence by providing safe housing, counseling, and skills that create independence while building community engagement and advocating for social change to stop family violence. Its signature fundraiser, Partners Card, is a 10-day shopping event that will run from Friday, October 28 to Sunday, November 6, 2022. Shoppers purchase a Partners Card for $75 or a limited-edition Pearl Card for $500 and receive a 20% discount at 750+ participating retailers across the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. The purchase of a Partners Card provides one night of safety for a survivor of family violence at The Family Place, and a Pearl Card purchase provides one week of safety. For more information on Partners Card, visit partnerscard.org or call 214-443-7754.


Eataly Dallas opened its doors in NorthPark Center on December 9, 2020.  Following the company’s philosophy, the vibrant Italian marketplace is interspersed with restaurants, counters, and a cooking school. Significant focus is devoted to local producers, who provide fresh ingredients daily to complement Italian products harmoniously. The unique environment invites guests to “Shop, Eat, Learn” while learning about high-quality Italian food and drink as they taste dishes, find ingredients, and take classes. Since Oscar Farinetti first opened Eataly Torino in 2007, this philosophy has spread with more than 40 stores across the world, including our flagship NYC Flatiron (2010), Chicago (2013), NYC Downtown (2016), Boston (2016), Los Angeles (2017), Las Vegas (2018), Toronto (2019), Dallas (2020) and Silicon Valley (2022).


NorthPark Center is the preeminent shopping center in the Southwest and one of the finest shopping experiences in the world with more than 200 stores and restaurants, including more than 70 market exclusives. Anchored by Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Dillard’s, and Eataly, NorthPark offers an unparalleled collection of luxury boutiques set amid internationally acclaimed 20th and 21st century art, award-winning architecture, and extraordinary landscaping—as well as a 1.4-acre garden, CenterPark, and a state-of-the-art movie theatre, AMC NorthPark 15. NorthPark consistently ranks as one of the top five performing shopping centers in the United States and is North Texas’ number one visitor destination. NorthPark is conveniently located 7 miles from downtown Dallas and 35 miles from Fort Worth.

*Photos by Tamytha Cameron

(This Philanthropy Lifestyles Scene post courtesy of the Family Place. Philanthropy Lifestyles is honored to be a sponsor of Partners Card. Sharon Adams, Adams Communications Public Relations, served on the Partners board for 10 years and is delighted to publish this on behalf of the Family Place.)


Principal of Philanthropy Lifestyles (formerly SocialWhirl.com), the award-winning eBuzzNewsletter and Adams Communications Public Relations, a boutique PR firm specializing in media and community relations for small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Sharon is also a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in Dallas Business Journal, Katy Trail Weekly, People Newspapers (Park Cities People and Preston Hollow People/North Dallas People), Preston Hollow Life magazine, The Park Cities News, White Rock Lake Weekly, numerous blogs and websites and more.