About the event: The evening begins with a VIP reception, followed by a cocktail reception which includes passed luscious hors d’oeuvres and silent auction. Afterwards, guests enjoy a savory seated dinner, live auction, and concert by country singer Aaron Watson.
Featured Performer: Aaron Watson is a country singer whose 17-year career spans a dozen albums and more than 2,500 shows in the U.S. and Europe. His new album, Vaquero, is a bold album that confidently draws from Texas’ storied musical melting pot: dancehall shuffles, dustbowl narratives, Tejano and more fill the record. In writing the new album, Watson felt especially drawn to the idea of the vaquero, the original Spanish horseman that set the foundation for the North American cowboy, a solitary figure with a legendary work ethic. Aaronwatson.com
Emcee: Jane McGarry, co-host of WFAA-TV's "Good Morning Texas" and also reports and anchors the popular "Texas Legends" series for the daily lifestyle and information program.
Who: Tania and Glenn Beck, Founders and Ball Chairs
Gina and Ken Betts, Honorary Chairs
Gena and Chuck Norris, Honorary Chairs Emeritus
Suzanne Grishman, Executive Director, Mercury One
Attire: Cowboy Chic
Event Cost: Individual Tickets: $200; VIP $500
Host Committee: $1,500 (2 tickets)
Sponsorship Opportunities: $7,500-$100,000
Website: Find out more at mercuryone.org/m1ball
North Texas and other beneficiaries of Mercury One include: Mercury One is a 501(c)(3) foundation based in Dallas, Texas. Mercury One is a Humanitarian Aid and Education organization focused on restoring the human spirit. Mercury One’s initiatives include providing programs to individuals to advance the skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary for communities to help themselves as well as assisting our nation’s veterans, providing aid to those in crisis, and rebuilding and restoring the lives of Christians and other persecuted religious minorities in the Middle East.
Mercury One’s The Nazarene Fund has directly assisted over 30,000 Christian and other persecuted religious minorities displaced by ISIS in the Middle East by evacuating them to safe havens and providing for their needs.
Other initiatives include supporting O.U.R. (Operation Underground Railroad) paving the way for permanent eradication of child sex trafficking; Folds of Honor/Stand To Honor in Dallas 2017; Dallas Film Society’s High School Roundtable events and High School Day 2016-2017; 22 Kill-veteran suicide prevention; Team Rubicon-disaster recovery in Rowlett, Garland, Baton Rouge, and Houston; S.E.E.D.-trauma support and counseling in Iraq; F.A.R.M.-agricultural therapy for veterans living with PTSD and depression; City of Glenn Heights-disaster relief; Recovery Resource Council; Irving Cares; La Buena Vida Youth Leadership Foundation; Boot Campaign; Operation BBQ; Sons of the Flag; Minnie’s Food Pantry; Soupmobile; Irving AMBUCS; Catholic Charities; Chris Kyle Foundation; and Honor, Courage, and Commitment.
Mercury One has expanded its partnership with veterans’ organizations to fund educational, psychological and employment training as well as hosted celebrations to honor them for their sacrifice and dedication. Mercury One has provided its partners in Israel with first responder rescue “ambucycles,” and increased its collection of historical and religious artifacts.
In 2016 over $200,000 was donated to the Assist the Officer Foundation benefiting the families of fallen officers in Dallas following the fatal shooting July 7, 2016.
Contact: Michael Powell, Director of Development