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Amanda Ward, Michelle Rivera, gala chairs . Photo by Matthew Shelley.

Hope’s Door Kicks-Off An Evening of Hope Gala Entitled “A Night in Morocco” at Neiman Marcus Willow Bend

Hope’s Door, a comprehensive domestic violence agency in Collin County serving all of North Texas, kicked-off their fundraising gala An Evening of Hope entitled “A Night in Morocco” at Neiman Marcus Willow Bend recently.

Models in must-have chic fashions with a Moroccan edge set the scene as hors d’oeuvres and wine were passed amongst the supporters and committee members. Lush jewel-tone hydrangeas served as sophisticated centerpieces topping off cocktail tables of clear glass with white stands of Neiman’s signature butterflies cut out, echoing the walls of flowing white draping, creating quite a stylish setting.  

Jim Malatich, Hope’s Door Executive Director, welcomed everyone and thanked the crowd for their support.  Suzanne Bock, Chief Development Officer, announced Gala Chairs Michelle Rivera and Amanda Ward and Honorary Chairs Mioshi and Chris Johnson. Mioshi is Co-Founder of the nonprofit Pretty Smart Girls and is a motivational speaker and advisor. Chris is a retired National Football League player whose sister was killed in a domestic violence incident. Since her death, he and Mioshi have raised her two daughters along with their own children and have been outspoken advocates against domestic violence.

Tania and Glenn Beck and Glenn’s charitable foundation, Mercury One, have been named recipients of the Heroes of Hope Award as a result of their commitment to being a voice for families affected by domestic violence, as well as for Mercury One’s work both at home and abroad. The Becks and Mercury One will be recognized during the evening at the gala. Hope’s Door is honored to have their support and commitment to the organization and the clients the organization serves in North Texas.

Glenn Beck is a television and radio host, political commentator, author, television network producer, media personality, and entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of Mercury Radio Arts, a multimedia production company through which he produces content for radio, television, publishing, the stage, and the Internet. 

Glenn said, “Sadly, domestic violence is something I witnessed first-hand as a child and it took a tragic toll on my family.  Tania and I are dedicated to raising awareness about this serious issue that too often goes unaddressed. We are so grateful for organizations like Hope’s Door that offer vital services to those who are affected.”

This gala marks 29 years of Hope’s Door’s service in Collin County and happens on Saturday, November 7th at the Hilton Dallas/Plano Granite Park. Colorful, chic cocktail is the suggested attire, sure to dazzle with the Moroccan-inspired theme. The evening includes a VIP reception and lounge experience, silent and live auctions, Moroccan-inspired cocktails and dinner, followed by a live musical performance by Limelight.

As a special treat, there is an After Party chaired by Linda Snorina and Sara Dawn Wilkins, which has its own ticket of $100 each and will feature a hookah lounge, music, desserts and cocktails.

Amanda announced the host committee: Raman and Kelly Chopra, Raj and Raz Chopra, Cary and Cherryl Clayborn, Marc and Jessica Colombo, Chester and Becky Crouch, Todd and Tricia Fecht, Geoff Hawkes and Sheri Deterling, Travis and Stephanie Hollman, Jennyfer Faridy Cocco, MD, Kevin and Nicole Kirk, John and Lindsay Lee McCain, Mai Caldwell, Pamela Martin, Mike and Jill Nowell, Sean and Liz Ryan, Ray and Holly Signorelli, Steve and Susan Stoler, Thomas and Carmen Surgent, Dr. Bob and Lara Tafel, Tommy and Cathy Vieth, Tricia Westman, Jason and Michelle Witten/Witten SCORE Foundation and thanked media sponsors PaperCity and The Park Cities News/The Waters Family.

Individual gala tickets are $250 and a table for 10 is $2,500. Sponsorship opportunities are from $5,000 to $50,000. All gala patrons are welcome to stay for the After Party.
          For tickets, tables, auction and event information contact Hamilton A. Sneed, Principal, HAS Events. Phone 214.454.5683 or email
          Underwriting and sponsorship opportunities can be secured through Suzanne Bock Grishman, Chief Development Officer.  Phone 972.422.2911 or email

Hope’s Door’s mission is to offer intervention and prevention services to individuals and families affected by domestic violence and to provide educational programs that enhance the community’s capacity to respond.

For more information visit the website at

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