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Join us on Monday, October 17, 2022

 Preservation Park Cities Distinguished Speaker Luncheon chairs Tish Key and Alisa Sell are thrilled to announce Ray Washburne, president, Highland Park Village, will be the keynote speaker at the Monday, October 17th Distinguished Speaker Luncheon at the Dallas Country Club benefiting Preservation Park Cities.  The title of his presentation will be “Highland Park Village: Then and Now.” Honorary chairs are The Honorable Tommy Stewart and The Honorable Margo Goodwin.

In 2009 Washburne and his wife, Heather, and Stephen and Elisa Summers purchased the landmark 80-year-old Highland Park Village and have taken significant measures to protect, preserve and enhance its architectural and historical integrity.
Ray was a featured speaker years ago and totally captivated the sold-out crowd with his historical photographs, personal stories and documents. Now years later, he will bring more details and updates on the continuing evolvement of the oldest shopping center in the United States and Dallas’ premier open-air shopping and dining destination.
Highland Park Village is Legacy Sponsor. D Home is Presenting Magazine Sponsor. Burton Rhodes is president, Preservation Park Cities. Host committee are Leslie and Nick Merrick.
Individual tickets start at $150. Individual sponsorship tickets begin at $300. Sponsor tables begin at $1,500 up to $10,000. For more information, visit the website at

 Contact:     Office Manager, 214-528-0021 or

 More about Ray Washburne, featured speaker: Projects include the completion of Building 100 on Preston Road in early 2019 when the exterior was drastically modified to reflect the rest of Highland Park Village’s architectural style. Aesthetic touches were incorporated into the building originally constructed in 1965, including Spanish tile, wooden balconies, and other façade details.  Along with newly installed fountains at the entrances along Preston Road, an extensive resurfacing project to fully brick the parking lot is underway. That effort includes curbless parking spaces and a charming red brick drive in place of asphalt. 

 Washburne is a native Dallasite, a graduate of Highland Park High School and Southern Methodist University and resides in the Highland Park neighborhood. He is the co-founder of Mi Cocina restaurants and has served on many boards and commissions in Dallas and nationally.

Preservation Park Cities Mission:

PPC mission is to preserve and promote the history, architecture, aesthetics, and cultural traditions of the Park Cities. Proceeds of the Distinguished Speaker Luncheon, Historic Home Tour and the Classic and Antique Car Show will be used to preserve and maintain the Park Cities House at Dallas Heritage Village, support the new PPC archives at the University Park Library, fund landmarking initiatives, award scholarships to Highland Park High School graduating seniors planning to study architecture or history and fund the Distinguished Chair for History at Highland Park High School. Membership in PPC is open to the community. For more information visit

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