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Regina Bruce and Graham Merriman Chair Design & Dine presented by Tower Club Dallas benefiting Vogel Alcove on Thursday, November 15th


Get your tickets now for Design & Dine presented by Tower Club Dallas, an exciting event that combines elements from the worlds of art, fashion, food, music and fun for a great cause - helping homeless children in Dallas benefiting Vogel Alcove on Thursday, November 15th.

Design & Dine chairs and Preston Hollow resident Regina Bruce and Lakewood resident Graham Merriman are bringing together an incredible evening of awe-inspiring live artist performances in the Design Showcase room by Chris Adams, Shayema Rahim and Toni Martin who will create artworks as you watch, local art will be on display in partnership with local artists and Frisco Fine Arts, delicious food with complimentary beer and wine, a raffle/silent auction with a variety of unique prizes and entertainment by Dallas’ premier party band, Emerald City Band, which will have the crowd on their feet and dancing along.    


A special highlight of the evening is a dramatic presentation by Empressive GeoDesigns, which includes the owner, Micah Gilbert, and the founder, Empress, who are installing an entirely separate vignette of stunning minerals and fossils. Their display includes a pair of huge amethyst and pink quartz geodes that naturally form the appearance of wings and are the perfect Instagram photo op, as well as a giant mosasaur skull that formidably displays its powerful jaws and deadly teeth. There will also be multiple minerals and fossils up for bid in the silent auction, along with over 100 smaller geodes for purchase, all of which they have donated to Vogel Alcove in support of its mission.

Not only will this be the party of 2018 and a major fundraiser for Vogel Alcove, but the people and companies that have gone above and beyond to help Vogel Alcove succeed this year will be celebrated during the Ambassadors of Hope Awards presentation at a special VIP reception. They are:  Susan Hirsch who will receive the Doris Budner Award for leadership in advancing the Vogel Alcove mission; Jamie Perkins will receive the Thelma Vogel Award for vision and collaborative efforts in advancing services to homeless children and families; Colliers International, Corporate Champion; Read Gendler, Volunteer Award; Ann Marie Painter, Board Excellence; Anna de Haro, Media Partner; Truman Wilson, Kids Helping Kids and Dallas Psychoanalytic Center, Community Partner.

An exciting addition to the VIP reception will be a performance featuring World Piano Man Martyn Lucas. Martyn is an exceptionally talented performer who sang at Prince Harry and Meagan Markle’s wedding this past summer. He will serenade VIPs in the Ambassadors of Hope Awards Ceremony and move into the main party for an evening of singing and high-style entertainment. He achieved this award due to the many styles of his piano playing. Being able to sing in the voices of fourteen different singers including Sir Elton John, Pavarotti, Michael Jackson, Bryan Adams, Richard Marx, Axel Rose, Sir Paul McCartney, Louis Armstrong and many more. Martyn also has an amazing repertoire of 650 songs.

Photobooth sponsor is Yelp Dallas.

The VIP reception begins at 5:30 p.m., general admission begins at 6:30 p.m. at Tower Club Dallas, spotlighting that breathtaking view of downtown Dallas. It will be an evening of fabulous fun! Tickets are $125 for general admission. Underwriting levels begin at $1,500 up to $10,000 with varying benefits.  $10 parking. Visit the website for tickets and updates: 


For sponsorship opportunities  and  underwriting, contact Greg Brinkley at 469-733-3894 or

All proceeds from Design & Dine benefit Vogel Alcove, an early childhood education center that is working to Break the Cycle of Poverty for homeless children in families in Dallas. Vogel Alcove provides educational, developmental and therapeutic services to children and families affected by homelessness. All of these services are free to client families and are provided in a safe and nurturing environment to learn and grow.

 About Vogel Alcove:

Vogel Alcove is a 501c3 nonprofit agency which provides therapeutic early childhood services, school-age programs and family support services for homeless children ages six weeks to 12 years old, and their families. Since 1987, the agency has served more than 16,000 Dallas-area homeless children. We’re on a mission to help young children, and their families, overcome the lasting and traumatic effects of homelessness. It is our vision that every child in our community has a home, a self-sufficient family and a foundation for success in school and life.


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