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Ray Washburne, Highland Park Village, Preservation Partner




The Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society (PCHPS) is thrilled to announce that Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty has come on board as presenting sponsor for the 2015 Annual Historic Home Tour and Distinguished Speaker Luncheon. Additionally, Highland Park Village has joined in support as its Preservation Partner and D HOME as media sponsor.

          All three of these major sponsors are longtime supporters of PCHPS. The first luncheon in 2011 featured a major sponsorship with Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty and highlighted Ray Washburne as the speaker, detailing the Village’s renovations with historic photos in a fascinating slide show.  The Washburnes have also served as honorary chairs. Both Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty and Highland Park Village were major supporters in 2013 and 2014. D Home has been the media sponsor for many years, as well as other community businesses.

          Joan Clark, PCHPS president said, “Without the support of local individuals and firms, PCHPS could not achieve its goals of preservation awareness and education.  I am extremely grateful for the ongoing, outstanding commitment of our Presenting Sponsor, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty.  Additionally, it is a thrill to welcome our new Preservation Partner, Highland Park Village.  We are excited about the history that will be on view with the 2015 Home Tour.  It will be an opportunity for ‘Shaping the Future of Our Past.’ ”

          “The Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society is committed to preserving the architecture, history and heritage of the Park Cities so it remains a beautiful place to live,” says Robbie Briggs, President and CEO of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. “As a longtime sponsor and supporter, I applaud their efforts toward keeping the community strong and economically sound while looking to the future.”

          Ray Washburne said, ““Our family is deeply committed to the ongoing success and growth of the Park Cities heritage. The mission of the Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society is something we are actively involved in and strive to make a difference. Our community is very important to us and we want to ensure our residents are actively involved in supporting these goals as well.”  
          Themed A Century of Classics, the home tour and luncheon will celebrate historic preservation and are designed to generate awareness of the role history and preservation play in enhancing the quality of life for everyone who lives and works in the Park Cities communities.

          Kendall Jennings is chairing the 2015 Historic Home Tour along with Lucinda Buford chairing the luncheon. PCHPS is proud to have Marla and Mike Boone as honorary chairs for both events.

          Slated for Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at the Dallas Country Club, the luncheon features Dr. R. Gerald Turner, president of Southern Methodist University, as the keynote speaker. SMU reached the centennial of its founding in 2011 and 2015 marks the centennial of its opening.

          The Historic Home Tour will take place on Saturday, April 11th, featuring architecturally and historically significant homes in the Park Cities that illustrate how they have been restored, remodeled and updated to serve the lifestyle needs of families today.

          The society’s mission is to preserve and promote the history, architecture, aesthetics and cultural traditions of the Park Cities. A portion of the proceeds of the 2015 Home Tour will be used to help preserve and maintain the Park Cities House at Dallas Heritage Village, which was the second home built in Highland Park. It also funds the Society’s land marking ceremonies. The proceeds from both the Distinguished Speaker Luncheon Series and the tour will go toward the PCHPS scholarship program for Highland Park High School graduating seniors who plan to study architecture, history, preservation, or another major related to the preservation of the community’s heritage.

Advance Home Tour Tickets for the Saturday, April 11th Historic Home Tour will be available at Tom Thumb stores in the Park Cities area the third week of March for $20. Tickets purchased the day of the tour will be $25. Additionally, you may purchase advance tickets online at the PCHPS website or checks can be mailed to 25 Highland Park Village, Suite 100, Box 286, Dallas, TX 75205-2789 before April 4, 2015.  

Tickets for the April 1st Luncheon may be purchased in March 2015 online at Individual tickets are $125, $250, $500, $1,000 each with different benefits in seating, private reception with the speaker, according to the level of purchase. 
Sponsorships and table underwriting are also available. Check the website for updates: or email for sponsorship forms.

For further information, visit the website at or contact or call (214) 528-0021.


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