On Saturday, April 18, 2015 Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas (BGCD) hosted its 11th annual Billiard Ball at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas. The spectacular evening celebrated BGCD’s 50th anniversary of serving the community as the premier youth education organization in the Dallas Metroplex. Approximately 350 guests attended the Ball to help raise funds for Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas to support their programs, which focus on Academic Success, Healthy Lifestyles and Good Character and Citizenship.
The evening kicked off with cocktails and a surprise flash-mob performance by New Century Dance Company and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas members. At the end of the performance, the flash mob participants led patrons into the ballroom where they were welcomed by Emcee Scott Murray.
Charles English, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas, and Chris Trowbridge, chairman of the BGCD board of directors spoke about how Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas has helped more than a quarter million youth in the past 50 years and that their mission is to continue to grow. Following their speeches, New Century Dance Company took the stage again and wowed the crowd with an impressive shadow dance that reflected BGCD over the last 50 years and the impact it has had on children’s lives.
Guests enjoyed a lavish multi-course seated dinner as Billiard Ball Co-chairs Barbara and Steve Durham, Julie and Steve Rado, Tara and Bill Durham and Kristin and Peter Durham took the stage to thank attendees for their contributions and support of BGCD throughout the years. A lively game of Heads and Tails revved up the audience, before the luxury live auction started. Live auction items included: exclusive resort packages, a Dallas Cowboys 25-person luxury suite, a VIP dinner tour around Dallas with award-winning celebrity chef Kent Rathbun and more. Guests also had the opportunity to participate in a Fund a Cause, which raised $25,000, and Maverick Capital agreed to match that amount dollar for dollar. Following the live auction, guests danced the night away to live music by Project M while others played in the billiard tournament.
2015 Billiard Ball sponsors include:
The Durham Family Foundation
The Robert and Nancy Dedman Foundation Fund of Communities Foundation of Texas
Side Pocket Sponsors
AT&T; The Men and Women of Hunt Consolidated, Inc.; Locke Lord; Doug Rippeto; U.S. Risk Insurance Group, Inc. / Kara & Randall Goss; The Westcott Foundation
Bank Shot Sponsors
Connie & Denny Carreker and Robin & Jim Carreker; Pam & Mark Denesuk; Gensler; Ebby Halliday in memory of Maurice Acres; Ernst & Young; Gene & Jerry Jones; Margo & Jim Keyes; Lowe's Home Improvement; Mary & Bob Potter; PwC; Regions Bank; Republic Title; Jan Miller & Jeff Rich; Susan & Tom Stanzel; Anthony J. Tacito; Trester Family Foundation; Rachel & Chris Trowbridge; Day & George Watson; Westwood Trust; Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker LLP/ Mr. and Mrs. E. Stratton Horres, Jr./ Mr. & Mrs. Ron Taylor