The Family Place, is proud to announce Katy Brooks, Sharon Lee Clark and Kameron Westcott, will serve as the 2023 Partners Card’s Co-Chairs, with longtime board member Tom McCollum as honorary chair. Presented by the Bank of Texas, the highly anticipated shopping event will take place Thursday, Oct. 27 through Sunday, Nov. 5.
“It is a privilege to have these talented women leading this year’s Partners Card, which is a critical piece of our overall funding,” said Mimi Sterling, CEO of The Family Place. “Their combined expertise, influence and passion will be instrumental in ensuring a successful and impactful initiative. We are also pleased to honor Tom McCollum for his unwavering commitment to The Family Place and the community at large. These individuals are making a profound difference on our ability to build brighter futures for survivors of domestic violence, and we are so grateful.”
Katy Mendelsohn Brooks has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and public relations, leading strategic communication initiatives for Children's Health, Motorola and GM, among others. She is an active member of the Cattle Baron’s Ball Committee, serving as this year’s co-underwriting chair, on the Children’s Medical Center Auxiliary Board Member and co-chair of the Bradfield Elementary Auction. With a longstanding commitment to this community and The Family Place, Katy and her husband Parker are also strong supporters of the Salvation Army, Children’s Cancer Fund, and P.A.R.K.
An internationally published fine artist and designer, Sharon Lee Clark has been creating paintings, wallpaper, and fabric inspired by Korean art for a decade. Her company Krane Home won Best of Big D, Best Wallpaper by PaperCity, and Innovator in Design. Last year, Sharon was published 43 times, including three magazine covers. In May, her recent fine art fashion collab with Esé Azenabor sent hand painted couture down the runway in support of Children’s Cancer Fund, for which she also served as Gala Auction Chair. She was just named an Arts Ambassador for the Crow Museum. Sharon loves painting commissions for families, and bringing women together through collaborations and her philanthropy work.
Kameron Westcott is a television personality, influencer, entrepreneur and philanthropist. She was a cast member of the hit show Real Housewives of Dallas on BravoTV for four years. In addition to running her SparkleDog Food brand, Westcott is involved with several charities, including her roles as an active member for Cattle Baron’s Ball for more than 10 years and a lifetime sustainer with Junior League of Dallas. She also serves on the board of council for Texas Ballet Theater, the board of The Salvation Army and has chaired numerous charity luncheons raising awareness for the organizations that mean so much to her.
“There are thousands of families who are unsafe in their own homes,” said Sharon. “As a mom of two boys, knowing the countless mothers and their little ones in Dallas who rely on The Family Place for life saving help makes me feel so committed to this urgent cause.”
As the President/CEO of Forbes Todd Automotive, honorary chair Tom McCollum brings the mission of The Family Place to the community through Audi Dallas, the company’s flagship establishment and true titan among Audi dealerships nationwide, by supporting Partners Card as one of the campaign’s largest sponsors, and purchases 400+ cards a year, gifting one to each customer in October. Forbes Todd Automotive stands as a testament to Tom's unwavering commitment to excellence. With a profound passion for retail innovation, Tom has emerged as a true thought leader, spearheading transformative change in the automotive retail space as well as making significant positive impacts on society through his steadfast dedication to philanthropy.
Partner’s Card is celebrating 31 years of raising money for the critical services the Family Places offers to help survivors of domestic violence transition from fear to safety. The purchase of a $75 Partners Card provides one night of shelter for women, men, and children in need.
The chairs met and built their friendships through fashion shopping for a cause, and have plans underway for several special Partners Card festivities, including events with StarPower in Southlake, Bachendorf’s in Dallas, and of course the annual kick-off celebration at NorthPark Center. The Family Place expects more than 700 retailers and restaurants across North Texas to participate this year.
In 2022, Partners Card raised $1.2 million, which equates to 15,350 nights of shelter and safety for survivors of domestic violence. The impact Partners Card has had since it started in 1993, has been tremendous, raising more than $21 million in contributions.
Retailers, sponsors and shoppers interested in participating Partners Card can visit familyplace.org/partners-card to learn more.