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It’s not often in a girl’s life when she can walk in the park and run into Ross Perot.
Or be taken by the hand by the president of the Dallas Federal Reserve to meet his wife and kids.
Or rub elbows with actors Owen Wilson and Ms. Dallas herself, Linda Evans.
Okay. Yes. Guilty of name-dropping.

But those are just three reasons why last night’s donors dinner, the first-ever event held at the new Klyde Warren Park in downtown Dallas, was absolutely magical for this mother of three.

On what may have been the most beautiful night ever in North Texas–breezy, mid 80’s with a clear, starry sky–the dozens of generous North Texans and corporate sponsors who funded the $50 million Klyde Warren Park gathered their families, friends and colleagues to celebrate this magnificent public gift.

And a gift it truly is.

With the backdrop of our stunning city shining its lights and energy upon it, the 5.2 acre deck-top park will not only bring more music, movies, and art in our lives; it will also provide balance.
Balance is what nature and beauty bring to a soul–nurturing, forcing us to slow down and soak up some peace and tranquility amidst our busy lives.
A park of such sophisticated design also makes a statement to the world: that Dallas, known for its championship sports teams, shopping, and southern stereotypes, values culture, too.

That is why I felt honored to share the stage with huge-hearted philanthropists, an internationally-known actor, a symphony, and 12-year-old prodigy opera singer.

Why I was thrilled to look out into an accomplished crowd so proud to call Dallas home, they donated millions of dollars to make it more beautiful.

And why I remain humbled to have savored such an historic moment together.