HONORING THE LATE MARGARET MCDERMOTT AND THE EUGENE MCDERMOTT FOUNDATION
Tony Award-Winning Actress and Paradise Square Star Joaquina Kalukango to Headline Event
DALLAS – The non-profit AT&T Performing Arts Center today announced its 2022 Bravo! Gala and fundraising celebration in support of the Center and its mission to entertain audiences and inspire creativity through diverse performances and arts education programs. Bravo! Gala is scheduled for Saturday, November 19, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. in the Winspear Opera House.
The evening, which will feature an intimate performance by Broadway star Joaquina Kalukango, will honor the late philanthropist Margaret McDermott and The Eugene McDermott Foundation.
Mrs. McDermott, who passed away in 2018, left an indelible mark on the Dallas Arts District through her support of its many cultural institutions including the inaugural gift that spurred the creation of the AT&T Performing Arts Center. The opera house’s main chamber, Margaret McDermott Performance Hall is named after her. And since 1973, the Eugene McDermott Foundation has provided millions of dollars annually to support a wide range of nonprofit organizations in the arts, education, medicine, social services, and more. This includes a critical donation to the Center’s Covid-19 relief fund at the height of the pandemic.
“The McDermott name is synonymous with generosity, visionary philanthropy, and a tradition of addressing a wide range of community needs, especially the arts,” said AT&T Performing Arts Center President and CEO Warren Tranquada. “This remarkable support has transformed Dallas for the better, and the Center is thrilled to honor Mrs. McDermott and the Eugene McDermott Foundation with this incredible event.”
The evening includes an array of performances by local artists and the Center’s resident companies throughout the opera house. It will be capped by Ms. Kalukango’s performance to guests gathered on the Shannon and Ted Skokos stage. Ms. Kalukango received the 2022 Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for originating the role of Nelly O’Brien in Paradise Square. She received a 2020 Tony Award nomination for her performance in the critically acclaimed Broadway production of Slave Play.
Co-chairs for the event are Morgan W. Cox III and Derrall Hill. They will welcome guests for this stunning evening that will include excitement at every turn. From a progressive cocktail hour on all levels of the opera house, to a three-course seated dinner and the live performances each step of the way.
“The Center’s mission is to be a gathering place that strengthens community and fosters creativity,” said Mr. Cox and Mr. Hill. “What better way to support this mission than to gather for a night of joy, entertainment, and celebration! We look forward to showing off the gorgeous Winspear Opera House while enjoying delicious food and incredible performances.”
Onstage Celebration Sponsor:
• PNC Bank
- Platinum Parking
HONOREE CELEBRATION UNDERWRITERS:
- Diane and Hal Brierley
- Barbara Thomas Lemmon
- The Eugene McDermott Foundation
- The M.O.B. Family Foundation and Susan and Bill Montgomery
- Deedie Rose
SPOTLIGHT PERFORMANCE UNDERWRITERS:
- Jennifer and Peter Altabef
- The Hirsch Family Foundation
$10,000 TABLE UNDERWRITERS:
- Anne and Robert Bass
- Morgan W. Cox & Derrall Hill
- Nachawati Law Group and Mr. and Mrs. Nachawati
- The Netzer Family Foundation
- Perkins Coie
- Nelda Cain Pickens
- Greg Swalwell and Terry Connor
- Judith and Danny Tobey
- Toyota North America
- The Jeff and Bonnie Whitman Charitable Foundation
- Laurie and Todd Platt family
- Lydia and Bill Addy
- Christy and Robert Berry
- Lucilo Peña and Lee Cobb
- Bess and Ted Enloe/Vin and Caren Prothro Foundation
- HALL Arts Hotel and HALL Arts Residences
- Matrice and Ron Kirk
- Carol and John Levy
- Sarah and Alan Losinger
- Lynn and Allan McBee
- Ruth Mutch
- Alice and Erle Nye
- Paul and Joan Ridley
- Helen and Frank Risch
- Southwestern Medical Foundation/UT Southwestern Medical Center
- Jill and Malcolm Winspear
Single tickets for the full evening are $1,200 and underwriting levels begin at $5,000.
More information can be found by emailing bravo.attpac.org, or calling 214-978-2980.