Cynthia Erivo. (Credit: National Geographic/Terrell Mullin)


Norm Hitzges Distinguished Service Award Recipients:





The Humble Beginnings Luncheon, now in its 21st year, is an upbeat and elegant mid-day luncheon affair that has drawn more than 700 social, civic and business leaders from across the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. This year we gather around the theme “Come Together” and are delighted to welcome award-winning actress, singer and songwriter, Cynthia Erivo.

This year’s Luncheon recognizes the contributions of many who work tirelessly to create the dynamic community in which we live. The devotion and generosity of the Dallas philanthropic community is evidenced by the more than 400 individuals that have joined the host committee led by Hon. Jeanne Phillips and her daughter Margaret Phillips.

  • FRIDAY, OCTOBER, 15, 2021

  • 11:30 A.M.


Cynthia Erivo made her Broadway debut in 2016 as ‘Celie’ in the revival of “The Color Purple,” for which she won a Tony®, Emmy® and Grammy®. ” In 2019, Erivo received two Oscar® nominations—one for her role as Harriet Tubman in “Harriet,” and the other for the film’s title track “Stand Up,” which she co-wrote. Erivo can currently be seen as ‘Holly Gibney’ in the HBO miniseries adaptation of Stephen King’s, “The Outsider.” 

Beyond her influential and critically acclaimed performances, Erivo is a fearless voice for women and people of color, raising awareness and setting new standards for diversity across the arts.

Special Thanks To Our Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Nancy Ann and Ray Hunt

Diamond Key

Nancy and Randy Best

Nancy Perot and Rod Jones

Carolyn and Jere Thompson, Jr.

Ruby Key

Megan and Casey McManemin 

Frank Mihalopoulos

Carolyn and David Miller

Paulos Foundation

Hon. Jeanne L. Phillips and Margaret H. Phillips

Deedie Rose

Sapphire Key

Lydia and Bill Addy
Ashlee and Chris Kleinert
Lottye & Bobby Lyle
Mary and Howard Moore
The Eugene McDermott Foundation
Morning Star Family Foundation

Gold Key

Kathleen and Frank Lauinger Family
Pam and Gary Patsley
Betty Regard
Karen and Alan Katz , Kelly Compton and DeWitt McCarter & Barbara and Randy Rosenblatt

Silver Key

The Craig and Kathryn Hall Foundation
Kathy and Harlan Crow
Debra and Michael Decker
The Hegi Family
Hersh Foundation

Gene and Jerry Jones Family

Melissa and Casey Gendason & Jennifer and Tom Karol
Locke Lord LLP
Vicki and Brian Miller
Reena, James, Dimitri, and Nicole Morris
Carol Heller and Debbie Myers
Katherine and Bob Penn
Margot B. Perot
Whitney and R.J. Grogan, Jr. & Beth and Dan Plumlee
Marybeth and Craig Reid
Pat and Pete Schenkel
Diane and John Scovell
Texas Capital Bank
Margaret and Lee Jackson & Michelle and Stewart Thomas
Missy and Robert Townsend
UT Southwestern Medical Foundation / UT Southwestern Medical Center
Vin & Caren Prothro Foundation

Bronze Key

Antioch Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church
Beck Group
Kathleen and Robert Blair
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
Jeanne Whitman Bobbitt and Rhodes Bobbitt
Brenda Brinker Bottum
Susan and Stephen Butt
Capital One Commercial Banking
Fay and George Charalambopoulos
Christon Company
Gretchen and Reiner Brasch & Anne B. Cowden
Dallas Fan Fares
Laura and Jim Einspanier
Episcopal Foundation of Dallas
Lisa Fine
First United Methodist Church, Richardson
Judy and Jim Gibbs
Greenhill School
Highland Park United Methodist Church
The Hockaday School
Holland & Knight
Kristi and Ron Hoyl
Kay Bailey Hutchison
J.M. Haggar, Jr. Family Foundation
Kama Boswell Koudelka
Leadership Dallas Class of 2017
Janet and Derek McClain
Mary & Michael Mantas
Minerva Consulting
James, Reena, Dimitri, and Nicole Morris
Laura and Robert Neely Family
Jean and Jim Neil
Marcia and Bill Rafkin
Nancy Marcus Robertson
Simmons Bank
Cindy Brinker Simmons
Skochdopole Family Fund at The Dallas Foundation
Gail and Gerald Turner
Dorothy Weil

Generous Supporters

Julie Bagley
Nell Beck
Sally Berry
Kathryne Bishop
Stacey and Dan Branch
The Honorable and Mrs. George W. Bush
Sean & Jere Byrne
Shannon Wilson Callewart
Peggy Carr
Janis Coffee
Allen E. Cullum
Dallas Rug Cleaning Co
Mr. and Mrs. Tom M. Dees, III
Sally and Tom Dunning
Joyce and Michael Ernst
Michael Faircloth
Olamaie Fojtasek
Valetta A. Forsythe Lill
Debbie and Jim Francis
Kathryn and Jim Francis
John and Kristina Hallam
Rue and Tuck Henry
Norm Hitzges
James M. and Nancy J. Hoak
Mr. and Mrs. Ronald O. Holman
Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Hunt
Kline Family Foundation
Lisa and Peter Kraus
Dolores Ledyard
Sarah Losinger
McCaslin-Hill Construction
Susan Brundage and Lauren Mariel
Schuyla & Lila Marshall
Michael Meece
John Crow Miller
Suzanne Miller in Memory of Maryann Mihalopoulos
Beth and Tom Montgomery
Connie O’Neill
Cathy Philley
Ralph M. Randall
Iraj Rastegar
Leonard & Peggy Riggs
John Sallas
Nicole and Justin Small
Shannon and Jody Smock
Margaret Spellings
State Fair of Texas
Harold Stein
Mary Suhm
Dr. Gail Thomas
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas C. Unis, Jr.
Joan and Alan Walne
Robert S. Williams
Jenna and Seth Woodberry
Chloe and Joe Zihgaro

MAggie's Challenge

Waldo Mack Abbot V
Haley Anderson
Connie and Nick Babikan
Laura Bass
Laura Lee Compton
Jamillah and Kyle DeGroat
Anna DeLuna
Jessica Jones Donnell
Tom Georgalis
Christina and Todd Goldberg
Kimberlee Gromatzky
Dr. Martin L. “Buddy” Hurst
Caroline Jones
Mary Chambers Jones
April Gregory and Alex Katz
Margaret Keliher
Mackenzie and Tyler Kleinert
TJ Kleinert
Danny Koudelka
Robert Koudelka
Teddy Koudelka
Rhodes Legg
Cole Marlow
Meshea and Timm Matthews
Hannah Mesh
Arthur Brousseau, Alex Harlbardier, and Meredith Mihalopoulos
Matthew Miller
Rosemary Miller
Kate & Clay Mote
Emmanuel Nwakibu
Alison Perry
Elizabeth Phillips
Daniel L. Plumlee, Jr.
David Plumlee
Katherine Plumlee
Andrew Rafkin
Dr. Britton Blough and Bryan Sansone
Christine Schooler
Sam Schooler
Christopher Bruner and Lauren Timmes
Browning Vaughn
Abby, Emma, Haley, Matt, and Margaret Woodberry

Production & Media Partners

Partners & In-Kind Sponsors


Due to the rise of COVID-19 cases, specifically the Delta variant, Austin Street Center is requesting that all Humble Beginnings guests and volunteers be fully vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 test for entry to the event.


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