What: Junior League of Fort Worth’s 2020 Grand Entry Gala
Where: Dickies Arena
The 411: Celebrating timeless traditions in new spaces, the Junior League of Fort Worth’s 2020 Grand Entry Gala moved over to Dickies Arena this year. Guests enjoyed a silent auction, dinner, dancing and live entertainment by chart-topping country artist Darius Rucker. Rucker wowed the audience with hits from his country career as well as alternative tracks from his earlier years and popular covers.
Adding to the festive atmosphere was the excitement of the Junior League of Fort Worth’s 90th anniversary. During this celebratory year, all of the stops were pulled out to make this the grandest Gala yet with concert-only seats added to allow even more patrons to join in on the fun. Guests sat in box seats around the red-dirt floor and snacked on light fare and beverages from the concessions stands while enjoying the show.
Funds raised at the Gala benefit the mission of the Junior League of Fort Worth: to promote voluntarism, to develop the potential in women and to improve the local community through the effective action of trained volunteers. In celebration of its 90th year, Junior League of Fort Worth previously chose 11 special projects to receive both volunteers and funding in the amount of $490,000. Three special anniversary projects were chosen out of the 11, specifically benefiting Cook Children’s Health Foundation, Historic Fort Worth and the JPS Foundation.
Grand Entry Gala’s illustrious guest list featured Fort Worth notables such as Mayor Betsy Price, Sasha and Ed Bass, Jean and John Roach, Brad Barnes and Honorary Co-Chairs Marty Leonard and Madelon Leonard-Bradshaw. The Leonard sisters share a long history of service and philanthropy in the Fort Worth community, serving not only the Junior League of Fort Worth but also the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. The event was helmed by Junior League of Fort Worth members, including Gala Co-Chairs Erica Pifer and Rachael Quisenberry, Fund Development Vice President Robin Greenhaw and 2019-2020 President Ashley Freer.