Dallas Women’s Foundation Brings Home Texas Native, Actress, Director, Producer and Activist Eva Longoria to Keynote its 30th Annual Luncheon

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Three powerful couples - Jane and Michael Hurst, Paula and Ron Parker, and Stacy and John Relton - join forces as event co-chairs, demonstrating importance of investing in women and girls to benefit the whole community

Dallas Women’s Foundation announces Texas native, actress, director, producer and activist Eva Longoria to keynote its 30th Annual Luncheon

Eva’s life’s work is a shining example of the generosity, grit and determination that is innate in all Texans – especially Texan women.

Award-winning actress, producer, designer, philanthropist and ninth generation Texan Eva Longoria will be the keynote speaker at Dallas Women’s Foundation’s 30th Annual Luncheon, presented by U.S. Trust, on Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, at the Hilton Anatole. The luncheon celebrates 30 years of the Foundation’s work to advance positive social and economic change for women and girls in North Texas. As the largest regional women’s fund in the world, the Foundation has granted $25 million dollars since inception to drive research, programming, collaboration and innovation to support women and girls.

“I’m excited to join Dallas Women’s Foundation as they lead the fight for women’s issues in Dallas and in my home state of Texas,” said Longoria. “Nothing is more impactful to a community than investment in women. When you improve the lives of women, that affects their families, and ultimately changes our communities. With men and women working together, we can, and we will, improve the lives of women and girls.”

A stalwart supporter of women and diversity, Eva Longoria is the founder of “The Eva Longoria Foundation,” which is dedicated to helping Latinas build better futures for themselves through education and entrepreneurship. Named “Philanthropist of the Year” by The Hollywood Reporter and honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at Variety’s annual Power of Women Luncheon, Longoria was also selected as commissioner for the National Museum of the American Latino Commission. Recently, Longoria joined Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn in the three-part PBS series, “A Path Appears,” which exposes the effects of gender inequality and poverty in Haiti, Kenya, Colombia and across the U.S. Longoria is also a Golden Globe-nominated, Screen Actors Guild Award- and ALMA Award-winning actress, who will star in and executive produce the highly anticipated series, “Telenovela,” premiering this fall on NBC. This month also marked Longoria’s partnership with Plano-based J.C. Penney as designer for her first home goods collection.

The 30th Annual Luncheon is led by a trifecta of couples, co-chairs Jane and Michael Hurst; Paula and Ron Parker; and Stacey and John Relton. “As a husband, father, brother and owner of a company, I know firsthand the critical role women play in our families and our society,” said Michael Hurst, partner, Gruber Hurst Elrod Johansen Hail Shank LLP. “The opportunity to chair this event, side by side with my wife and other like-minded philanthropists, is the highest honor. Together, we aim to raise awareness and funds for Dallas Women’s Foundation as it leads the way to empower women and girls in North Texas.”

“Eva’s life’s work is a shining example of the generosity, grit and determination that is innate in all Texans – especially Texan women,” said Roslyn Dawson Thompson. “We know that when women are strong and secure, so are their families and their communities. While we celebrate a 30-year commitment to this effort, we also know that nearly one in five women and girls in Texas is currently living in poverty. Women’s economic security is not a “women’s issue”; it is a human issue and one that impacts the entire community. That’s why we are especially excited to have women and men as our event co-chairs, demonstrating that together we can and must change the trajectory for women and girls in North Texas.”

The annual luncheon will be held on Friday, Oct. 30 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Hilton Anatole, Chantilly Ballroom, located at 2201 Stemmons Freeway in Dallas. Luncheon sponsorships are available, ranging from $3,500 to $25,000; individual tickets are available at $350 to $1,000. Tables, starting at $3,500, are available at http://www.DallasWomensFdn.org or by calling (214) 525-5315. A limited number of tables at $1,750 and individual tickets at $175 will be made available at a later date.

About Dallas Women’s Foundation
Dallas Women’s Foundation is the largest regional women’s fund in the world. It is a trusted leader in advancing positive social and economic change for women and girls. The Foundation was built on the belief that when you invest in a woman, there is a ripple effect that benefits her family, her community and her world. Dallas Women’s Foundation has researched, funded and demonstrated the ripple effect since 1985 in North Texas, granting more than $25 million since inception and over $3.5 million annually to help create opportunities and solve issues for women and girls. With the support of its donors, the Foundation unlocks resources to improve education and quality of life, give voice to issues affecting women and girls, and cultivate women leaders for the future. For more information, visit http://www.DallasWomensFdn.org, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram or Google+.

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