Grant Halliburton Foundation held its 14th annual Hope Party on November 17 at the Statler Hotel in downtown Dallas. More than 500 supporters attended the organization’s fundraiser, which raised nearly $400,000 through sponsorships, tickets, live and silent auctions and a wine and spirits pull. Proceeds from the event support the Foundation’s work providing mental health education, resources and support to North Texas youth and their families.
Steve Noviello, Fox 4 News consumer reporter and news anchor, welcomed guests.
“Welcome to The Hope Party,” Noviello said. ”We like to say it’s the most fun you can have for a good cause, and I can promise you that’s true.”
Noviello introduced and thanked the 2023 Hope Party co-chairs, Karen Goetting and Camille Owens.
“Special thanks to our presenting sponsor, Christopher Barkley Foundation and all the sponsors who contributed to this event’s success,” Goetting said. “We also need to recognize the co-founders of Grant Halliburton Foundation, Vanita Halliburton, Alan Halliburton and Amy Halliburton McCloskey. Through their loss, they have given back to North Texans in so many ways. They have given hope to those of us who have been touched by mental health struggles or suicide.”
The Hope Party co-chair Camille Owens reminded attendees why they were there: to raise funds for Grant Halliburton Foundation.
“We ask you to consider your blessings tonight as you also consider all the ways you can support the Foundation’s mission.” Owens said. “As you enjoy the delicious dinner, libations and dancing to the music of The Grooveline, remember to bid often and donate big!”
Rev. Matthew Ruffner of Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church gave the invocation, and guests enjoyed dinner.
After dinner service, Kevin Hall, Grant Halliburton Foundation president, added his thanks to all the sponsors and attendees. He highlighted some of the Foundation’s impact this year:
- “Our Hispanic outreach team kicked off our first Spanish-language Coffee Days group at Molina High School in South Dallas, and 20 grateful moms showed up.”
- “The team is also making school presentations in Spanish for the first time in our history. So far this year, we have made nearly 20 presentations in Spanish to more than 300 students. And we have attended more than 50 Hispanic outreach events to let the community know we are here to help.”
- “To date, we’ve trained more than 325,000 people on mental health and suicide prevention. We’ve grown our Thrive education strategy from 119 schools a year ago to over 170 today.”
- “We have also grown Hope Squads from 49 squads a year ago to 89 today. We have an incredible partnership with The Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation. Between our two organizations, we lead more than 200 Hope Squads across North Texas. Along with the Grace Loncar Foundation, we co-hosted the second annual Texas Hope Squad Conference last month with more than 1,500 attendees.”
Whatever you give will help Grant Halliburton Foundation move forward as we work to keep young people happy, healthy, and here.”
After the live auction, attendees danced the night away to the music of The Grooveline.
A special thanks to the 2023 Hope Party sponsors:
Presenting Sponsor: Christopher Barkley Foundation
Emerald Sponsor: Shelley and Jeff Becker in memory of Alec Becker; Chris Harrison and Lauren Zima, Next Chapter Productions; Lyda Philanthropies; Natalie and Duwayne Miller; Camille and Patrick Owens, Kim and Scot Wylie; Phoenix American Hospitality; Amber and Dax Seale.
Sapphire Sponsor: Diane Blumin, Diane and Sanford Brown, Clark Hill, CohnReznick LLP, Jeanie and Bert Conly / Ann and Dewain Hill, Front Porch Marketing, Matt Gabay, The Gloria J. González Memorial Scholarship Fund, Karen Goetting, Greenhouse Treatment Center, Sharon and Kevin Hall, Haynes and Boone, Keith Hutson, The Integer Group, Julie and Kregg Jodie, David and Brigitte Kimichik Douglas Lang, Maxxsure / Mind VR, Steel Roots Ventures, Taylor Counseling Group, T-Fast Supply and Wisdom Media
Young Professional: Anonymous, Kendall and Luke Cagle, Emily Clark and Steven Lilley, Lux Skin Lab and Beauty Bar, Meredith and Andy Pendleton and Tucker’s Friends
Photobooth Sponsor: Sewell Automotive Companies
Media sponsor: PaperCity
Gift sponsor: Blow Salon
About Grant Halliburton Foundation:
Grant Halliburton Foundation was established in 2006 in memory of a Dallas teen who battled depression and bipolar disorder for several years before his suicide death at the age of 19. The Foundation that bears his name works to help families and young people recognize the signs of mental illness through a variety of avenues including education, conferences, collaboration and encouragement. Since 2006, the Foundation has provided mental health education, training and support to more than 325,000 students, educators, parents and professionals. The Foundation also offers Here For Texas, which includes HereForTexas.com and the Here For Texas Mental Health Navigation Line. These free community tools aim to offer easy access for North Texans seeking mental health and addiction information and resources. Learn more about the Foundation at GrantHalliburton.org.