The Family Place Partners Kicks off 2013

by Manju Alexander | Jan 30, 2013

The Family Place Partners toast loyalists and new members at 31 in Highland Park Village

by Rachael Adams
CultureMap Dallas

Last year, the Family Place celebrated the 20th year of Partners Card, the largest fundraiser for the charity. Partners Card holders receive a 20 percent discount at participating restaurants and retailers throughout the area during the much-anticipated 10-day event.

To celebrate its new members, the Family Place Partners president Jennifer Burns welcomed devotees — Kim Lewis-Gleason, Laura Pitlik, Annika Cail, Katy Duvall, Jennifer Tobin, Kaycee Holmes, Sarah McKee, and Fran and Jim Wallace — to 31, Alberto Lombardi's chic Highland Park Village lounge, for cocktails and small snacks.

In one corner guests noshed on popcorn, nuts and fried calamari. In another, attendees shared stories about their life-long commitment to the Family Place, Dallas' largest domestic violence agency for more than 35 years. "I've been a volunteer for as long as I can remember — since I moved to Dallas," one guest told us.

Jamie Singer, events and catering manager for Village Marquee Texas Grill & Bar and the Highland Park Village theater, talked about the Partners Card and how people fly into Dallas from out of state just to shop.

That reminded us to mark our calendars for October 25, the start of the 21st annual Partners Card event.

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