Oct. 25, 2019 by TREC Staff

Giving Gala 2019: Thank You for Helping to Build the City You’ve Imagined

Build the City You’ve Imagined. The phrase has come to define the philanthropic spirit of The Real Estate Council’s 2,500-plus members and 650-plus member companies in recent years, and the sentiment was on full display Thursday during TREC’s annual Giving Gala at the Hilton Anatole.


The evening was a celebration of TREC’s philanthropic and investment initiatives throughout the Dallas community – in 2019, TREC Foundation observed its 25th anniversary – and a thank you to all the members who have devoted their time, services, and dollars toward the organization.

Giving Gala proceeds benefit the ongoing three-year plan to revitalize the Forest District in South Dallas alongside St. Philip’s School and Community Center, Cornerstone Baptist Church, and CitySquare as part of the Dallas Catalyst Project. Having surpassed $1.7 million, the Dallas Catalyst Project is TREC Foundation’s most ambitious community investment initiative in its history.

In the last three decades, TREC Foundation has raised and provided more than $11 million to over 100 nonprofits.

During Thursday’s Gala, we also further detailed our three-year, $6 million grant from JPMorgan Chase to continue TREC Community Fund’s work to bring equitable development and affordable housing options to the Forest District, The Bottom, and West Dallas Census Tract 205 as the Dallas Collaborative for Equitable Development, with the Dallas County Community College District, LiftFund, and Dallas Mezzanine Fund. You can read more about the Dallas Collaborative for Economic Development here.

The award-winning singer-songwriter Phil Vassar provided the evening’s entertainment.

We appreciate the generosity of our sponsors and the hard work of our Giving Gala Committee in putting on such a fantastic event:

St. Philip’s Community Partner: Cawley Partners
CitySquare Community Partner:
Purepoint Financial
Cornerstone Community Partner:
Cup and Napkin Sponsor:
Dessert Sponsor:
The Howard Hughes Corporation
Invitation Sponsor:
Thackeray Partners
Main Reception Sponsor:
Holt Lunsford Commercial
Valet Sponsor:
VIP Reception Sponsor:
Matthews Southwest
Wine Pull Sponsor:

Platinum Sponsors: Balfour Beatty Construction, Compatriot Capital, Cushman & Wakefield, Hunt Realty Investments, JLL, JPMorgan, KDC, Beth Lambert and Family, Orix, Venture Commercial Real Estate

Gold Sponsors: Billingsley Company, Brasfield & Gorrie, Corgan, DPR Construction, Granite Properties, HALL Group, HKS, Jackson-Shaw, Republic Title, Stewart Title, Stream Realty Partners, Westmount Realty Capital, LLC

Silver Sponsors: Alston Construction, ALT+CO, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Banner Oak Capital Partners, BB&T, The Beck Group, Champion Advisory Partners, Chicago Title, Crow Holdings, Frost Bank, Gaedeke Group, GFF, Grant Thornton, Hart Advisors Group, Haynes & Boone, LLP, Hill & Wilkinson, Hillwood Urban, Invesco Real Estate, Inwood National Bank, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc., Lantower Residential, Marvin F. Poer and Company, Munsch Hardt, NexBank, Pacheco Koch Consulting Engineers, Inc., Perkins+Will, Rosewood Property Company, Saville, Dodgen + Co., Trammell Crow Company, Trammell Crow Residential, Turner Construction, UMB Bank, VanTrust, Veritex Community Bank, Winstead PC, Woodbine Development

Media Sponsors: D CEO, Dallas Business Journal, Dallas Morning News


Giving Gala Committee

Chair: Beth Lambert, Cushman & Wakefield
Vice Chair: Melissa Eastman, Stewart Title
Underwriting Chair: Craig Wilson, Cushman & Wakefield
Underwriting Chair: Marijke Lantz, Billingsley Company
Table Sales Chair: Cynthia Cowen, HALL Group
Table Sales Chair: Jim A. Koch, Pacheco Koch Consulting Engineers, Inc.
Wine Pull Co-Chair: Chase Lopez, Stream Realty Partners
Wine Pull Co-Chair: Stephen McDaniel, Muckleroy & Falls
Branding and Logistics Chair: Karyn Martin, Interprise Design
Volunteers Chair: Jessica Zuniga, Perkins+Will
Drawing Prize Chair: Roger Waggoner, Deloitte.

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