Please Note: Due to expected rain in the forecast, Giving Gala will be moving indoors from the Hilton Anatole’s Sculpture Park to its Trinity Exhibit Hall.
We are incredibly excited to return to the Hilton Anatole’s Trinity Exhibit Hall on Thursday, October 24, for TREC’s annual Giving Gala! This year, we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of The Real Estate Council Foundation and honoring all the good work our members and partners have done for our city – past, present, and future!
This year’s theme is Build the City You’ve Imagined. As our longtime slogan, it has served our organization well over the years and is the perfect moniker for this year’s festivities. If you have not gotten your tickets yet, don’t wait! You’re not going to want to miss the very special announcement we’re going to make during our program.
As the event approaches, we thought you might have a few questions about what to expect at this year’s Gala:
What’s new this year?
Instead of our standard buffet-style dinner, this year we are incorporating a “strolling dinner” with food trucks offering finger-food entrées like tostados, grilled cheese sandwiches, and tater tot nachos as well as a variety of sweet treats for dessert. Be sure to eat prior to our program and concert and to visit as many food trucks as possible, as each represents a different Dallas Catalyst Project partner or project site that will offer activities, information, and ways you can get involved.
What is the dress code?
Since Giving Gala is an outdoor event, it’s bound to get hot – so be comfortable! Officially, we’d like to think of our Gala style as “country fair chic,” so think jeans, denim jackets, and boots. Leave the suits and formal wear for the boardroom!
How can I donate during the event?
We will have two methods of giving available during the event, each to benefit TREC Foundation and the Dallas Catalyst Project. We will leave pledge cards on each table so you can donate from your seat during our program and concert, and our popular wine pull booth will also be returning this year.
Here’s how the wine pull works: visit our booth during the event and purchase a bottle for $25, $50, or $100. However, you won’t know which wine you’ll receive until you “pull” a cork with a number that matches a bottle in our collection. You are guaranteed to go home with a bottle worth at least as much as you’ve paid, and in most cases your bottle will (far) exceed the value of your donation!
Where do I park?
Valet parking will be located at the Tower Entrance. All guests will receive a valet pass, though we’d recommend taking ride-share services like Uber or Lyft to ensure a safe trip home.
Who is providing this year’s entertainment?
We are excited to welcome the award-winning singer-songwriter Phil Vassar!
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What if I have additional questions?
You can call our office between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 214.692.3600 or contact your table host with questions.