Glenn & Tania Beck, Gena & Chuck Norris
Auctioneer Johnny Bravo
Dee Simmons, D'Andra Simmons-Lock
Kristi Murray, Jase Wheeler
John Hill, S.M. Wright II, Damarcus Offord
Courtney Mayden, Patti Broyles
Abigail Gallagher, Ben Gallagher, Elizabeth Gallagher, John Pellegrino
Tim & Gabi Barton
Katie Spencer, Michael Little, Annie Madsen
Stephen Smith, Sara Gonzales
Giovanna Cugnasca, Bob & Michaelom Olson
Deborah & Jim Turner
Kyla Aki, Amy Aki
Michael Grishman; Suzanne Bock Grishman
Cheryl & David Barton
Mercury One gathered more than 500 supporters and beneficiaries, along with friends and leaders in the North Texas arts, social and business communities to celebrate their accomplishments over the past year at the M1 Ball at the Omni Hotel in downtown Dallas.
The fifth annual M1 Ball raised funds to keep the nonprofit running. Hosted by founders Tania and Glenn Beck, the evening started with a cocktail reception and silent auction. Guests were then seated in the ballroom for a special presentation. After a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem by Lauren Fisher and invocation by Pastor Rafael Cruz, mistress of ceremonies Sara Gonzales from The Blaze welcomed Mercury One’s executive director Suzanne Bock Grishman to the podium.
This year was extra special when David Barton, president of Mercury One’s board and founder and president of Wallbuilders, presented the Angel Award to Glenn Beck. Tim Ballard, CEO of Mercury One’s Nazarene Fund was invited to speak about Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the inaugural Bonhoeffer “Angel” Award.
Visibly moved, Beck said he was deeply humbled and noted he has the greatest honor to be able to speak every day with some of the greatest Americans who have ever lived. The conservative media personality bared his soul, speaking about being an alcoholic, then tearfully recalling his journey to where he is now, thanking supporters for believing in him.
Guests enjoyed a meal of sous vide short rib of beef with peppercorn “au poivre,” chive and Texas potato puree and local vegetables. While the crowd nibbled and enjoying the wine contributed by Rodney Strong, Grishman reminded everyone that their donations support the needs of those affected by natural disasters and sex trafficking prevention, Mercury One’s education program, and veterans going through Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or Traumatic Brain Injury.
The evening culminated with an exciting live auction conducted by Johnny Bravo, where the winner of a 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class was drawn. Finally, the after-party with live music by Peter Kreta and Nate Nelson quickly had everyone on the dance floor.
PC Seen: Gena and Chuck Norris, D’Andra Simmons-Lock, Dee Simmons, and The Vineyard Family.