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Fashionable Crusader Works to Help Dallas’ Most Vulnerable Kids

Pat McEvoy Makes the Crystal Charity Ball's Mission Her Own

BY Caroline Lidl
photography Ana Hop

In its third year, NorthPark Center’s Ambassador program boldly merges the worlds of fashion, art and philanthropy, by way of celebrating Dallas’ top influencers and the nonprofits they support. NorthPark’s chosen few embody a rare-air kind of style — a group that contains equal parts fashion sense, civic leadership, and larger-than-life personality.

Today, we catch up with Pat McEvoy and learn about her passion for The Crystal Charity Ball, which takes place this Saturday, December 7 at the Hilton Anatole.

Why the Crystal Charity Ball.

I have had the good fortune to be involved with the Crystal Charity Ball for 15 years and feel so strongly about the work it does to serve children in the Dallas county.

A benevolent memory.

The Crystal Charity Ball has funded so many agencies that serve underprivileged children. It is difficult to have a favorite, but funding a Children and Teen Center at the New Vickery Meadows Branch Library, an economically challenged and culturally diverse neighborhood, is a recent project that will impact so many children.


  • Post Oak Hotel - 29 Degrees North
  • Post Oak Hotel - 29 Degrees North
  • Post Oak Hotel - 29 Degrees North
  • Post Oak Hotel - 29 Degrees North
  • Post Oak Hotel - 29 Degrees North
  • Post Oak Hotel - 29 Degrees North

NorthPark Center is at the center of combining art and fashion. Describe your own art and fashion interests.

Any museum, while in any city is always on my agenda. We are so fortunate in Dallas to have free access to art through the Dallas Museum of Art and, of course, NorthPark. What could be better than buying a great pair of shoes and a handbag in a setting that includes Stella, Warhol and di Suvero, among many other great artists?

The Perfect Day.

December 8, 2019, the morning after The Crystal Charity Ball.

Your day job.

I worked for Neiman Marcus for more than 20 years. Now, I work in the nonprofit world.

NorthPark memory.

Last Call.

Advice to your younger self.

Be a better steward of your time

On the horizon.

Traveling, playing more golf, fly fishing and family time.

For more information on the Crystal Charity Ball, everything the organization does all year and this Saturday’s ball, click here.

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