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The Hôtel Swexan Hosted ‘An Astronomical Affair’ for The Family Place in Dallas

Inside ReuNight 2024

BY // 05.17.24

Scene: The 11th annual ReuNight, benefiting The Family Place, at Hôtel Swexan on May 9, 2024.

Takeaway: The buzzy new Hôtel Swexan offered a posh setting for the beloved annual fundraiser, allowing guests to flow seamlessly from one ballroom to the other. The first hosted a cocktail reception and a silent auction, with treasured items and experiences donated by Kent Rathburn, Stanley Korshak, and deBoulle. The Texas Rangers paired their premium club tickets with a Michael Young-signed baseball, while a three-bedroom villa in the South of France included five Alto airport transfers. 

In keeping with the evening’s theme, “An Astronomical Affair,” event designer Steve Kemble had transformed the second ballroom into a starry display of over 3,000 candles and deep navy velvet linens. The striking design complemented the sumptuous three-course dinner, curated by executive chef James Ash and paired with Stoller Family Estate wines.

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Scenes from the 2024 ReuNight for The Family Place in Dallas’ Hotel Swexan.

High Point: After thanking the evening’s co-chairs (Kristin and James Hallam; Annie and Erik Miller) and honorary chairs (Bunny and Harold Ginsburg) The Family Place’s interim CEO, Tiffany Tate-McDaniel teared up when recognizing her friend and mentor Paige Flink, The Family Place’s longtime former CEO and the pioneer behind Dallas’ beloved Partner’s Card. It’s all too easy to forget a glamorous event’s true purpose, but Tate-McDaniel drove the cause home with a powerful speech. 

“Tonight, The Family Place has 43 women, 66 children, four men, three dogs, and two cats in our care between our three shelters,” Tate-McDaniel shared. “That is 118 souls we are responsible for tonight. We want to provide each one of them the tools they need to build a future free from violence.”

PC Seen: Fanchon and Howard Hallam, Ann and John Hallam, Sara and Robert Hallam, Claire and Dwight Emanuelson, Elaine Kartalis and Michael Dzama, Joyce Goss, Nancy and Ryan Scripps, Daffan and Doug Nettle, Carol Seay, Lauren and Tre Black, Theresa Parkinson, Nakita Johnson, Michelle and Bryan Goolsby, Betty Regard, Lindsay and Chuck Jacaman, Clarisa Lindenmeyer, Emily Maduro and Joe Wielebinski, Erin Mathews, Pat Faubion, Nikki and Crayton Webb, Paige Flink, Kasey and Todd Lemkin, Peggy Dear, Gayle Sands, Katherine Sands and Madelaine and Russell Lam.

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