Cynthia Erivo. (Credit: National Geographic/Terrell Mullin)


Norm Hitzges Distinguished Service Award Recipients:





The Humble Beginnings Luncheon, now in its 21st year, is an upbeat and elegant mid-day luncheon affair that has drawn more than 700 social, civic and business leaders from across the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. This year we gather around the theme “Come Together” and are delighted to welcome award-winning actress, singer and songwriter, Cynthia Erivo.

This year’s Luncheon recognizes the contributions of many who work tirelessly to create the dynamic community in which we live. The devotion and generosity of the Dallas philanthropic community is evidenced by the more than 400 individuals that have joined the host committee led by Hon. Jeanne Phillips and her daughter Margaret Phillips.

  • FRIDAY, OCTOBER, 15, 2021

  • 11:30 A.M.


Cynthia Erivo made her Broadway debut in 2016 as ‘Celie’ in the revival of “The Color Purple,” for which she won a Tony®, Emmy® and Grammy®. ” In 2019, Erivo received two Oscar® nominations—one for her role as Harriet Tubman in “Harriet,” and the other for the film’s title track “Stand Up,” which she co-wrote. Erivo can currently be seen as ‘Holly Gibney’ in the HBO miniseries adaptation of Stephen King’s, “The Outsider.” 

Beyond her influential and critically acclaimed performances, Erivo is a fearless voice for women and people of color, raising awareness and setting new standards for diversity across the arts.

Special Thanks To Our Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Nancy Ann and Ray Hunt

Diamond Key

Nancy and Randy Best

Nancy Perot and Rod Jones

Carolyn and Jere Thompson, Jr.

Ruby Key

Frank Mihalopoulos

Carolyn and David Miller

Paulos Foundation

Hon. Jeanne L. Phillips and Margaret H. Phillips

Deedie Rose

Sapphire Key

Ashlee and Chris Kleinert
Mary and Howard Moore
Morning Star Family Foundation

Gold Key

Kathleen and Frank Lauinger Family
Pam and Gary Patsley
Betty Regard
Karen and Alan Katz , Kelly Compton and DeWitt McCarter & Barbara and Randy Rosenblatt

Silver Key

The Craig and Kathryn Hall Foundation
Debra and Michael Decker
The Hegi Family
Hersh Foundation

Gene and Jerry Jones Family

Vicki and Brian Miller
Carol Heller and Debbie Myers
Katherine and Bob Penn
Whitney and R.J. Grogan, Jr. & Beth and Dan Plumlee
Margot B. Perot
Marybeth and Craig Reid
Pat and Pete Schenkel
Diane and John Scovell
Texas Capital Bank
Margaret and Lee Jackson & Michelle and Stewart Thomas
Missy and Robert Townsend
Vin & Caren Prothro Foundation

Bronze Key

Kathleen and Robert Blair
Jeanne Whitman Bobbitt and Rhodes Bobbitt
Brenda Brinker Bottum
Susan and Stephen Butt
Fay and George Charalambopoulos
Christon Company
Dallas Fan Fares
Laura and Jim Einspanier
Episcopal Foundation of Dallas
First United Methodist Church, Richardson
J.M. Haggar, Jr. Family Foundation
Judy and Jim Gibbs
The Hockaday School
Holland & Knight
Kay Bailey Hutchison
Kama Boswell Koudelka
Leadership Dallas Class of 2017
Janet and Derek McClain
Mary & Michael Mantas
Minerva Consulting
James, Reena, Dimitri, and Nicole Morris
Jean and Jim Neil
Marcia and Bill Rafkin
Cindy Brinker Simmons
Skochdopole Family Fund at The Dallas Foundation
Gail and Gerald Turner

Generous Supporters

Kathryne Bishop
Stacey and Dan Branch
The Honorable and Mrs. George W. Bush
Sean & Jere Byrne
Allen E. Cullum
Dallas Rug Cleaning Co
Mr. and Mrs. Tom M. Dees, III
Joyce and Michael Ernst
John and Kristina Hallam
James M. and Nancy J. Hoak
Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Hunt
Kline Family Foundation
Dolores Ledyard
Sarah Losinger
Schuyla & Lila Marshall
Beth and Tom Montgomery
Cathy Philley
Iraj Rastegar
Nicole and Justin Small
Shannon and Jody Smock
Margaret Spellings
Chloe and Joe Zihgaro

MAggie's Challenge

Haley Anderson
Waldo Mack Abbot V
Connie and Nick Babikan
Laura Bass
Laura Lee Compton
Jamillah and Kyle DeGroat
Anna DeLuna
Jessica Jones Donnell
Tom Georgalis
Christina and Todd Goldberg
Alex Katz and April Gregory
Kimberlee Gromatzky
Caroline Jones
Mary Chambers Jones
TJ Kleinert
Mackenzie and Tyler Kleinert
Danny Koudelka
Robert Koudelka
Teddy Koudelka
Rhodes Legg
Cole Marlow
Meshea and Timm Matthews
Matthew Miller
Rosemary Miller
Emmanuel Nwakibu
Alison Perry
Elizabeth Phillips
Daniel L. Plumlee, Jr.
David Plumlee
Katherine Plumlee
Andrew Rafkin
Dr. Britton Blough and Bryan Sansone
Browning Vaughn

Production & Media Partners

Partners & In-Kind Sponsors

Kendra Scott


Due to the rise of COVID-19 cases, specifically the Delta variant, Austin Street Center is requesting that all Humble Beginnings guests and volunteers be fully vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 test for entry to the event.


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