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2018 A Chance to Soar Luncheon

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Apr 3 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Hyatt Regency Dallas
300 Reunion Blvd.

VIP Reception 10:30 a.m.
Registration opens 11 a.m. | Ballroom doors open 11:15 a.m. | Program begins promptly at 11:30 a.m.

The 2018 A Chance to Soar Luncheon is a unique opportunity for you to change the lives of children right here in North Texas.  Proceeds from the luncheon help to fund our annual budget shortfall, estimated at $1.28 Million for this fiscal year.  The generous supporters of Jonathan’s Place have helped raise over $750,000 over the course of our luncheons since 2012, and we hope we can count on your support for our upcoming event.

Co-Chairs: Robyn Gould & Linda Wimberly
Honorary Chairs: Shannon & Ted Skokos

We are thrilled to feature as Keynote Speaker Jeannette Walls.

From the pages of her #1 New York Times best-selling book and the critically-acclaimed recently released film, Jeannette Walls moves you to realize the power of the human spirit as she inspires courage in the face of new and longstanding fears, and reveals how our weaknesses can be our greatest strengths.

A celebrated author, Jeannette is best known for her best-selling memoir, “The Glass Castle,” which details her life growing up in extreme poverty and the tale of her emergence from it. Named by Amazon as one of the top 10 books of the decade, in August 2017, her inspiring story was brought to the big screen in one of the most highly-anticipated major motion pictures of the year starring Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts and Brie Larson as Jeannette.

On stage, Jeannette takes audiences inside her resilient journey in pursuit of authenticity, revealing the power of courage and determination in overcoming unimaginable obstacles.

Audiences are captivated as she reveals bittersweet anecdotes from her past that often exemplify grander truths about courage and the positive rewards that come from confronting challenges. With an unforgettable story of triumph over unrelenting adversity, Jeannette inspires the realization that we’re all stronger than we think, leaving listeners emboldened to face the “demons” in their lives.

Sponsorships, individual ticket sales and raffle ticket sales are now closed. Raffle tickets may be purchased at the luncheon.

Click here for raffle package descriptions.

Thank you to our sponsors!


 The Ted and Shannon Skokos Foundation


Brad and Rachel Stephens




Jennifer and John Gates
Marianne and Roger Staubach


Akin Gump
Janelle Anderson & Mike Zbuchalski
Nancy and John Benefield
Dallas Neurosurgical and Spine Associates
Amanda Francis
Inman Family Charitable Trust
Ronah and Don Jungerman / Leticia and Ed Little
Christina and David Moore
Kay Sim
Stacey and Reid Walker
Linda and Ken Wimberly


Amy and Kent Aftergut
Julie Bagley / Katie Robbins
Barbie and Bill Borlaug
Gillian and Matt Bramlett
JoAnn Brown/Sharon Redd/Robin Simon
Staci and John Burpee
Sanjay Chandra
Children’s Health
Angela and John Crates
Suzie and Bunker Curnes
Sally Fryer Dietz, PT, DPT
Cindy and Jeff Dodds
Duenhoelter & Roulet
Amanda Francis
Mary and Ted Fredericks
Robyn and Andrew Gould
Michelle and John Grimes
Betsy and Frank Guidone
Sharon Hamilton/Heather Sniadecki
Haynes and Boone, LLP
The Hersh Foundation
Jennifer and David Hull
Lara Johnson
Just Kids Dental
Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Alexandra Lovitt
Elizabeth Mack and David Allen
Madera Residential
Marcellene Malouf and Hon. Royal Furgeson
Debbie Manos / Teresa Smith
Beth Maultsby and Goranson Bain, PLLC
Jennifer Nocerini/Melinda Russ
Jennifer and Bradley Norris
Jeanne O’Neill/Liza Urso
Betty Park
Stephanie and Todd Phillips
Stephanie and David Portnoy
Republic National Distributing Co.
RGT Wealth Advisors
Trina Roffino
Saville CPAs and Advisors
Judy Smith
St. Mark’s Moms
Karla Steinberg/Karen Weinreb
Strasburger & Price, LLP
Triad HR Technology Solutions
Wick Phillips
April and John Willingham


Apr 3
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
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Jonathan’s Place
(972) 303-5303


Hyatt Regency
300 Reunion Blvd E.
Dallas, TX 75207 United States
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