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TACA Silver Cup Luncheon Honoring Gene Jones and Joe Hubach Surpasses Fundraising Goal

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2023 Luncheon Raised More Than $700,000 for Programs to Elevate Arts Organizations and Artists  

Media Contact: Brett Gray, Brett@BrettGrayPR.com214.557.6233

DALLAS – TACA – The Arts Community Alliance – announced today the 45th TACA Silver Cup Award Luncheon held May 3 at the Omni Dallas Hotel raised more than $700,000 through sponsorships, table and ticket sales, and donations to the organization.  Celebrated since 1979, the TACA Silver Cup Award spotlights two philanthropists each year for their volunteerism and extraordinary support for arts and culture in North Texas. 

“The 2023 TACA Silver Cup Luncheon was an unprecedented success for the arts community in Dallas,” said Maura Sheffler, Donna Wilhelm Family President & Executive Director. “We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to our co-chairs, Elaine Agather and Andy Smith, for their commitment to surpassing our fundraising goal making this year’s event honoring Gene Jones and Joe Hubach our most successful to date.” 

“It was a privilege and honor for Andy Smith and me to serve as the co-chairs for this year’s TACA Silver Cup Luncheon. We had two extraordinary honorees, Gene Jones and Joe Hubach, who have both given so much to our community,” Agather said. “They were clearly the reason we exceeded our goal which is great for our arts organizations in North Texas!” 

Smith shared, “Each year we come together to celebrate two incredible arts philanthropists and volunteers for their contributions to making Dallas a vibrant arts community. With Joe Hubach and Gene Jones, I can’t think of two people more deserving of this year’s TACA Silver Cup.  I thank them for their unique and long-lasting contributions, and Elaine for her collaboration and energy. I’m proud of our shared passion for arts and culture in our community.”  

This year’s event honoring Gene Jones and Joe Hubach was presented by J.P. Morgan and Texas Instruments (TI), represented respectively by co-chairs Agather and Smith.   

2023 Silver Cup Luncheon Sponsors 

Additional sponsors: Bank of America and Cami and John C. Goff and Canyon Ranch served as champagne reception sponsors; The Dallas-Fort Worth Lexus Dealers Association as valet sponsor; The Dallas Foundation, Nancy and Jeremy Halbreich and Janie and Cappy McGarr, and Lydia and Bill Addy as program sponsors; Haynes and Boone as community spirit sponsor; Lee Ann and Alan B. White as floral sponsor; Gittings as portrait sponsor; and PATRON and WRR 101 as media sponsors.   

Other sponsors included: 

Presto Sponsor ($75,000)Gene and Jerry Jones Family Foundation 

Vivace Sponsors ($25,000): Carol and Kevin March / Terri and Mike West / Darla and Mark Whitaker / Mary and Rich Templeton / Melissa and John Szczsponik and The Eugene McDermott Foundation. 

Allegro Sponsors ($15,000): Jennifer and Peter Altabef, Nancy M. Dedman, Locke Lord/Carol and Don Glendenning, The Marianne and Roger Staubach Fund of The Catholic Foundation, and Gayle Stoffel.   

Concerto Sponsors ($10,000): Diane and Hal Brierley, Dallas Opera / John Dayton / Holly Mayer / Cindy Feld, Jennifer and John Eagle, Kim and Greg Hext / Amy and Michael Meadows, Joe Hubach and Colleen O’Connor, Susan and Larry Hirsch, Melinda and Jim Johnson, Nancy Cain Marcus and Sanford R. Robertson, Mrs. Joan Schnitzer, The Rosewood Corporation, and Donna Wilhelm Family Fund. 

Sonata Sponsors ($5,000): Cheryl Alston, Greg and Ashley Arnold, Broadway Dallas, Comstock Resources, Inc., Linda and Bill Custard, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Ebby Halliday Foundation, Laura and Walter Elcock, Bess and Ted Enloe / Caren Prothro, Ernst & Young LLP, James & Gayle Halperin Foundation, Marguerite Steed Hoffman, Sheilon King, Gabrielle Kurlander and Chris Street, Tara Lewis, Deborah McMurray and Glen Davison, Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger, Christopher LaGrone and Matthew Peters, Kathy and Greg Nelson, Jeff Netzer and The Netzer Family Charitable Foundation, O’Melveny & Myers LLP, Perkins Coie LLP, Margot B. Perot, Sarah and Ross Perot, Jr. Foundation, Micki and Mike Rawlings, Katie Robbins, Catherine and Will Rose, Deedie Rose, Jennifer and Andy Scripps, and Sewell Automotive Companies. 

Rhapsody Sponsors ($3,000):  Anne and Larry Angelilli, Tamara D. Baggett and Alfred Luna, Susan and Bill Montgomery, Kate and Keith Newman, Andy Smith and Paul von Wupperfeld, Southern Methodist University, Southwestern Medical Foundation, Jill E. Tananbaum Family, Texas Ballet Theater, and Winstead PC. 

Minuet Sponsors ($1,500):  AT&T Performing Arts Center, Communities Foundation of Texas, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Junior Players, Sonja McGill / Spencer Fane LLP, Deborah and Jim Nugent, Karol Omlor, Sammons Center for the Arts, Anne and Steven Stodghill, Undermain Theatre, and Dr. and Mrs. Kern Wildenthal. 

Donations In Honor Of:  Anonymous, Kelli Ford, in honor of Gene Jones, Fanchon and Howard Hallam, Linda W. Hart, Lisa and Peter Kraus, Sharon L. McCutchin, Joyce Mitchell, The Aileen & Jack Pratt Foundation, in honor of Gene Jones, Helen and Frank Risch, Diana and Sam Self, Ron and Phyllis Steinhart, Gillian M. Teichert, and Trustee, Bank of America N.A. 

Additional information about this year’s event and honorees may be found in this link.

About TACA  
TACA – The Arts Community Alliance – supports excellence and impact in the arts through grantmaking, capacity building, and thought leadership. TACA envisions an innovative, inclusive, sustainable cultural sector recognized for its essential contribution to a vibrant, prosperous community. Since its founding in 1967, TACA has worked to establish North Texas’ cultural community as one of the strongest in the nation. TACA’s growing investment in the arts translates to new premieres and productions, impactful residencies and community initiatives, and more opportunities for artists and audiences to connect – all striving to make Dallas a dynamic city and a great place to live and work.

For more information about TACA, call 214-520-3930 or visit taca-arts.org. Connect with TACA on Facebook at facebook.com/tacadallas, Twitter at @TACADallas, or on Instagram at @TACADallas.

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