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Dallas nonprofits are bringing star power to the table this fall. From an Olympic icon to Emmy- and Grammy-winning actors and singers, from a former First Lady-First Daughter team to a British aristocrat who lives in TV’s most popular abbey, these celebrity headliners will no doubt help raise big bucks for local organizations. Here are nine benefits with big stars to add to your calendar.


Christina Ricci recently earned an Emmy nomination for her role in Showtime’s Yellowjackets.

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Family Place Trailblazer Awards Luncheon featuring Christina Ricci, September 23
The Dallas-based family violence agency will present its annual Texas Trailblazer Awards with Yellowjackets star Christina Ricci as guest speaker. The 2022 Texas Trailblazer Award Recipient is Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson. The luncheon, chaired by Jeanni Barsam, Stacee Johnson-Williams, and Lisa Sherrod, and hosted by Andrea Lucia, will take place at the Omni Dallas; tickets are available here.

Tyra Banks is coming to Chick Lit Luncheon.
Tyra Banks

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Community Partners of Dallas Chick Lit Luncheon featuring Tyra Banks, September 30
Community Partners of Dallas will highlight entrepreneur, supermodel, and Dancing with the Stars host Tyra Banks as the featured speaker of the 16th annual Chick Lit Luncheon. In addition, CPD will recognize Crystal Charity Ball for 70 years of transforming the lives of Dallas County children. Errika Flood-Moultrie and Renita Joyce Smith are event co-chairs, and Dallas Mavericks CEO Cynt Marshall is the honorary chair for the luncheon, which takes place at the Hilton Anatole; tickets are here.

Allyson Felix is lending support to the Texas Women's Foundation.
Allyson Felix

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Texas Women’s Foundation Luncheon featuring Allyson Felix, October 6
Texas Women’s Foundation’s 37th Annual Luncheon will star Allyson Felix, who reigns as the most decorated American Track & Field Athlete of all time after winning bronze and gold medals at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Dallas Mavericks President and CEO Cynt Marshall will moderate a conversation with Felix about her work transforming communities across the world and helping the next generation of mothers and athletes. Laura Nieto and Rachel Vinson are luncheon co-chairs. Tickets for the event, taking place at the Hilton Anatole, are available here.

Laura Bush and daughter Barbara are raising awareness about homelessness in Dallas.
Laura Bush delivers the keynote address.

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Austin Street Center Humble Beginnings Luncheon featuring Laura and Barbara Bush, October 14
Austin Street Center will present former First Lady Laura Bush and daughter Barbara Bush for a conversation about their life of service for its 22nd annual Humble Beginnings Luncheon. The event will help to raise funds to support Austin Street Center’s role in providing safe shelter and basic needs to those experiencing homelessness in Dallas. This year’s luncheon will bestowing Dallas mayor Eric Johnson with its Public Service Award and present Carolyn Lacy Miller with its Norm Hitzges Distinguished Award. Event co-chairs are Jay McAuley and Frank Mihalopoulos. Tickets to the luncheon at the Hilton Anatole are available here.

Lady Fiona Carnarvon lives at 'Downtown Abbey's' Highclere Castle.
Lady Fiona Carnarvon at Highclere Castle.

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A Writer’s Garden: Tales from Highclere Castle featuring Lady Carnarvon, October 18
Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden’s 16th Annual A Writer’s Garden is themed “Tales From Highclere Castle.” The event celebrates the 25th Anniversary of A Woman’s Garden and features Lady Fiona Carnarvon, The Right Honorable Countess of Carnarvon. She will discuss living at Highclere Castle (where Downton Abbey is filmed) and her newest book, Seasons at Highclere. The event is chaired by Dyann Skelton and Therese Rourk with Donna and Herb Weitzman as honorary chairs. The 5 pm event takes place at the Arboretum and tickets are available here.

Linda Gray helps support the Farrah Fawcett Foundation.
Linda Gray

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Farrah Fawcett Foundation Tex-Mex Fiesta featuring Sheryl Crow, October 20
The Farrah Fawcett Foundation will present the 4th biennial Tex-Mex Fiesta benefit. Music superstar Sheryl Crow will be the headliner. President and CEO of the Farrah Fawcett Foundation and Farrah’s long-time friend Alana Stewart will be co-hosting along with Farrah’s former Charlie’s Angels co-star Jaclyn Smith. Honorees include Linda Gray (of TV’s Dallas) and a special acknowledgement to Ryan O’Neal for his continued support of the Farrah Fawcett Foundation. Tickets for the 6 pm event, taking place at The Rustic, are available here.

Patricia Arquette will help celebrate women in Dallas.
We chatted with Boyhood star Patricia Arquette on the red carpet during the Texas Film Awards.

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Baylor Celebrating Women Luncheon featuring Patricia Arquette, October 21
Baylor Health Care Foundation will present the 23rd Celebrating Women Luncheon. This event, at the Hilton Anatole, brings together more than 1,300 supporters to increase awareness and generate funding for breast cancer research, diagnosis, and treatment. The featured guest will be actress and activist Patricia Arquette. Co-chairs are Marybeth Conlon and Elizabeth Gambrell; honorary chairs are Gene Jones, Charlotte Jones, Karen Jones, and Lori Jones. Tickets are available here.

Julia Ormond will speak at the New Friends, New Life Luncheon.
Julia Ormond

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New Friends New Life Luncheon featuring Julia Ormand, November 4
New Friends New Life will present its annual luncheon featuring Julia Ormond, a British Emmy Award-winning stage, film, and television actress who has been fighting human trafficking since the 1990s. Luncheon co-chairs are Katherine Wynne, Kristi Sherrill Hoyl, and Melissa Sherrill Martin. Honorary co-chairs are Matrice Ellis-Kirk and Ambassador Ron Kirk. Tickets for the luncheon, at the Hyatt Regency Dallas, are available here.

Jim Caviezel starred in 'The Passion of the Christ.'
Jim Caviezel

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Council for Life presents Celebrating Life Luncheon ft. Jim Caviezel, November 14
The 21st annual Council for Life Celebrating Life Luncheon aims to fund over $1 million 28 beneficiaries. The event’s speaker is actor Jim Caviezel, who portrayed Jesus in The Passion of the Christ. The event will honor Norma Hunt and Tavia and Clark Hunt as this year’s luncheon honorary co-chairs. Billye Turner and Kelli Karlow are the event co-chairs. Tickets to the luncheon at the Hilton Anatole are available here.

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