On Tuesday, September 13, Les Femmes du Monde’s President, Jan Ward announced Nancy and W. Herbert Hunt as the 2016 Couple of the Year. This is the first year that the non profit will honor a couple for their long time support and dedication to charitable causes. Past Woman of the Year Honorees include: Doris S. Dixon; Ruth Collins Sharp Altshuler; Caroline Rose Hunt; Annette Strauss, Mayor of Dallas; Vivian Castleberry; Mary Kay Ash; Ebby Halliday; Catherine Crier; Kay Bailey Hutchison, U.S. Senator; Laura Bush, First Lady of Texas; Juanita Miller; Nancy Brinker; Gloria Campos; Florence Shapiro, Texas State Senator; Liz Minyard and Gretchen Minyard Williams; Karen Hughes, Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs; Billie Leigh Rippey; Dee Wyly; Anita Perry, First Lady of Texas; Yvonne Crum; Geraldine “Tincy” Miller; Dr. Gail Thomas, President and CEO, The Trinity Trust Foundation; Mary Lee Cox; Virginia Chandler Dykes, Gina Ginsburg, Lynn McBee, Margaret McDermott, Pat Smith, Nina Vaca; Virginia Cook.
Les Femmes Du Monde is a 501(c)(3) organization that was founded in 1961 by twenty Dallas women who were sincerely concerned with all aspects of global affairs and how they consequently affected their own communities and country. In its 56th year Les Femmes du Monde is dedicated to serving the city of Dallas and has donated more than $2 million to the World Affairs Council of Dallas Fort Worth, and more than $670,000 to Children’s Medical Center. With their generous donations the beneficiaries have gone on to implement educational and healthcare initiatives to help the local community.
In order to honor the Couple of the Year, an Awards Dinner at the Dallas Country Club will be held on Tuesday, October 25th. The event, chaired by Mary Lee Cox is the 26th year of honoree presentations and will include a VIP cocktail reception, welcome by emcee Scott Murray, three course seated dinner, keynote speaker United States Congressman Joe Barton and presentation of the Couple of the Year.
Proceeds from the event will go to both, The Child Life Program at Children’s Health/Children’s Medical Center and the International Education Program of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth.
The Child Life Program helps to establish a network of supportive relationships with patients and their families while seeking treatment and coping with healthcare experiences. The goal of the program is to minimize the emotional impact of the child’s illness on their cognitive development and growth.
Celebrating its twelfth year, the Education Programs at the World Affairs Council educates students on becoming global leaders and citizens by empowering them to learn how international events affect their every day lives. The program has impacted more than 1 million students and has trained over 8,000 teachers.
Photo by Dana Driensky