Head West for the Legacy West Grand Opening June 2-4!


Our team is thrilled to be producing the grand opening of Legacy West, a 3.2 billion dollar development that combines the crème de la crème of shopping, dining, and lifestyle brands in one incredible location! On that note, we recommend blocking off June 2-4 on your calendar now. Otherwise you might miss out on a celebration that includes performances by Emerald CityParty on the Moon, and Jordan Kahn, tastings from Plano’s most exciting new restaurants, specialty swag bags and amazingly-cool giveaway offers, and—seriously, we’re not just saying this—so much more. 

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Stop by in-store events hosted by retailers including Pockets and Fabletics, sip margaritas on the Mesero patio, take a spin in a Tesla, nosh on couture Sprinkles cupcakes, enter for a chance to win a Texas-themed trucker jacket from Levi’s, and raise a champagne toast at the Renaissance Hotel. Oh, and did we mention the sneak peek tours of forthcoming foodie paradise Legacy Hall that will be taking place? You’ll want to pencil that in, too!

Needless to say, there will be countless opportunities to discover why Mayor LaRosiliere recently dubbed Legacy West the “Center of the Universe!”

A few more details per the release:

The concert line-up will include the Jordan Kahn Music Company performing Friday, June 2 starting at 7:30 p.m., followed by Emerald City Band on Saturday, June 3 at 2 p.m. and Party on the Moon Band at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, June 4, Taylor Pace Band will take the main stage at 2 p.m.

Many Legacy West restaurants will offer food and drink tastings throughout the weekend including Bistro 31, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, Earls Kitchen + Bar, Fogo de Chao, Haywire, Mesero, Shake Shack, Starbucks Reserve, Taverna, True Food Kitchen, and Toulouse. Legacy Hall, a 55,000-square-foot food hall, will offer tours to the public for the first time and will also have several of its food stall operators on site sampling their menu items. Sprinkles will serve an exclusive Legacy West Chocolate Caramel cupcake and True Food Kitchen will offer a special cocktail called the Plano Paloma, only available June 2-4.

Legacy West retailers including Bonobos, Coach, Fabletics, Filson, Johnny Was, Peter Millar, Pockets Menswear, Suitsupply, Tesla, Tommy Bahama, TUMI, and West Elm will host special in-store events, parties and exclusive discounts and promotions. Also participating, The Renaissance Dallas at Plano Legacy West Hotel and Visit Plano.

Click here to peruse all of the parties and promotions taking place throughout the weekend, and don’t miss what D Magazine and Paper City had to say about the grand opening. In the meantime, enjoy this sampling of the entertainment taking place throughout the weekend!

Friday, June 2 | 7:30 PM

Saturday, June 3 | 2 PM

Saturday, June 3 | 7:30 PM

Sunday, June 4 | 2 PM

Capital for Kids 2015


With Capital for Kids 2016 right around the corner, we thought it was only fitting to take a look back at last November’s eleventh annual fundraising event! As always, it was such an honor for us to coordinate this purpose-driven celebration for Capital for Kids, an incredible organization we’ve been working with for nine years.

photos: Caroline Jurgensen Photography



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Event Preview: The 24 All Star Chef Classic Benefiting Dallas 24 Hour Club

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Now’s the time to save the date (and work up an appetite) for October 16, the date of The 24 All Star Chef Classic! We are thrilled to be producing the event, which will feature fabulous bites and sips from 24 of Dallas’ top chefs and culinary stars (Sean Frye, John Tesar, Richard Blankenship, John Coleman, and Mico Rodriguez just to name a few), world class entertainment from Jordan Kahn, and more!

2015 Chef Classic photos: Holt Haynsworth

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Save the Date for “Safe Conversations” This Valentine’s Weekend!


Have you finalized your Valentine’s Day plans yet? If not, in between those chocolate-box exchanges and candlelit dinners, we would love to invite you to attend Safe Conversations with Drs. Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt!

This can’t-miss (free!) event will take place on Saturday, February 13, and is focused on providing couples, families, and organizations alike with communication techniques that have been proven to strengthen relationships. The bottom line? Safe Conversations will improve the way that you communicate at home, work, school, and beyond—an objective we believe is worthy of any extra space you can find in your day planner!

And here’s the best news: While the main event will take place at Fair Park, the Safe Conversations subject matter will also be simulcast at locations throughout Dallas-Fort Worth. These locations include The Potter’s House in Fort Worth, Cristo Rey Dallas College Prep School, and Prestoncrest Church of Christ just to name a few. Click here for the complete listing!

The DFW Events coordination team will be spread between Fair Park and each simulcast location this Saturday, so if you do attend the event, be sure to say hello. We couldn’t be more proud to support the mission and message of Safe Conversations, and look forward to seeing you there!

Event Details:

What: Safe Conversations Valentine’s 2016 event, featuring presentations from relationship experts Helen LaKelly Hunt, Ph.D. and Harville Hendrix, Ph.D.

When: Saturday, February 13, 2016 from 9 am-5 pm

Where: The Coliseum at Fair Park & Centennial Hall (1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd., Dallas, TX, 75210) + simulcast locations across Dallas-Fort Worth

Click here to register for the free event, and learn the proven Safe Conversations way of creating a deeper connection that produces life-changing results in relationships at home, at work, and everywhere!

Capital for Kids 2014


For the past 10 years, Capital for Kids has been making a difference in the lives of children in need across North Texas. Over the course of that decade, CFK donors have contributed 10 million dollars in support of organizations that educate, protect, and encourage at-risk children. So how do you celebrate such milestone numbers? That’s easy: by throwing the birthday party of the decade!

photos: Caroline Jurgensen, www.carolinejurgensen.com

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We’ve had the privilege of teaming up with CFK for eight years in order to fête the men and women who so generously give back, and this year was no exception! With CFK’s 10-year anniversary theme in mind, a festive environment was created within Dallas’ FIG building that included boldly lit signage designed by Stage Works, a musical mash-up by Andy Austin and the Jordan Kahn Music Company, and a multi-colored bar stocked with all the ingredients necessary for delicious craft cocktails.

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Tasty bites and treats were in abundance at this birthday bash thanks to delicious passed appetizers and dinner food stations catered by Food Glorious Food, a highly-trafficked Steel City Pops booth, and a festive three-tier cake created by Dallas Affaires. Other unforgettable highlights included the raffled baubles from Bachendorf’s, which were presented by models from the Kim Dawson Agency, and the 4 Flashes Photo Booth that kept all 900 guests posing, laughing, and repeating throughout the evening.

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It is truly an honor to work with the group at Capital for Kids—our entire team looks forward to this event each and every year with much excitement. Cheers to 10 more years of giving every child the tools they need to succeed!

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Mary-Frances Hurt and Alison Baker, DFW Events

To team up with CFK or learn more about their mission, we encourage you to visit www.capitalforkids.org. To view photos + recaps from past CFK events, click here.


Venue: FIG
Caterer: Food Glorious Food
Event Design and Décor: Stage Works, Nelson Robinson and Kathy Kreuter
Rentals: Ducky Bob’s
Raffle Item: Bachendorf’s
Alcohol: Republic and Ben E. Keith
Photographer: Caroline Jurgensen
Mixologist: Julian Pagan
Lighting: Beyond
Entertainment: Andy Austin and Jordan Kahn Music Company (drummer and saxophonist)
Models: Kim Dawson Agency
Photo Booth: 4 Flashes Photo Booth
Step Repeat: B3Entertainment
Specialty Food: Steel City Pops
Valet: Lone Star Valet
Coordination: Alison Baker for DFW Events

Capital for Kids 2013


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We are thrilled to be a part of the Capital for Kids annual fundraising event, which was held at the beautiful FIG, Fashion Institute Gallery  in Dallas. Capital for Kids is a network of volunteer professionals from within the investment management business, dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children in need. Capital for Kids supports organizations that educate, protect and encourage the development of children in the North Texas area, and they also raise awareness of children in need of support.  99% of all sponsorship and donation dollars are given to the 39 grant recipients.

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This was our 7th year coordinating this very special event, and we’re very pleased to announce that it was an enormous success, breaking last year’s fundraising totals by raising a staggering $1.5 million, and welcoming record-breaking attendance as well! Over 800 guests enjoyed the evening’s fabulous cocktails, dinner and auction.

[A special thanks to Taryn Meixner for sharing these images with us!]

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The Capital for Kids event featured a spectacular mixologist bar.




One of the highlights of the event was the raffle, which featured truly impressive prizes:

  • A FIAT 500C Pop convertible from Clay Cooley FIAT
  • BACHENDORFS – 3 chance ticket Prize 1) London Blue Topaz, Rose Gold and Diamond Pendent Necklace from the Rocks      collection by Lisa Nix, 2)$500 Gift Certificate3) $100 Gift Certificate
  • Floor seats next to Mavericks owner Mark Cuban
  • A package for two to attend the 2014 USGA Masters in Augusta
  • And many more fabulous prizes

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The varied and magnificent menu options, including ice cream from Paciugo, wowed the crowd…



As part of our event design, we invited children from the beneficiaries to paint pigs that were then displayed at the reception.



We’re honored to work with Capital for Kids and to play a part in raising funds benefitting children of North Texas!

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Venue: FIG, Fashion Industry Gallery

Caterer:  Food Glorious Food

Event Design and Décor:  Stage Works

Rentals: Ducky Bobs

Raffle Items: Fiat & Bachendorf’s

Alcohol: Republic, Perrier Jouet and Ben E. Keith

Photographer: Taryn Meixner

Mixologist: The Cedars Social

Lighting: Beyond

Entertainment: Dave Alexander Band

Models: Jan Strimple Productions

Flip Books: Pic Flips

Step Repeat: B3Entertainment

Specialty Food: Paciugo

Food Truck: Ruthie’s Rolling Café

Valet: Lone Star Valet

Coordination: DFW Events, Inc., Alison Baker 469-855-9142, Anna Staples 903-732-7950


Capital For Kids 2012


We are extremely honored to be a part of the Capital for Kids annual fundraising event in Dallas. This was our 6th year to be involved and each year it just keeps getting better and better! Capital for Kids is a network of volunteer professionals from within the investment management business dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children in need. Capital for Kids supports organizations that educate, protect and encourage the development of children in the North Texas area, and they also raise awareness of children in need of support.

“Investing in a Brighter Future…Deep in The Heart of Texas” was the tagline of the party this year and it was held at the Fashion Industry Gallery (FIG) on November 29th. It was a huge success with over 600 guests attending and most importantly, the event raised 1.127 million dollars for kids in need in North Texas! 99% of all sponsorship and donation dollars are given to the 37 grant recipients!

A special thanks to Rebecca Lorrine Photography for sharing these images with us.

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Capital For Kids 2011


We are extremely honored to be a part of the Capital for Kids annual fundraising event in Dallas. This was our 5th year to be involved and each year the events keeps getting better and better! Capital for Kids is a network of volunteer professionals from within the investment management business dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children in need. Capital for Kids supports organizations that educate, protect and encourage the development of children in the North Texas area, and they also raise awareness of children in need of support.

“Color the Night” was the Latin-inspired theme of the party this year and was held at the Dallas Contemporary on November 17th. It was a huge success with over 600 guests and most importantly, the event raised over 1.3 million dollars for kids in need in North Texas! A special thanks to Rebecca Lorinne Photography for sharing these images with us.

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Venue: The Dallas Contemporary
Caterer: GEORGE Catering
Event Design and Decor: Stage Works
Coordination: DFW Events 214.505.9142
Rentals: POSH Couture Rentals
Lighting/AV: Beyond
Entertainment: James Gabriano
Mariachi Band: Fransisco Divera 214-415-8549
Taco Truck: Yes! Taco
Valet and Security: Gold Crown Valet
Cigar Roller: The Cigar Roller, Sabino Sotelo 972-809-3999

Capital For Kids 2010


Over the past few years, DFW Events has had the incredible opportunity to coordinate the Capital for Kids Campaign that takes place each fall. This year, the event took place at Sons of Hermann Hall and was the perfect night for guests, donors and grant recipients to enjoy an evening for a cause! Visit the Capital for Kids website to learn more about this amazing organization giving back to the Dallas / Ft. Worth community! Enjoy pictures courtesy of Marty Perlman.

Upon arrival, guests were greeted by our carhops taking tickets for event admission.

Models were courtesy of Jan Strimple Productions.

Once inside Sons of Hermann Hall, approximately 600 guests filled the venue both inside and out.

One of the multiple amazing buffet spreads catered by Kent Rathbun Catering.

Lighting was provided by Beyond.

Guests were invited throughout the space for food and beverages, however, legendary entertainment awaited guests upstairs.

That’s right: ELVIS was in the building! What a GREAT show he put on!

There are various sponsorship levels for this event…below is an example of recognizing these generous donors!

Once the dinner buffets had been enjoyed, Kent Rathbun displayed a delicious assortment of pies…

Throughout the evening, guests were invited to the silent auction for a chance to bid on some FABULOUS prizes. Just to name a few: Package of Symphony Tickets to the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, Dinner for 10 at Abacus, Napa Valley VIP Wine Tasting Tour of the Top Wineries, and a Khima Eliazov Scalloped Clutch…there were AMAZING items!

Outside, guests were treated to the music of Justin Cash.

It was a beautiful evening, and guests LOVED the atmosphere of the back alley!

What an honor it was to be a part of such a wonderful event that gives back to kids in need! Check out Capital for Kids‘ website to see how you can be part of making a difference for the youth in our city!


Venue: Sons of Hermann Hall
Catering: Kent Rathbun Catering
Event Design and Décor: DFW Events, 214-505-9142
Event Planners: DFW Events, 214-505-9142
Rentals: Ducky Bob’s / POSH Couture Rentals
Specialty Lighting/AV: Beyond
Entertainment: Justin Cash / Victor Trevino Jr.
Valet and Security: Gold Crown Valet
Photography: Marty Perlman
Models: Jan Strimple Productions, 972-438-8229

Industry Event: El Fenix Party

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On March 4th we joined forces with El Fenix and hosted an industry event at El Fenix Downtown’s new event space and rooftop terrace! It was a perfect evening filled with great people, talented entertainers, delicious food and tasty margaritas! A big thank you to our event sponsors (listed below) and all of our industry friends who stopped by to mix and mingle with us! The El Fenix Downtown event space and rooftop terrace is the perfect spot for rehearsal dinners, birthday/anniversary/engagement parties, corporate events and more!

The room looked fun and festive thanks to The Garden Gate Floral Design who provided all of the flowers and decor and POSH Couture Rentals who provided the linens…

Paper Place printed these adorable hand towels for the restrooms….Rico Suave! for the senors and Hola Bonita! for the senoritas…As guests valet parked they were greeted to the sounds of the Lupe Rivera Mariachi Trio….they were fantastic! After most of the guest arrived, the mariachi trio moved upstairs and continued playing throughout the evening…

El Fenix’s famous hot sauce and margarita mix were handed out to guests as they left…The talented Justin Cash entertained guests on the terrace….
PicFlips!! So much fun….Mindy and Karen hamming it up for their PicFlip….
The Cigar Roller, Sabino Sotelo, rolled his famous cigars for guests to enjoy! Sabino (pictured left) with his assistant, Laura, and Greg Blomberg of Greg Blomberg Photography…Carmine LiDestri of LiDestri Photography with Dawn Finley, Bryan Starnes and Cindy Gist of The Belo Manison and Pavilion and Ann McIntyre of Botanical Arts…

Kimberly Sutton of Dream Events, Sarah Kate Barger of Sarah Kate Phography, and Jessica Furlow from The Adolphus Hotel…Jason McDaniel of Missing Q Press (who designed and printed the amazing invitations) and John Shore of Shore Public Relations…

Stephanie with Jennifer Harrison of Holly Tripp Event Design…The Stanley Korshak crew with Luke Edmonson of Edmonson Photography…
Christi Carter of El Fenix with Rex and Brett from The W Hotel…
Thisbe Grace of Thisbe Grace Photography, Holly Tripp of Holly Tripp Event Design and Paige Chenault of Paige Chenault Events with her husband Colin…Ashley, Andrew and Melissa of LITE Dallas with Stephanie Luttrell…
Karen and Mindy with Heather and Lauren of Lauren Larsen Photography….
Lisa Yarbro and Edward Searle of Marie Gabrielle with Lucy Diaz-Flores of Bella Flora…
Wendy Timson of Union Station/Wolfgang Puck Catering, Greg Blomberg and Mary-Frances…
The DFW Events Crew with Nelson, Kathy and Tracey of Stage Works and Rusty Glenn of Rusty Glenn Designs…
Thank you for your support over the years! We are so grateful to work with such amazing vendors in the industry! Mindy, Karen, Mary-Frances, Alison and Stephanie of DFW Events….

This event would not have been possible without the generosity of the following vendors…THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

B3 Entertainment (Lupe Rivera Mariachi Trio)
The Cigar Roller at GoodFellas Cigar Factory
Edmonson Photography
Garden Gate Floral Design 214-220-1272
Justin Cash
LITE Dallas
Missing Q Press
Nothing Bundt Cakes (Preston and Royal Location)
Paper Place
POSH Couture Rentals