Wings of Spring 2021

Thursday, April 8, 2021

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We would like to extend a HUGE thank you to everyone who made this year's Wings of Spring celebration an overwhelming success! The energetic evening was filled with words of praise, smiling eyes, and a socially distanced spontaneous dance party.
 You can read more about the event on My Sweet Charity, watch Byron Harris' inspiring video, view photos of the evening, and contribute to our stretch goal. It's not too late to help us change lives through literacy! 

About Wings of Spring


Over the last 16 years, Wings of Spring: A Celebration of Literacy has raised nearly $3 million to provide free education and life-skills programs to thousands of immigrant and refugee families across Dallas. This year's event will take place on Thursday, April 8th at AT&T Performing Arts Center Annette Strauss Square. Named Dallas' Best Outdoor Venue by the Dallas Observer, we are so excited to use this beautiful venue for our outdoor celebration. Sponsors will have the option to attend the outdoor event in person or celebrate from home and receive an elegant event-in-a-box delivered safely to the doorstep. The evening's entertainment will feature violin virtuoso and Dallas-native, Richmond Punch. We hope you will join us!


In recognition of their long-time support and significant contributions to Literacy Achieves, we are delighted to announce Joyce and Les Coleman will serve as Honorary Chairs for this year's event, with Megan and Kevin Nicholson serving as Co-Chairs. We are also deeply honored to present the 2021 Marnie Wildenthal Literacy Legacy Award to Dr. Arlene Ford, in recognition of the transformational change she ahs brought to Dallas. as Founder and CEO of Equity Inquiry Project, Inc., Dr. Ford provides capacity-building training to educational institutions and nonprofit organizations to create more equitable and inclusive spaces. 


View Wings of Spring in the news here


Thank you to our 2021 Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsors

Joyce and Les Coleman          Donald and Cathey Humphreys

Diamond Sponsors

Anthony Family Foundation          Hirsch Family Foundation          Dr. Arlene Ford and Chris Reynolds          First Foundation Bank

Platinum Sponsors

Sara and Gary Ahr          KPMG          Melissa and Barry McNeil          Rob and Colleen Taylor          Toyota

Gold Sponsors

Haynes & Boone          Donna and Bill Baker           Ashley & Clinton Coleman          Lauren Glant and Michael Gillespie          Craig A. Haynes          Gayle Johansen

Virginia & Stephen LaSala         Brett and Lester Levy         Locke Lord LLP         Megan and Kevin Nicholson         Margot and Rust Reid         Marian and Rob Richmond

          Scott Sanders          Richard Schulze          Renata and Ken Simril          Texas Capital Bank          Marnie and Kern Wildenthal          Donna Wilhelm

Silver Sponsors

Barbra and Bud Applebaum          East Dallas Christian Church          Phyllis Bernstein and William Weiss          Kathryne Bishop          Sherman Edmiston III

Judy and Jim Gibbs          Ynette and Jim Hogue          Kaki and Shelton Hopkins          Caroline and David Hundley          Tracy and the Honorable Harry LaRosiliere

Barbara and Frank Lloyd          Beth and Vance Maultsby          Louisa and Jim Meyer          Catherine Rose          Deedie Rose          Jeff W. Smith

Priscilla R. Stern Memorial Literacy Fund          Bentley Tibbs          Barb and Mike Tonti          Sharon and Kneeland Youngblood

Bronze Sponsors

Adkins Green Family Trust          Julie and Fred Anderson          Melissa and Wilson Aurbach          Janie Autz          Avixa Advisors LLC          Millie and Allan Bradley

Natalia and Andrew Brownfield          Reed Carroll and Carroll Watson         Amita and Sarinder Chhabra          Joni and Bob Cohan          Carole S. Cohen

Ricki and Randall Ebner          Sandra Estess          Myra and Bert Fischel          Bev and Donald Freeman          Charles Gall          John and Jennifer Gates

Stephanie and Robert Haley          Virginia Hartman          Marilyn and Willie Hicks          Tracey Nash-Huntley and David S. Huntley          Amy and Robert Isom

Debra Hunter Johnson          Matrice and Ron Kirk          Lisa and Peter Kraus          Julie and Michael Lowenberg          Sally and Ron Lutz          Amy and Ron Merrill 

Judiann and Mark Meyer          Amy and David Moore          Leigh and Jeff Morales          Oncor          Katherine and Eric Reeves          Helen and Frank Risch

Nancy Rivin and Jim Bishkin          Chris and Dick Rogoff          Linda and John Rutherford          Howard Schultz          Nancy and John Solana

Hilarie and Peter Weinstock          Jabeen Zaidi and Stephen Hurley

Friends of Literacy Sponsors

Suzanne Aberly          Lisa Abuhamad         Julie and Mark Alexander          Rebecca and Ross Anthony          Guy and Asha Anthony          Nicole Bates and Trey Angel

Elaine Bernstein          Rick Best and Steve Jobman          Yasmin and Vik Bhatia          Alan Bogdanow          Bill Bond          Jill Louis and Randy Bowman

Camille and Jim Brown          Clare Buie Chaney           Charles Schwab--Park Cities Branch          Pam and Chris Casner          Rita and Tom Chasser

Helen and Kent Comer          Mary and Brad Crelia          Carey Davis and David Lawrence          Sally and Bill Dix          Allison and David Egner

Alina and Ruben Esquivel          Royal Furgeson and Marcellene Malouf          Ruth Fitzgibbons and Brian McGauley          Kevin Flynn          Ingrid D. Ford

Lisa Gannett          Susan Hartman and David Guedry          Byron and Linda Harris          Heart House Board of Directors          Meredith and Matt Himelfarb

    Marcia Howard          Linda and Guy Humphries          ImageArb          Libby and Kevin Jackson          Rusty and John Jaggers

Carlos Gonzalez Jaime and Agustin Arteaga          Sophia and Willis Johnson          Amy and Dave Jones          Christy and Phil Jones          Kris Kamm and Jim Stull

Cathy King          Betty and Jay Lorch          Barbara and Mike Lynn          Shirin Mirdjalalova and Mac McInerney          Jeff Mead          Marlo and Jeff Melucci

Gwen and Curtis Moore          Alenda and Femi Omonije          Camille and Patrick Owens          Janiece Evans-Page and Mark Page          Sarah and Lee Papert

Susie and Jim Riley          Sandra and Bill Rogers          Cecilia Rosen          Sarah and Matthew Ruffner          Francis Ryburn          Jim and Hon Carolyn Wright Sanders

The Bonnie Martin and Karl Schmalz Charitable Fund          Ellen Seldin          Julia A. Simon          Ellie and Thad Sims          Marian and Jack Spitzberg

Kathy and Marvin Stone         Susan and Curtis Swinson         Mayela Trespalacios        Kim and John Vernon         Hardeep and Atul Vohra         Fran and John Wallace

Pat and Bob Warren          Kate and Todd Watson          Jennifer and Wayne Winner          Joyce and Linus Wright          Shirley and Z Zsohar