Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Dallas Dweller: Jose Reyes

Dallas is full of colorful characters. There are those you see monthly in the society pages, whose stories are legendary in this town. But, this feature is inspired by the people that I think you should know more about because of their fabulous style, interesting back-story or amazing accomplishments.  Dallas Dweller seeks to introduce you to these fabulous faces and this week, I want to introduce you to a one of the arts scene's most suave style-makers:

Jose Reyes

José Reyes considers himself an arts patron and Dallas civic leader. He works as a Mortgage Servicing Specialist for Bank of America but his strong public relations background makes him a powerful advocate for the non-profit community. He has worked for marketing and communications firms such as The Richards Group, Temerlin McClain Advertising, Moroch & Associates, and The Dallas Morning News.

His favorite Dallas landmark is Lee Park and Arlington Hall. "The park truly is an oasis in the heart of the metropolis that is Dallas," says Reyes.  "I have attended some of the most memorable parties and weddings of my life at Arlington Hall. It is such a very special place for me."

When this dapper gent heads out for a night on the town, his favorite haunts are Salum, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, and Stephan Pyles.  And it's quite possible to catch him browsing Dallas' favorite shopping boutiques at Highland Park Village or Stanley Korshak.

When I asked him to tell me something quirky or interesting about himself that no one would suspect, he retorted, "I come from a family of 9 children. I am number eight. Six girls and three boys. There was never a dull moment when we took those family vacations all in one car. Yes, that's how we rolled..."

Jose Reyes with OSC Editor, Cynthia Smoot  |  Photo: DFW Style Daily

He's not just a great fundraiser... he's the life of the party! Pictured here with Allsion Edwards (photo: Brittney Woodward)

Reyes has lived in Dallas for 23 years, and has spent much of his free time volunteering to work on many community service projects focusing on arts & culture, education, social services, and civic leadership. His philanthropic endeavors are quite extensive. Over his fundraising career, Reyes has helped to raise millions of dollars for cultural institutions in leadership roles for organizations such as the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Contemporary, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Opera, Texas Ballet Theater, AT&T Performing Arts Center, Dallas Theater Center, The Arts Community Alliance (TACA), and Kitchen Dog Theater.

Reyes is currently Co-Chairing the 5th anniversary celebration of the Day at the Races event themed “Run for the Roses” on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at Arlington Hall at Lee Park benefiting the Lee Park & Arlington Hall Conservancy. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting

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