Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Les Femmes du Monde Celebrates Six "Women of the Year" Recipients

Pat Smith, Nina Vaca, Gina Ginsburg, Faye Briggs, Alyce Heinrich, Lynn McBee, Regina Bruce, Yvonne Crum and Margaret McDermott (seated)  |  Photo: Dana Driensky

You know that everything in Texas is "bigger and better," so why have just one Woman of the Year when you could have, well, six!? On October 16, Les Femmes du Monde held a luncheon at the Harlan Crow Library to celebrate six women - each one signifying a decade of Les Femmes du Monde's existence. I'm not going to pair these ladies to a particular decade... let's just say that the ladies receiving this esteemed accolade were Virginia Chandler Dykes, Gina Ginsburg, Lynn McBee, Margaret McDermott, Pat Smith and Nina Vaca. These women have helped make this organization and many nonprofits in town successful, embracing education for members and youth, while at the same time, helping others in our community. Faye Briggs and Yvonne Crum, Honorary Chairs, Regina Bruce, Luncheon Chair and Alyce Heinrich, President, Les Femmes du Monde hosted a Who's Who of female powerhouse players came to acknowledge and lift other each other up including Carmaleta Whitely, Dawn Mellon, Emmitt Smith, Laura Ginsburg Pierson, Cindy Davis, Ashley Berges and Sally Blanton.

Here are some scenes from the day:

The stunning Harlan Crow Library | Photo: Daniel Driensky
Photo: Dana Driensky
Pat Smith, Emmitt Smith, Cynthia Smoot  |  Photo: Dana Driensky

Photo: Dana Driensky
Kay Hammond, Doris Jacobs. Photo: Dana Driensky

Proceeds from this year's luncheon will benefit two beneficiaries: The Child Life Program at Children’s HealthSM Children’s Medical Center and the International Education Program of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth. Les Femmes du Monde has donated more than $2 million to the Dallas Council on World Affairs, now called World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, and more than $670,000 to Children’s Medical Center. For more information, visit