Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Chick Lit Luncheon Announces Tim Gunn as Featured Speaker

Tim Gunn and Cynthia Smoot in April 2004

Tim Gunn
Community Partners of Dallas announces New York Times bestselling author and Emmy-winning co-host and mentor for Lifetime’s Project Runway Tim Gunn as the featured speaker for the tenth annual Chick Lit Luncheon presented by Dr. Robert and Lara Tafel. Under the leadership of luncheon chair Kristi Hoyl, with honorary chair Brian Bolke, the 2016 Chick Lit Luncheon will be held on Friday, April 1, 2016, with a move to a new venue, the Hilton Anatole, to accommodate what is expected to be record-breaking attendance.

Long-time volunteer and supporter Jill C. Bee will be awarded the Partners for Children award for her ongoing commitment to the philanthropic needs of our community and years of service meeting the needs of abused and neglected children. A special Tenth Anniversary Champions of Hope award will be given to long-time Chick Lit Luncheon presenting sponsors Dr. Robert and Lara Tafel, for their unwavering commitment to Community Partners of Dallas and the children they serve.

While the luncheon has traditionally featured best-selling female authors, the ten year anniversary called for someone extraordinary. Tim Gunn, with his witty and frank observations on everything from style and fashion to the Kardasians, along with his signature catchphrase, “make it work,” is the perfect fit. The tenth annual Chick Lit luncheon presented by Dr. Robert and Lara Tafel will be held on April 1, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at the Hilton Anatole, Imperial Ballroom. The event will include a wine reception followed by a seated luncheon and remarks by Mr. Gunn. Tables begin at $1,750 and are on sale now; individual tickets will go on sale in early March. For more information, visit

Tim Gunn is best known as the Emmy-winning co-host and mentor of Lifetime’s Project Runway. He also served as former Chief Creative Officer at Liz Claiborne Inc. and Fashion Dean at Fifth & Pacific. In addition, he served as a member of the administration and faculty at Parsons School of Design, the indisputable leader in fashion education in America for 29 years, where upon leaving the school Gunn received the title of Honorary Chair of Fashion Design. He has written articles for Elle, Seventeen, People, US Weekly and Fortune magazines and has a monthly feature in People Style Watch and Marie Claire. He has also written four best-selling books: Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style; Gunn’s Golden Rules: Life’s Little Lessons for Making it Work; Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible: The Fascinating History of Everything in Your Closet and Tim Gunn: The Natty Professor: A Master Class on Mentoring, Motivating and Making it Work! Get your seats TODAY!!!