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Spirit of Entrepreneurship

This annual fundraising event celebrates businesses who are doing well while doing good by highlighting world-class entrepreneurs who have made legendary contributions to our community.
2013 Spirit of Entrepreneurship honoring Ebby Halliday Acers

13th Annual Spirit of Entrepreneurship

The Annual Spirit of Entrepreneurship event serves as a celebration of the hard work and dedication of good corporate citizens and the meaningful change they bring to society. This year's event titled, Wildcatter Risk, Philanthropic Return, was a night to remember as we inducted one of Dallas' most successful entrepreneurs, Trevor Rees-Jones, into our esteemed Ring of Entrepreneurs. This invitation-only event was held at Communities Foundation of Texas on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 and brought together nearly 250 entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and community leaders to celebrate those doing well while doing good.

EFNT RING OF ENTREPRENEURS: The EFNT Ring of Entrepreneurs is an elite group of business leaders honored for their outstanding contributions to communities locally and internationally. These individuals exhibit a passionate commitment to corporate culture and philanthropy and have made an indelible impact on society. This year, the EFNT Ring of Entrepreneur Inductee was Trevor Rees-Jones. Trevor joined a prestigious group of legendary business leaders including Ebby Halliday Acers, Ross Perot, Ray Hunt, Herb Kelleher, T. Boone Pickens, Jim Keyes, Bill Lively, Roger Staubach, Craig Hall, and Charles and Sam Wyly.

NORTH STAR RECOGNITION: Another exciting portion the Spirit of Entrepreneurship ceremony was the presentation of the North Star Award. This recognition goes to those in the EFNT community who have demonstrated a powerful commitment to making a meaningful contribution to our neighborhoods and to strengthening EFNT's network of good corporate citizens. Through their generous contribution of time, energy, creativity and resources, these award winners make North Texas the best place to live, work and raise our families. This year's North Star Award recipients were Imaginuity Interactive and Montgomery Coscia Greilich, LLP.

SILENT AUCTION: This year's Spirit event also included a silent auction. In addition to some wonderful items, we also offered the opportunity to bid on "Facetime", where valuable time with well-known entrepreneurs go to the highest bidder! Past year's Facetime participants have included: Herb Kelleher & Colleen Barrett, Gail Warrior, Garrett Boone, Bobby Lyle, Jim Keyes, Chris Kleinert and Mayor Mike Rawlings. Money raised through this silent auction and generous sponsors is used to support EFNT's year-round effort to connect companies with the community.

Thank You our 2014 Spirit of Entrepreneurship Sponsors:

Cornerstone Sponsors: Hunt Consolidated Investments, Mutual Capital Alliance
Spirit of Entrepreneurship Sponsor: Aston Martin of Dallas
Platinum Sponsors: Catapult Partners, Sevin Rosen Funds, John & Nicole Weeldreyer
Gold Sponsors: Encore Enterprises, JLL, Sleep Experts
VIP Reception Sponsors:Roach Howard Smith & Barton
Silent Auction Sponsors: Zimbra, Patrick & Natalie Brandt
Silver Sponsors: EY, Haynes and Boone, LLP, Montgomery Coscia Greilich, LLP
Copper Sponsors: Carter Malouf Private Jeweler, Comerica Bank, Darling Homes, Methodist Charlton Medical Center, Frontier Capital, TravisWolff, Skilled Rehab Specialists, Venturity Financial Partners

In-Kind Donors:
DCEO, Platinum IDS, Dallas HD Films, Komali, Two Sisters Catering, Edward Baumann Clothiers, Christian Silver Company, Carter Malouf Private Jeweler, NEXREF, Studio Movie Grill, Paciugo Gelato, Ad Giants, Buy LEDs, Enchanted Rock Vodka, JR's Assurance, Rebecca Creek Distillery, Snap the Picture, The Popcorn Market, Taverna, Jim Kim Photography, Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

Silent Auction Donors
Best Maid Products, Bibbentuckers, Garrett Boone, Café Momentum, Carter Malouf Private Jeweler, D Magazine, D. Jones Clothiers, Dallas Mavericks, Fox Television, Gerber Pictures, Hail Merry Snacks, Hall Financial Group, Herb Kelleher & Colleen Barrett, Jim Keyes, LiveNation, Lucky’s Café, Mrs. Renfro’s, NEXREF Technologies LLC, Plaza Carwash, Rebecca Creek Distillery, Roger Staubach, Phil Romano, Soap Hope, Southern Botanical, Inc., Texas Photomontage, The Boardroom Salon, Trinity Groves, WOATS Oatsnack