12th 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, "Building the American Dream" was be a night to remembered as we inducted one of Dallas' most successful female entrepreneurs, Ebby Halliday Acers, into our esteemed Ring of Entrepreneurs. This invitation-only event was held at Communities Foundation of Texas on June 4, 2013 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 Ebby Halliday Acres. Ebby joined a prestegious group of legendary business leaders including 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 is the presentation of 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 Optimal Solutions, The InSource Group and Sleep Experts.
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! This year's "Facetime" participants included: Herb & 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.
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Thank you to our generous sponsors:
Cornerstone Sponsors: Hunt Consolidated Investments, Inc, Mutual Capital Alliance, Inc.
Platinum Sponsors: Jones Lang LaSalle, Sevin Rosen Funds, Small Giants Community, Inc.
Silver Sponsors: Aegis, BB&T, Catapult Partners, Goldman Sachs, Montgomery Coscia Greilich, LLC, John and Nicole Weeldreyer
VIP Reception: Cushman & Wakefield, Roach Howard Smith & Barton
Silent Auction Sponsors: Telligent, Patrick and Natalie Brandt
Bronze Sponors: Ebby Halliday Companies, hck2 Partners
Copper Sponsors: Comerica Bank, Frontier Capital, HumCap, Krauter & Company, McGladrey, Methodist Charlton Medical Center, Phillips & Reiter PLLC, Skilled Rehab Specialists, TravisWolff, Venturity Financial Partners, The University of Texas at Dallas
In-Kind Donors: DCEO Magazine, Salum, Stephan Pyles Catering, Platinum IDS, Ebby Halliday Realtors, Studio Movie Grill, One Art Director, Edward Baumann Clothiers, Paciugo Gelato Cafe, Carter Malouf Fine Jeweler, AdGiants, BuyLEDs, Community Beer Company, Enchanted Rock Vodka, Gold Crown Parking, Home Depot - Lemmon, JR Assurance, Rebecca Creek Whiskey, ReMARKable Affairs, Snap the Picture, TechScape, Southwest Airline's Pilot's Association