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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, will be a night to remember as we induct one of Dallas' most successful entrepreneurs, Trevor Rees-Jones, into our esteemed Ring of Entrepreneurs. This invitation-only event will be held at Communities Foundation of Texas on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 and will bring 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 will be Trevor Rees-Jones. Trevor will join 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 is 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. Last 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 offer 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.