In just six weeks, Genesis will welcome Academy Award-winning actress Hilary Swank to Dallas for the 25th Annual Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support Luncheon. What started as a 100-person lunch and fashion show more than two decades ago has grown into a signature event of the Dallas luncheon scene, with nearly 1700 corporations, philanthropists, donors and supporters in attendance.

Sitting in a ballroom with more than a thousand people who share Genesis’ zero tolerance for domestic violence is a goosebumps-inducing experience for attendees and staff alike, and the A-list speakers have been unforgettable. From the late Maya Angelou (2005) to President George W. Bush (2013); from Tyler Perry (2016) to former Mayor Rudy Giuliani (2003), Genesis is humbled by the authors, actors, world leaders and change-makers who have graced the luncheon stage sharing powerful messages of hope and help for women and children who have suffered abuse.

The phrase “it takes a village” rings true when it comes to hosting a successful Luncheon. Because Genesis neither solicits nor receives government funding, events like the Annual Luncheon are critical to the organization’s ability to provide life-saving services – including expert counseling and legal representation – at no cost to women and children who have experienced domestic violence.

Through purchasing underwriting/table sponsorships, individual seats or raffle tickets, there are many ways readers can help make this a successful event. And, when the lights go up and the guest speaker has left the building; after the three course meal and coffee have been served, what remains is the promise that Genesis has made to this community – that if you are suffering from a broken arm or a broken heart, if you have been hurt by someone who said they loved you, Genesis will be here.

It is our hope that you will support the 25th Annual Genesis Luncheon as we continue to offer safety, shelter and support to women and children who have experienced domestic violence. Your support will save and change lives.