2020 Gala, Auction & Casino Night

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Event Co-Chairs Nancy Scripps, Cathy Susie, Pat Zajac


Become a Sponsor

Help Our Friends Place throw a successful fundraiser to help hundreds of young women and Dallas youth. Download the Sponsor & Underwriter’s packet here.

Donate an Auction Item

Thank you for supporting our auction! Please complete and return this form along with your donation. Past auctions have featured donated tee times at exclusive courses, spa days, jewelry, elegant dinners, gifts for kids, exotic vacation packages, and more.

Buy Tickets

Please stay tuned to purchase tickets to our 2020 Gala.

Unable to attend? Click here to donate directly to Our Friends Place.

A Special Message from Our Co-Chairs

OUR FRIENDS PLACE invites you to empower young women and Dallas youth at our 17th annual Gala, Auction and Casino Night on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel.  This event is the cornerstone of our fundraising efforts, gathering an audience of over 500 donors, supporters, and friends to help homeless young women and at-risk youth.  The gala features gourmet dining, open bar, LIVE and silent auctions, dancing, casino games, and the prestigious 16th Annual Ebby Awards.

Our efforts to help young women break the generational cycles of abuse, neglect, poverty and homelessness will go further with your support.

Over 25% of young women in Dallas live below the poverty line—at-risk for a lifetime of poverty and homelessness. 

When young women come to OUR FRIENDS PLACE, they succeed!  Over the last 10 years:

  • 83% of our young women were actively employed.

  • 88% increased job skills to improve employability.

  • 91% were enrolled in educational/vocational courses.

  • 94% did not become pregnant while in the program.

It costs $30,000 to graduate one young woman through our Transitional Living Centers and $20,000 to support SOAR to Success mentorship for at-risk youth at one school. Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities range from $500 to $50,000. 

We look forward to seeing you at our 2020 Gala, Auction & Casino Night!


Nancy Scripps, Cathy Susie, and Pat Zajac — 2020 Co-Chairs

Past events…

2019 Gala, Auction & Casino Night 

Presented by HollyFrontier Corporation

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Event Co-Chairs Dorinda Cavender-Akin, Suzanne Jaco, and Jill Svoboda

Honorary Chairs Mr. and Mrs. Patrick J. Burns, Sr.

Click the 2019 Gala printed program to view online.

Thank you for joining us in empowering young women to break the generational cycles of abuse, neglect, poverty and homelessness by supporting our 2019 Gala, Auction & Casino Night at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel on April 27, 2019. Our signature event brings together over 500 friends for dinner, dancing, casino games, live and silent auctions, and the prestigious 15th Annual Ebby Awards presentation.

This event is the cornerstone of our fundraising efforts and we are very grateful to our sponsors who make the evening possible.  Over the past 5 years, this event has raised over $2 Million to help young women in need!

Thanks to our many sponsors and underwriters for making our 2019 Gala, Auction & Casino Night a success!

OUR FRIENDS PLACE 30th Anniversary

Gala, Auction & Casino Night

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Omni Dallas Hotel

Event Co-Chairs Suzanne Jaco, Angela Maverick, and Leslie Simmons

Honorary Co-Chairs Netta Blanchard and Jefflyn Williamson

Questions?  Email Caitlin Doepfner or call 214.520.6268 to learn more about 2019 Gala, Auction & Casino Night, sponsorships, underwriting opportunities, ticket sales, auction donations, volunteering or to answer any additional questions.