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Dallas Business Leaders to Take Stage for C-Suite Christmas

Trammell S. Crow, Chad Houser, T.D. Jakes, Lynn McBee, and even D CEO Editor Christine Perez will headline Dallas Symphony Orchestra's third annual C-Suite Christmas.
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An impressive lineup of Dallas business leaders will take the stage on Dec. 8 for the third annual Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s C-Suite Christmas. Playing roles from conductor to performer to narrator, the lineup includes EarthX Founder Trammell S. Crow, philanthropist Lynn McBee, Café Momentum’s Chad Houser, Bishop T.D. Jakes, and D CEO Editor Christine Perez.

“This year’s executives are truly exemplary,” said arts champion Kim Hext, who is chairing the event with her husband and Greg Hext, CEO of Chapman, Hext, and Co. “They each come from different business backgrounds and sectors, but they are united by their selflessness and care for the Dallas community. We are honored to find out about some new talents they have beyond the boardroom.”

The corporate fundraising event celebrates the partnership between business and the arts and supports DSO’s educational and community outreach programs. This year’s event also will honor Chad Houser, and a scholarship for the DSO’s educational programs will be named to recognize his work in the Dallas community.

Chad Houser

“It’s an honor to be part of this uniquely special event that develops creative, collaborative partnerships making a positive change throughout our entire community,” Houser said.

Sponsors of the event will meet donors and other DFW-business leaders for development and networking opportunities at a special pre-concert event. Post-concert, attendees will be entertained by the sounds of Dallas’ Emerald City Band. Corporate supporters will be treated to an exclusive entertainment experience.

Sponsorship packages include a reserved group of tickets, invitations to an exclusive private reception before the event, and a program book. Sponsorships start at $2,500, and individual tickets are $500 each.

Lucy Billingsly performs at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s C-Suite Christmas.

The C-Suite Christmas will be broadcast and produced to air across the multi-platforms of Bloomberg Media. Last year’s program was viewed 1.5 million times with eight U.S. airings and 15 additional airings in eight countries worldwide.

C-Suite Christmas benefits the Dallas Symphony’s Southern Dallas Residency, Young Musicians, and Young Strings programs. Young Musicians, launched in summer 2019, provides free instruments and instruction to students in Southern Dallas for grades 1-5. This initiative is inspired by the El Sistema program, which uses music to further social equity and nurture children.

Young Strings, a core DSO education program since 1992, brings free lessons and deeper musical instruction to underrepresented communities in Dallas.

“Music changes lives, and the education and community outreach programs at the Dallas Symphony strive to do that one child at a time,” said Kim Noltemy, Ross Perot president & CEO of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. “It is through partnerships with the strong North Dallas business community that we are able to make these programs possible.”

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