2016 Visionary Women Luncheon



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Omni Dallas Hotel
555 S. Lamar Street
Dallas, Texas 75202

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Virginia Chandler Dykes 2016 Visionary Woman Honoree

2016 Visionary Women Luncheon, honoring Virginia Chandler Dykes as the 2016 Visionary Woman and benefiting Juliette Fowler Communities 

WHAT:  The Visionary Women Luncheon celebrates the vision of Juliette Peak Fowler and honors individuals who embody her compassionate spirit and who use their visionary leadership and remarkable gifts to make a difference in the lives of others and in our community. All proceeds benefit Juliette Fowler Communities One Heart fund. 


  • Virginia Chandler Dykes  - 2016 Visionary Woman honoree
  • Dallas Junior Forum - the inaugural recipients of the Erika McKenzie Volunteer Award
  • Juliette Fowler Faith & Service Award - to be presented to a TCU student - recipient to be announced in early February
  • Honorary Chair Barbara Bradfield
  • Event Chair Elaine Kellam

COST:  Sponsorships $1,500-$50,000; individual tickets $150


ATTIRE:  Business

SPONSORSHIP/TICKET CONTACT:  Coleman Rabourn,, 214-515-1342


ABOUT VIRGINIA CHANDLER DYKES: In 2002, Virginia Chandler Dykes’ passion for her lifelong work in occupational therapy, along with a shared vision with Texas Woman’s University to improve the health and quality of life for others, resulted in an annual event that has become one of Dallas’ premiere luncheon events: the Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award Luncheon. The leadership award is presented annually to Dallas leaders dedicated to improving the quality of life and to furthering the importance of education in our community. To date, the luncheon has raised over $550,000 and awarded more than 100 scholarships. In addition to the Virginia Chandler Dykes Endowed Scholarship fund, Dykes also helped establish the Fanny B. Vanderkooi Endowed Lectureship for the School of Occupational Therapy at TWU in honor of her mentor. After completing her graduate work in occupational therapy at TWU, Dykes became Director of Occupational and Recreational Therapy at Baylor University Medical Center for 25 years. She was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to serve on TWU’s Board of Regents, where she served until 2011.  For many years, she and her late husband, Roland, gave freely of their time and resources to promote occupational therapy opportunities for students, faculty and clinicians, inspiring countless others along the way. Dykes is also known for her leadership in many cultural and charitable organizations such as The Dallas Opera, the Dallas Arboretum’s Women’s Council and the Fort Worth Opera. In 2014 she was honored as one of six Women of the Year by Les Femmes du Monde.

ABOUT JULIETTE FOWLER COMMUNITIES: Tradition and quality combine at Juliette Fowler Communities, a 501 (c)(3) organization, founded in 1892 and named for Dallas’ first female philanthropist, Juliette Peak Fowler. Juliette’s vision for intergenerational living has cared for thousands of elders, children, youth and families and continues to do so today with a wide range of services. This thriving, park-like community in the heart of East Dallas includes independent living, assisted living, memory care, and affordable senior housing, as well as a five-star quality nursing and rehabilitation center. Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services partners with JFC to provide foster care for children. A newly founded residential program, “The Ebby House,” is home to young women who have aged-out of foster care. For more information, visit the agency’s website at; 214-827 0813,

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