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M&S.1.jpg Grow the Grove co-chairs Muffin Lemak and Susan Palma

Dallas, Texas – The fun has already begun for honorary chairs Mary and Mike Terry and event co-chairs Muffin and John Lemak and Susan and Gene Palma, hosts of Cristo Rey Dallas’ second Grow the Grove event, happening on Friday, November 17, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Following last year’s sell-out event, Grow the Grove will take place at the venue sixty five hundred, located at 6500 Cedar Springs Road.  The denim to dresses event will include a chef-prepared meal, fine wine, a spirited signature cocktail, live auction and more.

Proceeds from Grow the Grove will benefit Cristo Rey Dallas, an innovative high school located in Pleasant Grove that offers students who would otherwise not consider private school a rigorous college prep education paired with a valuable work study program. 

“The important work happening at Cristo Rey Dallas is making a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of dedicated high school students and their families, as well as the Dallas community as whole through the school’s Corporate Work Study Program,” says Muffin Lemak.

“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to celebrate the great success of Cristo Rey Dallas,” says Susan Palma. “Grow to Grove will be a night of great fun that supports an even greater initiative—preparing hardworking students to go to and through college.”

Grow the Grove host committee members include: Lydia and Bill Addy; Helaine and Dan Blizzard; Becky and Ken Bruder; Susi and Peter Brundage; Jessica and Jeff Burrow; Karen and Mark Carney; Shelly and Tom Codd; Janie and David Condon; Claire and Dwight Emanuelson; Ola and Randall Fojtasek; Barbara and Brad Fritts; Susan and Mark Godvin; Jane and Greg Greene; Jean and Erik Hansen; Julie and Ed Hawes; Candace and Jimmy Krause; Leslie and Michael Lanahan; Patty and Mark Langdale; DeeDee and Jimmy Lee; Ann and Chris Mahowald; Kiley McGuire; Karla and Mark McKinley; Susan McSherry; Tricia and Bill Miller; Laura and Scott Moore; Michelle Moussa; Angela Nash; Ruthie and Jay Pack; Pam and Gary Patsley; Pam and Vin Perella; Susan and Jon Piot; Micki and Mike Rawlings; Randa and Doug Roach; Shelle and Michael Sills; Mary and Mike Smith; Mersina Stubbs; Beth and Chuck Thoele; Debbie and John Tolleson; Piper and Mike Wyatt; and Ana and Jim Yoder.

Sponsorships for Grow the Grove begin at $1,600.  Limited tickets will be available closer to the event at a cost of $320 each for preferred seating or $250 each for general admission.  For more information, contact Lisa Brunts, or visit


About Cristo Rey Dallas College Prep

Located in Pleasant Grove, Cristo Rey Dallas College Prep provides economically challenged students of all faiths with a college preparatory education enabling them to become men and women of purpose and service. Through a rigorous curriculum, integrated with a hands-on professional work experience, students graduate ready to succeed in college and in life.

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