The Women’s Board

Juanita and Henry S. Miller Jr. Founders’ Award

On February 22, 2017, The Women’s Board of the Dallas Opera will present the

25th Annual

Juanita and Henry S. Miller, Jr. Founders Award Luncheon

This highly-anticipated event is held each year to honor a family’s extraordinary commitment to the arts in Dallas.

We are delighted to announce this year’s honorees:

Betty and Steve Suellentrop

The Suellentrop’s are being recognized for their service and generosity towards the Dallas Opera.  Steve just finished his two-year term as Chairman of the Board of Directors and continues to serve on the Opera’s Executive Committee as Immediate Past Chairman.  Betty serves on the Opera’s Education Committee and together, they chaired the Spring Gala in 2014.  In 2015, they made a transformative gift to name The Betty and Steve Suellentrop Educational Outreach Fund, which helps the Opera reach more and more children each year with its programming in the schools, community and Winspear Opera House.  Betty and Steve’s generosity and leadership at The Dallas Opera will be celebrated on Wednesday, February 22nd. All proceeds from the event support The Dallas Opera, its productions, and its family education programs, which reach over 25,000 children and adults each year. The luncheon will also feature special music from a member of the Madame Butterfly cast. 

Tickets start at $175. For ticket and underwriting opportunities, please click here.

Named for the co-Founders of The Dallas Opera, The Juanita and Henry S. Miller, Jr. Founders’ Award was created in 1991 as a way for The Women’s Board to recognize individuals who have made exceptional volunteer and philanthropic contributions for the benefit of the Opera. A member of the Miller family presents the Award at the much-anticipated annual Founders’ Award Luncheon, attended by approximately 200 people and featuring vocal artists from a current production. Proceeds from the event directly support the Opera’s annual operating budget. This Luncheon has been listed among the top 100 most powerful events in the DFW area.

Past Recipients
1991  Elsa von Seggern
1992  Sis and Plack Carr
1993  Martha and Frank Pitts
1994  Mrs. Bessylee Penland
1995  Margot and Bill Winspear
1996  Mrs. Somers von Behren
1997  Arlene and John Dayton
1998  Mrs. Betty Upton Hudson
2000  Dorothy and Plato Karayanis
2001  Joyce and Harvey Mitchell
2003  Patty and Marty Weiland
2004  Joyce and C.H. Moore
2005  Linda and Bill Custard
2006  Diane and Harold Brierley
2007  Nancy Hamon
2008  Patti and John Cody
2009  Ruben Esquivel
2010  Marnie and Kern Wildenthal
2011  Sara and David Martineau
2013  Joy and Ronald Mankoff
2014  Carol and Don Glendenning
2015  Holly and Tom Mayer
2016  Joanna and Peter Townsend


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