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Born and raised in Dallas, Kristi Anderson graduated from University of Texas Dallas with a B.A. in Psychology. She is creative and has a passion for charity, volunteering to plan multiple charity galas and events. She works in Marketing and Advertising and can be found exploring new Dallas restaurants, boutiques and the music scene.

The 20th Anniversary Family Place Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon with Marisa Tomei

Marisa Tomei

Marisa Tomei Photo Credit: dallasculturemap.com

The Hilton Anatole will be the place to be on Thursday October 1, 2015. The Family Place  with event chairs, Michaela Dyer and Layne Pitzer will hold their 20th anniversary Texas Trailblazer Awards Luncheon, with guest keynote speaker Marisa Tomei!

Fun will definitely be had by all during this star-studded luncheon. During the luncheon, The Family Place will designate a person of the community, the Texas Trailblazer award. This award signifies that this person achieved grand success, despite facing numerous obstacles along the way. It depicts Texas’ more outstanding leaders of the community. A trailblazer is a person who has “blazed” a trail for others to follow, whether by showing them how to open new doors for opportunities, made significant contributions to either their business or community. Harold C. Simmons was crowned the Texas Trailblazer last year for his support of The Family Place as well as several other schools, hospitals and organizations.

The Trailblazer Award is only the beginning of what will be presented at the luncheon. There will be the Real-Life Hero Award presented to a community member who went above and beyond to help individual(s) with a life altering situation. There will The Advocacy Award, and the Youth Service Award and Scholarship to two students that have gone through the BE Project program in domestic violence prevention education.

Marisa Tomei has been generous enough to act as the keynote speaker at this year’s luncheon. She will make a presentation as well as hold a discussion with the luncheon’s moderator. Marisa has worked with both large studios and in independent filming. She has won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Mona Vito in My Cousin Vinny. She made her directorial debut with the independent film, Half the Sky, which is based on the book of Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas Kristof. This film focuses on a thirteen year old girl’s struggle with the institution oppression of women in Ethiopia. Marisa has always gravitated towards films that bring awareness and the giving spirit.

The Family Place, started in 1978, is an organization that provides meals, safety, counseling, and medical care to families, women, men and children that are needing to escape from domestic violence. Through the many years, The Family Place has counseled and helped more than 250,000 clients. They have provided a safe haven for nearly 22,000 women, children and men, and assisted with over 550,000 calls for help. The Family Place has also counseled nearly 30,000 batterers learn how to recognize and change their abusive behavior.

Layne Pitzer and Michaela Dyer Photo Credit: Chuck Clark

Layne Pitzer and Michaela Dyer Photo Credit: Chuck Clark

Grab a friend, a coworker or family member, and come to the Hilton Anatole for one of Dallas’ premier annual events. It will be a day full of inspiration and entertainment.


WHEN: Thursday October 1, 2015 at 10:45 a.m.

Hilton Anatole
2201 N. Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75207

TICKETS: Please click here to purchase tickets.

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