Klyde Warren Park’s annual fundraiser, Party in the Park, presented by Republic National Distributing Company, will be held Wednesday, October 12, 2022. Honorary Chairs for this signature event, celebrating the Park’s 10th anniversary, are naming donors, Amy and Kelcy Warren. Event Chairs are the children and grandchildren of original donors, Nancy Ann and Ray Hunt: Heather Hunt Graham and her children Annemarie, Christopher and Cooper Graham; Stephanie and Hunter Hunt and their children Natalie, Wesley and Harrison Hunt; and Ashlee and Chris Kleinert and their children Connie and Nick Babikian, Mackenzie and Tyler Kleinert and TJ Kleinert.
“We are honored to be Event Chairs for Party in the Park and delighted to be part of this 10-year celebration,” said Ashlee Kleinert. “Klyde Warren Park offers an array of free activities and events for all ages that would otherwise not be available in Downtown Dallas, and our ‘Ruthie’s for Good’ food truck allows us the opportunity to see first-hand how it brings people together. It is common ground, and we are happy to support this wonderful opportunity for families to enjoy the outdoors."
Surrounded by an unparalleled 360-degree view of the uptown and downtown Dallas skylines, Party in the Park will celebrate all that Klyde Warren Park has meant to the City of Dallas over the past decade. It will also feature the crowd-pleasing, Swedish-based ABBA THE CONCERT: A TRIBUTE TO ABBA underwritten by Park founders Sheila and Jody Grant.
“I am proud to be from a city that is always innovating. A deck park is something that was never imagined in Dallas before the Grants and other visionaries made it happen,” said Heather Hunt. “This 10-year anniversary celebration is well deserved, and I’m excited to be a part of it.”
Added Hunter Hunt, “Klyde Warren Park’s economic impact has been incredibly beneficial for the community. Property values around the Park have increased significantly and created millions of dollars of tax revenue for the city of Dallas to invest in projects such as hospitals, schools and roads. It truly is the gift that keeps on giving.”
Managed by the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation, the 5.2-acre park relies on contributions from donors to support maintenance, special programs and educational activities for more than one million visitors each year. Fundraising events such as Party in the Park are critical to the nonprofit’s ability to serve the public daily. Proceeds will ensure that the Park is maintained as a pristine and safe gathering space for every socioeconomic group in our city.
“We are so grateful to those who believed in this project more than a decade ago and made it a reality,” said Park President Kit Sawers. “To have the extended Hunt family and Amy and Kelcy Warren heading up this event during our 10th anniversary and to have Republic National Distributing Company back as presenting sponsor is incredible and speaks to the importance of this much-loved green space.”