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“A Heart for Others” Ladies Luncheon celebrates friendship, family and community 

Velena L. McRae
Velena L. McRae

In celebration of Galentines’ Day, the JV McRae Foundation will host its inaugural “Heart for Others Ladies Luncheon”  at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 18, 2023, at Sixty Vines located in Dallas, TX. 

Influential author, filmmaker and producer, Dr. Cheryl Polote Williamson, will be the motivational keynote speaker and award-winning communications and community leader, Tiffaney Dale Hunter will serve as the luncheon emcee.  

“I am extremely excited about our inaugural luncheon that will celebrate the love of friendship, family and the community, while recognizing those who truly have a heart for others,” said Velena L. McRae, founder of the JV McRae Foundation. “I encourage women from all backgrounds and experiences to put on their fabulous pink or red attire and come out for an exciting afternoon of love, light and sisterhood.” 

A Galentines’ Day event, the “Heart for Others Ladies Luncheon” is a swanky affair that will feature an array of highlights including inspiring speakers, delectable bites, signature cocktails and exciting giveaways. Polote Williamson will entertain and inspire guests with her words of wisdom and motivation.  

In addition, Danielle Carty, founder of the “Say it With Your Chest” organization will be presented with the inaugural “Heart for Others” award for the work she and her organization does daily to support the homeless community. 


Tickets are $125 and can be purchased by visiting For sponsorship opportunities, contact the JV McCrae Foundation  at  Proceeds raised from the event will be applied to the foundation’s many programs that benefit those in the local Dallas/ Fort Worth community. 


Founded by Velena L. McRae as a way to honor her late husband Jesse C. McRae, III and her late grandmother, Vera Peoples Bailey, the JV McRae Foundation is a 501 (3)(c) organization that actively serves the community by providing resources to support education, health, financial, and family stability initiatives. 

The Foundation provides four annual scholarships and has programming designed to highlight and appreciate educators working in underserved communities throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Among the many ways that appreciation is shown is by providing meals for the Teachers’ Lounge, donating teaching supplies, issuing gift cards, and assisting with additional items necessary for teachers to be successful. Learn more at   

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