Pot of Gold Luncheon 2024

Friday, April 19, 2024 | Westin Dallas Galleria

Silent Auction Doors Open: 11 a.m. | Luncheon Program: 12 – 1:30 p.m.
Discounted valet and complimentary self-parking available | Business Attire

Help Rainbow Days celebrate 42 years of service at our 27th annual Pot of Gold Luncheon! The 2024 Pot of Gold Luncheon will be held at the Westin Dallas Galleria on Friday, April 19, 2024. Through sponsorships, silent auction bidding, individual tickets and donations, Rainbow Days’ goal is to raise $302,500 to continue providing critical services benefiting thousands of at-risk and homeless children and youth across the Dallas area.


Ticket sales for this year’s event have closed but if you have a question or are interested in seeing if there is still space available, please reach out to Sunni Roaten.

Erin Gruwell

Keynote Speaker

Erin Gruwell is a teacher, an author, and an activist who has been fighting for social justice for over two decades. She first gained national attention in 1998 when she and her 150 students appeared on an ABC specialPrimeTime Live–with Connie Chung.

Erin’s students – affectionately called the Freedom Writers – came from backgrounds of poverty, gangs, and violence, and many were at-risk of dropping out of school due to the school-to-prison-pipeline. But, under Erin’s guidance, all 150 Freedom Writers graduated from high school and pursued higher education.

In 1999, Erin and the Freedom Writers published their book, The Freedom Writers Diary, which detailed their unique journey from hardship to hope. The book became a #1 New York Times bestseller and was adapted into a major motion picture, Freedom Writers, starring two-time Academy Award-winner Hilary Swank as Erin. The film brought Erin’s work to an even wider audience, and she has since used her platform to continue her fight for equity and inclusion with her non-profit, the Freedom Writers Foundation.

Erin’s work has been recognized with several humanitarian awards, including the prestigious Spirit of Anne Frank Award. Erin and the Freedom Writers have appeared on multiple television shows to promote educational reform, including Oprah, The View, Good Morning America, and NBC’s TODAY. They have also been featured on National Public Radio, numerous newspapers, and national magazines, such as People. In 2019, Erin and the Freedom Writers were the subjects of the Emmy Award-winning PBS documentary Freedom Writers: Stories from the Heart. Erin also hosts The Freedom Writers Podcast with guests who are authors, activists and civil rights icons.

Be it in the classroom, or otherwise, Erin’s powerful message of hope and possibility is sure to resonate with any audience, whom she encourages “to stand up, speak up and speak out.”

Donna and Terry Saad

Pot of Gold Luncheon Chairs

2024 Pot of Gold Leadership

Luncheon Chairs: Donna & Terry Saad

Silent Auction Chairs: Abby Waterstreet & Amy McCarrick

Luncheon Committee:
Liz Aldrine
Cyndi Arakas
Kyle Coots
Sharon Cornwall
Juliette Coulter
Leticia Espinoza
Melissa Griffith
Kathy Hathaway
Sha’ Hall
Laura Head
Bridget Hunt
Telisa Schelin
Tara Walsh


Sponsorship Benefits

Title Sponsor $50,000

Diamond Sponsor $25,000

Silent Auction Sponsor $15,000

Platinum Sponsor $10,000

Arrangement Sponsor $7,500

Gold Sponsor  $5,000

Silver Sponsor $3,500

Bronze Sponsor  $2,500


Sponsorship Benefits

Read more about the benefits of sponsorship


Silent Auction

Our silent auction will open online Spring of 2024. Check out our auction donors now!

Thank you to our 2024 Pot of Gold sponsors!

Title Sponsor


Nancy Ann & Ray L. Hunt


Heather & Eric Appel



Darla & Mark Whitaker



Katie & Netesh Anand


Jill & Dale Hurd



Alyssa & Kurt Opella





Beth & Brad Bedell


Phyllis & John Horan


Mary Jo & James McKellar



Telisa Schelin & Rebecca Massiatte




Liz Aldrine & Tara Walsh


Tiffany & Terry Beaudine


Jennifer & Jody Bishop


Cathey & Wade Brown


The Clay Jones Foundation


Dynamic Support Solutions


Alyson & David Elliott




Bridget Hunt


Lacy & David Lange


Minerva Consulting


Francisco Ramos & Irma Hinojosa


Sky Island Capital


Texas Mutual


Nicole Williams and Chris George

Even if you cannot attend the luncheon – you can still change a child’s life.