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.
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 special–PrimeTime 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
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