More than 120 Mayor’s Star Council current class and alumni network members, guests, and the honorable Mike Rawlings, Mayor of Dallas, hosted the third annual Mayor’s Star Council fundraiser on March 31 at the Granada Theater in Dallas, Texas. The program opened with a few words by Mayor Rawlings and one of the Mayor’s Rising Star Council Leadership Academy students, David Johnston, after which blues artist Wanda King performed a private set for MSC guests. The headline performance of the evening came from locally born and raised musician Sarah Jaffe. Jaffe, who was opened for by Sam Lao, performed for more than 600 attendees, with the Granada Theater graciously donating a portion of the proceeds from the evening’s ticket sales to the Mayor’s Star Council.

How does this help Dallas?

Funds raised from that evening will be used by the Mayor’s Star Council operations fund, and will provide scholarships for many of the college-bound students in the Mayor’s Rising Star Council Leadership Academy. The MRSC includes students from a combination of five participating high schools in southern Dallas including Adamson, Lincoln, Roosevelt, South Oak Cliff, and Madison. 

Something new

MSC announced at the event that Neiman Marcus has signed on to be the first sponsor of the Bench Project. This is a joint venture between the MRSC Leadership Academy and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit agency, or DART. DART operates buses, light rail, commuter rail, and high-occupancy vehicle lanes in Dallas and 12 of its suburbs. Companies and individuals who sign on to sponsor a bench at a DART station support MRSC students who, alongside a local artist, come up with an artistic concept on a bench that will be located in historical locations throughout South Dallas and Downtown. Funds from the Bench Project support MSC operating funds.

What’s next for MSC?

Most Mayor’s Rising Star Council Leadership Academy students graduate from high school in southern Dallas this June. Many will go on to be first generation college students, and many have received numerous scholarships and are in the top 10 of their class. This August, MSC will also add a new class of diverse, young professionals. Are you interested in making a difference in the city of Dallas? Join us by applying no later than 5:00 PM on June 15th to have a voice in the future of this great city. 

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