Celebration! White Rock Raised $44,000, Awareness of Dallas’ Urban Oasis

Celebration! White Rock Raised $44,000, Awareness of Dallas’ Urban Oasis

The second annual Celebration! White Rock raised $44,000 for lake beautification and safety improvements and brought scores of lake supporters out to historic Winfrey Point on a breezy spring night.

See pictures from the race!

The April 2 event, hosted by the White Rock Lake Conservancy in cooperation with the City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department, included a 5K and 10K with more than 540 registered participants, a post-race celebration featuring tastings from a variety of area restaurants and the music of Good Times Van. Click here to see final race results and images from the race.

“The proceeds from last year’s Celebration! White Rock provided the seed money for the first phase of the renovation of the Stone Tables and Pavilion picnic area,” says event co-chair Lola Lott. “What we raised this year will move that project along significantly.”

Click here for more details on the Stone Tables renovation and an artist’s rendering of the finished project.

Celebration! White Rock is the perfect example of a public/private partnership that’s improving the lives of people all across the city, says event co-chair Mary Anne Walters. The fact that Mayor Mike Rawlings attended and served as Race Marshal highlights that partnership and reinforces the Conservancy’s unique role as a nonprofit advocate and fundraiser for White Rock Lake Park, she says.

“White Rock is one of the most popular – if not the most popular – outdoor destination in Dallas,” Ms. Walters says. “If we want our grandchildren to be able to enjoy it as much as we and our children do, it needs all the support we can give it today. And that’s what Celebration! White Rock is all about – giving something back to the lake that has given Dallas so much.”

With the 2015 event completed, the Conservancy is already planning for 2016, says Carl Ewert, the Conservancy’s chairman.

“The Stone Tables project is under way, and we are focusing on raising funds for phases two and three of the restoration project,” he says. “Our vision is to turn Celebration! White Rock into one of the premier community and fitness events in Dallas. We’re definitely on our way.”

The Conservancy would like to thank the sponsors who made Celebration! White Rock possible. They were Luke’s Locker, Lakewood Brewing Co., Androvett Legal Media & Marketing, Comerica Bank, Banowetz + Company Inc., charlieuniformtango | LMF, Kessler Collins, Standing Dog Interactive, Veritex Community Bank, CryoUSA, The Pierson Family, Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake, Century Glass & Mirror Inc. of Dallas, Walters Balido & Crain, Law Office of Brett Stalcup, Martha Harris, Billingsley Company, Prescott Realty, Carol & Jim Archer, RJA Construction, LLC, Chris & Helen Hollister, Woodrow Wilson Class of 1966, Joni & Marty Rose, Texas IT, Anne & Rob Raymond, th+a Architects, Jonathan Cott, White Rock Self Storage, Cushman & Wakefield, Tucker Burns, Belmont Icehouse, Trisha & Carl Ewert, Ralph C. Jones, Dart Container Corp., welch architecture, The Bragalone Family and The Burrow Family.

Food sponsors, which provided food and refreshments for the after-race celebration, were Crisp Salad Co., My Fit Foods, Hypnotic Donuts, Prego Pasta House, Burger House, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Reddy Ice, Stack House, St. Pete’s Dancing Marlin, The Lot, Blue Mesa Grill, Highland Park Cafeteria, Lord Nut Levington and E Bar Tex Mex.

About White Rock Lake Conservancy: The Conservancy was founded in 2008 by a group of park enthusiasts at the request of the Dallas Park and Recreation Department. The mission of the Conservancy is to raise funds to enhance the identity, beauty and safety of White Rock Lake in partnership with Dallas Park and Recreation Department. The Conservancy supports other neighborhood and lake volunteer groups toward the improvement of the hike and bike trails, buildings and park areas, and coordinates with other organizations with similar objectives.

For more information, contact Jennifer Hoesterey at 214-402-5714 or