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the Kick Off Event at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP(the event's presenting sponsor) shows Angela Fontana (she & her husband Andy Szuwalski chaired the First Gone To Texas Event, and she is also a partner at Weil; next is Gary Smith, president and executive director, Dallas Heritage Village; and Kelly Dybala, this year's event chair

The Kick Off Event at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP(the event's presenting sponsor) shows Angela Fontana (she & her husband Andy Szuwalski chaired the First Gone To Texas Event, and she is also a partner at Weil; next is Gary Smith, president and executive director, Dallas Heritage Village; and Kelly Dybala, this year's event chair.

8th Annual Gone To Texas Gala
“The Big Deal” Casino Night

Benefiting Dallas Heritage Village Education Programs

Help Keep Dallas and North Texas History Alive for Metroplex School Children

Dallas, TX  – Dallas Heritage Village will host its 8th Annual Gone To Texas Gala “The Big Deal” Casino Night, presented by Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, Saturday, March 24, 6:30 p.m., at Eddie Deen’s Ranch, 944 South Lamar Street, Dallas, Texas, 75207.  The annual event is the largest fundraiser for Dallas Heritage Village, providing funds for engaging, hands-on history programs for area school children and tourists that visit this unique living museum.  More than 25,000 school children participate in education programs at Dallas Heritage Village each year. 

The evening will feature blackjack, craps, roulette, and poker, a lavish buffet, premium open bar, and live and silent auctions with trips, jewelry and more; and plenty of fun and dancing to hits from every decade with music by Jon Christopher Davis & Lone Star Attitude®.

“We are excited about the new look and feel of this year’s party with the casino theme and a high-energy band,” said Kelly Dybala, event chair.  “Not only will this new format provide a lot of fun things for guests to do, it will help raise important dollars for education programs at Dallas Heritage Village.”

Auction items include: featuring a set of four tickets to game three of the World Series plus trips to Sun Valley, New Orleans, Santa Fe and the Texas Hill Country.

“Gone To Texas” is named in honor of the 19th century Southerners who decided to pick up and move to a land of better opportunity.  Upon departure, they marked their front doors with "GTT" to announce they had gone to Texas.

Major donors include: Presenting Sponsor $15,000 – Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; $5,000 – Sally and Forrest Hoglund/Gail and Bill Plummer; Lockton Dunning Benefits; Jolene and Mark Masur; Ann and Paul Phy; Bruce and Sarah Sammis. Auction donors include Comerica, La Fonda on the Plaza, Orient Express Hotels and Southwest Airlines.

Tickets start at $175 and are available for purchase online at  Contact Nancy Farina ( or 214-421-8468).   Underwriting opportunities are available from $3,500 to $15,000.   Tickets should be purchased by March 16.  Tickets will not be sold at the door.  Valet parking is complimentary.

Dallas Heritage Village depicts life in Dallas from 1840 to 1910. It has 38 historic structures, including a log cabin, a Victorian Main Street and an 1861 farmstead. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.  For more information about the museum, go to  or call 214-421-5141.

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Dallas Heritage Village, located at Old City Park, is a nationally accredited history museum, depicting life in Dallas from 1840-1910. It is one of only five museums in the Dallas area to have this distinction. The grounds showcase 38 historic structures, including log cabins, the pre-Civil War Millermore home, a Victorian Main Street, a railroad complex, an 1860s farmstead with livestock, a 19th century church, school and more.  Visitors discover how crops were grown, animals cared for and how family living progressed from log cabins to grand manors and Victorian homes.  Dallas Heritage Village is supported, in part, by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs and the Texas Commission on the Arts as well as individual and group donations. Dallas Heritage Village was nominated in 2011 by D Magazine as one of the top Dallas-area family attractions. It is located at 1515 South Harwood, one block south of Farmers Market in Downtown Dallas. Hours of operation are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday, noon – 4 p.m. The Village is closed the months of January and August. Regular admission is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors 65+ and $5 for children ages 4-12.  Children under 4 and members of Dallas Heritage Village are admitted free of charge. For more information call 214-421-5141 or visit


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