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TACA 2014 Silver Cups Awarded to Holly Mayer and Lucilo Peña

DALLAS, Texas — March 3, 2014 — The TACA Silver Cup Award Luncheon honored two Dallas legends at its 36th annual event on Monday, March 3, 2014 at the Hilton Anatole. Holly Mayer and Lucilo Peña each received the Silver Cup Award which recognizes outstanding contributions to the arts in Dallas. While the luncheon specifically recognizes two individuals, it also serves at the one day each year when civic and corporate leaders, volunteers, staff and supporters gather under one roof to celebrate the performing arts community. This year's chairmen are long time arts supporters Carol and Don Glendenning. Last year's awardees Peggy Sewell and Roger Nanney presented the honors to Mayer and Peña. More about the honorees...

Holly Mayer

Holly Mayer has been a generous philanthropist to performing arts and cultural organizations, including The Dallas Opera, Dallas Theater Center, Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Dallas Arboretum. Mayer currently serves as The Dallas Opera Capital Campaign Chair and serves on the Executive and Finance Committees. She serves on the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Board of Governors. For the Dallas Arboretum, she is a member of the Executive Board. Holly currently serves on Alcuin School Board of Trustees and Development Committee. She is a member of the University of Texas System Chancellor Council.

"I volunteer because I believe the arts can make our lives richer and deeper than they would be otherwise. I'm especially excited about the collaboarative spirit alive in our city, and encouraged by TACA. This new spirit invites us all to reach across the gaps that might divide us and to build new partnership." She continues "Every investment we make today leaves a legacy for generations to come."

Mayer is the Executive Director/President of the Productive Rehabilitation Institute of Dallas for Ergonomics (PRIDE). Married to Dr. Tom Mayer, she is the mother of two adult children, Kano and Maile.

Lucilo Peña

Lucilo Peña has been a tireless and constant presence in the North Texas arts community for a number of years. Peña is on the Dallas Museum of Art Board of Trustees and currently serves as Chair of the Building Committee. He is a Founding Member and Vice Chair for the Nasher Sculpture Center Program Advisory Committee and is a Board Member of the AT&T Performing Arts Center. For the Human Rights Campaign, Peña is a member of its Emeritus Council. He is a Board Member of the Dallas Architecture Forum, a member of Downtown 360 for the City of Dallas, and a founding member of the Development Excellence Committee for the North Central Texas Council of Governments. He serves on Cornell University's Dean's Advisory Council for the College of Architecture, Art and Planning.

Peña expounds on his focus, as an architect, on the arts. "So, why do the arts matter? When we look back at any civilization, it's the art that tells us who the people were and what they valued. Our arts today will tell future generations who we were. In Dallas, we’ve now built world-class facilities that have captured the attention of the art world. I'm proud to say that I live, work, and play in the Arts District—it's my home. Surely these iconic structures and our commitment to the arts that they represent will be appreciated long after we're gone."

A registered architect, Peña is president of Billingsley Development Company. He and his partner Lee Cobb were early proponents of the Dallas Arts District and reside in the area.

Major donors include:

Co-Title Sponsors
J.P. Morgan
Neiman Marcus

TACA Ticket Sponsor
RBC Wealth Management

Valet Sponsor
The Dallas-Fort Worth Lexus Dealers

$10,000 Concerto Sponsors
Bowdon Family Foundation
Nancy and Clint Carlson
Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Jennifer and John R. Eagle
The Eugene McDermott Foundation
Fluor Corporation
Carol and Don Glendenning
Gro Designs
Al G. Hill, Jr.
Holly and Tom Mayer
WRR Classical 101.1 fm

$5,000 Sonata Sponsors
Diane and Hal Brierley
Barbara and Don Daseke
Pam and Mark Denesuk /Barbara and Steve Durham/Marsha Cameron and Michael Halloran
Melissa and Trevor Fetter
Rebecca and Barron Fletcher /Bess and Ted Enloe
Julie and Ken Hersh /The Hersh Foundation
Marguerite Steed Hoffman
Lauree Hulshoff and Ben Fischer
Locke Lord LLP
Mrs. Eugene McDermott
Joyce and Harvey Mitchell
The Muse Educational Foundation
The O’Donnell Foundation
Lucilo Peña and Lee Cobb
Cindy and Howard Rachofsky
Helen and Frank Risch
Catherine and Will Rose
Deedie Rose
Peggy and Carl Sewell
Vin and Caren Prothro Foundation

$3,000 Rhapsody Sponsors
Ben E. Keith Company
Lucy and Henry Billingsley
Shannon Brame
Linda and Bill Custard/Pitts Oil Company
Dallas Arboretum
Arlene and John Dayton
Human Rights Campaign
Betty and Steve Sullentrop
Sharon and Michael Young

$1,500 Minuet Sponsors
AT&T Performing Arts Center
Bank of Texas
Simona Beal
Bruce Wood Dance Project
Jeanne Marie Clossey
Dallas Architecture Forum
Dallas Black Dance Theatre
Dallas Symphony Orchestra League/Nell Boughton
Dallas Theater Center
Dallas Wind Symphony
Gwen and Leldon Echols
Linda H. Gibbons
Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra
Haynes and Boone, LLP
HEYCO Energy Group
HKS Inc.
Kaki Hopkins
Junior Players
Janet and Terry Kafka and friends of Lucilo Peña
The Kern and Marnie Wildenthal Family Fund
Kitchen Dog Theater
Bobby B. Lyle
Lyric Stage
Lynn and Alan McBee
Lynn and Presley Mock
Nasher Sculpture Center
The Northern Trust Company
Deborah and Jim Nugent
Erle Nye
Karol Omlor
Sarah and Ross Perot, Jr.
Nelda Cain Pickens and Nancy Cain Marcus
The Rosewood Corporation
Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
Sammons Center for the Arts/Turtle Creek Chorale
Shakespeare Dallas
SMU / Meadows School of the Arts
Gay and Bill Solomon
Southwestern Medical Foundation
Gayle and Paul Stoffel
Texas Ballet Theater
The Dallas Opera
Theatre Three Board of Directors
Thompson & Knight Foundation
TravisWolff, LLP
TurningPoint Foundation
Undermain Theatre