The Sammons Center for the Arts recognized seven local performing artists and supporters on October 24 for their outstanding contributions to the Sammons Center and our mission to “Grow the Arts” in Dallas.
Pictured (l-r) with Sammons Center Executive Director Joanna St. Angelo and Sammons Center Board of Directors President Tim Hardin are: Judy Donachie Watson, Volunteer of the Year; Sally and Dean Hamilton, Benefactors of the Year; John and Bonnie Strauss, Sammons Center Hall of Fame; Joanna St. Angelo; Rachella Parks-Washington, Sammons Jazz Artist of the Year; Sheran Goodspeed Keyton, Sammons Cabaret Artist of the Year; and Tim Hardin.
John and Bonnie Strauss, previously recognized as the center’s 1996 Benefactors of the Year, have made a significant impact on North Texas through the Plano-based foundation they formed in 2010. The couple’s generosity includes contributions to local organizations such as Shakespeare Dallas, Junior Players, and Theatre Three.
Dean and Sally Hamilton are longtime supporters of the Sammons Center and exemplary jazz ambassadors who share their love of the genre by introducing Sammons Jazz to friends,
Undeterred by health issues, saxophonist Rachella Parks-Washington is “a musician’s musician,” based on her extraordinary talent, innovation, and inspiration.
Sheran Goodspeed Keyton is an award-winning artist who has captivated audiences around the world with her charm and powerful voice, whether performing in an ensemble or a one-woman show.
With a cheerful, giving, and helpful personality that is legendary in North Texas, Judy Donachie Watson is a tireless volunteer and the director of the Donachie Foundation.
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