The Sammons Center lost longtime friend and stalwart supporter Mary Anne Sammons Cree on July 21, following a brief illness. As our chairman of the board of directors for the past 11 years, her passionate leadership, generosity, and counsel greatly benefited the more than 100 small arts organizations that we serve. Mary Anne was the only child of Charles A. Sammons, founder of Dallas-based Sammons Enterprises and the benefactor who donated the funds needed to complete renovation of the building that would become the Sammons Center.
“She was so gracious and humble, I don’t think Dallas fully understands the powerful impact Mrs. Cree’s support has had across the Dallas arts community,” said Joanna St. Angelo. “She certainly helped the Sammons Center successfully support dozens of arts organizations, and her giving extended to large institutions as well. Our city has lost a generational leader, and we’ve lost a dear friend.”
Mary Anne also contributed to the success of many other organizations in Dallas, including Texas Discovery Gardens, AT&T Performing Arts Center, Dallas Museum of Art, and United Way. We will miss her vision and enthusiasm and extend our deepest sympathies to her family.
Photo: Joanna St. Angelo (l) and Mary Anne Sammons Cree. By Liane Swenson.