Each year, The Thanks-Giving Foundation assembles civic, community, religious, nonprofit, governmental, and business leaders in celebration of unity around the power of gratitude and inclusive prayer for all faiths in America.

About the Luncheon

On the first Thursday of each May, The Thanks-Giving Foundation and Interfaith Council celebrate a community-wide recognition of the National Day of Prayer — a time at which multiple faith groups share their prayers for the nation. This day is celebrated in Dallas with a special luncheon program calling all faith groups together to celebrate common ground as United States residents. The program often includes presentations from area youth and inspiring messages from honored speakers. Proceeds from the luncheon are used to further the work of The Thanks-Giving Foundation, including Thanks-Giving Square and the Interfaith Council.

2019 Event Information

The Thanks-Giving Foundation and its Interfaith Council
Cordially Invite You to Attend

THE THIRTY-EIGHTH ANNUAL
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER LUNCHEON

Thursday, May 2, 2019
11:30 A.M. check-in
Noon lunch and program

The Statler Ballroom
1914 Commerce Street
Dallas, Texas 75201

Complimentary valet parking

Please respond by April 26th. For sponsorship opportunities or event questions contact Kyle Ogden at kogden@thanksgiving.org.

Honorary Luncheon Chair

James Recer 
EXECUTIVE MANAGING DIRECTOR, SPECIALTY BANKING, TEXAS CAPITAL BANK

Host Committee

Jennifer Altabef | Jon Altschuler | Tatiana Androsov | Carl & Linda Bell | Liz Cedillo-Pereira | Ben Casey | John A Cuellar | Mark Denesuk | Steven Durham | Don & Linda Earnhart | Ron & Rebecca Gafford | Jamal Gharbieh | Stanley Gardner | Don & Carol Glendenning | Rev. Rachel Griffin Baughman | Chuck Gummer | Amy Lewis Hofland | Charles & Julie Irsch | Dan & Kristy Jeakins | Noah Jeppson & Corey Rawdon | Carla & Jonathan Leffert | Robert Kent | Stan & Barbara Levenson | Jack Lowe | Ron Lutz | Rev. Dr. George A. Mason Grant Moise | Almas & Aziz Muscatwalla | Jud Pankey | Kyle & Cathy Ogden | Matthew & Amanpreet Randazzo | Carol Seay | Mark Shank | David Stewart | Linda & Chris Slaughter | Megan & Andy Stoker | Rose Marie (Rosie) Stromberg | Chris & Rachel Trowbridge | Linus Wright

Featuring comments from

Grant Moise
PUBLISHER, THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS

Ty Bledsoe
ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS, AT&T

Bob Mong
PRESIDENT, UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS AT DALLAS

Rev. Rachel Baughman
SENIOR PASTOR, OAK LAWN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

About Highlight the Good

This year’s luncheon theme, Highlight the Good, recognizes the positive resulting from the diversity, inclusion and equity that we seek. There are many positive forces at work in the North Texas business, philanthropic and faith communities that are worth celebrating. Our program “highlights” just a few of these initiatives, as well as some of the leaders that are working to make Dallas a better place for all of us to live, work and play.

2018 Event Recap

The Thanks-Giving Foundation’s Thirty Seventh Annual National Day of Prayer Luncheon was held at the Tower Club in Thanksgiving Tower on Thursday, May 3rd. It was a special day of gathering with the foundation’s sponsors and supporters. We are grateful to everyone who attended, and to all who donated at the event and online. Your support sustains our programs and the continued maintenance of and improvement to The Square.

The event program started with a medley of prayers offered by Imam Khalid Shaheed, Dallas Masjid-Al Islam, Rev. Karen Fry, Co-Director CSLDallas, A Center for Spiritual Living, and Preston W. Weaver, Executive Pastor, St. Paul United Methodist Church-Dallas.  The 2018 National Day of Prayer Presidential Proclamation was then read by Amy Moore and Shawn Daniell.

The luncheon honored Thanks-Giving Square founder Peter Pauls Stewart and his children, honorary event co-chairs Elizabeth Stewart Wally, Peter B. Stewart, Alan G. Stewart Cathy Stewart Moore, and David E. Stewart. Mayor Mike Rawlings spoke of his special affection and respect for Peter and for Thanks-Giving Square, and many of those same sentiments were echoed by Thanks-Giving Foundation Director Almas Muscatwalla. A special video helped chronicle some of the important contributions made by Peter Stewart.

Foundation Director Ron Gafford recognized the outstanding contributions of Jennifer Altabef, Director and Immediate Past Chairman, and Chris Slaughter, the Foundation’s recently retired President and CEO.  A beautiful framed Bjørn Wiinblad lithograph was gifted to each.

Kyle Ogden, the new CEO of The Thanks-Giving Foundation thanked the National Day of Prayer sponsors, donors and attendees, and spoke about the Foundation’s strategic identity. Foundation Chairman Chris Trowbridge recognized the dedicated work of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, indicated his enthusiasm for key initiatives, and implored the crowd of three hundred and twenty plus attendees to get behind the Foundation. In Trowbridge’s introduction of the day’s final presenter, Bishop Edward Burns, he highlighted the alignment of Bishop Burns’ “Be Golden” initiative and the Foundation’s long time focus on the “Golden Rule”.

Closing the program was Bishop Burns, a relative newcomer to Dallas, who expressed his delight in becoming a part of the Dallas community. The Bishop mentioned his concern for refugee populations, and the need to “do unto them” by being welcoming and supportive, and then closed the event with a prayer.

A good time was had by all as evidenced by the event photos, and all attendees made plans to attend next year’s National Day of Prayer Luncheon on Thursday May 2, 2019. If you were unable to attend this year, but still want to make a donation, you can click here to do so.

Thank you to all of our generous supporters and volunteers!

More Information

National Proclamation

Visit our proclamation page to view an archive of current and past National Day of Prayer presidential proclamations. LINK

Prayer in the 21st Century

What is prayer? How does it work? How does it change one’s life? These are questions that were asked to the North Texas community for the 2017 National Day of Prayer. People of diverse faith traditions gathered at Thanks-Giving Square in Dallas, Texas to record statements about their own perspectives on prayer. Throughout the discussion ran common themes, revealing a connection between so many unique groups of people. The video was first presented at the 2017 National Day of Prayer Luncheon.

Past Speakers and Presentations

  • Mike Rawlings, Mayor of Dallas
  • Janessa Gans Wilder, Founder of the Euphrates Institute | “Building Peace in the Face of Extremism”