‘Steaks on the Lake’ now ‘The Hope Party’

By Jef Tingley

On Friday, Nov. 22, a crowd of more than 400 guests filled The Bomb Factory in Deep Ellum for an evening of food, fun and fundraising for Grant Halliburton Foundation. Celebrating its 10th year, Steaks on the Lake (named after its humble beginnings with views of White Rock Lake) is an annual party that brings together supporters of the Foundation and its mission to strengthen the network of mental health resources for children, teens and young adults; promote better mental health; and prevent suicide. During the event, organizers announced that the yearly gala would be renamed The Hope Party. 

Patrick and Wanda LeBlanc.
Photo by Don Mamone

After dinner, Vanita Halliburton, co-founder and executive chairman of Grant Halliburton Foundation, introduced Missy and Richard Fischer as the 2019 honorary chairs. Richard, the former president and CEO of the Federal Reserve of Dallas, gave a few remarks where he highlighted their special connection to the Foundation. Richard’s daughter, Texana, was one of the last people to speak with Grant Halliburton, Vanita’s son for whom the Foundation is named. Following Richard’s remarks, Vanita updated attendees on how much Steaks on the Lake has grown and how the Foundation continues to reach more and more people each year, remarking, “One of our primary goals as a Foundation is to educate people about mental health and suicide prevention. We’re in the schools and in the community year-round, teaching youth and all the adults in their lives how to recognize and respond to someone who may be in emotional distress or suicidal crisis.”