Helping children in need through programs that empower them and enhance their lives.

Kids Matter Charity Ball

February 17, 2017 — 6:30 pm

Hilton Southlake
1400 Plaza Place  
Southlake, TX 76092

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For hotel room reservations, please call the Hilton at 817.442.9900; ask for the Kids Matter group rate.

  • Individual Tickets: $400 per person        
  • Table of 10 ( purchased before January 15): $3,000
  • Table of 10 (purchased after January 16): $3,500

The Kids Matter Charity Ball is our largest annual fundraiser to support the many programs and partnerships we have to serve our mission. The Charity Ball is held in February each year and kicks-off our fundraising efforts for the year allowing us to continue to grow Kids Matter.

For the attendees this event is considered an elaborate philanthropic evening, featuring a formal black tie atmosphere, seated dinner, premium cocktail bars, luxury live and silent auctions, and live entertainment. The Kids Matter Charity Ball is an evening to reflect and celebrate the positive impact our programs have had on the thousands of children and their families, but is it also a time for us to remember that our work to help the children is forever ongoing.

Let the children warm your heart and inspire you to give to those less fortunate. Start the year off in a big way by supporting the Charity Ball, Kids Matter, and all the children in need. We are always in search for silent auction items as well as individual or corporate support to make this event as successful as possible.

For information about the Charity Ball and how to get involved, please contact the Kids Matter Office at 817.488.7679 or email

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2016 Live Auction

Registered and Texas-Bred Baby Longhorn
This is the ultimate “must-have” and the epitome of Texas tradition that only a few select people can brag about. This 6 to 11 month-old Longhorn comes from a registered bloodline and is 100% Texas-bred. Known for its characteristic horns that can extend to over 6 feet from tip to tip, Texas Longhorns have a high drought-stress tolerance. The winning bidder has a choice of a steer (male) or heifer (female). Delivery within the DFW area is included.
Donated By: Mike and Kathy Talley


BNSF Railcar Dining Experience
This is a one-of-a-kind dining experience for 10 adults in the Yellowstone River Rail Car, built in 1955 by the Pullman-Standard Company for Northern Pacific Railway. The Yellowstone River Rail Car is among the private fleet now owned by BNSF. You and your guests will enjoy a lavish 4-course, chef-prepared dinner and a special selection of premium wines paired perfectly with each course. The chef will work closely with the winning bidder to design and create this memorable dining experience that you and your guests will never forget. All Aboard!
Donated By: BNSF
RESTRICTIONS: Expires 2/1/2018. 30 day notice requested.


SeaDream Private Yachting Experience
SeaDream Yacht Club and Shangri-La World Travel have partnered to bring you and your guest this first-class yachting experience to the Mediterranean. Your adventure starts with pre-cruise, deluxe accommodations for 1 night from your chosen embarkation port. You’ll then board the exquisite yacht for a 7-night customized cruise through romantic ports of call such as Rome to Athens, Barcelona to Nice, or Monte Carlo to Cannes. You will be accommodated in an Ocean View “Yacht Club” stateroom on Deck 3. You will receive highly personalized service provided by a crew of 95, inclusive open bar, inclusive gratuities and complimentary water sports, golf simulator & mountain bikes. Your trip will provide a private town car transfer to/from DFW Airport, European airport transfers from arrival city to hotel and hotel SeaDream Yacht, and waiver of all the Travel agency fees. Travel dates are May – October 2017.
Donated By: SeaDream Yacht Club & Shangri-La World Travel
RESTRICTIONS: Travel between May – October 2017. Airfare not included.


Cadillac For All Seasons
The winning bidder will enjoy that new car smell not once but four times this year. The winner will have the luxury of driving four different vehicles within a one-year period courtesy of Sewell Cadillac of Grapevine. The lucky winner will rotate every three months into one of the following vehicles: a Cadillac CTS, Cadillac ATS, Cadillac XT5, Cadillac CT6, Escalade, or Cadillac XTS. You will have no worries about sales tax, or title and registration fees.
Donated By: Sewell Cadillac of Grapevine
RESTRICTIONS: Licensed drivers only.


Royal Dinner Party with Chef Darren McGrady
Eat like the Royals! Darren McGrady, was the personal chef to Queen Elizabeth and Princess Diana for 15 Years. Your five-star dining experience includes a spectacular 4-course dinner for 10 guests in your home. You will dine on “royal favorites” while enjoying premium wine pairings compliments of Bear Creek Spirits & Wine. Chef McGrady will share anecdotes and personal stories about his experiences with the Royal Family. Truly a regal experience!
Donated By: Darren McGrady
RESTRICTIONS: Dinner party (within the DFW area) will be scheduled at a mutually agreed date and time between Chef McGrady and the winning bidder. Butler is included, Tips not included; Contact Bear Creek Spirits & Wine for wine pairings. Expires February 1, 2018 (no exceptions).


7-Night African Photo Safari
The ultimate “Out of Africa” experience. Four adventurous guests will experience the ultimate vacation at Ezulwini Luxury Game Lodges located in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Enjoy a luxurious 2 night stay at Maritime Bushveld Estates and a 5-night stay at Ezulwini Game Lodges. This unique nature reserve combines the indigenous flora and wildlife with gracious charm, offering an elegant and tranquil setting. Chances are you will even get a visit from a monkey or two by the pool! Enjoy your first evening in South Africa being treated to authentic African BBQ. All meals, local wines and beers are included. You’ll go on 2 daily BIG FIVE photo safari game drives with highly skilled game rangers and trackers. Relax between safari drives with a cocktail poolside. Transport from Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport to the Maritime Estates in Johannesburg is included. This is the ultimate “selfie” and something to mark off your bucket list!
Donated By: Ezulwini Amy Bortoff
RESTRICTIONS: Non-refundable and non-transferable. Expires 15 months from 2/17/17. Subject to availability. Airfare not included. $1,200 surcharge during high season (Dec 15 – Jan 10)


2017 Personalized Custom Golf Cart
Be the envy of all your friends as you scoot around in your custom golf cart personalized to reflect your personality. This 2017 Ezgo Valor golf cart, runs on gas, boasts a custom paint job, custom seats, black chrome 14″ wheels, headlights, taillights, break lights, and fuel gauge.
Donated By: Shoppa’s Material Handling
RESTRICTIONS: $500 custom paint limit. Upgrades available for additional cost.


Bella Vaughan Custom Diamond Anniversary Pendant
This elegant and luxurious custom piece has been commissioned to commemorate Kids Matter “Diamond Anniversary”.   The pendant, designed and handcrafted by Bella Vaughan, features 2.35 carats of diamonds, the substantial center stone is a fabulous quality and color of VS1 and H color, as certified by GIA.  The center Pear Shape diamond weight of .80 is set in white gold with an additional 1.55 carats of diamonds with a substantial white gold rope chain.  The pendant is also detachable as an enhancer that can be worn on a pearl necklace or other chain as desired. Bella Vaughan, Inc., has been named in Glamour Magazine as one of their 3 favorite designer trends for 2017.  Bella Vaughan, and their Crown Collection, is one of BlueNile’s exclusive designers.
Donated By: Bella Vaughan



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