Presented by Credit Union of Texas

April 10th, 2021

Gala is traditionally our largest annual fundraiser, generating over $1.2 million, and is considered one of the premier events in Collin County. As much as we wish gatherings over the coming year could continue as normal, we know that is not possible. The success of our Gala directly impacts our ability to continue to provide life-changing services to the children who need us.

The stars are aligning for Gala 2021. While we can’t gather in person, DON’T MISS this opportunity to come together virtually for amazing headline entertainment, the ever-popular Lexus Car Raffle, a fantastic auction with experiences and trips, and other exciting surprises!


April 10th, 2021

6:30-8:00 PM


Livestream begins Saturday, April 10th at 6:30pm. The weblink is coming soon, stay tuned!


There is no charge to view this year’s virtual Gala.

However, we encourage all participants to make a meaningful donation prior to, or the evening of the event.

Thank you for your support!

entertainment - harry connick, jr.

Harry Connick, Jr.’s career has exemplified excellence across multiple platforms in the entertainment world over the past three decades. He has received Grammy and Emmy awards as well as Tony nominations for his live and recorded musical performances, his achievements in film and television and his appearances on Broadway as both an actor and a composer. Connick continues to establish himself as a best-selling musician, singer, composer, and a legendary live performer with millions of recordings sold around the world.

The foundation of Connick’s art is the music of his native New Orleans, where he began performing as a pianist and vocalist at the age of five.  Connick has appeared in 20 feature films with actors such as Sandra Bullock, Hilary Swank, Renée Zellweger, Sigourney Weaver, and Morgan Freeman.  His work on television includes starring roles on Will and Grace, South Pacific and American Idol.  He recently hosted the CBS Special UNITED WE SING: A GRAMMY® TRIBUTE TO THE UNSUNG HEROES, honoring essential workers in the pandemic.  In 2016, he launched Harry, a national daytime television show, which earned 11 Daytime Emmy nominations, including nominations for best host, and a Critics’ Choice nomination for best talk show.  On Broadway, Connick received Tony nominations as both a lead actor in The Pajama Game and as a composer/lyricist for Thou Shalt Not.  He last performed on Broadway in December of 2019 in a show he wrote and directed:  Harry Connick, Jr.- A Celebration of Cole Porter.  In 2020 as the country entered the pandemic lockdown, he retreated to his home studio and emerged with an album of songs of faith and inspiration.  ALONE WITH MY FAITH, released on March 19, displays the sheer breadth of Connick’s talents as he wrote new songs, arranged all songs, played every instrument, and sang every voice.

Despite his busy career, Connick has always found the time to be charitable and has done some of his most important work in his efforts to help New Orleans after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. He, along with friend Branford Marsalis, conceived of “Musicians’ Village,” and its centerpiece the Ellis Marsalis Center.  Musicians’ Village provides homes for Katrina-displaced musicians while the Center uses music as its focal point of a holistic strategy to deliver a broad range of services to underserved children, youth and musicians from neighborhoods battling poverty and social injustice.

Connick’s honors, including a star on the celebrated Hollywood Walk of Fame as part of the 2019 class of Honorees, induction into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame, Honorary Doctorates from Tulane and Loyola Universities and the Jefferson Award for Public Service, have not led Harry Connick, Jr. to slow his creative pace; they only confirm his determination to apply his talents in ways that prove inspirational to other artists and publicly spirited citizens.


Let’s connect in an environment you feel comfortable and make Gala 2021 a little more interactive!

Interested in gathering a small group of family and friends to watch this special virtual experience? Please contact Dana Packard Special Events Manager for more details!

Lexus Car Raffle

This year DFW Lexus Dealers have donated a 2021 Lexus IS for the raffle. This amazing donation allows us to raise $125,000 annually with 100% of the proceeds going toward critical services for children and families affected by child abuse in our community.

Join us virtually for the Gala 2021 drawing the evening of Saturday, April 10th.

By purchasing a car raffle ticket for $50, you have a 1 in 2,500 chance of winning
a brand new 2021 Lexus IS, and you will be a part of providing vital services to
children and families who have been victimized by abuse.

honorary chairs

Melissa & Steve Grimshaw

Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County (CACCC) is excited to introduce the Gala 2021 Honorary Chairs, Melissa and Steve Grimshaw. Melissa and Steve have been friends of the Advocacy Center since 2012 and have generously supported the Center loyally since that time. When asked why they choose to be involved with CACCC, they responded, “as the parents of three children who all grew up in Collin County, we want to provide whatever support we can to help eliminate child abuse as we too, like the Center, envision a community free from child abuse. Unfortunately, we understand the current reality, so we want to be a part of providing hope to the children and families in our community affected by child abuse and neglect. Our community’s children deserve the best childhood possible, and we are honored to support the Advocacy Center’s proven approach.”

Melissa and Steve are proud to be the Gala 2021 Honorary Chairs and are passionate about encouraging ongoing community support and involvement with Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County.


This year no goods and services will be received, therefore your contribution will be 100% tax deductible. Questions? Please contact Lori Geer, VP of Development.

2021 sponsors

Presenting sponsor

Exclusive Automotive Partner


Cindy & Tom Heckard | Carolyn & Mark Speese



Sloan Investment Management


Texas Instruments | Jenni & Dalton McGaha


Insight Wealth Partners | Charity Recycling
Jane & Jim Donovan | Developing Solutions | Shutterfly


EY | Baylor McKinney | Baylor Frisco | Unicom Engineering
NTT Data | Lockton Dunning | Paula & Lance Leslie
Children’s Health