JLD Reveals Academy Award-Winning Actress Octavia Spencer as Featured Speaker


Octavia Spencer

Linda Perryman Evans Named 2017-2018 Sustainer of the Year

The Junior League of Dallas(JLD) revealed last night that Octavia Spencer will speak at the annual Milestones Luncheon. The JLD also announced the 2017-2018 Sustainer of the Year isLinda Perryman Evans. The 2017Milestones Luncheon, chaired by Jennifer Scripps, Nikki Webb and Sustaining Chair Debbie Scripps, will be held Friday, November 17, 2017, at the Hilton Anatole Hotel.

Academy Award®-winning actressOctavia Spencer has become one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents on both television and the silver screen. She has starred in countless films, including Hidden Figures, The Help, The Shack, Gifted, Zootopiaand many more. She will next be seen in The Shape of Water.

Spencer has collected numerous accolades for her work, such as the 2012 Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, SAG Award, Broadcast Film Critics’ Choice Award and NAACP Image Award for Best Supporting Actressfor her role inThe Help. Earlier this year, she was awarded her second Academy Award nomination for her performance in Hidden Figures. She has guest starred in various television shows and amongst her other professional achievements like directing and producing, has co-authored an interactive mystery series for children called Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective.

“We are so excited to have Octavia Spencer join us for this year’sMilestones Luncheon. She has created a space for herself that allows her to reach and impact people, particularly women, while following her passion,” said Nikki Webb, luncheonchair.“She is proof that a woman can truly do it all, and we know that her message will encourage others to do the same,” added Chair Jennifer Scripps.

JLD 2017-2018 Sustainer of the Year, Linda Perryman Evans, is being honored for her 25 years as a Sustainer and countless years as a motivated civic leader. Evans joined as a Provisional member in Dallas and continued as an Active Junior League member in Washington D.C. after graduating from The University of Texas at Austin.

While in Washington D.C., she worked on Gerald Ford’s re-election campaign, as an assistant to the press secretary for the late Senator John Heinz of Pennsylvania, and in the White House Office of Media Relations and Planning for President Ronald Reagan. She returned to Dallas as the Executive Director of the Dallas Welcoming Committee for the 1984 Republican National Convention before becoming president and CEO of The Meadows Foundation. Evans has served as a member, board member, chair or trustee for more than 20 organizations and fundraisers, including chair of Mayor Mike Rawlings' Fair Park Task Force. She has been recognized with awards such as the Dallas Historical Society Award for Excellence in Philanthropy, Nonprofit Times Top 50 Power and Influence Leaders, D CEO Top 500 Dallas-Fort Worth Business Leaders, Thomas Jefferson High School Distinguished Alumni, Faith and Philanthropy Institute’s Women Leading Greater Good, YWCA 100 Outstanding Women of Dallas, TACA Silver Cup Award, St. Philip’s Unsung Hero Award, Dallas Alumni Pi Beta Phi C. H. Lichtenberg Crest Award, Leadership Dallas Distinguished Alumni Award, and the Prism Award from the Greater Dallas Mental Health Association. Linda also received the Encomienda de la Orden de Isabel La Catholica for her work on behalf of enhancing relations between Spain and the United States. Sanctioned by King Juan Carlos I, and bestowed by the Spanish Ambassador, the award is one of Spain’s highest honors.

The Milestones Luncheon is an annual fundraiser benefiting the Junior League of Dallas Community Service Fund that serves as a platform to raise awareness for the programs and issues supported by the JLD, as well as to recognize the impact and achievements of its volunteers. Proceeds from The Milestones Luncheon allow the JLD to annually grant $1 million to the Dallas community.

The 2017 Milestones Luncheon will take place Friday, November 17, 2017, in the Chantilly Ballroom at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. Check-in will begin at 10:45 a.m. and the Luncheon will start at 11:45 a.m. Individual Luncheon tickets are $175 and Patron Luncheon tickets are $350. Tables begin at $1,750. To purchase tables or individual tickets, please contact the JLD Development Office at (214) 357-8822 ext. 118 or visit www.jld.net/milestones-luncheon for more information.


The Junior League of Dallas cultivates leaders who collectively address the critical needs of the community. Founded in 1922, the JLD is one of the largest Junior Leagues in the world, as well as the largest and oldest training organization for women in Dallas. Active members range in age from 22 to 49 with nearly 80percent of women employed outside of the home. The JLD provides leadership opportunities to over 5,000 women each year through more than 26,000 cumulative hours of experiential and formal training. Uniquely member-run, the JLD provides over 100,000 hours in volunteer service and $1 million in funding to area nonprofits each year. For more information, please visit www.jld.net or Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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