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Junior League of Dallas (JLD) will hold its annual Milestones Luncheon, co-chaired by Heather McNamara and Elizabeth Gambrell, on April 14, 2023, at the Omni Dallas Hotel.  JLD’s Sustainer of the Year, Pam Busbee, will be recognized at the luncheon, where award-winning actor and New York Times bestselling author Rob Lowe will be the featured speaker. Sponsors of the 2023 Milestones Luncheon include: The Kohl Foundation, Presenting Sponsor; Sewell Automotive Companies, Speaker Sponsor; Central Market, Sustainer of the Year Sponsor; Origin Bank, VIP Reception Sponsor; Atmos Energy, Milestones Program Sponsor; and Loloi, Inc., Valet Sponsor.

Rob Lowe’s iconic career spans four decades in film, television, and theater. He is also an acclaimed author. Rob has been nominated for two Emmys, six Golden Globes, and four Screen Actors Guild Awards in which he won two. He has starred in the ‘80s classics St. Elmo’s Fire, About Last Night, and The Outsiders, as well as television classics such as The West Wing and Parks and Recreation. Rob’s incredibly diverse career also includes scene-stealing work in Behind The Candelabra, Austin Powers, and Tommy Boy. His two memoirs, Stories I Only Tell My Friends, and Love Life, are both New York Times bestsellers. He has taken his first memoir and made it into a touring show called Stories I Only Tell My Friends: Live!, which has received rave reviews throughout the country and sold out in London.

Most recently, Rob directed and starred in a reimagining of the Oscar-nominated classic, The Bad Seed.  He executive produced and starred in Holiday In The Wild, which was one of the most downloaded movies of the year for Netflix. He also hosts the mental challenge competition series Mental Samurai on FOX. In 2019, Rob joined with Ryan Murphy as executive producer and star in the hit drama, 911 Lonestar, which began its third season in January 2022 and is consistently one of the top-rated shows in all of television.

In 2020, Rob launched his podcast Literally! With Rob Lowe, now on the third season. The irreverent yet thoughtful podcasts are conversations with the leaders in the world of entertainment like Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pratt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Aniston, and others. Rob launched another new podcast, Parks and Recollection, in 2021. Co-hosted with show runner Alan Yang, the podcast is a behind the scenes look at each episode of the celebrated comedy classic, Parks and Recreation.

“We are excited to have Rob Lowe join us for this year’s Milestones Luncheon and in our new location at the Omni Dallas Hotel,” said Heather McNamara, 2023 Milestones Luncheon Co-chair. “Rob is an iconic actor, producer, and author who dedicates significant time to numerous causes and nonprofit organizations, specifically related to women’s health. Rob has been quoted saying: ‘The great thing about giving back is the more you give, the better you feel.’ We couldn’t agree more and are thrilled to welcome him for what we know will be an engaging and entertaining conversation.”  

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 and to recognize the impact and achievements of its volunteers. Proceeds from The Milestones Luncheon allow the JLD to grant approximately $1 million annually to the Dallas community.

The 2023 Milestones Luncheon will take place Friday, April 14, 2023, at the Omni Dallas Hotel. Luncheon tickets are $250 each, and VIP tickets are $400 each. Sponsorships are available and start at $1,000. For underwriting information or to purchase tickets, please visit https://www.jldallas.org/milestones-luncheon/.

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