The Historic Longhorn Ballroom Re-Opens Its Doors on September 9

Local charity Love For Kids hosts 7th annual fundraising event with a tribute to Bob Wills in mind and an impressive line-up of Texas’ musicians to grace its stage

The new owners of “America’s most unique ballroom” are proud to open its doors for an inaugural celebration of Texan music, culinary delights, visual arts and, most of all, disadvantaged children across the Metroplex.

Taking place on Saturday, September 9 from 7 p.m. to midnight at the newly renovated Longhorn Ballroom, Love for Kids’ fundraising event Palette to Palate will serve as the historic venue’s first event since changing hands to the LaFrance family in February of this year. Featuring a fantastic line-up of Texas’ music legends, up-and-coming red dirt country artists, local chefs and live visual artists, this year’s event theme is “Stetsons and Stilettos.”

We’re honored to have Love For Kids help us re-open the Ballroom,” said LaFrance. “It will be a wonderful opportunity to give back to our community while enjoying live music by Texas country legends.”

This year’s fundraiser has a ‘western twist’ with traditional food, wine, art and showcasing a slew of top Texas red dirt country western talent during the tasting hours of the evening. A night full of 12 artist exhibit areas and wine tasting booths, “Stetsons and Stilettos” will also offer cowboys and cowgirls a chance to bid on over 150 silent and live auction items and sample dishes to taste from Dallas’ best restaurants.

We can’t wait to announce the culinary partners and visual artists for this year’s event,” said Carolyn Hrncir, vice president of Love For Kids and event chair for Palette to Palate. “The combination of outstanding wineries, alongside the best in Dallas’ culinary and visual arts, will be a wonderful complement to our stellar music lineup.”

Decades since country music legends like Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn and Merle Haggard performed, The Longhorn Ballroom welcomes Love For Kids with open arms and an open stage. The first live music performance at the historic venue in at least ten years will not disappoint, with Love For Kids corralling the best in country music for the over-the-top western glam event this September. Stefani Little Lynes, Shawnda Rains, former Ballroom house band player from the 1980’s Charlie Shearer and Ginny Hix will take the stage that evening with special performances by up-and-coming country stars like Cori Lynn and Erin Kinsey. More Texas talent will also perform during the tasting event, including Tommy Joe Wilson, Jason Ashley, Bradley Banning and more to be announced.

As a celebration of Bob Wills, who the Ballroom was built for in 1950, an impressive band will also grace the stage, comprised of two of the original Texas Playboys, with Dale Morris Junior on fiddle and Junior Knight on steel guitar. Last but not least, a plaque is to be presented by Shearer and Rains to Jay LaFrance, owner of The Longhorn Ballroom, in honor of the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame artist.

Love For Kids held three of our senior events at The Longhorn in the ’80s and ’90s,” said Sandy Huffman, president of Love For Kids and chair advisor for Palette to Palate. “What a great remembrance of the past and a celebration for the future growth of our signature events and programs at this year’s event.

90 percent of all funds raised on September 9 at the 7th Palette to Palate event will go towards its yearly events and community-based programs providing for underserved and high-risk children and for the chronically ill and in need senior community.

The inaugural fundraiser will also act as a celebration of the local charity’s 42nd anniversary. Tickets to the event are $80 in advance here or $90 at the door. The Longhorn Ballroom is located at 216 Corinth St., Dallas, Texas 75207

For more information about Palette to Palate and to purchase tickets to this year’s event “Stetsons and Stilettos,” visit



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