The Leave a Legacy Dinner allows The Magdalen House to provide alcoholic women the opportunity to obtain long-term sobriety and a renewed quality of life, at any stage of her recovery. This annual fundraiser is an evening consisting of inspiration, women’s empowerment, and agency awareness while striving to reduce the stigma on alcoholism by educating the Dallas community on a solution to permanent recovery. Previous speakers include Elizabeth Vargas, award-winning news anchor and correspondent, and Sarah Hepola, author of the New York Times bestseller Blackout.
Mrs. Laura Bush is an advocate for women’s rights and a leading voice for promoting human rights across the globe. She has dedicated herself to advancing education and promoting the well-being of women and families worldwide. Today, Mrs. Bush serves as the Chair for the Bush Institute’s Women’s Initiative, guiding the Institute’s programs to advance economic opportunity, good health and human freedom for women and girls around the world.
Mrs. Bush is the author of the bestselling memoir Spoken from the Heart and bestselling children’s book Our Great Big Backyard. She serves on many boards, including the National Advisory Board for the Salvation Army, the Council for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Board of Trustees for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the SMU Board of Trustees.