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  1. The Elevation of Tex-Mex
    Mico Rodriguez
  2. The Bounty of the Barnett Shale
    Kelcy Warren
  3. The Entrepreneurial Woman
    Tomima Edmark
  4. The Growth of the Vietnamese Community
    Jennifer Nguyen
  5. The Founding of Uptown
    Phil Cobb
  6. The Changing Face of Politics
    Craig Watkins
  7. The Brain Gain
    Dr. Hao Zhu
  8. The Four Sport Town
    Mike Modano
  9. The Underground Culture
    Katherine Owens
  10. The Catholic Migration
    Father Ivan Asencio
  11. The Organized South Asian Community
    John Hammond
  12. The Next Way to Develop
    Jeff Blackard
  13. The Allure of the Silicon Prairie
    Anousheh Ansari
  14. The lighting of Reunion Tower
    George Schrader
  15. The New Old Tradition
    Jennifer Moreno
  16. The Test Kitchen
    Mariel Street
  17. The Art Magnet
    Kevin Moriarty
  18. The Glamorous Return of Dallas Shopping
    Brian Bolke
  19. The Strengthening of the Gay Community
    Jack Evans and George Harris
  20. The Resurgence of Downtown Dallas
    Art Ortiz
  21. The Megachurch Boom
    Ed Young
  22. The Fundraisers
    Lynn McBee
  23. The Refuge
    Pedro Amaya
  24. The Reason Dallas Took Off
    Ron Barzyk
  25. The Girl Who Stayed Home
    Erykah Badu
  26. The Preservation of Our Historic Buildings
    Virginia McAlester
  27. The Thriving Ethiopian Community
    Birhan Mekonnen
  28. The New Dallas ISD
    Jessica Leija
  29. The Rebirth of the Trinity River
    Peter Payton
  30. The Trains Start Running
    Ladrika Davis Gross
  31. The Architect of an Art Scene
    Stephen Lapthisophon
  32. The Calculator That Changed the World
    Vonnie Howard
  33. The Rise and Fall and Rise of Deep Ellum
    Frank Campagna
  34. The Big Move
    Kendra Norwood
  35. The Expanding Empire in Fort worth
    Scott Hernandez
  36. The Family Recipe
    Chuy Cruz
  37. The Transformation of Oak Cliff
    David Spence
  38. The Now-Legal Immigrant
    Jesus Castillo Carrizales
  39. The City of Philanthropists
    Lyda Hill
  40. The Transplants
    Tara Vornkahl
00 The Fundraisers Monday, Jyly 7, at 6:01pm at the Adolphus Hotel

Lynn McBee

Lynn Mcbee is old-fashioned and proud of it. The CEO of the Young Women’s Preparatory Network would rather read a print newspaper than a tablet. If she’s sent an article, she’ll print it and highlight it. She’s not on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. If you give to one of her causes, she will hand write a thank-you note on her William Arthur stationery. 

She’s written thousands, because McBee, 45, is involved with dozens of nonprofits, including the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, the United Way, and the Dallas Film Society. “I want to sit across from you and understand what you’re passionate about, what you’re interested in, and connect with you on that level,” she says.

These meetings, often at Starbucks, have proved successful for McBee, in part because Dallas is a giving city. Last year, during Communities Foundation of Texas’ North Texas Giving Day, Dallas raised $25.2 million, the most ever brought in by a city during a single day. And according to, Dallas ranks in the top 10 of the most generous big cities in the United States, based on percentage of income given. 

It’s been said, however, that Dallas only gives to Dallas. Foundations in other cities hire consultants to study Dallas and determine what will make its residents give beyond North Texas. “I would say that most folks, regardless of the city, like to see their money work in their local community,” McBee says. “Dallas is certainly no exception, and given our strong community spirit and pride, we may feel this way a bit more than others. However, Dallasites have very generous hearts and are open to listening and discussing.”

It didn’t take much discussion to convince McBee to take on her favorite project: chairing the opening weekend ceremonies for the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. For McBee, it was an experience she’ll never forget. “What we envisioned it would do, in terms of connecting our city and driving economic development, it’s really done that,” she says. “It’s pivotal. It’s shaping Dallas.”