Each of the participating charitable organizations in the new award program Neiman Marcus Willow Bend Presents The Top Ten Women of Collin County, will recognize and celebrate the women leaders that advocate and exemplify the nonprofit missions of Collin County. The Arts of Collin County selected Linda Pardue of Frisco to represent the organization for 2010. Linda and her husband Ken, own The Pardue Group, part of Keller Williams Realty. The Arts of Collin County has selected Linda to be honored with the Top Ten Women of Collin County for her ongoing leadership and advocacy for the arts; commitment to the Arts of Collin County and authentic passion for the importance of arts to build a cultural community.
Since moving to Frisco in 2002, Linda has been an active community leader advocating for the arts in North Texas. Currently, she serves on the Frisco fundraising team for the Arts of Collin County, Board of Directors for the Plano Symphony, Advisory Board of Frisco Arts, member of the Frisco Rotary and Frisco Chamber of Commerce. Previously, her leadership was invaluable to the community as she served as President of Frisco Arts and Board of Directors of the Arts of Collin County Foundation. When there is a new arts initiative, you will find Linda providing counsel and support for efforts to enhance the community.
According to Mike Simpson, Executive Director of the Arts of Collin County, Pardue has been a strong supporter of the Arts of Collin County since she arrived in Frisco. During the formative years of the Arts of Collin County, Linda participated in the feasibility, planning and served as a liaison to the Frisco arts community. She served on the Board of Directors of the Arts of Collin County Foundation during the BRAVO! Capital Campaign.
“Linda is a natural choice as the Arts of Collin County nominee for this award. Linda has shared her time, resources and passion for the arts throughout the development of the Arts of Collin County. In addition you will find Linda and her husband Ken working to grow the local arts organizations such as the Plano Symphony Orchestra and Frisco Arts,” states Simpson.
“We are thrilled that Linda will represent the Arts of Collin County as Neiman Marcus recognizes this group of remarkable women.” said Dr. Betty Bell Muns, Vice President, Arts of Collin County Commission.
Linda earned a Master of Liberal Studies degree from Southern Methodist University. Growing up, Linda was inspired by her Grandmother, a painter, who spurred her lifelong love of the arts. Linda traveled the world to experience the world’s greatest arts enriching her life and perspective. She advocates for the arts to ensure a world of music, theatre, painting, dance, movies, photography, literature and architecture for future generations.
A series of events is planned for mid-August to honor and recognize the Top 10 Women in Collin County at Neiman Marcus Willow Bend including a fall trends fashion luncheon with Chuck Steelman and Marcus Wyss; a performance by Ashley Melsnick, Miss Texas 2010 and guest speaker Margaret Omorovicza, founder and owner of Hungarian skincare company while each of the ten ladies walks the red carpet. A private dinner co-hosted by Frisco Mayor Maher Maso and Neiman Marcus General Manager Marcus Wyss will be held at Neiman Marcus Willow Bend the evening prior and reveal the ladies portraits from Gittings Photography. Tickets for this event will be available through each of the ten charities. Tickets are available on line www.artsofcollincounty.org; or call Arts of Collin County at 214-495-5810 if you are interested in attending. Seating is limited. A portion of the ticket will be donated to the Arts of Collin County to support the construction of the arts park and performing arts hall.
About The Arts of Collin County
The Arts of Collin County (ACC) is a nationally recognized, innovative, public-private partnership to develop a 100+ acre arts park. Co-owned by the cities of Allen, Frisco and Plano, with operational support by member cities, Fairview and Melissa, the development of the arts park is supported with $57 million in bond monies, up to $3 million in Collin County Open Space Grant funds, and an additional $12 million financial support from private individuals, corporations and foundations. Located at Sam Rayburn Tollway (SH 121) just east of Custer Road, the arts park will be completed in phases, with a 2,100-seat performing arts hall, performance meadow, and hike and bike trails included in Phase One. To contribute and learn more, visit the ACC website at www.artsofcollincounty.org or call 214-495-5810.