When the clock struck midnight and officially rang in 2020, no one could predict the challenges that the world and Preston Hollow would face. This past year was full of difficulties, from rebuilding our community after a tornado, to widespread protests after the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others, to the COVID-19 pandemic, our neighborhood stuck together through thick and thin. Take a look at these stories of hope and community from 2020 before you celebrate the much awaited arrival of 2021, and see how some of our neighbors and friends worked together to strength our community ties.
The tornado rocked our community in October 2019, and at the beginning of 2020, much of our time was dedicated to rebuilding our neighborhood. Preston Hollow neighbor Brent Landry used his leadership and business skills to replant trees.
America Ferrera of “Ugly Betty” and “Superstore” spoke with members of Texas Women’s Foundation (TXWF) at their annual luncheon. In her talk, she mentioned how sisterhood and community give both strength and support.
Emmy Hancock recently launched Oluna, a company that manufactures and markets pants to address menstrual equity. The company aims to fund menstrual care for homeless women and improve education around menstrual care.
Six Girl Scouts from Preston Hollow earned the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award, which recognizes girls from grade 9 to 12 who take action on a topic or a cause they’re passionate about and spend roughly 80 hours on a project.
Churches in our community came together to create memorials after the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. Memorials were created at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church and United Methodist Church of Preston Hollow, and many people stood up for their beliefs.
Cute rocks began popping up around Preston Hollow that said things like, “If you could only see yourself through the eyes of those who ❤️ you” and “I survived 2020.” These random rocks brought kindness into the lives of many neighbors.
Screenwriter and Hockaday graduate Kristin Tucker returned to Dallas as the invited speaker for the postponed 2020 graduation ceremony at The Hockaday School. Tucker is known for HBO’s Emmy-nominated comedy A Black Lady Sketch Show.
Nancy Latner and and various Preston Hollow neighbors came together to help Ross Musso, who has lived alone for many years since both his sisters died. Musso and his three dogs received tons of support from the neighborhood.
Graduation looked different this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, however many people in our community found ways to celebrate. Hillcrest High School hosted a parade for graduating seniors, and many teachers, students and parents came out to celebrate.
Our city’s new Pride flag debuted in June, just in time for the virtual festivities. Designed by Tracy Nathanvongsa and unanimously approved by City Council, the flag showed that Dallas takes Pride seriously. Dallas is also one of the first cities to have its own Pride flag.