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Accelerate DFW Foundation Honors

John Paul DeJoria

October3rd

Presented by Ride TV Logo

Learn from a legend

"When you start with next to nothing, all you've got is a lot of thought, a lot of innovation, figuring new ways to do things without using a lot of money."

-- John Paul DeJoria

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Biography


$700 to 1 Billion

John Paul DeJoria’s rags-to-riches biography exemplifies the American dream—he is a first-generation American turned entrepreneur, philanthropist, and pillar of the business community. Once homeless, he has struggled against the odds to achieve success, launching multiple global enterprises, while always supporting his motto, “Success Unshared is Failure.” John Paul is the co-founder of Paul Mitchell hair products and Patron Tequila and he is part of The Giving Pledge, started by his friends Bill Gates and Warren Buffet.

John Paul DeJoria


America's Entrepreneur

In 1980, John Paul and hairstylist Paul Mitchell converted a partially borrowed $700 into what is today the largest privately held salon hair care line, producing more than 100 products, with a presence in over 100 countries. DeJoria and Mitchell had a vision to start a company that would provide tools of success for hair care professionals, their salons, and the entire beauty industry. This vision holds true today—despite lucrative offers from public corporations, John Paul refuses to sell because of the vow he took to stand by the professional beauty industry.

John Paul’s love of tequila brought him to Mexico—in 1989, he co-founded Patrón, with a mission to create a “simply perfect” tequila. Patrón Spirits International produced 1,000 cases of Patrón in its first year, and has grown to approaching 3 million cases of all their products today as the top-selling ultra premium tequila. John Paul now serves as Chairman Emeritus of Patrón, following the brand’s acquisition by Bacardi in 2018, and will work with Bacardi to further advance their combined dedication to philanthropic projects and environmental consciousness.

John Paul went on to co-found John Paul Pet, ROK Mobile and AuBio Life Sciences—like his previous ventures, they are privately held companies with high ethical standards and reputations for integrity. John Paul Pet is a line of pH balanced pet grooming and hygiene products developed from John Paul’s expertise in hair care. John Paul Pet shampoos and conditioners don’t irritate sensitive pet skin, and the entire line is “tested on humans first” to ensure effectiveness and safety for all pets (John Paul revolutionized the professional salon industry by banning animal testing for Paul Mitchell products). ROK Mobile is a no-contract, mobile carrier that provides nationwide 4G LTE coverage and unlimited voice, text, data, accidental life insurance and telemedical service, and music for $49.99/month, and Aubio, John Paul’s latest revolutionary venture, is an OTC cold sore treatment gel that treats this common condition (3.7 billion people suffer from cold sores) with proven plant based remedies.

Throughout the length of his success, John Paul has made philanthropy paramount. In 2011, he signed Bill Gates and Warren Buffet’s “The Giving Pledge” as a formal promise to continue giving back. The same year, he established JP’s Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation as a hub for his charitable investments, which span the core values of his companies: sustainability, social responsibility and animal-friendliness.

JP launched Grow Appalachia in 2009—the organization aims to empower hunger-stricken people of Appalachia by providing skills and resources to grow organic, nutritious food and teach them how to prepare and preserve it in a healthy way. In its first year, Grow Appalachia participants grew 120,000 pounds of food, feeding more than 2,800 people; in 2016, the program impacted more than 60,000 people, including creation of 100+ jobs in central Appalachia through gardening projects. In total, over 3 million pounds of food have been grown by individuals and families in the program.

John Paul’s charitable work expands worldwide through his work with global organizations, renowned world leaders, and A-list personalities. He aligned with the late Nelson Mandela and 46664 to raise awareness of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, supports Robert Kennedy, Jr. and his clean water efforts via Waterkeeper Alliance, and rainforest conservation and reforestation projects in Peru and Guatemala through an alliance with Reforest’Action. DeJoria also has a long-standing relationship with Sea Shepherd. He is an advisory board member, and traveled to the Gulf of St. Lawrence with the conservation society to stand against the Canadian Seal Hunt in 1998. In 2017, the M/V John Paul DeJoria, a 110-foot boat joined the organization’s fleet, and thanks to his generosity, will embark on its first campaign, an anti-shark finning mission later this year.

John Paul has been profiled for his corporate and philanthropic initiatives across a multitude of media outlets including 20/20, CNN, Forbes, Fortune, Inc., and Fox, Fox Business News, Bloomberg, CNBC and NBC, and recently appeared as a mentor for budding entrepreneurs via a guest shark appearance on Shark Tank.

John Paul DeJoria Peace

Dinner with

America's Entrepreneur


Come share an evening with people as filled with the entrepreneurial spirit as you are. Tables of nine (9) at the Fort Worth Club will seat eight (8) ticketholders alongside one successful entrepreneur or high-level business executive. Learn about how Accelerate DFW is driving local entrepreneurship and how you can make an impact in the local economy. Swap stories of business adventures and build lasting ties with like-minded individuals while learning from North Texas' best and brightest business minds. 

Event Details

Accelerate DFW Inaugural Gala

Fort Worth Club
306 W 7th St, Fort Worth, TX 76102

October 3d, 2018: 5:30PM - 9:00PM
5:30PM - 6:00PM - Happy Hour
6:00PM - 7:00PM - Dinner and Good Conversation
7:00PM - 7:45PM - John Paul DeJoria Presents
7:45PM - 8:00PM - Special Presentation (Don’t Miss It)
8:00PM - 9:00PM - Entertainment

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Entrepreneurs think about doing things in new ways, no matter if they are main street or global bound. They challenge the status quo of their industries and are constantly pressing innovation forward. It is very rewarding working with those who are proud to call themselves entrepreneurs. However, it is also very challenging work with pitfalls and naysayers around every corner. They need guidance, support and connections to achieve traction with their dreams. Accelerate DFW strives to offer that to all the entrepreneurs we meet.

A world where an entrepreneur is only constrained by their imagination. Help us bring this to reality and assist those building the future. We need your support not only financially but also with expertise, connections, and passion for entrepreneurship.

Table Captains


Full of passion and excitement for
entrepreneurship

Table captains will be facilitating interesting discussions about entrepreneurship in the DFW area sharing some of their stories, expertise and helping other table members share how entrepreneurship has touched their lives or inspired them to do something they would not normally do.

Individual Ticket


$250

  • Dinner and drinks for one guest
  • Dine with a “Featured Entrepreneur or high-level corporate executive ” at each table

Individual Tickets via PayPal

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Gala Advisory Committee

 

Chairperson: Serene Fletcher - Ride TV

Vice-Chair: Crystal Cardwell - TopGolf

Member: Ivet Taneva - Alcon 

Member: Lauren Vay - Mackenzie Eason & Associates

Member: Monica Coney - American Airlines

Member: Matt Smilor - TCU

Member: Walker Lutringer - Accelerate DFW

Member: Susie Rayes - Accelerate DFW

 

Presenting


$25,000

SOLD - Ride TV Logo

RIDE TV is a 24-hour, high-definition, television network dedicated to showcasing the horse culture and lifestyle. RIDE TV delivers high-quality programming to those that enjoy and care about anything and everything horse related. Join us and help spread the delight and fulfillment that horses bring to the lives they touch.

RIDE TV is currently available on DISH Network and DISH Latino (248SD), Frontier Communications (615HD/815HD/1615HD), Sling TV (Heartland Extra), Armstrong (235HD/489SD), Windstream Communications (1674HD/674SD), Century Link (1669HD/669SD), Tiki LIVE (205HD), Google Fiber (254HD), Eastlink (639HD), CalTel Communications (596HD/96SD), Jefferson County Cable (140HD/50SD), Layer3 TV (272HD), Shentel (370HD), FiOS by Verizon (635HD), Grupo TVCable (297HD), and Viking Broadband (19SD) subscribers.

Channel your passion for the horse lifestyle with RIDE TV! Tune in for an entertaining mix of reality shows, equine event coverage, inspiring documentaries, cooking shows, children’s programs and more! Our unique programming features celebrities, champions and the personalities at the heart of America’s horse culture.

Platinum


$15,000

 

  • Recognition from Emcee
  • Four passes to private VIP Meet-N-Greet with John Paul
  • VIP access for 16 guests
  • Two tables for 16 guests with preferred seating
  • 30 second commercial to air on RIDE TV up to 100 times
  • 2-3 Minute professionally produced marketing video about your business
  • Logo placement on all event advertisement and printed materials
  • Prominent Logo placements on Accelerate DFW Event Page
  • ½ page ad in Fort Worth Business Press
  • Full-page spread in event program
  • Recognition in print media and Accelerate DFW social media
  • Dine with a “Featured Entrepreneur or high-level corporate executive ” at each table

SOLD OUT

Gold


$7,500

 

  • Two passes to private VIP Meet-N-Greet with John Paul
  • VIP access for 8 guests
  • One table for 8 guests with preferred seating
  • 30 second commercial to air on RIDE TV up to 100 times
  • Logo placement on all event advertisement
  • Full-page spread in event program
  • Recognition in print media and Accelerate DFW social media
  • Dine with a “Featured Entrepreneur or high-level corporate executive ” at each table

SOLD OUT

Silver


$5,000

 

  • VIP access for all 8 guests
  • One table for 8 guests with preferred seating
  • Logo placement on all event advertisement
  • ½-page in event program
  • Recognition in print media and Accelerate DFW social media
  • Dine with a “Featured Entrepreneur or high-level corporate executive ” at each table

SOLD OUT

Table


$1,500

 

  • One table for 8 guests
  • Recognition in printed event program and Accelerate DFW social media
  • Dine with a “Featured Entrepreneur or high-level corporate executive ” at each table

SOLD OUT

Individual


$250

 

  • Dinner and drinks for one guest
  • Dine with a “Featured Entrepreneur or high-level corporate executive ” at each table

SOLD OUT

Underwriting Opportunities

Dinner


$10,000

 

  • Two passes to private VIP Meet-N-Greet with John Paul
  • VIP access for 8 guests
  • One table for 8 guests with preferred seating
  • Logo placement on all event advertisement as dinner sponsor
  • Logo placement on menu and Fort Worth Business Press as Dinner Sponsor
  • Recognition in printed event program and Accelerate DFW social media
  • Dine with a “Featured Entrepreneur or high-level corporate executive ” at each table

SOLD OUT

Libation


$5,000

  • VIP access for all four guests
  • Dinner and Drinks for 4 guests with preferred seating
  • Logo placement on all event advertisement as Libation Sponsor
  • Logo placement on all event bars
  • Recognition in printed event program and Accelerate DFW social media
  • Dine with a “Featured Entrepreneur or high-level corporate executive ” at each table

SOLD OUT

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