On November 17, 2018 guests gathered at Glenn Beck’s Mercury Studios in Irving, Texas for the M1Ball benefiting Mercury One. The working radio and TV studio provided an incredible venue for this special event benefiting the nonprofit organization founded by Beck and his wife, Tania.

L-R Glenn and Tania Beck, and D'Andra Simmons Lock and Jeremy Lock
L-R Glenn and Tania Beck, and D’Andra Simmons Lock and Jeremy Lock

The 501(c)3 foundation based in Dallas is a humanitarian aid and education organization focused on three different areas: Humanitarian Aid, including disaster relief, help for veterans, support in the fight against human trafficking; Education Initiatives and The Nazarene Fund.

Glenn Beck at Mercury One Gala

The evening began with a cocktail reception where guest were invited to tour around the exclusive location filled with incredible memorabilia while having the opportunity to bid on some amazing silent auction items.

As the reception came to an end, guests were invited to be seated for the beginning of the program, three-course dinner, an unforgettable live auction with priceless one-of-a-kind treats and experiences, and a very exciting announcement of who was the winner of the raffle for a Mercedes Benz 2018 CLA250.

Mercury One M1 Gala

The Gala Chairs, D’Andra Simmons Lock and Jeremy Lock shared a heartfelt and passionate retelling of their personal experiences as International Ambassadors for Mercury One while touring Iraq and visiting some of the most devastated places in America during Hurricane Florence. Having such a strong impact on both of their lives, Jeremy shared that he found a sense purpose since his retirement from the Air Force in 2013.

Gala Chairs D'Andra Simmons Lock and Jeremy Lock
Gala Chairs D’Andra Simmons Lock and Jeremy Lock
Darryl Worley & Mark Collie
Darryl Worley & Mark Collie

It was a memorable evening that ended on a perfect note as Country stars Darryl Worley & Mark Collie took the stage and performed an intimate acoustic musical set. Just getting the guests ready to continue the festivities late into the evening, DJ Jennifer Miller started spinning tunes.

Consistent with all that Mercury One represents, The M1Ball takes a village of kind-hearted individuals in order to successfully raise necessary funds for continued service around the world. It was through the efforts of these individuals including the evening’s guests, sponsors, host committee and board that the night was a true success.

Bank of America, Doug Lawson & Associates, Dee Simmons, Dawn and Travis Simpson, John B. Pellegrino, Kick Start Kids, Hard Night Good Morning, Rodney Strong Wine Estates and Paper City Magazine, The Park Cities News, The Waters Family, Downtown Business News and Oh So Cynthia.

Event Board:
Tania and Glenn Beck, Founders
Francie Moody-Dahlberg and Kevin Dahlberg, Honorary Chairs
D’Andra Simmons Lock and Jeremy Lock, Chairs
Gina and Ken Betts, Honorary Chairs Emeritus
Gena and Chuck Norris, Honorary Chairs Emeritus
The Vinyard Family, Honorary Chairs Emeritus
Dee Simmons, Underwriting Chair
Suzanne Grishman, Executive Director, Mercury One

Event Producer: HAS Events

2018 M1 Ball Host Committee: 
Benson, Tracy & Kevin Campbell, Giovanna Cugnasca, Heidi & Bill Dillon, Erin & Steven Franks, Michael Grishman, Carmen & Trammell Hancock, Michael Holmes, Stephanie & Travis Hollman, Daniel L. Hunt & Toni Muñoz-Hunt, Tracy & Ben Lange, D’Andra Simmons-Lock & Jeremy Lock, Dean McSherry, Alena & Ryan Mulvehill, Joe Pacetti and Tristan Nieves, John B. Pellegrino, Terri & Brad Phillips, Betsy Ryan, Dee Simmons, Dawn & Travis Simpson, Sunie & Steve Solomon, Anne & Steve Stodghill, Amy Turner, Deb & Jim Turner, Julie & Jim Turner, Dena & Titus Weller, Andrea & Steve Wentz, Piper & Mike Wyatt

Special Thanks to Auction Items Provided by:
Abi Ferrin, Aggieland Outfitters, Al Biernat’s, Bam Beauty Bar, David Barton & Tim Barton, Alice Bauer, Baylor Athletics, Tania & Glenn Beck, Blushington, Candleroom, Chuck & Gena Norris/Kickstart Kids, Suzie Collins, Consolidated Training Group, Dallas Stars, The Dallas Theater Center, Defenders Outdoors Shooting Center, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, Dr. Phil, Eccentricity Coffee Co., Exhale Spa, Amber Fisher, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar Plano, GiGi New York, Hard Night Good Morning, HAS Events, Have Your Cake & Eat It Too, Hope’s Door, Independence Ranch, Jeremy Lock, Julie Vos, Kelly Mitchell Fine Jewelry, KOCH, Liberty Safe, D’Andra Simmons Lock & Jeremy Lock, Dave Lopez, Marquee Event Rentals, Ephraim Mattos, Mercury One, Orange Theory Fitness, PG Consulting, PicAboo, PooPourri, Resistol, Rodney Strong Vineyards, Samuel Lynne Galleries, Savor Gastro Pub/Farm to Market Catering, Season 52 Plano, Deborah & Jim Turner, Dee Simmons, Travis and Dawn Simpson, Spa810, Starpower, Stonebriar Lifestyle Spa, Stonehouse Bakery, Susan Posnick Cosmetics, Texas Rangers, The Bar Method Plano, The Club at Porto Cima, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, The Dallas Opera, The Lash Lounge, The Scent Room, Thormahlen & Cochran South African Safari, Times Ten Cellars, TOOTSIES, Total Wine & More, Trinity Aesthetics & Laser, Trinity Forest Golf Club, Truluck’s, Everson Walls, Wall Enterprises, Wheel of Fortune, YOLK

 Photography Compliments of Dana Driensky and Rob Wythe/Gittings