As NorthPark Center enters its fifth year celebrating its Ambassador Program―an idea pioneered by Nancy A. Nasher and Kimberly Schlegel Whitman―a spotlight is shining on top Dallas influencers and the nonprofits they support. Today we speak with Janelle Pinell.
Hand selected for their philanthropic contributions, each one-year Ambassador offers the opportunity to partner with North Park Center and its retailers for various events and initiatives to benefit their respective charities. This year’s ambassadors are linked to a strong commitment to the community. Events that support causes important to them are united in the ultimate spirit of fashion, art and stylish philanthropy.
Today we meet Janelle Pinell as she aligns with the mission of Vogel Alcove, as an ambassador for NorthPark. This organization provides preschool education to homeless children in Dallas. Helping young children and their families overcome the lasting and traumatic effects of homelessness, The Pinell Family Foundation, has supported the mission of Vogel Alcove for more than a decade. This initiative, which supports a mission so dear to Pinell and a partnership with NorthPark, is close to his heart.
Why are you so passionate about the charity you have chosen?
Janelle Pinell: We’ve been involved in fundraising, served on the board, and recently endowed with a chess mentorship program through our arts space The Power Station. He is making great strides in helping the homeless in Dallas. Their end goal is to help give every child the foundation for success in school and life and to help their families become self-sufficient and we also want to do everything we can to help them.
Your favorite NorthPark souvenir.
Janelle Pinell: Some of my fondest memories with my kids are of them playing at NorthPark with the turtles as well as watching them run over the brick planters and slide them around (again and again).
NorthPark Center is at the center of the combination of art and fashion. Describe your own interests in art and fashion.
Janelle Pinell: My husband and I are avid art collectors and supporters of the arts in Dallas. We founded an art space called Power Station ten years ago in an early 1900s Dallas Power And Light building. art books. We have been heavily involved with the Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center over the years and recently sponsored two public Nasher projects at the Power Station and at home. NorthPark is the only shopping museum in the world. We are incredibly fortunate to have this world-class collection in our community and for the leadership of the Nasher and Heid family.
What motivates you ?
Janelle Pinell: Live a healthy and happy life and set the best example for my 3 children.
On the importance of giving back.
Janelle Pinell: Giving back to the community you live in is one of the most important things you can do. This not only enriches the community, but also you and your family.