The Local Love Awards began in 2017 as an initiative to honor small, local businesses while also raising money to facilitate the general programming of Project 16, which has become widely requested from nearby school districts. This formal gala will showcase over a dozen of Dallas’ most influential leaders, entrepreneurs and professionals, and feature many new award categories and industries including legal services, education, technology, health and wellness and more. We are committed to showcasing the very best of Dallas-Fort Worth to our youth, and you are a part of that narrative.


This year’s event theme of “Aspire Higher” will cater to 500 guests, including two dozen deserving students from our program. Our primary objective for including students as guests at this gala is to inspire them to consider the many career opportunities available beyond graduation. What better way to do so than by showing them shining examples of professional excellence in one of the most elegant venues in the city? Year after year, Project 16 has been blessed to have the consistent support and attendance of dozens of celebrities including NFL Hall of Fame Inductee, Deion Sanders; IBF Welterweight Champion, Errol Spence, Jr; McDonald’s proprietor, Roland Parrish; TV Analyst and Attorney, Yodit Tewolde, and many more who help make this experience extra special for our children and teens.


With you by our side in 2019, we’re sure to achieve this season’s fundraising goal and continue serving the bright students and communities of Dallas-Fort Worth well.




Lady Jade

and the Project 16 Executive Board


*You will need to contact us to request the password for Sponsorship Package access

Further questions can be answered through our contact form or by calling 1-833-776-1616.

 “I am one of those people that truly believes in my soul that we can make the world a better place one child at a time.  I am not going to sit around and wait for someone else to do it…God has blessed me, so I want to bless them and give our youth a fair shot at a bright, successful future.” ~Lady Jade