Nineteen grandchildren of Caroline Rose Hunt – daughter of the legendary wildcatter H.L. Hunt – made a lead $5 million gift in honor of their grandmother’s longstanding support of the United Way and its Foundation. It was the largest commitment to the Campaign at the time.
“Our grandmother has been an extraordinary example of volunteerism and hard work,” Haven Sands Heinrichs, trustee of The Rosewood Foundation, said. “To show our family’s love and appreciation for all she has done for United Way and the community, we are making this legacy gift in her honor, and we are delighted to carry the torch, and hope to inspire the next generation in our community to get involved.”
Caroline Rose Hunt established The Rosewood Corporation and was the guiding force behind some of Dallas’ most luxurious landmark hotels like The Mansion on Turtle Creek and The Crescent. Mrs. Hunt was involved with United Way for more than five decades. As a young UT graduate, she went door to door soliciting donations to the Dallas Community Chest before it became United Way in 1999. Prior to her passing in 2018, she served in myriad leadership roles with the United Way, including co-chair of the Alexis de Tocqueville Giving Society in 1990 and 1994, honorary vice-chair of the United Way Foundation and honorary chair of the Unite Forever Campaign.
In recognition of her leadership, she was presented the United Way’s most prestigious honor, the J. Erik Jonsson Award in 2003.
Today, Mrs. Hunt’s legacy continues as granddaughter Julia Sands Cunningham serves as a Unite Forever Vice Chair and granddaughter Lauren Rose Sands is a member of the March Tocqueville Fellows. The Rosewood Foundation Director, Lynn Fisher, also serves in a number of volunteer roles for United Way as a Unite Forever Vice Chair and on the Women of Tocqueville Fund Advisory Council.