Key Honoree & Honorary Chair
Celebrating its 29th Year of Tablescapes, the Dallas Alumnae Association is pleased to honor Kay Weeks as its Tablescapes Honorary Chairman for 2023. Kay pledged Kappa at Bucknell University where she developed her strong bond with and appreciation for the Fraternity and its members. She moved to Dallas in 1980 and has built a successful career as a Realtor and became involved in community service and the Dallas Kappa Alumnae Association. Kay has held numerous leadership roles with KKG having served on the National Council and as a Trustee of the KKG Foundation. She is also a proud recipient of the Louise Barbeck Award for her contributions to the Association and the Fraternity. Her many community activities have included leadership positions with the Women's Council of The Dallas Arboretum, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League, Preston Hollow Women's Club and the MetroTex Association of Realtors. She is currently an active member of the Dallas Woman's Club, Dallas Garden Club, Crystal Charity Ball and a sustaining member of the Junior League of Dallas. Kay has been married to her husband, Peter, for 40 years and are the proud parents of their Kappa daughter, Lizzie Weeks Bumpas, who is carrying on her mother's tradition of serving Kappa and the community. This year Kay is celebrating her 50th anniversary as a Kappa. Throughout those 50 years, she has embodied the Fraternity motto, “Kappa is truly for a lifetime”.
Ellen Benson Merriman born, January 23, 1963, raised in Kansas City, Missouri and Mission Hills, Kansas, and lives in Palm Beach. She attended Southern Methodist University and graduated with a business degree. Ellen and Michael have four children and 13 grandchildren. Ellen is a stay at home mother and an active community volunteer. She is past president of Belles of the American Royal and Children Mercy Hospital board. Past Chairman of The Jewel Ball. Ellen serves/served on the following boards: the American Red Cross, Kappa Kappa Gamma, University of Kansas Hospital, Children Mercy Hospital, American Royal, Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault, past chairman of Hats off to Mothers and past president of Committee of 100 which supports the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art and the Symphony. Ellen has chaired numerous fundraising events in Kansas City. She is a member of the Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri, and The Garden Club of Palm Beach. Her hobbies are being a grandmother, horse backing riding, bridge, investment club, book club, gardening, floral arrangements, party planning, painting, tennis, and running Brush Creek Ranch.
Ellen and Michael belong to the following clubs:
Kansas City Clubs: Mission Hills Country Club, Carriage Club and the River Club
Palm Beach: The Everglades Club, The Beach Club, Sailfish Club, Palm Beach Yacht Club, Bear’s Club, Club Collette, The Society of the Four Arts, and The Garden Club of Palm Beach
Dallas, Texas: Dallas Country Club
Kappa Kappa Gamma Involvement: attended Southern Methodist University
Supported Tablescapes for several years.
Served on national kappa development board.
Kappa Kappa Gamma Kansas City Holiday Homes Tour Board: served on the board and homes tour coordinator.
Past President of Kappa Kappa Gamma Kansas City Alumnae Association