Donna’s Journal


CHARITIES | Rosenberg Library & National Historical Landmark, Elissa. Both in Galveston, TX

BIOGRAPHY | A fifth generation Texan, Dancie Perugini Ware is passionate about historic preservation and shares Frank Gehry’s belief that “in the end, the character of a civilization is encased in its structures.” Currently, Dancie serves as trustee of Galveston’s Rosenberg Library, the oldest public library in Texas in continuous operation; is an avid supporter of Houston’s Julia Ideson Library Preservation partners; and is currently collaborating on the historic restoration of New Orleans’s famed Saenger Theatre, which suffered significant damage during Hurricane Katrina. Dancie’s passion includes preserving grand historical traditions as well; she was the creative force behind the revival of Mardi Gras! Galveston, Texas’s largest, most acclaimed Mardi Gras celebration, and Galveston’s famed ceremonial Mardi Gras Arches, an architectural installation of works by seven of the world’s most notable architects. Her passion inspired literary tributes, such as Historic Galveston and the republication of The Galveston That Was, featuring images by master photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Nationally regarded as a respected leader in the field of public relations, Dancie heads one of the most notable PR firms in the Southwest, headquartered in downtown Houston. The firm that bears her name, Dancie Perugini Ware Public Relations (DPW PR) represents a broad, diverse roster of influential clients from the arts and universities to the nation’s industry-leaders in retail, hospitality, energy, and real estate development. She and her husband, Jim, reside in Galveston and Houston, and have twin sons, recent graduates of the University of Virginia.

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