Black Tie Dinner Does It Again

Black Tie Dinner sweeps poll to win most glamorous Dallas gala of 2013

Black Tie Dinner sweeps poll to win most glamorous Dallas gala of 2013

Joshua Stroud, Tammi Neil, Tyler Hackett, black tie dinner
Joshua Stroud, Tammi Neil, Tyler Hackett Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Will wynn, Wendy Davis, Black Tie Dinner
Will Wynn, Wendy Davis Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Fran Drescher, black tie dinner
Fran Drescher and Peter Marc Jacobson (center) with Black Tie Dinner co-chairs Mitzi Lemons and Ken Morris and fellow supporters. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
John McGill, Shane Allen, Ron Corning, Arnold Wayne Jones, black tie dinner
John McGill, Shane Allen, Ron Corning, Arnold Wayne Jones Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Reagan nickelson, Robert Spencer, Tony Caliendo, Erik bohdan, black tie dinner
Reagan Nickelson, Robert Spencer, Tony Caliendo, Erik Bohdan Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Rachel Bowers, Emily Dunn, Lindsey Crabtree, Black Tie Dinner
Rachel Bowers, Emily Dunn, Lindsey Crabtree Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Alissa maxvill, Kristin Adkins, Trey matchin, Jonathan Crawford, black tie dinner
Alissa Maxvill, Kristin Adkins, Trey Matchin, Jonathan Crawford Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
James Milkavich, Megan milkavich, Black Tie Dinner
Megan Milkavich, James Milkavich Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Douglas and Ash Robbins, black tie dinner
Ash Robbins, Douglas Robbins Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Ingrid retzer, Jaime duggan, Black Tie Dinner
Ingrid Retzer, Jaime Duggan Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
John weber, Janet Allen, Weston Pugh, Mohammed jaber, black tie dinner
John Weber, Janet Allen, Weston Pugh, Mohammed Jaber Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Chad Mantooth, Trey bourland, Valerie Jackson, black tie dinner
Chad Mantooth, Trey Bourland, Valerie Jackson Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Greg Franklin, JaNell James, Jeffrey Dorough, black tie dinner
Greg Franklin, JaNell James, Jeffrey Dorough Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Ferrell Drum, Ahndrea Gamboa, Keith nix, Greg Alford, black tie dinner
Ferrell Drum, Ahndrea Gamboa, Keith Nix, Greg Alford Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Heather Evans, Tiffany Watson, black tie dinner
Heather Evans, Tiffany Watson Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Joshua Stroud, Tammi Neil, Tyler Hackett, black tie dinner
Will wynn, Wendy Davis, Black Tie Dinner
Fran Drescher, black tie dinner
John McGill, Shane Allen, Ron Corning, Arnold Wayne Jones, black tie dinner
Reagan nickelson, Robert Spencer, Tony Caliendo, Erik bohdan, black tie dinner
Rachel Bowers, Emily Dunn, Lindsey Crabtree, Black Tie Dinner
Alissa maxvill, Kristin Adkins, Trey matchin, Jonathan Crawford, black tie dinner
James Milkavich, Megan milkavich, Black Tie Dinner
Douglas and Ash Robbins, black tie dinner
Ingrid retzer, Jaime duggan, Black Tie Dinner
John weber, Janet Allen, Weston Pugh, Mohammed jaber, black tie dinner
Chad Mantooth, Trey bourland, Valerie Jackson, black tie dinner
Greg Franklin, JaNell James, Jeffrey Dorough, black tie dinner
Ferrell Drum, Ahndrea Gamboa, Keith nix, Greg Alford, black tie dinner
Heather Evans, Tiffany Watson, black tie dinner

The votes have been tallied, and CultureMap readers have declared a winner: The Black Tie Dinner was the most glamorous gala of 2013. This is the second year in a row the celebrity-studded affair received top honors in our CulturePoll.

Black Tie devotees turned out in droves, and the big-deal fundraiser received a whopping 78 percent of the votes. House of DIFFA and Dallas Opera First Night came in a distant second and third, earning 7 and 6 percent of the votes, respectively. Other finalists included Command Performance La Fete du Ballet, Untitled: Art Ball 2013, Bespoke, Cattle Baron’s Ball, Two x Two for AIDS and Art, and Crystal Charity Ball.

This year, State Sen. Wendy Davis surprised the more than 3,000 Black Tie supporters with a rousing speech. Following Davis was Zach Wahls, the 22-year-old recipient of the 2013 Elizabeth Birch Equality Award, who spoke articulately about his being raised by two loving mothers and how his speech in front of the Iowa House Judiciary Committee changed the trajectory of his life.

Fellow award winners included Dallas Voice writer David Taffet, honored with the 2013 Kuchling Humanitarian Award, and darling Happily Divorced co-stars Fran Drescher and Peter Marc Jacobson, who received the 2013 Media Award. Then Academy Award-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black brought down the house before diva Patti LaBelle ever had a chance.

In its history, the Black Tie Dinner has distributed more than $17 million to North Texas LGBT-supportive organizations and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Next year’s gala is set for November 15, 2014.