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Dallas movie buffs bring popcorn and patronage to charity celebration

Dallas movie buffs bring popcorn and patronage to charity celebration

Elizabeth Curlin, Ally Wood, Samantha March
Elizabeth Curlin, Ally Wood, Samantha March Photo by WJNPHOTO
Birthday Party Project 2019
Guests had several photobooth options. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Tonya Ramsey, Todd Ramsey
Tonya Ramsey, Todd Ramsey Photo by WJNPHOTO
Paige Chenault
The Birthday Party Project founder and CEO Paige Chenault. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Suzanne Droese
Suzanne Droese was one of this year's honorees. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Mikki Allen, Michael Johnson, Kristin Johnson
ikki Allen, Michael Johnson, Kristin Johnson Photo by WJNPHOTO
Birthday Party Project 2019
Troop Beverly Hills got some love from guests. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Birthday Party Project 2019
The Texas-set film Dazed and Confused inspired a lot of costumes. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Megan Baker, Michael Talley, Amanda Baker
Megan Baker, Michael Talley, Amanda Baker Photo by WJNPHOTO
Birthday Party Project 2019
TBBP transformed the Bomb Factory into a drive-in theater. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Birthday Party Project 2019
Group costumes were popular. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Brad Davis, Tiffany Davis
Brad Davis, Tiffany Davis Photo by WJNPHOTO
Phillip Van Nostrand, Max McQueen
Phillip Van Nostrand, Max McQueen Photo by WJNPHOTO
Birthday Party Project 2019
Cher and Dionne from Clueless were everywhere. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Jordan Kahn Orchestra
The Jordan Kahn Orchestra performed. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Parker Bailey, Chelsea Bailey
Parker Bailey, Chelsea Bailey Photo by WJNPHOTO
Birthday Party Project 2019
Animated characters provided a lot of inspiration. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Madison Dolph, Megan Dolph
Madison Dolph, Megan Dolph Photo by WJNPHOTO
Elizabeth Curlin, Ally Wood, Samantha March
Birthday Party Project 2019
Tonya Ramsey, Todd Ramsey
Paige Chenault
Suzanne Droese
Mikki Allen, Michael Johnson, Kristin Johnson
Birthday Party Project 2019
Birthday Party Project 2019
Megan Baker, Michael Talley, Amanda Baker
Birthday Party Project 2019
Birthday Party Project 2019
Brad Davis, Tiffany Davis
Phillip Van Nostrand, Max McQueen
Birthday Party Project 2019
Jordan Kahn Orchestra
Parker Bailey, Chelsea Bailey
Birthday Party Project 2019
Madison Dolph, Megan Dolph

The theme of the Birthday Party Project's annual bash is always a huge draw, and this year's nostalgic choice allowed cinephiles to really get creative.

Event planner Hannah Kohler and event design and production lead Emily Clarke invited fans to A Night with the Stars, ensuring that a plethora of Pink Ladies and T-Birds could party with Elle Woods, Pennywise the clown, Indiana Jones, and even an Oompa Loompa or two.

Held again this year at the Bomb Factory in Deep Ellum, the blow-out raises funds for the Dallas-based nonprofit and its mission of hosting birthday parties for children living in homeless shelters or transitional situations.

Giant soda cups and popcorn buckets (cleverly made of flowers and balloon clusters) dotted the bi-level space, which also featured several GIF and photo opps.

Food and beverage chairs Dana Blaugrund and Jennifer Harris secured such themed bites as classic burgers and fries, as well as newer takes on old favorites — we're looking at you, Proper Catering, and your giant raclette of cheese that was hand-melted over tater tots.

While Ferris Bueller and Forrest Gump danced with the Rockford Peaches, the Jordan Kahn Orchestra and DJ Souljah kept the beats coming. Aerialists spun above the crowd, but were thankfully safely down before the big balloon drop at the end of the night.

While 100 percent of ticket proceeds went to TBBP, guests could give more by pledging on giant boards, purchasing swag from the JOY store, and bidding on the live and silent auctions. Auction chairs Amanda Albritton, Todd Fiscus, Lauren Heiler, and Shannon King assembled an impressive display of everything from jewelry and art to sports memorabilia and travel, with highlights being a state-of-the-art wine fridge stocked with rare and valuable vintages.

This year's honorees were Suzanne Droese of Droese Public Relations and Tess and Ian Kinsler for their support of TBBP through the years.

When founder and CEO Paige Chenault took to the stage to introduce this year's team of wish-granters, it was also to share the incredible fact that since its founding in 2012, The Birthday Party Project has celebrated over 7,000 birthdays with 42,000 kids in 15 cities.