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DIFFA Dallas divulges dazzling details for big-deal Masquerade 2014

DIFFA Dallas divulges dazzling details for big-deal Masquerade 2014

Jason Oleniczak, Brittanie Oleniczak, Simona Beal, Paul Massey, diffa wreath collection
Simona Beal (second from right) will serve as this year's House of DIFFA honorary chair. She is pictured here with Jason Oleniczak, former chair Brittanie Oleniczak and Paul Massey. Photo by Shana Anderson

DIFFA/Dallas recently unveiled exciting plans for House of DIFFA 2014 themed “Masquerade,” set for Saturday, March 29, at the Omni Dallas hotel. The annual gala is DIFFA’s largest fundraiser and one of the most anticipated social events in Dallas.

This year the soiree is inspired by the legendary Carnival of Venice. Of course this means those lucky enough to attend event should wear traditional Venetian masks, and the best of the best will be awarded during the course of the evening.

This year’s event chair is longtime DIFFA/Dallas board member Jim DiMarino, who is doing things a little differently. In addition to a venue change, DiMarino has enlisted the help of event architect Jeffery Horn, fashion producer Kathryn Knox and production company Freeman Productions LLC. Simona Beal will serve as honorary chair.

The official lineup of activities includes pre-dinner cocktails, silent auction, seated dinner, and, of course, a provocative runway show featuring this year’s exclusive jacket collection and the latest fashions from around the world. The evening’s festivities will continue until the wee hours of the morning with the legendary House of DIFFA after-party.

“Each year we seek to reinvent the show and inspire our patrons, and this year we are thrilled to have the support of Dallas native Kathryn Knox, Jeffery Horn and Freeman Production Company on the House of DIFFA 2014 Masquerade team,” DiMarino said in a statement.

“Their support and expertise has given us the liberty to expand upon our runway show and add additional elements to the evening. Last year’s event set a fundraising and attendance record for the annual gala, and we are on track to meet or exceed last year’s numbers.”

Event and ticket information can be found at the DIFFA/Dallas website. Proceeds from House of DIFFA support organizations that aid in the fight against HIV/AIDS by providing preventative education programs, treatment and direct care services for people living with or impacted by HIV/AIDS.