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Marvelous masquerade gets Dallas young professionals to give hefty sums

Marvelous masquerade gets Dallas young professionals to give big

Robert Birdwell, Kristen Reed
Robert Birdwell, Kristen Reed Photo courtesy of Genesis Young Leaders
Aaron Murff, Hillary Murff, BethSmith, Marshall Smith
Aaron Murff, Hillary Murff, Beth Smith, Marshall Smith Photo courtesy of Genesis Young Leaders
Alejandra Barbosa, Tyler Barbosa, Sloan Milton, Kristen Darnell, Jeff Darnell
Alejandra Barbosa, Tyler Barbosa, Sloan Milton, Kristen Darnell, Jeff Darnell Photo courtesy of Genesis Young Leaders
Allison Curran, Adam Curran
Allison Curran, Adam Curran Photo courtesy of Genesis Young Leaders
1)	Allyson Blow, Heather LeClair, Kamela Aboussie
Allyson Blow, Heather LeClair, Kamela Aboussie Photo courtesy of Genesis Young Leaders
Andrea Earnhart, Eric Earnhart
Andrea Earnhart, Eric Earnhart Photo courtesy of Genesis Young Leaders
Andrea Earnhart, Whitney Zapffe, Beth Smith, Eve Wiley, Hillary Murff, Meredith Edwards, Meredith Beard, Sloan Milton
Andrea Earnhart, Whitney Zapffe, Beth Smith, Eve Wiley, Hillary Murff, Meredith Edwards, Meredith Beard, Sloan Milton Photo courtesy of Genesis Young Leaders
Chris Hughes, Jessica Hughes
Chris Hughes, Jessica Hughes Photo courtesy of Genesis Young Leaders
Danielle Yudell, Vance Yudell
Danielle Yudell, Vance Yudell Photo courtesy of Genesis Young Leaders
Genesis Young Leaders board members
Genesis Young Leaders board members Photo courtesy of Genesis Young Leaders
Kamela Aboussie, Kenneth Aboussie
Kamela Aboussie, Kenneth Aboussie Photo courtesy of Genesis Young Leaders
Kristen Studevant, Adam Studevant
Kristen Studevant, Adam Studevant Photo courtesy of Genesis Young Leaders
Peter Crow, Katie Crow, Dan Harris, Jenny Harris
Peter Crow, Katie Crow, Dan Harris, Jenny Harris Photo courtesy of Genesis Young Leaders
Andrea Raet, Ben Raet
Andrea Raet, Ben Raet Photo courtesy of Genesis Young Leaders
Luke Patterson, Chelsea Cunningham, Jaca Stultz, Stephen Hassenflu
Luke Patterson, Chelsea Cunningham, Jaca Stultz, Stephen Hassenflu Photo courtesy of Genesis Young Leaders
Tyler Sorenson, Betsy Sorenson, Lauren Elsener, Tom Elsener
Tyler Sorenson, Betsy Sorenson, Lauren Elsener, Tom Elsener Photo courtesy of Genesis Young Leaders
Jan Langbein, Steve Langbein
Jan Langbein, Steve Langbein Photo courtesy of Genesis Young Leaders
Robert Birdwell, Kristen Reed
Aaron Murff, Hillary Murff, BethSmith, Marshall Smith
Alejandra Barbosa, Tyler Barbosa, Sloan Milton, Kristen Darnell, Jeff Darnell
Allison Curran, Adam Curran
1)	Allyson Blow, Heather LeClair, Kamela Aboussie
Andrea Earnhart, Eric Earnhart
Andrea Earnhart, Whitney Zapffe, Beth Smith, Eve Wiley, Hillary Murff, Meredith Edwards, Meredith Beard, Sloan Milton
Chris Hughes, Jessica Hughes
Danielle Yudell, Vance Yudell
Genesis Young Leaders board members
Kamela Aboussie, Kenneth Aboussie
Kristen Studevant, Adam Studevant
Peter Crow, Katie Crow, Dan Harris, Jenny Harris
Andrea Raet, Ben Raet
Luke Patterson, Chelsea Cunningham, Jaca Stultz, Stephen Hassenflu
Tyler Sorenson, Betsy Sorenson, Lauren Elsener, Tom Elsener
Jan Langbein, Steve Langbein

By now, Genesis Young Leaders know the secret: Ask your guests to wear a mask, and they will give generously. At the young professional group's third annual Masquerade, held recently at the Empire Room, the final fundraising sum of more than $165,000 surpassed expectations.

Four hundred guests donned the finest in feathery and glittery masks to celebrate GYL's mission, which is to assist the life-saving work of Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support.

“We are proud to host one of the coolest parties in town, but we know it means so much more,” shared Genesis CEO Jan Langbein in a release. “Through our GYL auxiliary and Masquerade, we are engaging our twentysomething and thirtysomething-year-olds during a time in their lives when domestic violence often begins to rear its ugly head.

“We want them to know that there is help and hope, and we want them to share this message with those in their circles as well.”

Event co-chairs Hillary and Aaron Murff and Beth and Marshall Smith transformed the Design District event space into a 1920s art deco dream.While the roulette wheels spun and dice were rolled at the casino tables, guests — including Kamela and Kenneth Aboussie, Kristen and Adam Studevant, Luke Patterson, Chelsea Cunningham, Jaca Stultz, Stephen Hassenflu, Katie and Peter Crow, and Jenny and Dan Harris — sipped on cocktails from the Standard Pour and noshed on delicious bites from Low Country Quisine.

Raffle prizes — a Four Seasons staycation and golf package, a private shopping event at Abi Ferrin, and private tours and tastings at Dallas’ popular local breweries — kept the pocketbooks open. When not placing bets or buying raffle tickets, guests captured memories in the SloDown SloMo Video Lounge and danced into the night with help from the popular live band Cuvee. Everyone went home with sweet treats from Nib Chocolates.

Founded in 2001, Genesis Young Leaders assists Genesis Women's Shelter in providing safety, shelter, and expert counseling at no cost to women and children who have experienced domestic violence.