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Circus theme sends high-flying Masquerade over the top for Dallas young professionals

Circus theme sends high-flying Masquerade over the top for Dallas YPs

Andre Hefter, Kristen Wehling, Allison Xirinachs, Micheal Xirinachs
Andre Hefter, Kristen Wehling, Allison Xirinachs, Micheal Xirinachs Photo by Ashley Gongora
Kathy Losada, Nick Losada
Kathy Losada, Nick Losada Photo by Ashley Gongora
Kate Polloskey, Deangalo Nesby, Marisa Swanson, Krista Fultz
Kate Polloskey, Deangalo Nesby, Marisa Swanson, Krista Fultz Photo by Ashley Gongora
Darbie Safford, Casee Safford, Cooper Harris, Lindsey Wolf, Jessie Wolf
Darbie Safford, Casee Safford, Cooper Harris, Lindsey Wolf, Jessie Wolf Photo by Ashley Gongora
Matt & Stephanie Ciccone
Matt Ciccone, Stephanie Ciccone Photo by Ashley Gongora
James Sackey, Kendall Blake
James Sackey, Kendall Blake Photo by Ashley Gongora
Desiree Cast, Jeremy Lawson
Desiree Cast, Jeremy Lawson Photo by Ashley Gongora
Heather Blond, Joe Zuk
Heather Blond, Joe Zuk Photo by Ashley Gongora
Ryan Boschetti, Leslie Boschetti, Elizabeth Wisdom, Kyle Wisdom
Ryan Boschetti, Leslie Boschetti, Elizabeth Wisdom, Kyle Wisdom Photo by Ashley Gongora
Genesis Masquerade 2019, casino game
The casino tables stayed full all night. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Taylor Pace band, Genesis Masquerade
Taylor Pace Orchestra performed from beginning to end. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Genesis Masquerade 2019, caramel apples
Candy apples were a sweet treat. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Genesis Masquerade 2019
A balancing act wowed the audience. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Genesis Masquerade 2019
There's nothing this man can't juggle. Photo by Ashley Gongora
Ashton Hartner, Katy Roden
Ashton Hartner, Katy Roden  Photo by Ashley Gongora
Genesis Masquerade 2019
"Jelly" the spider monkey was the most popular guest of the night Photo by Ashley Gongora
Beth Boyd, Julia Carpenter, Kristin Bell
Beth Boyd, Julia Carpenter, Kristin Bell Photo by Ashley Gongora
Will Link, Kelly Link
Will Link, Kelly Link Photo by Ashley Gongora
Camie Carlock, Majd Ello
Camie Carlock, Majd Ello Photo by Ashley Gongora
Andre Hefter, Kristen Wehling, Allison Xirinachs, Micheal Xirinachs
Kathy Losada, Nick Losada
Kate Polloskey, Deangalo Nesby, Marisa Swanson, Krista Fultz
Darbie Safford, Casee Safford, Cooper Harris, Lindsey Wolf, Jessie Wolf
Matt & Stephanie Ciccone
James Sackey, Kendall Blake
Desiree Cast, Jeremy Lawson
Heather Blond, Joe Zuk
Ryan Boschetti, Leslie Boschetti, Elizabeth Wisdom, Kyle Wisdom
Genesis Masquerade 2019, casino game
Taylor Pace band, Genesis Masquerade
Genesis Masquerade 2019, caramel apples
Genesis Masquerade 2019
Genesis Masquerade 2019
Ashton Hartner, Katy Roden
Genesis Masquerade 2019
Beth Boyd, Julia Carpenter, Kristin Bell
Will Link, Kelly Link
Camie Carlock, Majd Ello

The Genesis Young Leaders' annual Masquerade is known as a high-flying affair for Dallas young professionals, and this year, its theme matched its reputation. The sold-out party, called "Under the Big Top," took more than 800 attendees to the circus.

Every corner of venue Sixty Five Hundred was transformed with razzle dazzle for the February 23 fundraiser. The annual gala, hosted by Genesis Young Leaders — one of the most thriving YP groups in Dallas — raises money to further Genesis Women's Shelter's mission to eliminate family violence in the area. 

The earliest guests fastened their VIP bracelets and visited a special, reserved bar and lounge area. There, they got the first sips of champagne, wine, and cocktails and the first bites of the fun fare being served. In keeping with the theme, noshes included mini corn dogs, warm pretzels, nachos, popcorn, and for dessert, funnel cakes and candy apples.

Another perk to being a VIP? The chance to feed grapes to "Jelly" the spider monkey, on hand to entertain with a trainer from Humperdink's Heroes Rescues and Exotic Petting Zoo.

The many casino tables — a signature of the event — filled early and stayed packed all night.

Those who weren't into gambling but still craved friendly competition turned attention to the silent auction. Up for grabs were snazzy retail and restaurant experiences, sports memorabilia, jewelry and more. Speaking of jewelry, Kendra Scott provided a "jewelry pull" experience so guests could go home with some new bling.

The busiest band in Dallas that night must have been the Taylor Pace Orchestra, who played party tunes from beginning to end, only taking breaks for circus-themed entertainers and speakers to take the stage.

Genesis CEO Jan Langbein and Amy Norton, senior director of fund and community development, welcomed guests and acknowledged event co-chairs Rachel and Coleman Brown and Krista and Andrew Porteous.

Once the official speeches were over, the party continued until midnight. A juggler and balancing-act performer entertained to the sounds of old-fashioned, hurdy gurdy-type circus music.

Then the band came back on and hundreds flocked to the dance floor. To help keep people moving and grooving into the late hours, servers brought out cartons of truffle-dusted French fries for all to enjoy.

Spotted having a great time throughout the night were Andre Hefter, Kristen Wehling, Allison Xirinachs, Micheal Xirinachs, Darbie Safford, Casee Safford, Cooper Harris, Lindsey Wolf, Jessie Wolf, Kathy Losada, Nick Losada, Kate Polloskey, Deangalo Nesby, Marisa Swanson, Krista Fultz, Ryan Boschetti, Leslie Boschetti, Elizabeth Wisdom, Kyle Wisdom, Heather Blond, Joe Zuk, Desiree Cast, Jeremy Lawson, James Sackey, Kendall Blake, Matt Ciccone, Stephanie Ciccone, Camie Carlock, Majd Ello, Will Link, Kelly Link, Beth Boyd, Julia Carpenter, Kristin Bell, Ashton Hartner, and Katy Roden.

The event chairs had announced on stage that the fundraising goal would be $300,000. A few days later, the organization says the final total came to $301,030.

"The $300,000 we raised far exceeded and broke all previous records," a Genesis spokeswoman says. "That’s 300,000 promises we will be able to make to women and children experiencing domestic violence."