Voodoo Philanthropy

Dallas partygoers love the voodoo that they do at Toast to Life 2015

Dallas partygoers love the voodoo that they do at Toast to Life 2015

Chuck Steelman, Ron Corning, DJ Lady Bunny at Toast to Life 2015
Chuck Steelman, Lady Bunny, Ron Corning Photo by Shana Anderson
Miss Texas participants at Toast to Life 2015
Miss Texas participants Photo by Shana Anderson
Toast to Life 2015
Photo by Shana Anderson
Sister Even Angelika, Sister Bertha Sinn, Sister Polly Von Acocker, Sister Pure Elle, Sister Lucinda Morals at Toast to Life 2015
Sister Even Angelika, Sister Bertha Sinn, Sister Polly Von Acocker, Sister Pure Elle, Sister Lucinda Morals Photo by Shana Anderson
Mark LeDoux, Jim O'Reilly, Dr. Steven Pounder, Brian Carr at Toast to Life 2015
Mark LeDoux, Jim O'Reilly, Dr. Steven Pounder, Brian Carr Photo by Shana Anderson
DJ Lady Bunny at Toast to Life 2015
DJ Lady Bunny Photo by Shana Anderson
Cece Cox, Ron Corning, Barbara Houser at Toast to Life 2015
Cece Cox, Ron Corning, Barbara Houser Photo by Shana Anderson
Toast to Life 2015
Photo by Shana Anderson
Joshua Allen, Cameron Hernholm, Dean Wilson and Tim Otts at Toast to Life 2015
Joshua Allen, Cameron Hernholm, Dean Wilson and Tim Otts Photo by Shana Anderson
Buddy Mullino, Lady Bunny, Judy Sherman at Toast to Life 2015
Buddy Mullino, Lady Bunny, Judy Sherman Photo by Shana Anderson
Toast to Life 2015
Photo by Shana Anderson
Sam Tucker, Ky Fiser, Troy Steece, Jeremy Collinsworth, Christian Minnicks at Toast to Life 2015
Sam Tucker, Ky Fiser, Troy Steece, Jeremy Collinsworth, Christian Minnicks Photo by Shana Anderson
Laurie Foley, Robert Emery, Linda G. Moore at Toast to Life 2015
Laurie Foley, Robert Emery, Linda G. Moore Photo by Shana Anderson
Kathleen Wilson, Taylor Wilson at Toast to Life 2015
Kathleen Wilson, Taylor Wilson Photo by Shana Anderson
Deborah McMurray, Ky Fiser at  Toast to Life 2015
Deborah McMurray, Ky Fiser Photo by Shana Anderson
Chuck Steelman, Ron Corning, DJ Lady Bunny at Toast to Life 2015
Miss Texas participants at Toast to Life 2015
Toast to Life 2015
Sister Even Angelika, Sister Bertha Sinn, Sister Polly Von Acocker, Sister Pure Elle, Sister Lucinda Morals at Toast to Life 2015
Mark LeDoux, Jim O'Reilly, Dr. Steven Pounder, Brian Carr at Toast to Life 2015
DJ Lady Bunny at Toast to Life 2015
Cece Cox, Ron Corning, Barbara Houser at Toast to Life 2015
Toast to Life 2015
Joshua Allen, Cameron Hernholm, Dean Wilson and Tim Otts at Toast to Life 2015
Buddy Mullino, Lady Bunny, Judy Sherman at Toast to Life 2015
Toast to Life 2015
Sam Tucker, Ky Fiser, Troy Steece, Jeremy Collinsworth, Christian Minnicks at Toast to Life 2015
Laurie Foley, Robert Emery, Linda G. Moore at Toast to Life 2015
Kathleen Wilson, Taylor Wilson at Toast to Life 2015
Deborah McMurray, Ky Fiser at  Toast to Life 2015

Charitable partygoers, dressed in their best “magical chic” attire, found refuge from the cold Saturday night at the Empire Room in the Design District, where Resource Center Dallas threw its 17th annual Toast to Life fundraiser. Themed “Voodoo on the Trinity,” the affair was a feast for the senses.

For starters, the room was packed with artworks and other items up for auction, which patrons could bid on via mobile phone. Flavor-filled bites from such restaurants as Bridge Bistro, Truluck’s, R+D Kitchen, Salum, Hunky’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers and the Original Cupcakery soaked up the prosecco, Stoli vodka and Bud Light that flowed freely from several bars.

More stimulation came in the form of tunes curated by the incomparable DJ Lady Bunny, whose soundtrack of old and new favorites — from Michael Jackson to Beyonce to Pharrell Williams — kept guests hopping on the dance floor.

As if good eats, drinks and dance tunes weren’t enough, there were plenty of other activities to keep attendees — including emcee Ron Corning, Resource Center CEO Cece Cox and development director Cameron Hernholm, Barbara Houser, Anisha Mandol, and Chuck Steelman — engaged. Those included tarot card readings, face painting and a photo booth with glow-in-the-dark props. Prints from the latter went for $5 each — donations that went straight to Resource Center coffers.

Toast to Life, this year chaired by Buddy Mullino and Judy Sherman, benefits the programs and services of Resource Center Dallas, which empowers the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities and all people affected by HIV through improving health and wellness, strengthening families and communities, and providing transformative education and advocacy.

Since its inception in 1999, Toast to Life has raised more than $3 million.