Society Style Dallas 2018
Purposeful Partying

Colorful saris brighten Dallas nonprofit's Bollywood-themed bash

Colorful saris brighten Dallas nonprofit's Bollywood-themed bash

Cameron Hernholm, LeeAnne Locken
Cameron Hernholm, LeeAnne Locken Photo by WJNPHOTO
Shelly Simon, Simon De Castro

Shelly Simon, Simon De Castro Photo by WJNPHOTO

Erika Ibanez, Prinisa Govender

Erika Ibanez, Prinisa Govender Photo by WJNPHOTO

Jason Oleniczak, Brittanie Oleniczak

Jason Oleniczak, Brittanie Oleniczak Photo by WJNPHOTO

Sara Offringa, Ericka Umsted

Sara Offringa, Ericka Umsted Photo by WJNPHOTO

Steve Kemble, Chad Collum
Steve Kemble, Chad Collum Photo by WJNPHOTO
Bollywood dancer at Toast to Life 2018
Bollywood dancer at Toast to Life 2018. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Bollywood dancers at Toast to Life 2018
Bollywood dancers at Toast to Life 2018. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Toast to Life 2018 Bollywood decor
The Empire Room was transformed by Bollywood-style decor. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Henna tattoo
Guests sat down for complimentary henna tattoos. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Frosted Art India palace cake
Frosted Art created a magnificent cake for the occasion. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Detail of Frosted Art cake
Flower detail on the Frosted Art cake. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Janet Hunter, Vincent Hunter
Janet Hunter, Vincent Hunter Photo by WJNPHOTO
Dr. Chrisette Dharma, Sanjay Pamurthy
Dr. Chrisette Dharma, Sanjay Pamurthy Photo by WJNPHOTO
Ryan Hines, Justin Leach, Derrick Brown
Ryan Hines, Justin Leach, Derrick Brown Photo by WJNPHOTO
Josh Mayer, Justin Bundick, Daniel Barron
Josh Mayer, Justin Bundick, Daniel Barron Photo by WJNPHOTO
Albert Marquez, Josh Bautista
Albert Marquez, Josh Bautista Photo by WJNPHOTO
Josh Cox, Shayom Ortiz
Josh Cox, Shayom Ortiz Photo by WJNPHOTO
Manny Aybar, Alex Adams, Javier Morales
Manny Aybar, Alex Adams, Javier Morales Photo by WJNPHOTO
People dancing at Toast to Life 2018 Bollywood
It's always a party on the dance floor at Toast to Life. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Selassie Hiyibor, Tyler Skeeler
Selassie Hiyibor, Tyler Skeeler Photo by WJNPHOTO
Tom Boyd-Lloyd, Eder Fonseca, Patrick Boyd-Lloyd
Tom Boyd-Lloyd, Eder Fonseca, Patrick Boyd-Lloyd Photo by WJNPHOTO
Christopher Longoria, Jose Salinas
Christopher Longoria, Jose Salinas Photo by WJNPHOTO
Parker Thornton, Richard Rivera
Parker Thornton, Richard Rivera Photo by WJNPHOTO
Cameron Hernholm, LeeAnne Locken
Shelly Simon, Simon De Castro
Erika Ibanez, Prinisa Govender
Jason Oleniczak, Brittanie Oleniczak
Sara Offringa, Ericka Umsted
Steve Kemble, Chad Collum
Bollywood dancer at Toast to Life 2018
Bollywood dancers at Toast to Life 2018
Toast to Life 2018 Bollywood decor
Henna tattoo
Frosted Art India palace cake
Detail of Frosted Art cake
Janet Hunter, Vincent Hunter
Dr. Chrisette Dharma, Sanjay Pamurthy
Ryan Hines, Justin Leach, Derrick Brown
Josh Mayer, Justin Bundick, Daniel Barron
Albert Marquez, Josh Bautista
Josh Cox, Shayom Ortiz
Manny Aybar, Alex Adams, Javier Morales
People dancing at Toast to Life 2018 Bollywood
Selassie Hiyibor, Tyler Skeeler
Tom Boyd-Lloyd, Eder Fonseca, Patrick Boyd-Lloyd
Christopher Longoria, Jose Salinas
Parker Thornton, Richard Rivera

Resource Center Dallas had a milestone moment on March 3, when it celebrated the 20th year of its Toast to Life event, presented by Purple Foundation. As per usual, the vital nonprofit committed fully to a theme — this year, it was Bollywood — because they understand there is no fundraising without the fun.

Undoubtedly this will go down as the most colorful Dallas gala of the year — not only because of the dazzling decor strewn about the Empire Room, but also because of the enchanting ensembles sported by supporters, including sari, salwar kameez, achkan, and dastar in every (sparkling) color imaginable. For those who desired even more bodily decoration, there were two henna tattoo artists eager to oblige.  

A few attendees chose to keep it simple, with tailored sport coats or crushed velvet blazers. But they looked no less fabulous than their bedazzled brethren. Spotted on the scene were co-chairs J’aime Joiner and Jim DiMarino, Resource Center CEO Cece Cox, Real Housewives of Dallas star LeeAnne Locken, Brittanie and Jason Oleniczak, Shelly Simon, Simon De Castro, Parker Thornton, Richard Rivera, Chad Collum, Christopher Longoria, Jose Salinas, Ryan Hines, Justin Leach, and Derrick Brown.

In addition to a lively theme, dancing is a hallmark of this eagerly anticipated event. DJ Jennifer Miller provided the tunes, and Bollywood movies projected on both side of the dance floor provided inspiration.

To fuel their dance moves, partygoers noshed on nibbles provided by Dallas’ top restaurants, which ranged from chicken tikka masala and curried chicken salad from Spice in the City to crab cakes from Dive and pork jowl from Bolsa. A magnificent multitiered cake from Frosted Art bakery, in the form of an Indian palace, was the most memorable dessert — although it was almost a shame to watch them cut into it.

A steady stream of cocktails and bubbly also helped to keep the dance party going — and probably inspired a few bids at the silent auction, which included art, jewelry, home decor, and luxury vacation packages. Even more money was raised during the live auction, when sassy emcee Steve Kemble drove up the bids for experiences like a Truluck’s six-course wine dinner, which went for $3,000. Every penny raised during the live auction goes directly to the Resource Center.

Since its inception in 1999, Toast to Life has raised $4 million for programs and services at 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. 

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