Toast To Life

Charitable merrymakers go mad at one of Dallas’ most fun theme parties

Charitable merrymakers go mad at one of Dallas’ most fun theme parties

Steve Kemble, LeeAnne Locken, Cynthia Smoot, Chad Collom
Steve Kemble, LeeAnne Locken, Cynthia Smoot, Chad Collom Photo by Shana Anderson
JL Forke, Jhonatan Arreola, Ralph Randall, Lucilo Pena, Lee Cobb
JL Forke, Jhonatan Arreola, Ralph Randall, Lucilo Pena, Lee Cobb Photo by Shana Anderson
People dancing at Toast to Life 2016
Guests tearing up the dance floor. Photo by Shana Anderson
Carol Meyer, Glen Davison, Deborah McMurray
Carol Meyer, Glen Davison, Deborah McMurray Photo by Marcelo Media
Lady Bunny
Lady Bunny Photo by Shana Anderson
Mad Hatter cake by Frosted Art
Frosted Art made a Mad Hatter cake to match the theme. Photo by Shana Anderson
Steve Atkinson, Judy Sherman
Steve Atkinson, Judy Sherman Photo by Shana Anderson
Roger Poindexter, Darnell Williams
Roger Poindexter, Darnell Williams Photo by Shana Anderson
DFW Sisters
DFW Sisters Photo by Shana Anderson
Makenzie Fontenot, Cadi Shurbet
Makenzie Fontenot, Cadi Shurbet Photo by Marcelo Media
Chase White, Jacob Remington
Chase White, Jacob Remington Photo by Shana Anderson
Mike Cowan, Tom Boyd-Lloyd
Mike Cowan, Tom Boyd-Lloyd Photo by Shana Anderson
Steven Pounders, MD, Jimmy O'Reilly
Steven Pounders, M.D., Jimmy O'Reilly Photo by Marcelo Media
Steve Kemble, LeeAnne Locken, Cynthia Smoot, Chad Collom
JL Forke, Jhonatan Arreola, Ralph Randall, Lucilo Pena, Lee Cobb
People dancing at Toast to Life 2016
Carol Meyer, Glen Davison, Deborah McMurray
Lady Bunny
Mad Hatter cake by Frosted Art
Steve Atkinson, Judy Sherman
Roger Poindexter, Darnell Williams
DFW Sisters
Makenzie Fontenot, Cadi Shurbet
Chase White, Jacob Remington
Mike Cowan, Tom Boyd-Lloyd
Steven Pounders, MD, Jimmy O'Reilly

There are some social butterflies who would never miss a theme party — or a chance to do good. The 18th annual Toast to Life, benefiting Resource Center Dallas, fulfilled both.

Held at the Empire Room in the Dallas Design District and co-chaired by Judy Sherman and Steve Atkinson, this year’s event had a Mad Hatter theme. So imagine all the terrific toppers — from a typical top hat to a bowler with fuzzy pink bunny ears to a magical mushroom. (I can’t say no one tried to lick it.)

Restaurant such as Truluck’s, R+D Kitchen, and Stock & Barrel provided bites to soak up the champagne and Stoli cocktails. That food was important to fuel the folks tearing up the dance floor, thanks to tunes spun by DJ Lady Bunny.

Fun aside, fundraising was the point of this awesome evening, helped along by a live auction, led by the incomparable Steve Kemble. A silent auction, officially dubbed the Queen of Hearts’ Garden, included everything from jewelry and artwork to restaurant gift certificates and luxury hotel stays.

When not bidding, dancing, or drinking, festive attendees — LeeAnn Locken (from the Real Housewives of Dallas) and cohort Cynthia SmootAnne Tramer and Johnathan BrownleeMike Cowan, Tom Boyd-Lloyd, Joe GrimesRoger Poindexter, Darnell WilliamsJhonatan Arreola, Ralph Randall, and Lucilo Pena — took turns at the step-and-repeat or snapped selfies on their phones.

Toast to Life 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.

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