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Leading Dallas philanthropist pulls out all the stops for inaugural Fashion Stars for a Cause

Philanthropist pulls out all the stops for Fashion Stars for a Cause

 Laurie Graham, Chris King, Stacy Blank, David Blank, fashion stars for a cause
Laurie Graham, Chris King, Stacy Blank, David Blank Photo by Danny Campbell
Dawn Marie Mellon and Nerissa von Helpenstil, fashion stars for a cause
Dawn Marie Mellon, Nerissa von Helpenstil Photo by Danny Campbell
Brad Parker (board member) and Carolyn Kulig, fashion stars for a cause
Brad Parker, Carolyn Kulig Photo by Danny Campbell
margie wright, fashion stars for a cause
Margie Wright Photo by Danny Campbell
heather and todd furniss, fashion stars for a cause
Heather Furniss, Todd Furniss Photo by Danny Campbell
Terry Bentley Hill, Tom Krampitz, Bentley Hill  fashion stars for a cause
Terry Bentley Hill, Tom Krampitz, Bentley Hill Photo by Danny Campbell
Yvonne Crum, Fashion Stars for a cause
Yvonne Crum Photo by Danny Campbell
Yvonne Crum, Rick Rogers II, Melody Rogers - Honorary Chairs, fashion stars for a cause
Yvonne Crum, Rick Rogers II, Melody Rogers Photo by Danny Campbell
 John Clutts, fashion stars for a cause
John Clutts Photo by Danny Campbell
Morgan Mabry Mason, Carolyn Tillery, Fashion Stars For A Cause
Morgan Mabry Mason, Carolyn Tillery Photo by Danny Campbell
 Stacy and Michelle Godo, fashion stars for a cause
Stacy Godo, Michelle Godo Photo by Danny Campbell
2014 fashion stars
2014 Fashion Stars Hilary Kennedy, Alex Small, Toni Munoz-Hunt, Antonia Hubert, Britt Harless, Ashley Burghardt, Cynthia Smoot, Robin Brock, Carla Miller, Regina Bruce, Rhonda Marcus Photo by Danny Campbell
 Laurie Graham, Chris King, Stacy Blank, David Blank, fashion stars for a cause
Dawn Marie Mellon and Nerissa von Helpenstil, fashion stars for a cause
Brad Parker (board member) and Carolyn Kulig, fashion stars for a cause
margie wright, fashion stars for a cause
heather and todd furniss, fashion stars for a cause
Terry Bentley Hill, Tom Krampitz, Bentley Hill  fashion stars for a cause
Yvonne Crum, Fashion Stars for a cause
Yvonne Crum, Rick Rogers II, Melody Rogers - Honorary Chairs, fashion stars for a cause
 John Clutts, fashion stars for a cause
Morgan Mabry Mason, Carolyn Tillery, Fashion Stars For A Cause
 Stacy and Michelle Godo, fashion stars for a cause
2014 fashion stars

When Yvonne Crum sets her mind to something, great things happen. Such was the case with the first-ever Fashion Stars for a Cause at Dallas Country Club.

Crum, as founder and event chair, rounded up an impressive crew to help, including advisory chairs Lisa Petty and Carolyn Tillery and honorary chairs Melody and Rick Rogers. Together they made it a special night benefiting the Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas, an organization near and dear to Crum’s heart.

Elegantly dressed guests arrived to a cocktail reception, where fellow supporters were sipping signature cocktails created especially for the event — and we have the recipe to prove it: one part vodka, two parts pomegranate juice, one part seltzer and a splash of grenadine. Crum thinks of everything, no?

Cocktails were followed by dinner, naturally, and then the main event began. This year’s fashion stars — Hilary Kennedy, Alex Small, Toni Munoz-Hunt, Antonia Hubert, Britt Harless, Ashley Burghardt, Cynthia Smoot, Robin Brock, Carla Miller, Regina Bruce and Rhonda Marcus — walked the runway wearing looks by Tootsies. In addition to serving as models for the show, these ladies also took part in a fashion shoot with presenting sponsor Beverly Drive, and they have been advocates for the Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas, promoting its good works and programs.

In the most touching moment of the evening, guest speaker Terry Bentley Hill bravely shared the story of losing multiple family members to suicide. Hill moved many in the audience to tears as she expressed hope and gratitude despite her circumstances.

The evening concluded with a surprise for Crum: Morgan Mabry Mason performed one of Crum’s all-time favorite songs, “For Good,” from the musical Wicked. After the solo, Crum received a standing ovation by guests, including LeAnne Locken, Shona Gilbert, Dawn Mellon, Margie Wright, Laurie Graham, Chris King, and Stacy and David Blank.