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Everything’s coming up roses for this budding Dallas young professionals gala

Everything’s coming up roses for this budding Dallas YP gala

Kirkland Taylor, Adrienne Taylor, Josh Sellers, Caitlyn Cowart
Kirkland Taylor, Adrienne Taylor, Josh Sellers, Caitlyn Cowart Photo by WJNPHOTO
Wynne family with Starship
The Wynne family poses for a picture with Starship during the VIP reception. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Tyler Nelson, Shannon Nelson
Tyler Nelson, Shannon Nelson Photo by WJNPHOTO
Gillian Wiley, Adrienne Norris, Meaghan Viveros
Gillian Wiley, Adrienne Norris, Meaghan Viveros Photo by WJNPHOTO
Jimmy Wynne, Robert Comstock
Jimmy Wynne, Robert Comstock Photo by WJNPHOTO
Maura Robinson, Dean Robinson
Maura Robinson, Dean Robinson Photo by WJNPHOTO
Shane Miller, Lauren Przybyl Miller
Shane Miller, Lauren Przybyl Miller Photo by WJNPHOTO
Tracie Cirotto, Meredith Barnes, Rachel Koonsman, Elaine Head
Tracie Cirotto, Meredith Barnes, Rachel Koonsman, Elaine Head Photo by WJNPHOTO
Sarah Jolly, Kaila Berger
Sarah Jolly, Kaila Berger Photo by WJNPHOTO
Amanda Thatcher, Josh Cortez
Amanda Thatcher, Josh Cortez Photo by WJNPHOTO
Katie Kuhn, Travis Wright
Katie Kuhn, Travis Wright Photo by WJNPHOTO
Whitney Wallace, Alyssa Casey
Whitney Wallace, Alyssa Casey Photo by WJNPHOTO
Ryan Schultz, Rebecca Schultz
Ryan Schultz, Rebecca Schultz Photo by WJNPHOTO
David Stewart, Mary Stewart
David Stewart, Mary Stewart Photo by WJNPHOTO
Shelby Strodel, Erin Weitzel
Shelby Strodel, Erin Weitzel Photo by WJNPHOTO
Jaimie Sanders, Williams Sanders
Jaimie Sanders, Williams Sanders Photo by WJNPHOTO
Yellow Rose Gala 2018
The reception was packed with people catching up before the dinner and program. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Photo booth at Yellow Rose Gala 2018
Guests had a blast at the yellow rose photo booth. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Taylor Cantrell, Sally Arnold, Lindsey Miller
Taylor Cantrell, Sally Arnold, Lindsey Miller Photo by WJNPHOTO
Laine Deutscher, Katherine Killough
Laine Deutscher, Katherine Killough Photo by WJNPHOTO
Mandi Schmitz, Mac Schmitz
Mandi Schmitz, Mac Schmitz Photo by WJNPHOTO
Kirkland Taylor, Adrienne Taylor, Josh Sellers, Caitlyn Cowart
Wynne family with Starship
Tyler Nelson, Shannon Nelson
Gillian Wiley, Adrienne Norris, Meaghan Viveros
Jimmy Wynne, Robert Comstock
Maura Robinson, Dean Robinson
Shane Miller, Lauren Przybyl Miller
Tracie Cirotto, Meredith Barnes, Rachel Koonsman, Elaine Head
Sarah Jolly, Kaila Berger
Amanda Thatcher, Josh Cortez
Katie Kuhn, Travis Wright
Whitney Wallace, Alyssa Casey
Ryan Schultz, Rebecca Schultz
David Stewart, Mary Stewart
Shelby Strodel, Erin Weitzel
Jaimie Sanders, Williams Sanders
Yellow Rose Gala 2018
Photo booth at Yellow Rose Gala 2018
Taylor Cantrell, Sally Arnold, Lindsey Miller
Laine Deutscher, Katherine Killough
Mandi Schmitz, Mac Schmitz

In 2016, two devoted children vowed to honor their mother’s legacy by resurrecting the powerhouse gala she founded to help raise money for multiple sclerosis research. Today, Fallon Wynne Way and her brother, Todd Wynne, are making momma Dee Wynne proud with a new Yellow Rose Gala that not only continues the fight to find a cure for MS, but also inspires the next generation of Dallas philanthropists.

Clearly undeterred by a surprising drop in temperature for the first weekend in April, those young professionals — including gala chairman Charlie BurfordShannon and Tyler Nelson, Gillian Wiley, Adrienne Norris, Meaghan Viveros, Tracie Cirotto, Meredith Barnes, Rachel Koonsman, Mandi and Mac Schmitz, and Rebecca and Ryan Schultz — turned out in droves to the Renaissance Dallas Hotel. The evening’s theme, A Journey Through the Decades, was brought to life with models dressed in attire from the ’20s, ’50s, ’60s, and ’80s. Speaking of the ’80s, classic arcade games such as Mario Bros., Pac-Man, and Donkey Kong were there for the playing.

First on the agenda: taking snaps to share on social media. Some attendees posed on the EZGO golf cart (a raffle prize), while others clowned around in the photo booth with yellow rose backdrop (a gala staple). Once their pictures were posted to Instagram with hashtag #YellowRoseGala2018, partygoers could move on to the silent auction, to bid on items such as sports memorabilia, home décor, art, concert experiences, and jewelry.

With Yellow Rose whiskey cocktails in hand, guests continued to mingle until it was time to take their seats for the program emceed by the always charismatic Lauren Przybyl. Like most everyone in the room that night, the local TV personality has a personal connection to MS, making her a passionate advocate for the cause.

Highlights from the program included a live auction driven by Amanda Whatley, whose father, Randy Whatley, was the auctioneer at previous Yellow Rose events. Her charisma drove up the prices on once-in-a-lifetime packages like a fishing expedition in Chile and trip to Santa Fe on a private plane. On a more serious note, UT Southwestern’s Dr. Nancy Monson received the 2018 Dee Wynne Courage Award for her pioneering immunology work.

With the program wrapped, Starship could take the stage and guests could take the dance floor. The legendary band performed some of their greatest hits, like “Sara” and “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now,” as well as songs like “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit” from their Jefferson Airplane days.

But the fun didn’t stop with Starship. After-party band Empire 6 made sure these charitable young Dallasites got their money’s worth before heading home with warm cookies from Tiff’s Treats and memories of another successful soiree.