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Dallas’ most promising young professionals gala continues to blossom

Dallas’ most promising young professionals gala continues to blossom

Bragg Smith, Lindsey Smith
Bragg Smith, Lindsey Smith Photo by WJNPHOTO
Fallon Wynne Way and family
Wesley Way, Fallon Wynne Way Photo by WJNPHOTO
Oliver Barbier-Mueller, Kaitlyn Barbier-Mueller, Elizabeth Kohler
Oliver Barbier-Mueller, Kaitlyn Barbier-Mueller, Elizabeth Kohler Photo by WJNPHOTO
Cathy Casey, Jim Casey
Cathy Casey, Jim Casey Photo by WJNPHOTO
Donna Bajaj, Waddell Mashburn, Fay Sheehan
Donna Bajaj, Waddell Mashburn, Fay Sheehan Photo by WJNPHOTO
Caricaturist at Yellow Rose Gala 2017
A couple poses for a caricature at the Italy booth. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Rachel Lawrence, Adrianne Taylor
Rachel Lawrence, Adrianne Taylor Photo by WJNPHOTO
Robert Shannon, Bragg Smith
Robert Shannon, Bragg Smith Photo by WJNPHOTO
Stacie Wright, Jon Wright
Stacie Wright, Jon Wright Photo by WJNPHOTO
Tyler Nelson, Shannon Nelson
Tyler Nelson, Shannon Nelson Photo by WJNPHOTO
Thomas Rymer, Margeaux Fritz
Thomas Rymer, Margeaux Fritz Photo by WJNPHOTO
Lauren Page, Kit Coffman
Lauren Page, Kit Coffman Photo by WJNPHOTO
Kirkland Taylor, Adrianne Taylor
Kirkland Taylor, Adrianne Taylor Photo by WJNPHOTO
Elizabeth Kohler, Cole Liland
Elizabeth Kohler, Cole Liland Photo by WJNPHOTO
Donna Brett, Erin Taylor
Donna Brett, Erin Taylor Photo by WJNPHOTO
Todd Wynne, Jimmy Wynne, Fallon Wynne Way
Todd Wynne, Jimmy Wynne, Fallon Wynne Way Photo by WJNPHOTO
Henna tattoos at Yellow Rose Gala 2017
Ladies got henna tattoos at the India booth. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Dancers at Yellow Rose Gala 2017
Dancers were part of the pre-dinner entertainment. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Renee Winter, Pam Brock
Renee Winter, Pam Brock Photo by WJNPHOTO
David Hensley, Alayna Hensley
David Hensley, Alayna Hensley Photo by WJNPHOTO
Brett Martin, Lauren Martin
Brett Martin, Lauren Martin Photo by WJNPHOTO
Billy Langhenry, Kay Hitzleberger
Billy Langhenry, Kay Hitzleberger Photo by WJNPHOTO
Nash Hulme, Stephanie Aguado
Nash Hulme, Stephanie Aguado Photo by WJNPHOTO
Allison Jackson, James Jackson
Allison Jackson, James Jackson Photo by WJNPHOTO
Bragg Smith, Lindsey Smith
Fallon Wynne Way and family
Oliver Barbier-Mueller, Kaitlyn Barbier-Mueller, Elizabeth Kohler
Cathy Casey, Jim Casey
Donna Bajaj, Waddell Mashburn, Fay Sheehan
Caricaturist at Yellow Rose Gala 2017
Rachel Lawrence, Adrianne Taylor
Robert Shannon, Bragg Smith
Stacie Wright, Jon Wright
Tyler Nelson, Shannon Nelson
Thomas Rymer, Margeaux Fritz
Lauren Page, Kit Coffman
Kirkland Taylor, Adrianne Taylor
Elizabeth Kohler, Cole Liland
Donna Brett, Erin Taylor
Todd Wynne, Jimmy Wynne, Fallon Wynne Way
Henna tattoos at Yellow Rose Gala 2017
Dancers at Yellow Rose Gala 2017
Renee Winter, Pam Brock
David Hensley, Alayna Hensley
Brett Martin, Lauren Martin
Billy Langhenry, Kay Hitzleberger
Nash Hulme, Stephanie Aguado
Allison Jackson, James Jackson

Dallas is known for a lot of things — big hair, for example — but we think its most enduring legacy will be fundraising for the world’s most important causes. The city’s young professionals are upholding this important tradition through impressive organizations like the Yellow Rose Gala Foundation and its annual gala.

The Yellow Rose Gala itself upholds an important tradition, one established by Dee Wynne back in 1986, when the first event was held in Dallas. Until 2001, it was one of Dallas’ most anticipated social events, raising millions for multiple sclerosis, a disease from which Dee herself suffered.

In 2016, Dee’s daughter, Fallon Wynne Way, restored the gala in her mother’s honor, with help from brother Todd and dad Jimmy. On April 8, they hosted it again at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel, and everyone in attendance could feel that Fallon has inherited her mother’s tenacity for finding a cure for MS. And her talent for throwing a great party.

For 2017, the gala had a global theme, which manifested as a cultural bazaar during cocktail hour. Attendees sat for a sketch artist in “Italy,” drank champagne infused with Sugaire cotton candy in “France,” watched origami being made in “China,” and got henna tattoos in “India.”

Pre-dinner, guests — including Cathy and Jim Casey, Shannon and Tyler Nelson, Stacie and Jon Wright, Adrianne and Kirkland Taylor, Allison and James Jackson, and Lauren and Brett Martin — also placed bids on myriad silent auction items and posed for photos in front of the signature wall of yellow roses before finding their places in the ballroom. Awaiting them there was a three-course meal, awards presentation (honorees included the Mary Ann and Eugene Smith family and Walker H. Bateman IV), live auction, and a rousing performance by headliner The Temptations.

But the entertainment didn’t stop there. These young movers and shakers kept the party going into the wee hours, dancing to tunes from Manhattan and DJ Richie Demeglio.

Despite all the fun, the cause was never far from anyone’s minds: The Yellow Rose Gala Foundation, in partnership with the National MS Society, is one of the top four U.S. fundraisers for progressive MS through the International Progressive MS Alliance.

Something tells us Fallon won’t slow down until her foundation is the No. 1 fundraiser — and she helps fulfill her mom’s dream of finding a cure.