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Dallas young professionals paint the town yellow at rosy charity gala

Dallas young professionals paint the town yellow at rosy charity gala

Rob Wilson, Cadi Shurbet
Rob Wilson, Cadi Shurbet Photo by WJNPHOTO
Todd Wynne, Katie Wynne, Fallon Wynne Way, Wesley Way, Jimmy Wynne, Sir Earl Toon
Todd Wynne, Katie Wynne, Fallon Wynne Way, Wesley Way, Jimmy Wynne, Sir Earl Toon Photo by WJNPHOTO
Matthew Minick, Dr. Sudah Kumar, Len Chermack
Matthew Minick, Dr. Sudha Kumar, Len Chermack Photo by WJNPHOTO
Cole McCray, Gillian Wiley, Lee Wiley, Shannon Nelson
Cole McCray, Gillian Wiley, Lee Wiley, Shannon Nelson Photo by WJNPHOTO
Mac Schmitz, Mandi Schmitz
Mac Schmitz, Mandi Schmitz Photo by WJNPHOTO
Elaine Head, Traci Cirotto, Lauren Longoria
Elaine Head, Traci Cirotto, Lauren Longoria Photo by WJNPHOTO
Dakotah Richardson, Sheree J. Wilson, Janie Robertson
Dakotah Richardson, Sheree J. Wilson, Janie Robertson Photo by WJNPHOTO
Olaf Stuve, Cheryl White
Olaf Stuve, Cheryl White Photo by WJNPHOTO
Ashley Pearl, Marcos Moore, Adrienne Faulkner
Ashley Pearl, Marcos Moore, Adrienne Faulkner Photo by WJNPHOTO
Guests with stilt walkers
Stilt walkers were part of the entertainment during cocktail hour. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Models with gold body paint
Models decked out in gold body paint were a popular attraction during cocktail hour. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Stephanie Stetson, Glenn Stetson
Stephanie Stetson, Glenn Stetson Photo by WJNPHOTO
Tom Elsener, Lauren Elsener
Tom Elsener, Lauren Elsener Photo by WJNPHOTO
Kaitlin Kane, Dillon Cook
Kaitlin Kane, Dillon Cook Photo by WJNPHOTO
Jonathan Rothschild, Caitlyn Greene, Katelyn Hogan
Jonathan Rothschild, Caitlyn Greene, Katelyn Hogan Photo by WJNPHOTO
Deirdre Seeds, Greg Cannon
Deirdre Seeds, Greg Cannon Photo by WJNPHOTO
Valerie Mosely, James Mosley
Valerie Mosely, James Mosley Photo by WJNPHOTO
Sherri Stark, Gerry Stark
Sherri Stark, Gerry Stark Photo by WJNPHOTO
Ryan Rouz, Malia Majors
Ryan Rouz, Malia Majors Photo by WJNPHOTO
Beth Hall, Ron Hall
Beth Hall, Ron Hall Photo by WJNPHOTO
Autumn Hall, John Hall
Autumn Hall, John Hall Photo by WJNPHOTO
Patrick Sands, Kristy Sands
Patrick Sands, Kristy Sands Photo by WJNPHOTO
The Hotflashes
The Hotflashes Photo by WJNPHOTO
Rob Wilson, Cadi Shurbet
Todd Wynne, Katie Wynne, Fallon Wynne Way, Wesley Way, Jimmy Wynne, Sir Earl Toon
Matthew Minick, Dr. Sudah Kumar, Len Chermack
Cole McCray, Gillian Wiley, Lee Wiley, Shannon Nelson
Mac Schmitz, Mandi Schmitz
Elaine Head, Traci Cirotto, Lauren Longoria
Dakotah Richardson, Sheree J. Wilson, Janie Robertson
Olaf Stuve, Cheryl White
Ashley Pearl, Marcos Moore, Adrienne Faulkner
Guests with stilt walkers
Models with gold body paint
Stephanie Stetson, Glenn Stetson
Tom Elsener, Lauren Elsener
Kaitlin Kane, Dillon Cook
Jonathan Rothschild, Caitlyn Greene, Katelyn Hogan
Deirdre Seeds, Greg Cannon
Valerie Mosely, James Mosley
Sherri Stark, Gerry Stark
Ryan Rouz, Malia Majors
Beth Hall, Ron Hall
Autumn Hall, John Hall
Patrick Sands, Kristy Sands
The Hotflashes

A daylong downpour did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm for the Yellow Rose Gala, held April 13 at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel. This was the fourth such affair under the leadership of Fallon Wynne Way, who resurrected the pre-eminent Dallas charitable event founded in 1986 by her mother, Dee Wynne.

But Way doesn’t like to start counting from 2016, so this year’s gala, themed Paint the Town Yellow, went down as the 33rd in Yellow Rose history. The mission remains unchanged: to help find a cure for multiple sclerosis — in particular progressive MS, the disease from which her mother suffered.

The evening started out with cocktails, stilt walkers, gold-painted bodies, silly photos in front of the signature yellow rose step-and-repeat, and dance performances by a group of women affectionately dubbed The Hotflashes. (Sorry, ladies, but you were upstaged by little Kennedy Wynne, who had her own dance party of one.) Among those mingling were the National MS Society’s Shannon Nelson, event co-chairmen Matthew Minick and Larry Lott, Dallas TV star Sheree J. Wilson, Lauren and Tom Elsener, Valerie and James Mosley, Melina and Michael Cain, Dr. Sudha Kumar, and Kristy and Patrick Sands.

But once the dinner program began, led by the always on-point Lauren Przybyl of Fox 4 Good Day, attendees were reminded of the cause. Way’s brother Todd Wynne, who helped her bring the gala back to life, complimented his sister, saying he sees their mother’s strength in her. Following remarks by the family were a parade of speakers, including Greg Moore of the Kathleen C. Moore Foundation, named for his wife, who lives with secondary-progressive MS. The Moores put $120,000 in Yellow Rose’s coffers.

Football coach Sam Harrell also took the stage. In 2005, he was diagnosed with progressive MS, and by 2009 he was unable to walk without assistance. After retiring in 2010, he underwent three stem cell treatments in Panama. Now he not only walks, but also exercises and coaches — things he never thought he’d be able to do again. Equally inspiring were the 2019 Dee Wynne Courage Award recipients, the John Malcolm Robertson Jr. family, so chosen because mother and daughter are both living with MS.

Before the good times could resume, there was more money to raise, in the form of a live auction. The first items up for bid were three portraits — Frank Sinatra, John Lennon, and Lady Liberty — painted live by artist Tim Decker. Other big-ticket items included a Chilean fishing trip, private dinner for 12 with Dallas chef Sharon Hage, and a vintage coral and diamond cocktail ring from J. Pacetti Precious Jewels.

With thousands more dollars earmarked for progressive MS research, partygoers hit the dance floor, lured by the lively tunes of Sir Earl Toon of Kool & The Gang. For those who could hang, there was an after-party with DJ and late-night taquitos courtesy of Whataburger — saving many a guest a trip to the drive-through on the way home.