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Black Tie Dinner toasts sponsors at Craighead Green cocktail party

Black Tie Dinner toasts sponsors at Craighead Green cocktail party

Kayleb McKelvain, Teresa Dunn, Levi Sauerbrei, Jeanne Cassidy at Black Tie Dinner Sponsor Kick-Off
Kayleb McKelvain, Teresa Dunn, Levi Sauerbrei, Jeanne Cassidy Photo by Steven Foxall
Kenneth Craighead, Steven Green, Mitzi Lemons, Ken Morris at Black Tie Dinner Sponsor Kick-Off
Kenneth Craighead, Steven Green, Mitzi Lemons, Ken Morris Photo by Steven Foxall
Eric Rodgers, David Ploof at Black Tie Dinner Sponsor Kick-Off
Eric Rodgers, David Ploof Photo by Steven Foxall
Chris Labove, Leslie Garner at Black Tie Dinner Sponsor Kick-Off
Chris Labove, Leslie Garner Photo by Steven Foxall
Cece Cox at Black Tie Dinner Sponsor Kick-Off
Cece Cox Photo by Steven Foxall
Claire Winslow at Black Tie Dinner Sponsor Kick-Off
Claire Winslow Photo by Steven Foxall
Marion Tobin, Kenneth Craighead at Black Tie Dinner Sponsor Kick-Off
Marion Tobin, Kenneth Craighead Photo by Steven Foxall
Jennifer Alderman, Aaron Wolfe at Black Tie Dinner Sponsor Kick-Off
Jennifer Alderman, Aaron Wolfe Photo by Steven Foxall
Ernesto Brito, Jeremy Calhoun, Aric Cressey, Anthony Gonzalez at Black Tie Dinner Sponsor Kick-Off
Ernesto Brito, Jeremy Calhoun, Aric Cressey, Anthony Gonzalez Photo by John 'Doc' Strange
Martin Sigler, Timothy Thomas at Black Tie Dinner Sponsor Kick-Off
Martin Sigler, Timothy Thomas Photo by John 'Doc' Strange
Greg Cave, Duane Ransdell at Black Tie Sponsor Kick-Off
Greg Cave, Duane Ransdell Photo by John 'Doc' Strange
Doug Frankel, Phillip Archer at Black Tie Dinner Sponsor Kick-Off
Doug Frankel, Phillip Archer Photo by John 'Doc' Strange
Andrew McPhee, Carol Meyer, Jerry Coalson, Sarah Hardy, Leslie Garner at Black Tie Dinner Sponsor Kick-Off
Andrew McPhee, Carol Meyer, Jerry Coalson, Sarah Hardy, Leslie Garner Photo by John 'Doc' Strange
Theresa Bates, Debra Davis at Black Tie Dinner Sponsor Kick-Off
Theresa Bates, Debra Davis Photo by John 'Doc' Strange
John Lawrimore, Jeff Gidley, Greg Cave at Black Tie Dinner Sponsor Kick-Off
John Lawrimore, Jeff Gidley, Greg Cave Photo by John 'Doc' Strange
Raymond Shelton, Tom Phipps, Rick Aishman, Greg Hagopian, Doug Frankel at Black Tie Dinner Sponsor Kick-Off
Raymond Shelton, Tom Phipps, Rick Aishman, Greg Hagopian, Doug Frankel Photo by John 'Doc' Strange
Carol Meyer, Stephen Tosha, Julie Hash at Black Tie Dinner Sponsor Kick-Off
Carol Meyer, Stephen Tosha, Julie Hash Photo by John 'Doc' Strange
Kayleb McKelvain, Teresa Dunn, Levi Sauerbrei, Jeanne Cassidy at Black Tie Dinner Sponsor Kick-Off
Kenneth Craighead, Steven Green, Mitzi Lemons, Ken Morris at Black Tie Dinner Sponsor Kick-Off
Eric Rodgers, David Ploof at Black Tie Dinner Sponsor Kick-Off
Chris Labove, Leslie Garner at Black Tie Dinner Sponsor Kick-Off
Cece Cox at Black Tie Dinner Sponsor Kick-Off
Claire Winslow at Black Tie Dinner Sponsor Kick-Off
Marion Tobin, Kenneth Craighead at Black Tie Dinner Sponsor Kick-Off
Jennifer Alderman, Aaron Wolfe at Black Tie Dinner Sponsor Kick-Off
Ernesto Brito, Jeremy Calhoun, Aric Cressey, Anthony Gonzalez at Black Tie Dinner Sponsor Kick-Off
Martin Sigler, Timothy Thomas at Black Tie Dinner Sponsor Kick-Off
Greg Cave, Duane Ransdell at Black Tie Sponsor Kick-Off
Doug Frankel, Phillip Archer at Black Tie Dinner Sponsor Kick-Off
Andrew McPhee, Carol Meyer, Jerry Coalson, Sarah Hardy, Leslie Garner at Black Tie Dinner Sponsor Kick-Off
Theresa Bates, Debra Davis at Black Tie Dinner Sponsor Kick-Off
John Lawrimore, Jeff Gidley, Greg Cave at Black Tie Dinner Sponsor Kick-Off
Raymond Shelton, Tom Phipps, Rick Aishman, Greg Hagopian, Doug Frankel at Black Tie Dinner Sponsor Kick-Off
Carol Meyer, Stephen Tosha, Julie Hash at Black Tie Dinner Sponsor Kick-Off

Staunch supporters of the Black Tie Dinner — voted by CultureMap readers as the most glamorous charitable event of 2012 — recently gathered at Craighead Green Gallery to honor the sponsors for the 32nd annual gala, set for November 2 at Sheraton Dallas.

Earlier this month, Black Tie Dinner announced its 2013 theme, “One Voice,” depicted in an inspiring video honoring figures ranging from national gay-rights activists Frank Kameny and Harvey Milk to locals such as Lupe Valdez. During the video replay, sponsor chair Debra Davis got teary.

In their welcome speech, co-chairs Mitzi Lemons and Ken Morris thanked generous sponsors such as Turtle Creek Solutions, Park Place Motorcars and BBVA Compass. Then they asked guests to observe a moment of silence for the recent tragedies in Boston and West, Texas.

Speaking of Park Place, chatter quickly turned to the big raffle giveaway: a 2014 Mercedes CLA — donated 100 percent by the dealership. Raffle tickets are $100 each and can be purchased online.

Caught cocktailing and eyeballing contemporary artworks: Raymond Shelton, Tom Phipps, Rick Aishman, Greg Hagopian, Doug Frankel, Andrew McPhee, Carol Meyer, Jerry Coalson, Sarah Hardy, Leslie Garner, gallery co-owners Kenneth Craighead and Steven Green, and Black Tie Dinner development director Margaret Duncan.

The Dallas Black Tie Dinner is the largest fundraiser its kind in the United States. Last year’s gala raised more than $1 million for LGBT supportive organizations in North Texas and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.