Philanthropy Is Fun

Dallasites don't let formality stand in the way of fun at Greer Garson Gala

Formality doesn't stand in the way of fun at Greer Garson Gala 2015

Longhorn Photo Booth at Greer Garson Gala 2015
The Longhorn Photo Booth captured moments like these at Greer Garson Gala. Photo courtesy of Texas Health Resources Foundation
Karina and Horatio Lonsdale-Hands
Karina Lonsdale-Hands, Horatio Lonsdale-Hands Photo courtesy of Texas Health Resources Foundation
Greer Garson Gala 2015
Photo courtesy of Texas Health Resources Foundation
Greer Garson Gala 2015
Photo courtesy of Texas Health Resources Foundation
Greer Garson Gala 2015
Photo courtesy of Texas Health Resources Foundation
Drs. Mika and Nathan Thomas
Dr. Mika Thomas, Dr. Nathan Thomas Photo courtesy of Texas Health Resources Foundation
Dr. David Bookout, Jamie Nystrom, Dr. Gerald Nystrom, Dr. Harold Kaye
Dr. David Bookout, Jamie Nystrom, Dr. Gerald Nystrom, Dr. Harold Kaye Photo courtesy of Texas Health Resources Foundation
Cathy Raney and Anne Spears
Cathy Raney, Anne Spears Photo courtesy of Texas Health Resources Foundation
Longhorn Photo Booth at Greer Garson Gala 2015
Photo courtesy of Texas Health Resources Foundation
Longhorn Photo Booth at Greer Garson Gala 2015
Photo courtesy of Texas Health Resources Foundation
Longhorn Photo Booth at Greer Garson Gala 2015
Photo courtesy of Texas Health Resources Foundation
Longhorn Photo Booth at Greer Garson Gala 2015
Photo courtesy of Texas Health Resources Foundation
Keri Tonn and David Heard
Keri Tonn, David Heard Photo courtesy of Texas Health Resources Foundation
Evelyn Ruml and Chris Ruml
Evelyn Ruml, Chris Ruml Photo courtesy of Texas Health Resources Foundation
Micki Rawlings and Mayor Mike Rawlings
Micki Rawlings, Mayor Mike Rawlings Photo courtesy of Texas Health Resources Foundation
Virginia and Mark Talley
Virginia Talley, Mark Talley Photo courtesy of Texas Health Resources Foundation
Linda and Dr. Leslie Secrest
Linda Secrest, Dr. Leslie Secrest Photo courtesy of Texas Health Resources Foundation
Longhorn Photo Booth at Greer Garson Gala 2015
Karina and Horatio Lonsdale-Hands
Greer Garson Gala 2015
Greer Garson Gala 2015
Greer Garson Gala 2015
Drs. Mika and Nathan Thomas
Dr. David Bookout, Jamie Nystrom, Dr. Gerald Nystrom, Dr. Harold Kaye
Cathy Raney and Anne Spears
Longhorn Photo Booth at Greer Garson Gala 2015
Longhorn Photo Booth at Greer Garson Gala 2015
Longhorn Photo Booth at Greer Garson Gala 2015
Longhorn Photo Booth at Greer Garson Gala 2015
Keri Tonn and David Heard
Evelyn Ruml and Chris Ruml
Micki Rawlings and Mayor Mike Rawlings
Virginia and Mark Talley
Linda and Dr. Leslie Secrest

La Bella Toscana was the theme for this year’s Greer Garson Gala, and the nearly 400 finely dressed philanthropists who attended the Omni Dallas affair were in for an Italian treat.

During a VIP cocktail reception with honorary chairs Micki and Mayor Mike Rawlings, guests got a preview of the evening’s entertainment: Goga Denisov, who can sing in 12 languages, performed some operatic Italian ballads. Then everyone had a chance to place bids in the silent auction before settling into their seats for dinner and inspiration.

The inspiration came in the form of a powerful video of two patients from the Margot Perot Center for Women & Infants at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, the evening’s beneficiary. Both women, who have battled breast cancer, shared their emotional and painful journeys to convey the value of the care they received there.

Following dinner, Denisov returned to the stage with a full band, and they entertained the crowd — including Karina and Horatio Lonsdale-Hands, Cathy Raney, Anne Spears, Keri Tonn, David Heard, Evelyn and Chris Ruml, and Virginia and Mark Talleyfor nearly two hours. Speaking of entertainment, a Longhorn Photo Booth captured some of the more relaxed and candid moments of the evening.

It’s amazing what people will do when presented with props and a digital camera. You can see some of the antics in the slideshow above.