We try to resist the temptation to indulge in too many sweets. But we were powerless against the 20 dessert stations that beckoned at the ninth annual No Tie Dinner & Dessert Party, held at the Frontiers of Flight Museum. Even sweeter was the cause: AIDS Services of Dallas.
Co-chairs David Nelson and Dennis Kershner and honorary chair LeeAnne Locken welcomed supporters to the affair themed “La Dolce Vita,” where they satisfied their cravings with Hillstone’s Key lime pie, profiteroles from Cafe Gourmet on the Go, and glittery cake balls from Dallas Affaires. Specialty cocktails, including the signature adult Italian soda made with Reyka vodka, made them all go down easier.
After all of the desserts had been sampled, guests — including Don Maison, Tricia Sims, David Finn, Susan Hawk, Steve Kemble and Benny Black — explored the 400 items up for auction. From hand-blown vases and other original artworks to a two-day Ferrari rental from Platinum Motorcars, everyone could find an item worthy of a friendly fight.
However, it wasn’t all fun and games, as Patricia Deason received the Sheila Dolezal Humanitarian Award for her volunteerism and years of continued support. Don Neubauer and business partner Les Siter of Siter-Neubauer & Associates were also applauded for their efforts, which helped recruit more than 70 dinner hosts this year.
Then it was back to the dance floor, where attendees broke it down to the tunes of Mark Ridlen. The most captivating dancers were husband-and-wife duo Deanna and Rob Cahill, who masterminded an exhilarating performance captured by lucky onlookers.
The mission of AIDS Services of Dallas is to create and strengthen healthy communities through the delivery of quality, affordable, service-enriched housing for individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS.