What: Ronald McDonald House of Dallas Under the Moonlight Gala
Where: Pavilion at the Belo Mansion
The 411: The Pavilion at the historic Belo Mansion proved to be a gorgeous backdrop for the moonlight-themed party, with its 17-foot barrel vault ceiling and alabaster chandeliers and sconces. Christine Cook and Cecilie Holman co-chaired the elegant event, and Susan and David Rosenberg were honorary chairs.
Donning chic cocktail attire, guests gathered for drinks — including the signature Moonlight Mule — while the band The After Party played. Then they sat down to a Southern-inspired menu of white cheddar cheese grits, beef tenderloin with Cajun shrimp, and a scrumptious family-recipe bread pudding.
Bidding got competitive in a live auction that featured trips to the Kentucky Derby, Aspen,Vermont, and the Four Seasons Punta Mita; a luxury suite at a Rangers game; and an LA getaway to The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Since 2006, Under the Moonlight Gala has raised more than $2 million for RMHD, which serves families with seriously ill or injured children who are receiving treatment in the Dallas area by providing them with a home-away-from-home. In 37 years, it has hosted over 38,000 families with compassionate care.
Who: Caroline Gehan, Natalie Dossett, Heather Cooper, Cooper Edd, Amanda Melser, Jamie Sowa, April Cook, Holly Wittorf, Lorry Wallace, Patrick Wallace, Myles Kelley, Marty Kelley, Bill Bancroft, Susanne Bancroft, Sheldon Arora, Morgan Miller, Jill Cumnock, Diane Fullingim, Randy Cockrill, Jennifer Stalkup, Rachel Cutshaw, and Prentiss Cutshaw.