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Dallas partygoers unleash their alter egos at titillating DIFFA gala

Dallas partygoers unleash their alter egos at titillating DIFFA gala

House of DIFFA 2018
Gwendolynne Murphy's Marilyn Monroe/Marilyn Manson Alter Ego performance. Photo by WJNPHOTO
LeeAnne Locken, Rich Emberlin at House of DIFFA 2018
LeeAnne Locken, Rich Emberlin Photo by WJNPHOTO
Randy Mills, Cary Deuber, Daryl Sinkule at House of DIFFA 2018
Randy Mills, Cary Deuber, Daryl Sinkule Photo by WJNPHOTO
Norah Meier, Steven Maroulis at House of DIFFA 2018
Norah Meier, Steven Maroulis Photo by WJNPHOTO
Sunie Solomon, Ceron at House of DIFFA 2018
Sunie Solomon, Ceron Photo by WJNPHOTO
Jim DiMarino, Lee Borchert at House of DIFFA 2018
Jim DiMarino, Lee Borchert Photo by WJNPHOTO
Stephanie McElroy, Megan Bennett at House of DIFFA 2018
Stephanie McElroy, Megan Bennett Photo by WJNPHOTO
Rohan Teasdale, Kayla Teasdale at House of DIFFA 2018
Rohan Teasdale, Kayla Teasdale Photo by WJNPHOTO
Cynthia Smoot, Jane McGarry at House of DIFFA 2018
Cynthia Smoot, Jane McGarry Photo by WJNPHOTO
Krystal DeAlano, Tommy DeAlano at House of DIFFA 2018
Krystal DeAlano, Tommy DeAlano Photo by WJNPHOTO
Jessica Spawn, Richard Morris at House of DIFFA 2018
Jessica Spawn, Richard Morris Photo by WJNPHOTO
David Gonzalez, Ronak Assadi at House of DIFFA 2018
David Gonzalez, Ronak Assadi Photo by WJNPHOTO
Brian Miller, Mark Soto at House of DIFFA 2018
Brian Miller, Mark Soto Photo by WJNPHOTO
Manda Forbus, Olivia Cook, Brittanie Oleniczak, Vodi Cook at House of DIFFA 2018
Manda Forbus, Olivia Cook, Brittanie Oleniczak, Vodi Cook Photo by WJNPHOTO
Sienna Jade, Rulli Torres at House of DIFFA 2018
Sienna Jade, Rulli Torres Photo by WJNPHOTO
Shane Walker, Gerald Rankin at House of DIFFA 2018
Shane Walker, Gerald Rankin Photo by WJNPHOTO
Ruben Ortiz, Phillip Murrell, Caitlin Ripp at House of DIFFA 2018
Ruben Ortiz, Phillip Murrell, Caitlin Ripp Photo by WJNPHOTO
Karla Noone, Andrew Noone at House of DIFFA 2018
Karla Noone, Andrew Noone Photo by WJNPHOTO
Kristin Smith, Alison Zelaya, Kimberly Aston at House of DIFFA 2018
Kristin Smith, Alison Zelaya, Kimberly Aston Photo by WJNPHOTO
Chris Ravarre, Jenn Van Hook at House of DIFFA 2018
Chris Ravarre, Jenn Van Hook Photo by WJNPHOTO
Brenda Meloy, Bill Saplicki at House of DIFFA 2018
Brenda Meloy, Bill Saplicki Photo by WJNPHOTO
Teghan Collins, Sushie Chan at House of DIFFA 2018
Teghan Collins, Sushie Chan Photo by WJNPHOTO
Bianca Cole, Damian Harrison at House of DIFFA 2018
Bianca Cole, Damian Harrison Photo by WJNPHOTO
Anne Stodghill, Steve Stodghill at House of DIFFA 2018
Anne Stodghill, Steve Stodghill Photo by WJNPHOTO
Cameron Hernholn, Karisa Knight at House of DIFFA 2018
Cameron Hernholn, Karisa Knight Photo by WJNPHOTO
David Chadd, Brian Kennedy, Brad Pritchett at House of DIFFA 2018
David Chadd, Brian Kennedy, Brad Pritchett Photo by WJNPHOTO
Law Boe, Mark Beardon at House of DIFFA 2018
Law Boe, Mark Beardon Photo by WJNPHOTO
Zach Adell, Lissi Mullen at House of DIFFA 2018
Zach Adell, Lissi Mullen Photo by WJNPHOTO
Danae Lowe, Geoffrey Lowe at House of DIFFA 2018
Danae Lowe, Geoffrey Lowe Photo by WJNPHOTO
Stevie McCartney, Colin McCartney at House of DIFFA 2018
Stevie McCartney, Colin McCartney Photo by WJNPHOTO
Danny Moreland, Kimberely Palmer at House of DIFFA 2018
Danny Moreland, Kimberely Palmer Photo by WJNPHOTO
House of DIFFA 2018
The fashion show started with the donated jackets. Photo by WJNPHOTO
House of DIFFA 2018
Opening of the Forty Five Ten fashion show. Photo by WJNPHOTO
House of DIFFA 2018
Tenoversix fashion show. Photo by WJNPHOTO
House of DIFFA 2018
A fashion light tunnel captured fun videos at House of DIFFA: Alter Ego. Photo by WJNPHOTO
House of DIFFA 2018
The show was filled with memorable characters. Photo by WJNPHOTO
House of DIFFA 2018
It wouldn't be a House of DIFFA show without men in drag. Photo by WJNPHOTO
House of DIFFA 2018
House of DIFFA: Alter Ego finale. Photo by WJNPHOTO
House of DIFFA 2018 after party
There were multiple photo booths to snap social media-worthy pics. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Dierdre Slavin, Charles Bader, John Bean, Tama Tran at House of DIFFA 2018
Dierdre Slavin, Charles Bader, John Bean, Tama Tran Photo by WJNPHOTO
Amberlee Patterson, Amanda Lund at House of DIFFA 2018
Amberlee Patterson, Amanda Lund Photo by WJNPHOTO
Janice Evans-Page, Mark Page at House of DIFFA 2018
Janice Evans-Page, Mark Page Photo by WJNPHOTO
McKenzie Mundy, Lexi Dennis at House of DIFFA 2018
McKenzie Mundy, Lexi Dennis Photo by WJNPHOTO
Densil Adams, Darin Kunz, Clint Bradley at House of DIFFA 2018
Densil Adams, Darin Kunz, Clint Bradley Photo by WJNPHOTO
Sandra Saenc, Al Tidwell, Chantee Willis at House of DIFFA 2018
Sandra Saenc, Al Tidwell, Chantee Willis Photo by WJNPHOTO
House of DIFFA 2018
LeeAnne Locken, Rich Emberlin at House of DIFFA 2018
Randy Mills, Cary Deuber, Daryl Sinkule at House of DIFFA 2018
Norah Meier, Steven Maroulis at House of DIFFA 2018
Sunie Solomon, Ceron at House of DIFFA 2018
Jim DiMarino, Lee Borchert at House of DIFFA 2018
Stephanie McElroy, Megan Bennett at House of DIFFA 2018
Rohan Teasdale, Kayla Teasdale at House of DIFFA 2018
Cynthia Smoot, Jane McGarry at House of DIFFA 2018
Krystal DeAlano, Tommy DeAlano at House of DIFFA 2018
Jessica Spawn, Richard Morris at House of DIFFA 2018
David Gonzalez, Ronak Assadi at House of DIFFA 2018
Brian Miller, Mark Soto at House of DIFFA 2018
Manda Forbus, Olivia Cook, Brittanie Oleniczak, Vodi Cook at House of DIFFA 2018
Sienna Jade, Rulli Torres at House of DIFFA 2018
Shane Walker, Gerald Rankin at House of DIFFA 2018
Ruben Ortiz, Phillip Murrell, Caitlin Ripp at House of DIFFA 2018
Karla Noone, Andrew Noone at House of DIFFA 2018
Kristin Smith, Alison Zelaya, Kimberly Aston at House of DIFFA 2018
Chris Ravarre, Jenn Van Hook at House of DIFFA 2018
Brenda Meloy, Bill Saplicki at House of DIFFA 2018
Teghan Collins, Sushie Chan at House of DIFFA 2018
Bianca Cole, Damian Harrison at House of DIFFA 2018
Anne Stodghill, Steve Stodghill at House of DIFFA 2018
Cameron Hernholn, Karisa Knight at House of DIFFA 2018
David Chadd, Brian Kennedy, Brad Pritchett at House of DIFFA 2018
Law Boe, Mark Beardon at House of DIFFA 2018
Zach Adell, Lissi Mullen at House of DIFFA 2018
Danae Lowe, Geoffrey Lowe at House of DIFFA 2018
Stevie McCartney, Colin McCartney at House of DIFFA 2018
Danny Moreland, Kimberely Palmer at House of DIFFA 2018
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House of DIFFA 2018
House of DIFFA 2018
House of DIFFA 2018
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House of DIFFA 2018 after party
Dierdre Slavin, Charles Bader, John Bean, Tama Tran at House of DIFFA 2018
Amberlee Patterson, Amanda Lund at House of DIFFA 2018
Janice Evans-Page, Mark Page at House of DIFFA 2018
McKenzie Mundy, Lexi Dennis at House of DIFFA 2018
Densil Adams, Darin Kunz, Clint Bradley at House of DIFFA 2018
Sandra Saenc, Al Tidwell, Chantee Willis at House of DIFFA 2018

Among Dallas charitable galas, there is none quite like House of DIFFA. On paper, it appears to follow the formula — cocktail reception, silent auction, seated dinner, live auction — but there’s nothing formulaic about the fashion-fueled spectacle.

And so it went on May 12, when DIFFA Dallas devotees — including Cary and Mark Deuber, Brooke Hortenstine, Krystal and Tommy DeAlano, Cynthia Smoot, Jane McGarry, Sunie SolomonCeron, Anne and Steve Stodghill, and LeeAnne Locken and Rich Emberlin — descended on the Omni Dallas Hotel downtown for this year’s affair, themed Alter Ego. As per usual, many arrived in costume, although no one could have predicted how, exactly, the partygoers would interpret that theme.

There were colorful wigs, enormous hats, and artistic masks. Angie Barrett dressed like an angel, complete with halo and wings. DIFFA Style Council Ambassador Norah Meier sported a floor-length Dalmatian-printed coat à la Cruella Deville.

During the cocktail reception, the only thing more fabulous than the attire was the jacket collection — a trademark of this fundraising event. Among this year’s contributions were designs from Roberto Cavalli, Alberta Ferretti, Robert Graham, Rick Owens (via Forty Five Ten), and Versace (via Luxury Garage Sale), as well as local favorites Folksie, Abi Ferrin, and Tragant. In addition to the designer jackets, restaurant gift certificates, hotel packages, and home décor attracted bids in the silent auction.

But the best was yet to come: the dinnertime show for which House of DIFFA is known. So guests found their tables in the ballroom and settled in for the program, which began with the parade of Style Council Ambassadors, followed by the introduction of the board of trustees and remarks from event co-chairs Lee Borchert and Timothy Garippa and board chair Steve Weir.

To warm up the crowd for the live auction, America’s Got Talent finalist Brian Justin Crum performed his now-famous rendition of Radiohead’s “Creep.” As for that live auction, the big-ticket item turned out to be a private suite for 18 to see Justin Timberlake, which went for $16,000.

Then it was fashion, fashion, and more fashion, as models strutted down the runway in the collection jackets and looks from Forty Five Ten, Tenoversix, and Traffic LA. That was just the prelude to Gwendolynne Murphy’s rousing Marilyn Monroe/Marilyn Manson performance apropos of the Alter Ego theme.

The party didn’t stop when the final volunteer took a bow; it was just time for a venue change. So the crowd — including the models, hair and makeup staff, and the technical team — headed downstairs to Texas Spice, where DJ Blake Ward was spinning the after-party soundtrack.

DIFFA, with chapters in Dallas, New York, Chicago, Kansas City, San Francisco, and Seattle, is one of the largest fundraising organizations aiding people living with HIV/AIDS. The Dallas chapter has granted more than $7.5 million to 25 front-line HIV/AIDS service organizations in North Texas.