Derby Fiesta

Dallas young professionals turn heads at Cinco de Derby mash-up

Dallas young professionals turn heads at Cinco de Derby mash-up

Stephanie Taylor, Katherine Weatherley-White, Sarah Ramras, Hayley Carpenter, Maxine Hepfer.jpg
Stephanie Taylor, Katherine Weatherley-White, Sarah Ramras, Hayley Carpenter, Maxine Hepfer Photo by Jason Voinov
Melanie Wilcox, Kristen Barton
Melanie Wilcox, Kristen Barton Photo by Jason Voinov
Blair Mack & Bentsen Falb
Blair Mack, Bentsen Falb Photo by Jason Voinov
Natalie Chavez, Sullivan Franklin-Mitchell, Adrienne Gehan, Heather Ridgeway, Rachel Scoggins.jpg
Natalie Chavez, Sullivan Franklin-Mitchell, Adrienne Gehan, Heather Ridgeway, Rachel Scoggins Photo by Jason Voinov
Ryan McMaster, Alexis Kabala, Stephen Hassenflu, Jaca Stultz, Allie Trant, Kyle Vance.jpg
Ryan McMaster, Alexis Kabala, Stephen Hassenflu, Jaca Stultz, Allie Trant, Kyle Vance Photo by Jason Voinov
Ashton Van Beber, Meg Sokolosky
Ashton Van Beber, Meg Sokolosky Photo by Jason Voinov
Cinco de Derby at Marie Gabrielle Restaurant and Gardens
Cinco de Derby at Marie Gabrielle Restaurant and Gardens. Photo by Jason Voinov
Guests dancing
Guests dancing at Cinco de Derby 2017. Photo by Jason Voinov
Dan Hunt, Andrew Matt, Pablo Ramirez, John Jackson
Dan Hunt, Andrew Matt, Pablo Ramirez, John Jackson Photo by Jason Voinov
Ben & Claire Davis, Phil Patsley
Ben Davis, Claire Davis, Phil Patsley Photo by Jason Voinov
Kevin Johnson, Reaghan Belfour
Kevin Johnson, Reaghan Belfour Photo by Jason Voinov
Haley Scanlan, Claire Davis, Austin Jones, Katelyn Wilson, Erin Shrewsbury.jpg
Haley Scanlan, Claire Davis, Austin Jones, Katelyn Wilson, Erin Shrewsbury Photo by Jason Voinov
Table decor
Table decor took a festive slant. Photo by Jason Voinov
Lindsay Gehan, Patrick Reese
Lindsay Gehan, Patrick Reese Photo by Jason Voinov
Ryan Rogers, Ali Perry, Phil Patsley, Grant DeGuchi
Ryan Rogers, Ali Perry, Phil Patsley, Grant DeGuchi Photo by Jason Voinov
Stephanie Taylor, Katherine Weatherley-White, Sarah Ramras, Hayley Carpenter, Maxine Hepfer.jpg
Melanie Wilcox, Kristen Barton
Blair Mack & Bentsen Falb
Natalie Chavez, Sullivan Franklin-Mitchell, Adrienne Gehan, Heather Ridgeway, Rachel Scoggins.jpg
Ryan McMaster, Alexis Kabala, Stephen Hassenflu, Jaca Stultz, Allie Trant, Kyle Vance.jpg
Ashton Van Beber, Meg Sokolosky
Cinco de Derby at Marie Gabrielle Restaurant and Gardens
Guests dancing
Dan Hunt, Andrew Matt, Pablo Ramirez, John Jackson
Ben & Claire Davis, Phil Patsley
Kevin Johnson, Reaghan Belfour
Haley Scanlan, Claire Davis, Austin Jones, Katelyn Wilson, Erin Shrewsbury.jpg
Table decor
Lindsay Gehan, Patrick Reese
Ryan Rogers, Ali Perry, Phil Patsley, Grant DeGuchi

For the past few years, calendar qualms have forced in-the-know young professionals to choose between two fabulous parties that support two worthy causes. But this year, Center for BrainHealth’s Think Ahead Group (TAG) and Lee Park & Arlington Hall Conservancy heard our cries and hosted their Derby soirées accordingly.

Inspired by the May 5 date, TAG party planners Lindsay Gehan, Kristen Carter, and Kendal Kramer decided a rebrand was in order, and Cinco de Derby was born. Stylish philanthropists took full advantage of the dual-themed event. Derby-loving gents suited up in pastel blazers and coordinating bow ties, while the ladies donned sundresses and head-turning fascinators. Those embracing the Mexican twist opted for embroidered frocks, guayaberas, and sombreros.

The chefs at Marie Gabrielle Restaurant and Gardens whipped up plenty of Southern fare with a Tex-Mex twist, including bacon-wrapped jalapeño-stuffed chicken tenders, street tacos, truffle mac and cheese balls, and a dessert bar featuring churros drizzled with chocolate sauce. On the drinks side, margaritas, mint juleps, and rosé wine were all on offer.

After bidding on dozens of silent auction items — such as a custom suit from SuitSupply, a private wine tasting for 10 at Times Ten Cellars, an American Airlines Center sports package, and diamond earrings from Petra Jewelry — partygoers hit the dance floor with DJ Greg Anderson mixing the tunes. A photo booth from Plush Photo Pod added to the fun with colorful props and quirky signs. Spotted in the crowd were Sadie Fitzpatrick, Willie Stewart, Molly McEaddy, Heinrich Oosthuizen, Maggie and Stephen Richman, Claire and Ben Davis, Kevin Johnson, Reaghan Belfour, Melanie Wilcox, and Kristen Barton.

The Think Ahead Group (TAG) is comprised of young professionals who raise funds to support the Center for BrainHealth. Since its inception in 2009, TAG has donated more than $280,000 in support of research and programs focused on brain injury, brain disease, and healthy brain function.