Fashionable Philanthropy

Dress for Success Dallas proves garden parties rock with Light the Runway

Dress for Success proves garden parties rock with Light the Runway

Maegan Hulme, Bethany Huddleston, Annie Napier, light the runway
Maegan Hulme, Bethany Huddleston, Annie Napier Photo by WJN Photography
11.	Rhonda Sargent Chambers, Holly Pellham Davis, light the runway
Rhonda Sargent Chambers, Holly Pellham Davis Photo by WJN Photography
13.	Mary Bentley, Yvonne Crum, Light The Runway
Mary Bentley, Yvonne Crum Photo by WJN Photography
6.	Bryan Geyer, Holly Pellham Davis, Dr. Mark Deuber, light the runway
Bryan Geyer, Holly Pelham Davis, Dr. Mark Deuber Photo by WJN Photography
20.	Philip Aaron Creamer, Samantha Baize Creamer, Brandon K. Pinckney, light the runway
Phillip Aaron Creamer, Samantha Baize Creamer, Brandon K. Pinckney Photo by WJN Photography
flashmob, light the runway
Guests were surprised with a flash mob. Photo by WJN Photography
10.	Faye Chase Briggs, D'Andra Simmons, Light The Runway
Faye Briggs, D'Andra Simmons Lock Photo by WJN Photography
27.	Rich Emberlin, LeeAnne Locken, light the runway
Rich Emberlin, LeeAnne Locken Photo by WJN Photography
Shona Gilbert, Suraj Jagannathan, Prashe Shah, light the runway
Shona Gilbert, Suraj Jagannathan, Prashe Shah Photo by WJN Photography
30.	Cathy Terrell Williamson, Debby Egger Jett Allbright, Dawn Marie Mellon, light the runway
Cathy Terrell Williamson, Debby Egger Jett Albright, Dawn Marie Mellon Photo by WJN Photography
Maegan Hulme, Bethany Huddleston, Annie Napier, light the runway
11.	Rhonda Sargent Chambers, Holly Pellham Davis, light the runway
13.	Mary Bentley, Yvonne Crum, Light The Runway
6.	Bryan Geyer, Holly Pellham Davis, Dr. Mark Deuber, light the runway
20.	Philip Aaron Creamer, Samantha Baize Creamer, Brandon K. Pinckney, light the runway
flashmob, light the runway
10.	Faye Chase Briggs, D'Andra Simmons, Light The Runway
27.	Rich Emberlin, LeeAnne Locken, light the runway
Shona Gilbert, Suraj Jagannathan, Prashe Shah, light the runway
30.	Cathy Terrell Williamson, Debby Egger Jett Allbright, Dawn Marie Mellon, light the runway

One Dallas backyard sure does see a lot of charitable action. Faye Briggs once again opened up her luxurious abode, this time to Dress for Success supporters for the Light the Runway fundraiser themed “Garden Party Rocks.”

At this stylish affair, philanthropic guests — including Yvonne Crum, Shona Gilbert, Dawn Marie Mellon and Rhonda Sargent Chambers — were treated to bites by chef Martita Jara of Home Made Simple, signature cocktails by Deep Eddy vodka and Sauza tequila, Paciugo gelato, Fluffpop gourmet cotton candy, and HotPoppin’ gourmet popcorn.

Although everyone arrived thinking the fashion show was the afternoon’s only entertainment, event chair Janet Fresquez had a trick up her sleeve. Out of nowhere, a flash mob broke out to the tune of Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine.” Fresquez — along with son Jarrod, professional dancers and certain guests — had been practicing for weeks, unbeknownst to attendees.

Emcees Scott Murray and D’Andra Simmons Lock also delighted guests. But perhaps most important, one deserving Dress for Success client received the inaugural Katydid Award, named for the one of the organization’s biggest supporters, Katy Messersmith Maddox. The prize package included a skincare package from mPulse and $1,000 in work attire from ReFabulous, Dress for Success Dallas’ resale boutique at Valley View.

The fashion show, produced by Harriet Kelly Gibbe, featured father-daughter duos and Dallas notables — Brian Geyer, Dr. Mark Deuber, American Idol season 7 finalist Jason Castro, Lisa Petty, Matt Gallagher, Rich Emberlin, Ryan Neufeld, Stubbs Davis, Teffy Jacobs and Vaughn Miller — who took the stage to showcase collections by Front Door Fashion, Q Custom Clothier, Rye 51, Warehaus and more.

The night commenced with an impressive set by local rock ’n’ rollers Dovetail, who played their new single, “Julie,” along with several originals and classic rock ballads by the Rolling Stones and Fleetwood Mac.

Light the Runway is biggest Dallas fundraiser of the year for Dress for Success, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of women located in 110 cities across 12 countries. The professional clothing, employment retention programs and ongoing support symbolize the organization’s faith in every woman’s ability to be self-sufficient and successful in her career.