House of DIFFA 2016
It's a Circus Out There

DIFFA Dallas confirms that fundraising can be the greatest show on earth

DIFFA Dallas confirms fundraising can be the greatest show on earth

House of DIFFA returned to the Omni Dallas hotel on May 21, and the city’s most colorful gala-goers turned out in droves for the spectacular annual fundraiser presented by Nancy C. and Richard R. Rogers. This year’s grand affair boasted a Circo Rouge theme, which can best be described as a circus on acid.

Before entering the grand ballroom at a quarter past 7, guests sipped cocktails — served from a bar on which scantily clad women with masks and feather fans danced and writhed — and perused the items offered in the silent auction. This, of course, included 55 DIFFA jackets, donated by designers like Alexander Wang, Alice + Olivia, Badgley Mischka, Billy Reid, Lanvin, Lela Rose, Missoni, Marc Jacobs, Naeem Khan, Versace, and Zac Posen, among others.

Once the doors to the ballroom opened, guests took their seats for a few brief comments from 2016 board chair Justin Bundick and House of DIFFA 2016 event chair Clint Bradley, as well as the awards presentation and introduction of this year’s Style Council Ambassadors: Kim Burgan, Kurt Anderson, Courtney Rider, Cearan Henley, Shelby Wagner, Carmen Surgent, Carinthia Kishaba, Tim Flannery, Bob Gibbs, JL Forke, Steffi Burns, and Jason Parker.

Then there was a live auction for big-ticket items that included not one, but two trips to a manor in Scotland, as well as a vintage-inspired Stella 125 scooter.

But it was after the auction that the real fun began. As attendees — including Real Housewives stars LeeAnne Locken, Tiffany Hendra, and Cary Deuber; Nick Boulle and Taylor Johnson; Anne and Steve Stodghill; Billy Milner and Jerod Dame; Niven Morgan and Shelby Wagner; and Kate and TJ Weiser — wined and dined, the freakiest of freaky circus acts took place on stages sprinkled among the dinner tables.

Everything from ring and ribbon aerial acts to a gravity-defying pole performance, as well as one particularly cringe-worthy-yet-awe-inspiring body suspension act, was on offer. In between each set, a fashion show of epic proportions took place, complete with stilt walkers, human animals, and, yes, those legendary DIFFA jackets, as well as looks from Traffic LA, Forty Five Ten, and TenOverSix.

Applause to co-producers Rhonda Sargent Chambers and Brian Brothers for the spectacle, and to generous title sponsor Headington Companies, a longtime DIFFA/Dallas supporter.

Post-dinner, guests went around the corner to the Glazer’s After Party on the Midway for a raucous mix of games, fortune-telling, and dancing. 

House of DIFFA is the signature fundraiser for the Dallas chapter of the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA), which raises and grants funds to organizations that fight HIV/AIDS. To date, House of DIFFA has contributed more than $7 million to local HIV/AIDS outreach centers.

House of DIFFA 2016 Circo Rouge
House of DIFFA 2016 delivered another spectacular show. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Shelby Wagner, Niven Morgan, Kurt Anderson
Shelby Wagner, Niven Morgan, Kurt Anderson Photo by WJNPHOTO
LeeAnne Locken, Rich Emberlin, Jeanette Chivvis
LeeAnne Locken, Rich Emberlin, Jeanette Chivvis Photo by WJNPHOTO
Mark Trevino, Whitney Henry
Mark Trevino, Whitney Henry Photo by WJNPHOTO
Taylor Johnson, Nick Boulle
Nick Boulle, Taylor Johnson Photo by WJNPHOTO
Tiffany Hendra, Cary Deuber
Tiffany Hendra, Cary Deuber Photo by WJNPHOTO
Sharon Wetzel, Warren Wetzel
Sharon Wetzel, Warren Wetzel Photo by WJNPHOTO
Circo Rouge
Photo by WJNPHOTO
Circus performers
Greeters adhered to this year's theme, Circo Rouge. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Circo Rouge performer
Fun characters posed at the bar during the reception. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Charles Smith II, Trace Winningham
Charles Smith II, Trace Winningham Photo by WJNPHOTO
Brian Miller, Mark Soto
Brian Miller, Mark Soto Photo by WJNPHOTO
Anne Stodghill, Steve Stodghill
Anne Stodghill, Steve Stodghill Photo by WJNPHOTO
Kadee Coffman, Elliott Blair
Kadee Coffman, Elliott Blair Photo by WJNPHOTO
Billy Milner, Jerod L. Dame
Billy Milner, Jerod Dame Photo by WJNPHOTO
Cary and Mark Deuber at step and repeat
Real Housewives star Cary Deuber and husband Mark (center) pose with friends on the step-and-repeat. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Emma Carter, Mark Hiduke
Emma Carter, Mark Hiduke Photo by WJNPHOTO
Kate Weiser, TJ Weiser
Kate Weiser, TJ Weiser Photo by WJNPHOTO
Steve Kemble, Cynthia Smoot, Chad Collom, Melissa Rountree
Steve Kemble, Cynthia Smoot, Chad Collom, Melissa Rountree Photo by WJNPHOTO
Samantha McCurdy, Cameron Than
Samantha McCurdy, Cameron Than Photo by WJNPHOTO
Edgar Ramos, Elizabeth Saab
Edgar Ramos, Elizabeth Saab Photo by WJNPHOTO
Terry Loftis, Chris McCullough, Jackson
Terry Loftis, Chris McCullough, Jackson Photo by WJNPHOTO
House of DIFFA 2016 Circo Rouge
Dedicated DIFFA volunteers posed at the step-and-repeat. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Scott Schreiver, Sarah Hobson
Scott Schreiver, Sarah Hobson Photo by WJNPHOTO
Daniel Thompson, Michael Hayes
Daniel Thompson, Michael Hayes Photo by WJNPHOTO
David Michael, Don Gaiser
David Michael, Don Gaiser Photo by WJNPHOTO
House of DIFFA 2016 Circo Rouge
Pre-dinner cocktails. Photo by WJNPHOTO
House of DIFFA 2016 Circo Rouge
One of the Circo Rouge performers. Photo by WJNPHOTO
House of DIFFA 2016 Circo Rouge
One of the Circo Rouge performers. Photo by WJNPHOTO
House of DIFFA 2016 Circo Rouge
Raising money during the program. Photo by WJNPHOTO
House of DIFFA 2016 Circo Rouge
Looks from TenOverSix during the fashion show. Photo by WJNPHOTO
House of DIFFA 2016 Circo Rouge
DIFFA/Dallas always puts on a show. Photo by WJNPHOTO
House of DIFFA 2016 Circo Rouge
Looks from Forty Five Ten during the fashion show. Photo by WJNPHOTO
House of DIFFA 2016 Circo Rouge
One of many provocative moments. Photo by WJNPHOTO
House of DIFFA 2016 Circo Rouge
All eyes were on the stage for the fashion show. Photo by WJNPHOTO
House of DIFFA 2016 Circo Rouge
Shelby Wagner, Niven Morgan, Kurt Anderson
LeeAnne Locken, Rich Emberlin, Jeanette Chivvis
Mark Trevino, Whitney Henry
Taylor Johnson, Nick Boulle
Tiffany Hendra, Cary Deuber
Sharon Wetzel, Warren Wetzel
Circo Rouge
Circus performers
Circo Rouge performer
Charles Smith II, Trace Winningham
Brian Miller, Mark Soto
Anne Stodghill, Steve Stodghill
Kadee Coffman, Elliott Blair
Billy Milner, Jerod L. Dame
Cary and Mark Deuber at step and repeat
Emma Carter, Mark Hiduke
Kate Weiser, TJ Weiser
Steve Kemble, Cynthia Smoot, Chad Collom, Melissa Rountree
Samantha McCurdy, Cameron Than
Edgar Ramos, Elizabeth Saab
Terry Loftis, Chris McCullough, Jackson
House of DIFFA 2016 Circo Rouge
Scott Schreiver, Sarah Hobson
Daniel Thompson, Michael Hayes
David Michael, Don Gaiser
House of DIFFA 2016 Circo Rouge
House of DIFFA 2016 Circo Rouge
House of DIFFA 2016 Circo Rouge
House of DIFFA 2016 Circo Rouge
House of DIFFA 2016 Circo Rouge
House of DIFFA 2016 Circo Rouge
House of DIFFA 2016 Circo Rouge
House of DIFFA 2016 Circo Rouge
House of DIFFA 2016 Circo Rouge