White Hot

Young Dallas professionals party at sizzling South Beach-inspired soiree

Dallas YPs party at sizzling South Beach-inspired soiree

Sheila Cardenas, Ana Martinez, Areli Gonzalez, Mercedes Fowler, White Party 2018
Sheila Cardenas, Ana Martinez, Areli Gonzalez, Mercedes Fowler Photo by Lisa Means
Claudia McGlovkin and Jenna Owens, White Party
Claudia McGlovkin, Jenna Owens Photo by Lisa Means
Natalie Westbrook, Jesselyn Hayes, White Party 2018
Natalie Westbrook, Jesselyn Hayes Photo by Lisa Means
Meridith and Jeremey Zidell, White Party
Meridith Zidell, Jeremey Zidell Photo by Lisa Means
J-Si and Kinsey Chavez, White Party
J-Si Chavez, Kinsey Chavez Photo by Lisa Means
Jasmine Alley, Mary Galbraith, White Party
Jasmine Alley, Mary Galbraith Photo by Lisa Means
DJ Souljah, White Party
DJ Souljah Photo by Lisa Means
Bumble Team, White Party 2018
The Bumble team Photo by Lisa Means
Tommy DeAlano, Krystal DeAlano, Jennifer Guidry, Mike Guidry, White Party 2018
Tommy DeAlano, Krystal DeAlano, Jennifer Guidry, Mike Guidry Photo by Lisa Means
Anne Reeder and Dave Ayres
Anne Reeder, Dave Ayres Photo by Lisa Means
Omar Aridi, Kathryn Dunn, Marty Martinez, Michael Lark, White Party 2018
Omar Aridi, Kathryn Dunn, Marty Martinez, Michael Lark Photo by Lisa Means
Sheila Cardenas, Ana Martinez, Areli Gonzalez, Mercedes Fowler, White Party 2018
Claudia McGlovkin and Jenna Owens, White Party
Natalie Westbrook, Jesselyn Hayes, White Party 2018
Meridith and Jeremey Zidell, White Party
J-Si and Kinsey Chavez, White Party
Jasmine Alley, Mary Galbraith, White Party
DJ Souljah, White Party
Bumble Team, White Party 2018
Tommy DeAlano, Krystal DeAlano, Jennifer Guidry, Mike Guidry, White Party 2018
Anne Reeder and Dave Ayres
Omar Aridi, Kathryn Dunn, Marty Martinez, Michael Lark, White Party 2018

The gardens of Marie Gabrielle Restaurant glowed as partiers clad all in white showed up for the sixth annual White Party. The Young Friends of the Wilkinson Center's biggest fundraiser of the year turned the Harwood District hot spot into a South Beach-inspired soiree, complete with chic lounge areas and VIP enclaves for bottle service.

Host chair Jenna Owens, of The Kidd Kraddick Morning Show, and her fellow committee members OJ De SouzaMeredith DiersAlex FloresMarty MartinezJessica Serna, and Amanda Tumey, with the help of Gro Designs and CodeBlue Sound & Entertainment, built a dazzling celebration that rivaled any Miami dance club.

Glamorous guests — including J-Si Chavez, Kinsey ChavezClaudia McGlovkinSheila Cardenas, Ana Martinez, Areli Gonzalez, Mercedes Fowler, Natalie Westbrook, Jesselyn Hayes, Meridith Zidell, Jeremey ZidellOmar Aridi, Kathryn DunnJasmine Alley, and Mary Galbraith — grabbed cocktails from the cash bar before hitting the shiny white dance floor, where DJ Souljah was spinning the tunes. Fountains of sparklers erupted throughout the night, illuminating the floor and playing with the lasers that cast colorful shadows on the crowd. Canary-yellow paper fans, courtesy of sponsor Bumble, helped keep everyone cool while they danced up a storm.

When attendees needed a breather, they could purchase raffle tickets for packages that included a diamond necklace, Harwood District restaurant gift cards, an array of clothes from activewear brand Fitish, jewelry gift cards, and a stay at any Omni hotel in the U.S., with American Airlines miles to help get them there.

Now in its sixth year, the White Party helps raise funds for the Wilkinson Center, a leading poverty rescue and prevention agency serving over 10,000 people annually, mainly in east and southeast Dallas. They help transform the lives of Dallas families by providing pathways to self-sufficiency with dignity and respect, tackling food insecurity, unemployment and underemployment, economic instability, and lack of education.