Party for a cause

Philanthropic YPs lace up their sneaks for dancing and drinks in Deep Ellum

Philanthropic YPs lace up sneaks for dancing and drinks in Deep Ellum

Jonny Truedelle, Adele Wildburger, Ralph Brooks III, Carlee Bates
Jonny Truedelle, Adele Wildburger, Ralph Brooks III, Carlee Bates Photo courtesy of The Family Place
Meredith Murray, Leah Hammett, Amanda Petit
Meredith Murray, Leah Hammett, Amanda Petit Photo courtesy of The Family Place
Connie Babikian, JD Roberts, Mary Catherine Finney
Connie Babikian, JD Roberts, Mary Catherine Finney Photo courtesy of The Family Place
Tina Smith, Mindy Stein
Tina Smith, Mindy Stein  Photo courtesy of The Family Place
Laurel Materka, Shiv Patel
Laurel Materka, Shiv Patel  Photo courtesy of The Family Place
Allie Greenberge, Lauren Vonder Haar, Kristen Miller, Wyndham Burney
Allie Greenberge, Lauren Vonder Haar, Kristen Miller, Wyndham Burney  Photo courtesy of The Family Place
Matt Cawthon, Ashlyn Labat
Matt Cawthon, Ashlyn Labat  Photo courtesy of The Family Place
Mary Mendelsohn, Parker Brooks, Katy Brooks
Mary Mendelsohn, Parker Brooks, Katy Brooks  Photo courtesy of The Family Place
Jonny Truedelle, Adele Wildburger, Ralph Brooks III, Carlee Bates
Meredith Murray, Leah Hammett, Amanda Petit
Connie Babikian, JD Roberts, Mary Catherine Finney
Tina Smith, Mindy Stein
Laurel Materka, Shiv Patel
Allie Greenberge, Lauren Vonder Haar, Kristen Miller, Wyndham Burney
Matt Cawthon, Ashlyn Labat
Mary Mendelsohn, Parker Brooks, Katy Brooks

What: Young Partners of The Family Place Sneaker Soirée

Where: Mavs Gaming Facility, Deep Ellum

The 411: On June 7, the Dallas-based family violence agency hosted its inaugural Sneaker Soiree to encourage young adults around Dallas to “take strides to end family violence.”

Guests donned their snazziest sneakers with cocktail attire to “walk in the shoes” of victims of family violence. Upon arrival, attendees saw clients' shoes displayed with their stories so they could experience what local victims have survived.

Then they were in for a fun and festive night planned by co-chairs Connie Babikian, Mary Catherine Finney, and JD Roberts. They danced to the tunes of DJ Steffi Burns, sipping on Oak and Eden whiskey and Impeccable Rosé Brut at the Whiskey/Bubble Bar. Then they posed for some “cheeky” sketches by The Original Butt Sketch artist.

Guests also entered to win fabulous raffle prizes, including Golden Goose sneakers, tickets to Dallas sporting events, and gift cards to Dallas hot spots.

In the end, the event raised over $50,000 for victims of family violence.

Young Partners of The Family Place helps to raise awareness and empower victims of family violence by providing safe housing, counseling, and other programming to inspire social change. For more information on joining the group or getting involved, visit familyplace.org.

Who: Meredith Murray, Leah Hammett, Amanda PetitJonny Truedelle, Adele Wildburger, Ralph Brooks III, Carlee Bates, Tina Smith, Mindy SteinLaurel Materka, Shiv PatelAllie Greenberge, Lauren Vonder Haar, Kristen Miller, Wyndham BurneyMatt Cawthon, Ashlyn LabatMary Mendelsohn, Parker Brooks, and Katy Brooks.