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Record-setting Dallas benefit sends kids back to school with confidence

Record-setting Dallas benefit sends kids to school with confidence

Paige Oliver, Kat Oliver, Stephanie Grant, Lindsey Smith and Ashley Leffingwell
Paige Oliver, Kat Oliver, Stephanie Grant, Lindsey Smith, Ashley Leffingwell Photo courtesy of Resource Center
Kenny Goss, Cece Cox, Shelly Skeen and Lacey Brutschy
Kenny Goss, Cece Cox, Shelly Skeen, Lacey Brutschy Photo courtesy of Resource Center
Josh Lara and Lacey Brutschy
Josh Lara, Lacey Brutschy Photo courtesy of Resource Center
Daniel Acevedo, Roman Smith and Erik Davis
Daniel Acevedo, Roman Smith, Erik Davis Photo courtesy of Resource Center
Joel Akins, Amani Council and Justin Cooper
Joel Akins, Amani Council, Justin Cooper Photo courtesy of Resource Center
Diedre Coleman and Anne Negrete
Diedre Coleman, Anne Negrete Photo courtesy of Resource Center
Colin Allred and Nick Totin
Colin Allred, Nick Totin Photo courtesy of Resource Center
 Jim and Deborah Nugent
 Jim Nugent, Deborah Nugent Photo courtesy of Resource Center
Paige Oliver, Kat Oliver, Stephanie Grant, Lindsey Smith and Ashley Leffingwell
Kenny Goss, Cece Cox, Shelly Skeen and Lacey Brutschy
Josh Lara and Lacey Brutschy
Daniel Acevedo, Roman Smith and Erik Davis
Joel Akins, Amani Council and Justin Cooper
Diedre Coleman and Anne Negrete
Colin Allred and Nick Totin
 Jim and Deborah Nugent

What: Resource Center Back-to-School Fundraiser

Where: The Goss-Michael Foundation

The 411: More than 100 guests came together for the Resource Center Young Professionals Advisory Council's annual Back-to-School Fundraiser, and it proved to be a record-setting night. The event raised  $35,475 — a full $7,000 more than last year.

Patrons mixed, mingled, and viewed works of art at the benefit, presented by Steve Mies — all to help the center’s Youth First program. 

DJ Brandon Moses kept tuns upbeat while guests enjoyed beverages and noshes, including sweet treats from cookie dough purveyor The Dough Dough.

Event co-chairs Lacey Brutschy and Josh Lara expressed their thanks and gratitude for event sponsors and guests who helped to make the fundraiser successful for North Texas LGBTQ youth. 

Youth First is the only local LGBTQ-focused youth program that addresses the concerns that LGBTQ youth face with family members, peers, and fellow students. It is a challenge faced by about 15,000 youth in the Dallas area. Serving kids and young adults ages 12-18, Youth First equips them with the skills they need to lead an open life. 

Who: Paige Oliver, Kat Oliver, Stephanie Grant, Lindsey Smith, Ashley LeffingwellKenny Goss, Cece Cox, Shelly Skeen, Joel Akins, Amani Council, Justin CooperDaniel Acevedo, Roman Smith, Erik DavisColin Allred, Nick TotinDiedre Coleman, Anne Negrete,  Jim Nugent, and Deborah Nugent.