Philanthropy Notes

Dallas arts patrons do their part at fall’s most civilized gala

Dallas arts patrons do their part at fall’s most civilized gala

Barbara Daseke, Don Daseke, Rachel Michell, John Michell
Barbara Daseke, Don Daseke, Rachel Michell, John Michell Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Dean Fearing, Wanda Gierhart
Wanda Gierhart, Dean Fearing Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Kimberly Aston, Rebecca Sommer, Ciara Tabb
Kimberly Aston, Rebecca Sommer, Ciara Tabb Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
David Monk, Heather Wiese Alexander
David Monk, Heather Wiese Alexander Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Nadine Jones, Ken Villalovos
Nadine Jones, Ken Villalovos  Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Dresden Huston, John Huston, Jada Mowles, Conner Mowles
Dresden Huston, John Huston, Jada Mowles, Conner Mowles  Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
TACA Custom Auction Gala 2016
Festive treats from the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
TACA Custom Auction Gala 2016
Programs outlined the live auction packages. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
TACA Custom Auction Gala 2016
Guests mingling during cocktail hour. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Robin Jackson, Shelby Gorday
Robin Jackson, Shelby Gorday Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Katy Bock, Lawrence Bock
Lawrence Bock, Katy Bock Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Jessica Gavit, Julie Ramirez
Jessica Gavit, Julie Ramirez Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Kimberly Serrano, Maura Sheffler
Kimberly Serrano, Maura Sheffler Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Jessica Springfield, Justin Springfield
Jessica Springfield, Justin Springfield Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Deborah McMurray, Glen Davison, Lara Harrison
Deborah McMurray, Glen Davison, Lara Harrison Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Ann Wood, Jeff Wylie
Ann Wood, Jeff Wylie Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
John Clutts, Sami Arslansler, Laree Hulshoff, Ben Fisher
John Clutts, Sami Arslansler, Laree Hulshoff, Ben Fisher  Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Jeremy Lock, D'Andra Simmons, Gowri Sharma, Alex Sharma
Jeremy Lock, D'Andra Simmons, Gowri Sharma, Alex Sharma Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Barbara Daseke, Don Daseke, Rachel Michell, John Michell
Dean Fearing, Wanda Gierhart
Kimberly Aston, Rebecca Sommer, Ciara Tabb
David Monk, Heather Wiese Alexander
Nadine Jones, Ken Villalovos
Dresden Huston, John Huston, Jada Mowles, Conner Mowles
TACA Custom Auction Gala 2016
TACA Custom Auction Gala 2016
TACA Custom Auction Gala 2016
Robin Jackson, Shelby Gorday
Katy Bock, Lawrence Bock
Jessica Gavit, Julie Ramirez
Kimberly Serrano, Maura Sheffler
Jessica Springfield, Justin Springfield
Deborah McMurray, Glen Davison, Lara Harrison
Ann Wood, Jeff Wylie
John Clutts, Sami Arslansler, Laree Hulshoff, Ben Fisher
Jeremy Lock, D'Andra Simmons, Gowri Sharma, Alex Sharma

During the fall in Dallas, there are more charitable events than one can possibly attend, from luncheons with powerhouse speakers to celebrity-studded formal affairs. But in between is the intimate and sophisticated TACA Custom Auction Gala, recently held for the 10th time at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek.

A fundraiser of this kind feels so very civilized, with guests kissing cheeks and chatting over Patron cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvre in the hotel’s beautifully lit promenade. There waiting were chairs Dianne and Mark LaRoe, who solicited help from Dean Fearing. The celebrity chef returned to his old stomping ground with squeeze Wanda Gierhart, and the couple served as honorary chairs.

Also during the reception, arts-minded attendees got a sneak peek at the live auction packages, detailed in programs lying on cocktail tables. Among the experiences up for bid were a getaway to Lake Austin Spa Resort, an artistic retreat in Marfa, an African safari, and a trip to the 2017 Emmy Awards.

Bidders contemplated their strategies over a seated dinner dreamed up by Mansion chef de cuisine Nick Walker: scallop crudo with tomato conserva, saffron aioli, and shrimp cracker served on an actual scallop shell, and a lamb duo (roast loin and crisp neck) with port mustard, fennel, and Swiss chard. Tables were scattered throughout the bar, dining room, wine cellar, and private dining rooms, and musicians from from Tuesday Nite Jazz and Fine Arts Chamber Players performed while everyone dined.

After dinner, it was back to the promenade for desserts from pastry chef Nicolas Blouin, music from New Ground Band, and the real action of the evening: the live auction led by auctioneer Kimberly Serrano of Heritage Auctions. To help TACA in its mission were Barbara and Don Daseke, Rachel and John MichellRoslyn DawsonNadine Jones, Ken VillalovosDAndra Simmons and Jeremy Lock, Katie and Lawrence Bock, and Gowri and Alex Sharma.

Funds raised from the auction, ticket sales, and sponsorships from businesses like Deutsche Bank Wealth Management allow TACA to help 50 local performing arts organizations.

Established in 1967, The Arts Community Alliance (TACA) champions artistic excellence in North Texas performing arts organizations and encourages innovation, collaboration, and engagement through financial support, stewardship, and resources. Since its inception, TACA has distributed more than $24 million to emerging and established performing arts organizations with budgets from as little as $27,000 to as much as $30 million.

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