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TACA tops itself at smashingly successful Custom Auction Gala 2014

TACA tops itself at smashingly successful Custom Auction Gala 2014

Dean Fearing, Wanda Gierhart, Becky Young, Nancy Carlson, TACA 2014
Dean Fearing, Wanda Gierhart, Becky Young, Nancy Carlson  Photo by Dana Driensky
Allan and Lynn McBee
Allan McBee, Lynn McBee Photo by Dana Driensky
Kate Rose Marquez and Gillian Breidenbach, TACA 2014
Kate Rose Marquez, Gillian Breidenbach  Photo by Dana Driensky
John and Lisa Rocchio, TACA 2014
John Rocchio, Lisa Rocchio Photo by Dana Driensky
Nick Even and Shannon Brame, TACA 2014
Nick Even, Shannon Brame  Photo by Dana Driensky
	 Kemp and Kit Sawers, taca 2014
Kemp Sawers, Kit Sawers Photo by Dana Driensky
Brad Oldham and Christy Coltrin Oldham, TACA 2014
Brad Oldham, Christy Coltrin  Photo by Dana Driensky
Zannie and Glenn Voss, Bill and Lisa Ogle, TACA 2014
Zannie Voss, Glen Voss, Bill Ogle, Lisa Ogle  Photo by Dana Driensky
Jamie Jo Hayes and Bobby Boulogne, Andrea Helbing, Dave Cook, TACA 2014
Jamie Jo Hayes, Bobby Boulogne, Andrea Helbing, Dave Cook Photo by Dana Driensky
RBC Wealth Management Dinner Group, TACA 2014
RBC Wealth Management group. Photo by Dana Driensky
	 Ann Fielder, Kemp Sawers, Ann Hobson, Kit Sawers, Trey Fielder, Taca 2014
Ann Fielder, Kemp Sawers, Ann Hobson, Kit Sawers, Trey Fielder  Photo by Dana Driensky
Ann and Lee Hobson, taca 2014
Ann Hobson, Lee Hobson  Photo by Dana Driensky
Dean Fearing, Wanda Gierhart, Becky Young, Nancy Carlson, TACA 2014
Allan and Lynn McBee
Kate Rose Marquez and Gillian Breidenbach, TACA 2014
John and Lisa Rocchio, TACA 2014
Nick Even and Shannon Brame, TACA 2014
	 Kemp and Kit Sawers, taca 2014
Brad Oldham and Christy Coltrin Oldham, TACA 2014
Zannie and Glenn Voss, Bill and Lisa Ogle, TACA 2014
Jamie Jo Hayes and Bobby Boulogne, Andrea Helbing, Dave Cook, TACA 2014
RBC Wealth Management Dinner Group, TACA 2014
	 Ann Fielder, Kemp Sawers, Ann Hobson, Kit Sawers, Trey Fielder, Taca 2014
Ann and Lee Hobson, taca 2014

More than 330 guests dressed in their finest and headed to the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek for the sold-out TACA RBC Wealth Management Custom Auction Gala, which is always an unforgettable night of live auctions and creative cuisine. 

Co-chairs Wanda Gierhart and Dean Fearing, along with honorary co-chairmen Ann and Lee Hobson, welcomed guests — including Becky Young, Nancy Carlson, Lynn and Allan McBee, Kate Rose Marquez, Gillian Breidenbach, Christy Coltrin and Brad Oldham, and Lisa and John Rocchio — into the Mansion’s famous restaurant for an exquisite meal whipped up by executive chef Bruno Davaillon and his team.

Then it was onto the promenade for champagne and miniature desserts created by Mansion pastry chef and Tastemaker Award winner Nicholas Blouin: black currant lavender macarons, chocolate hazelnut composition, chocolate mint moon pie and more. Post-dessert, it was time to get down to business.

TACA fans know this party is all about the live auction. Led by Andrew McVinish, head of private and iconic collections at Christie’s Americas, packages ranged from trips to New York Fashion Week to upscale dining experiences and everything in between. In fact, the most unforgettable item on the auction block came from Fearing, who donated a trip for two couples to join him and Gierhart in Cabo San Lucas for a private dinner party at the home of the Red Rocker Sammy Hagar while enjoying three nights in Cabo’s most luxurious resort, Capella Pedregal

The live auction exceeded last year’s record-breaking revenue by raising a total of $215,000 to support North Texas arts organizations. Overall the gala raked in a whopping $615,000.

“Friday night was not only record breaking in attendance and funds raised, but it was also a magnificent evening for Dallas arts patrons,” Gierhart said. “TACA’s Custom Auction Gala has become a highly anticipated event for the Dallas arts community, and we are very grateful to everyone who supported the event.”

Since its inception, TACA has distributed more than $23 million to emerging and established performing arts organizations with budgets as small as $23,000 to as large as $28 million.