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Wild weather can't halt delicious Dallas party for fundraising foodies

Wild weather can't halt delicious Dallas party for fundraising foodies

Fernanda Doughty, Marco Coronado
 Fernanda Doughty, Marco Coronado Photo by WJNPHOTO
Bailey Summers, Logan Grant, JD Roberts, Lainey Howard
Bailey Summers, Logan Grant, JD Roberts, Lainey Howard Photo by WJNPHOTO
Rebecca Sommer, Alex Adler, Natasha Ivanova
Rebecca Sommer, Alex Adler, Natasha Ivanova Photo by WJNPHOTO
Taylor Warren, Jeff Warren
Taylor Warren, Jeff Warren Photo by WJNPHOTO
Lynn McBee, Tassio Carvalho, Milene Carvalho
Lynn McBee, Tassio Carvalho, Milene Carvalho Photo by WJNPHOTO
Horatio Moros, Kaleta Balffer
Horatio Moros, Kaleta Balffer Photo by WJNPHOTO
Melissa Patronella, Nick Patronella
Melissa Patronella, Nick Patronella Photo by WJNPHOTO
The Grays: KJ Gray, Kierra Gray, Kwinton Gray
The Grays: KJ Gray, Kierra Gray, Kwinton Gray Photo by WJNPHOTO
Eric Hensch, Carissa Carpenter
Eric Hensch, Carissa Carpenter Photo by WJNPHOTO
Fernanda Dacosta, Sarah Valente
Fernanda Dacosta, Sarah Valente Photo by WJNPHOTO
The Grays performing
Sibling trio The Grays performed. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Chefs preparing food
More than 20 chefs from Dallas' best restaurants were on hand to prepare small bites. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Greg Hext, Amy Meadows, Michael Meadows, Kim Hext
Greg Hext, Amy Meadows, Michael Meadows, Kim Hext Photo by WJNPHOTO
Jeffrey Kollinger, Dean Fearing
Jeffrey Kollinger, Dean Fearing Photo by WJNPHOTO
Michael Lejeune, Kim Haller
Michael Lejeune, Kim Haller Photo by WJNPHOTO
Mari King, Carmen Menza
Mari King, Carmen Menza Photo by WJNPHOTO
DJ Lucy Wrubel
DJ Lucy Wrubel Photo by WJNPHOTO
Alicia Joseph, James Jillson, Max Joseph
Alicia Joseph, James Jillson, Max Joseph Photo by WJNPHOTO
Brittany Brunson, Caroline Adams
 Brittany Brunson, Caroline Adams Photo by WJNPHOTO
Kim Sexton, Patrick Staudt
 Kim Sexton, Patrick Staudt Photo by WJNPHOTO
Fernanda Doughty, Marco Coronado
Bailey Summers, Logan Grant, JD Roberts, Lainey Howard
Rebecca Sommer, Alex Adler, Natasha Ivanova
Taylor Warren, Jeff Warren
Lynn McBee, Tassio Carvalho, Milene Carvalho
Horatio Moros, Kaleta Balffer
Melissa Patronella, Nick Patronella
The Grays: KJ Gray, Kierra Gray, Kwinton Gray
Eric Hensch, Carissa Carpenter
Fernanda Dacosta, Sarah Valente
The Grays performing
Chefs preparing food
Greg Hext, Amy Meadows, Michael Meadows, Kim Hext
Jeffrey Kollinger, Dean Fearing
Michael Lejeune, Kim Haller
Mari King, Carmen Menza
DJ Lucy Wrubel
Alicia Joseph, James Jillson, Max Joseph
Brittany Brunson, Caroline Adams
Kim Sexton, Patrick Staudt

A little rain — or even a full-blown thunderstorm — couldn't keep hungry arts supporters away from one of their favorite fundraisers of the year.

Shortly after TACA Party on the Green got started, inclement weather forced the party to move from Sammons Park into the lobby of the Winspear Opera House, but attendees were not deterred.

Chairs Kim and Nevin Bannister had gathered together more than 20 of Dallas' most revered chefs from the city's best restaurants, and while event staff worked quickly to move equipment indoors, the party kept right on rolling.

Bars by Peticolas Brewing Company, Roxor Gin, and even PT's Coffee kept the drinks flowing while servers passed bites that guests would normally queue up for at the outside tents. Corks for the wine pull were also offered on trays of springy green grass, and DJ Lucy Wrubel set up on the Winspear's landing.

After an hour and a half, the soiree was cleared to return outside. Sibling trio The Grays (KJ Gray, Kierra Gray, and Kwinton Gray) took the stage set up over the reflecting pool, and attendees could once again admire the parked Lexus painted by Dallas artist Hatziel Flores.

Guests — including Greg and Kim Hext, Diane Brierley, Lynn McBee, Amy and Michael MeadowsTassio and Milene Carvalho, and Melissa and Nick Patronella — could also re-examine all the silent auction offerings, which spanned private chef dinners to awesome artwork to a glamorous getaway to Santa Fe. Because of the rough weather, the silent auction was extended two extra days so bidders could nab their dream package.

All proceeds from the event benefit the North Texas arts and cultural community, allowing TACA to distribute grants to deserving arts organizations through its New Works and Artist Residency funds. Since its establishment in 1967, TACA has awarded more than $28 million in grants to more than 150 emerging and established nonprofit arts organizations, large and small, throughout Dallas county.