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Students and supporters dream big at circus-themed Dallas fundraiser

Students and supporters dream big at circus-themed Dallas fundraiser

Michelle Hicks, Rachel Pierce, Neha Gaitonde
Michelle Hicks, Rachel Pierce, Neha Gaitonde Photo by Kathy Walden
Kandace Waddy, Bre Clark
Kandace Waddy, Bre Clark Photo by Kathy Walden
Angelica Zaragoza, Jessica Lopez
Angelica Zaragoza, Jessica Lopez Photo by Kathy Walden
Ana Atkins, Damron Atkins
Ana Atkins, Damron Atkins Photo by Kathy Walden
Yvette Robinson, Torrence Robinson
Yvette Robinson, Torrence Robinson Photo by Kathy Walden
Conrad Alagaban, Karla Torres, Marco Torres
Conrad Alagaban, Karla Torres, Marco Torres Photo by Kathy Walden
Pamela Ashworth, Janet Ashworth, Heather Smith
Pamela Ashworth, Janet Ashworth, Heather Smith Photo by Kathy Walden
Christine Burke, Beckie Rutledge
Christine Burke, Beckie Rutledge Photo by Kathy Walden
Todd Martin, Caroline Martin, Tom Williams, Margaret Williams
Todd Martin, Caroline Martin, Tom Williams, Margaret Williams Photo by Kathy Walden
Jennifer Chandler, Robert Hernandez
Jennifer Chandler, Robert Hernandez Photo by Kathy Walden
Michael Broder, Mary Lee Broder
Michael Broder, Mary Lee Broder Photo by Kathy Walden
Elizabeth Guerra, Angelina Mireles, Cynthie Paschall
Elizabeth Guerra, Angelina Mireles, Cynthie Paschall Photo by Kathy Walden
Lisa Moestas, Amy Morris, Julie Casey
Lisa Moestas, Amy Morris, Julie Casey Photo by Kathy Walden
Weldon Davis, Lindita Belta, Joel Butanda
Weldon Davis, Lindita Belta, Joel Butanda Photo by Kathy Walden
Michelle McClintic, Stefanie Wilson
Michelle McClintic, Stefanie Wilson Photo by Kathy Walden
Carolyn Carlson, Dan Carlson
Carolyn Carlson, Dan Carlson Photo by Kathy Walden
Michelle Hicks, Rachel Pierce, Neha Gaitonde
Kandace Waddy, Bre Clark
Angelica Zaragoza, Jessica Lopez
Ana Atkins, Damron Atkins
Yvette Robinson, Torrence Robinson
Conrad Alagaban, Karla Torres, Marco Torres
Pamela Ashworth, Janet Ashworth, Heather Smith
Christine Burke, Beckie Rutledge
Todd Martin, Caroline Martin, Tom Williams, Margaret Williams
Jennifer Chandler, Robert Hernandez
Michael Broder, Mary Lee Broder
Elizabeth Guerra, Angelina Mireles, Cynthie Paschall
Lisa Moestas, Amy Morris, Julie Casey
Weldon Davis, Lindita Belta, Joel Butanda
Michelle McClintic, Stefanie Wilson
Carolyn Carlson, Dan Carlson

Tucked away in the Dallas Design District, the event space known as Level Two was packed one recent evening with supporters of The Concilio.

The nonprofit, which was formed in 1981, helps families become more involved in their children's education and health, and in turn is a trusted source for schools looking to unlock the potential of students who face limited resources and difficult circumstances.

A red-and-white striped entryway set the tone for the circus-themed event, which conveyed a festive air with bejeweled elephant centerpieces and containers of popcorn.

The host committee — comprised of Ana Rodriguez, Armando Vigil, Joanna Ridgway, John Hammer, Adriana Lopez-Hammer, Michael and Flora Hernandez, Michael and Mary Lee Broder, Sarah Cotton Nelson, Stephen Jemente, and Whitney and Rob Strauss — made sure no guest left hungry, thanks to the overflowing dining stations.

A vibrant live auction offered up several impressive packages, among them a dream trip to the Kentucky Derby; a girls' weekend to the winner's choice of Chicago, New Orleans, Miami, or Montreal; a Napa Valley excursion; an all-inclusive getaway to the Hard Rock Riviera Maya; and a sports package that included a suite for 20 to see the Rangers, a pair of Stars tickets, and a round of golf at the Four Seasons.

The raffle proved equally exciting, with guests crossing their fingers to win Kendra Scott jewelry, Southwest plane tickets, and a dove hunt for two in Argentina.

Come presentation time, Bank of America received the Legacy Award while Joe Posada was honored with the Volunteer Award.

Spotted dancing the night away were Ana and Damron Atkins, Kandace Waddy, Bre Clark, Michelle Hicks, Rachel Pierce, Neha Gaitonde, Rosa Gallegos, Dionicio Aviles, Karla and Marco Torres, and Conrad Alagaban.