Halloween came a little early as the Bone Bash, themed "Voodoo Masquerade Ball," took over the Perot Museum in Dallas. This to-die-for Halloween soiree included guests from the medical community, arthritis patients, community leaders, and friends and supporters of the Arthritis Foundation.
This is the one time of year that Dallas scenesters can dress up in costume and get away with it — no questions asked. So out with the extravagant gowns and tuxedos and in with the belly dancing outfits and monster get-ups.
Gala chairs Leslie and Dr. Kurt Kitziger presided over this year's "undead ball" in full theatrical regalia as New Orleans' own witch doctor Baron Samedi and his high priestess Marie Laveaux. Leslie's costume gown wowed the crowd and rightfully so: It was hand-painted and accessorized by her daughter, Hannah, in Los Angeles. She also wore custom jewelry created by her daughter, Julia, as well as by renowned designer Alexander McQueen.
Attendees — including Chelsea Hunt, Sharon and Dr. Bo Fredrick, Ruddy and Reggie Beuttenmuller, Larry and Lindy Vineyard, Amy and Dr. Douglas Turgeon, Julie and Dr. Anthony Toppins, Devin Lowery, and Terry Colston — mixed and mingled with their costumed brethren as they dined on New Orleans-style cuisine from Wolfgang Puck. Think red beans and rice, collard greens, po' boys, bread pudding and sweet potato cheesecake, among other tasty delights.
Flow Tribe packed the dance floor with Dallas' most glamorous ghouls and goblins, who boogied the night away. The crowd was also delighted by a surprise zombie flash mob that broke out in Michael Jackson's "Thriller" dance.
The Dallas Bone Bash supports the fight against arthritis, the nation's most common cause of disability. Currently, 50 million Americans (one in five) are living with arthritis. This includes 1.8 million North Texans, who are served by the Arthritis Foundation.