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Star-studded Two x Two rakes in $5 million for amfAR and Dallas Museum of Art

Star-studded Two x Two rakes in $5 million for amfAR and DMA

Christen Wilson, Derek Wilson, Melissa Meeks Ireland, Howard Rachofsky, Cindy Rachofsky, TWO X TWO
Christen Wilson, Derek Wilson, Melissa Meeks Ireland, Howard Rachofsky, Cindy Rachofsky Photo by Bruno
China Chow, Diane von Furstenberg, Mary Katrantzou, Nasiba Adilova, Lily Kwong, Two x Two
China Chow, Diane von Furstenberg, Mary Katrantzou, Nasiba Adilova, Lily Kwong Photo by Kevin Tachman
Elaine Agather, Jennifer Eagle, Deedie Rose, TWO X TWO
Elaine Agather, Jennifer Eagle, Deedie Rose Photo by George Fiala
Brian Bolke, Faisal Halum, TWO X TWO
 Brian Bolke, Faisal Halum Photo by George Fiala
live auction, two x two
There were 142 works of art offered in the live and silent auctions this year.  Photo by Bruno
Stephanie Roberts, John Roberts, TWO X TWO
Stephanie Roberts, John Roberts Photo by Bruno
Gladys Knight, TWO X TWO
The evening’s highlight was a special performance by Grammy Award winner Gladys Knight. Photo by Bruno
Gilles Marini, Travis Shinn, Kevin Frost, Conrad Leach, Chris Salgardo, TWO X TWO
Gilles Marini, Travis Shinn, Kevin Frost, Conrad Leach, Chris Salgardo Photo by Bruno
Chris Salgardo, TWO X TWO
Chris Salgardo Photo by Bruno
Cara Santana, Jesse Metcalfe, TWO X TWO
Cara Santana, Jesse Metcalfe Photo by Bruno
Melissa Meeks Ireland, Nasiba Adilova, TWO X TWO
Melissa Meeks Ireland, Nasiba Adilova Photo by Kevin Tachman
Gladys Knight, TWO X TWO
Gladys Knight Photo by Kevin Tachman
Eugenie Niarchos, Noor Fares, Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, two x two
Eugenie Niarchos, Noor Fares, Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld Photo by Kevin Tachman
Claire Distenfeld, Nasiba Adilova, Two X Two
Claire Distenfeld, Nasiba Adilova Photo by Kevin Tachman
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Freedomes created the largest Freedome ever installed in the United States for the seated dinner.  Photo by George Fiala
Christen Wilson, Derek Wilson, Melissa Meeks Ireland, Howard Rachofsky, Cindy Rachofsky, TWO X TWO
China Chow, Diane von Furstenberg, Mary Katrantzou, Nasiba Adilova, Lily Kwong, Two x Two
Elaine Agather, Jennifer Eagle, Deedie Rose, TWO X TWO
Brian Bolke, Faisal Halum, TWO X TWO
live auction, two x two
Stephanie Roberts, John Roberts, TWO X TWO
Gladys Knight, TWO X TWO
Gilles Marini, Travis Shinn, Kevin Frost, Conrad Leach, Chris Salgardo, TWO X TWO
Chris Salgardo, TWO X TWO
Cara Santana, Jesse Metcalfe, TWO X TWO
Melissa Meeks Ireland, Nasiba Adilova, TWO X TWO
Gladys Knight, TWO X TWO
Eugenie Niarchos, Noor Fares, Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld, two x two
Claire Distenfeld, Nasiba Adilova, Two X Two
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The sold-out 15th annual Two x Two for AIDS and Art gala was, yet again, a celebrity-studded fete. Chairperson Christen Wilson and longtime hosts Cindy and Howard Rachofsky welcomed more than 500 supporters to the Richard Meier-designed Rachofsky House for the elite affair.

This spectacular benefit dinner and contemporary art auction raised $5 million through the sale of exquisite artworks, luxury and fashion goods, and experiences. Funds benefit amfAR and the Dallas Museum of Art.

“By raising $5 million, this landmark year is a testament to the continued support for AIDS research at amfAR,” Howard said. “This event would not be possible without the generosity of the renowned artists, gallerists and event patrons who have helped us raise $45 million over the past 15 years.”

Todd Fiscus of Todd Events was given the task of designing this year’s space, and it should come as no surprise that he dreamed up something bigger and better than ever — literally. Fiscus brought in Polish company Freedomes to create the largest Freedome ever installed in the United States. The 7,000-square-foot, 48-foot-tall geodesic dome kept gala guests safe from the continuous rainfall.

Fiscus was a very busy man indeed, as he served as ring leader for the circus-themed Two x Two First Look presented by Michele Watches just two nights prior. Ever-popular DJ Lucy Wrubel providing the soundtrack for the evening as attendees mingled around the pool behind the Rachofsky House during this more light-hearted soiree.

But back to the main event. The gala included cocktails, dinner, and silent and live auctions, in which 142 works of art were up for grabs. Arts patrons — including Gilles Marini, Diane Von Furstenberg, Jesse Metcalfe, China Chow, Melissa Meeks Ireland, Nasiba Adilova, Brian Bolke, Elaine Agather and Jennifer Eagle — bid on artworks by 2013 amfAR honoree Luc Tuymans as well those by Israel Lund, Rosemarie Trockel, Garth Weiser and Ugo Rondinone.

In addition, amfAR CEO Kevin Frost presented the 2013 amfAR Leadership Award to Chris Salgardo, president of Kiehl’s Since 1851, for his longtime commitment — both personally and professionally — to amfAR, its programs and mission. But the evening’s highlight, if we had to pick one, had to be the special performance by Grammy Award winner Gladys Knight, who brought down the house.

The annual black-tie gala, part of a week-long series of events, is the largest U.S. fundraiser for amfAR and the Dallas Museum of Art. Since its inception, Two x Two for AIDS and Art has raised $45 million in support of essential AIDS research at amfAR and for the Contemporary Art Acquisitions Fund at the Dallas Museum of Art.