More than 450 elite arts patrons descended on the Rachofsky House for the 16th annual Two x Two for AIDS and Art benefit dinner and auction, which raised a record $7 million for amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, and the Dallas Museum of Art. This blockbuster black tie event, chaired this year by Lisa and John Runyon, is hosted annually by Cindy and Howard Rachofsky at their Richard Meier-designed home.
For this rendition, Todd Fiscus of Todd Events executed a golden-hued theme within a 7,000-square-foot Freedome that seated all gala guests. Only Fiscus could pull off such a fantastic fête.
A work by Wade Guyton, recipient of amfAR's 2014 Award of Excellence, fetched a record-breaking $2.6 million at auction.
The evening began with a cocktail reception, where guests perused the silent auction of A-list works. That was followed by a seated dinner and the requisite thank yous by the Rachofskys, Two x Two director Melissa Meeks Ireland, and award-winning actor and longtime Two x Two supporter John Benjamin Hickey, who also served as gala emcee.
Two x Two is as known for the entertainment as it is for the fundraising, and this year did not disappoint. CeeLo Green, Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and former Voice coach, won over guests with his funky, fresh and free-spirited performance — just as actor Allison Janney said he would when introducing him.
But perhaps the most memorable part of the weekend came the follow morning, at a private brunch hosted by Amy and Vernon Faulconer and the Rachofskys at The Warehouse. Dallas Museum of Art curator of contemporary art Gavin Delahunty spoke about artist Wade Guyton and his work, which fetched a record-breaking $2.6 million at auction. Delahunty was followed by Eric Muscatell, vice president of development for amfAR, who presented Guyton with amfAR's 2014 Award of Excellence for Artistic Contributions to the Fight Against AIDS.
"Our heartfelt thanks go to the artists, gallerists and Two x Two supporters," Howard Rachofsky said. "Their generosity has allowed us to raise $7 million, bringing our 16-year total to $52 million. Two x Two for AIDS and Art continues to play a monumental role in fundraising for amfAR and the Dallas Museum of Art."
The annual black tie gala, part of a week-long series of events, is the largest United States fundraiser for amfAR and the Dallas Museum of Art.