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Dallas young professionals prove the fundraising must go on at bubbly bash

Dallas young professionals prove the party must go on at bubbly bash

Clay Pickering, Erin Pickering, Chris Baker, Austin Anderson, Kristen Huffman
Clay Pickering, Erin Pickering, Chris Baker, Austin Anderson, Kristen Huffman Photo by Michael Bruno
Danielle Lehman, Stephen Marley
Danielle Lehman, Stephen Marley Photo by Michael Bruno
Christina Marshall, Phuong Tran, Julia Tran
Christina Marshall, Phuong Tran, Julia Tran Photo by Michael Bruno
Chef Dean Fearing and the 2015 YTAC BubblyQ committee
Chef Dean Fearing and the 2015 YTAC BubblyQ committee Photo by Michael Bruno
Keyea Webster, Mark Fuqua
Keyea Webster, Mark Fuqua Photo by Michael Bruno
Sarah Groves, Will Groves, Katherine Harper
Sarah Groves, Will Groves, Katherine Harper Photo by Michael Bruno
Heidi Benda, Chris Leathers
Heidi Benda, Chris Leathers Photo by Michael Bruno
Blake Zale, Natalie Cherry
Blake Zale, Natalie Cherry Photo by Michael Bruno
Jessi Cain, Lauren Nix
Jessi Cain, Lauren Nix Photo by Michael Bruno
Morgan Reper, Kaleta Blaffer Johnson, Emma Miller
Morgan Reper, Kaleta Blaffer Johnson, Emma Miller Photo by Michael Bruno
Michael Metcalf, Stephanie Archer
Michael Metcalf, Stephanie Archer Photo by Michael Bruno
Julia Tran, Natalie Solis, Phuong Tran, Rupal Patel
Julia Tran, Natalie Solis, Phuong Tran, Rupal Patel Photo by Michael Bruno
Kathleen Nash, Kristin Nash, Emily Lehmberg
Kathleen Nash, Kristin Nash, Emily Lehmberg Photo by Michael Bruno
Chad Spencer, Clint Brookshire, Trent Jones, Daniel Parker
Chad Spencer, Clint Brookshire, Trent Jones, Daniel Parker Photo by Michael Bruno
Clay Pickering, Erin Pickering, Chris Baker, Austin Anderson, Kristen Huffman
Danielle Lehman, Stephen Marley
Christina Marshall, Phuong Tran, Julia Tran
Chef Dean Fearing and the 2015 YTAC BubblyQ committee
Keyea Webster, Mark Fuqua
Sarah Groves, Will Groves, Katherine Harper
Heidi Benda, Chris Leathers
Blake Zale, Natalie Cherry
Jessi Cain, Lauren Nix
Morgan Reper, Kaleta Blaffer Johnson, Emma Miller
Michael Metcalf, Stephanie Archer
Julia Tran, Natalie Solis, Phuong Tran, Rupal Patel
Kathleen Nash, Kristin Nash, Emily Lehmberg
Chad Spencer, Clint Brookshire, Trent Jones, Daniel Parker

Rain couldn't dampen the spirits of hundreds of young Dallas professionals who braved the weather to attend BubblyQ, the annual affair hosted by Young Texans Against Cancer.

At Fearing's Restaurant in the Ritz-Carlton, the atmosphere was buoyant despite the less-than-desirable conditions. Even with last-minute adjustments — tents for the courtyard and some shuffling of chef stations — the celebrated event followed its tradition of raising funds for cancer research and support. This year's history-making total: $200,000, through ticket sales and a silent auction that always overflows with coveted items.

BubblyQ draws big-name chefs, who bring their A-game with sophisticated food samples. (This is the house that Dean Fearing built, after all.) Attendees visited tasting stations from the likes of Eric Dreyer (Fearing's), Stephan Pyles, James Johnson (Pappas Bros. Steakhouse), Brian Zenner (On Premise), and Abraham Salum (Salum, Komali), who dished out delectable small plates.

Central Market rounded out the tasty treats with a table overflowing with cheese and charcuterie. For dessert, adorably packaged macarons from Bisou Bisou and hot coffee from Ascension capped things off.

And as its name implies, BubblyQ is very much about champagne. Sparkling white and rosé flowed freely, accompanied by a variety of wines and Deep Ellum Brewing Co. beers. Eddie "Lucky" Campbell, owner of Parliament and the 2015 Tastemaker Award winner for best bartender, put his spin on a dangerously delicious Moscow Mule.

Young Texans Against Cancer is a nonprofit that focuses on raising funds for local research and support organizations, using its member base to increase awareness of volunteer organizations, and helping to educate the community on cancer research. Since inception in 2008, YTAC has donated $778,000 in support of the fight against cancer. In 2013, BubblyQ raised more than 60 percent of the total funds given to North Texas cancer causes.