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St. Jude blockbuster gala brings in a million bucks for kids battling cancer

St. Jude blockbuster gala brings in big bucks for kids battling cancer

Josh Gratz, Vanessa Chaverri, Jessica Boozer, Issa Tadros, St Judes
Josh Gratz, Vanessa Chaverri, Jessica Boozer, Issa Tadros Photo by Kristina Bowman
Charlie & Cindy Feld; Daffen & Doug Nettle, St Judes
Charlie Feld, Cindy Feld, Daffen Nettle, Doug Nettle Photo by Kristina Bowman
Mike & Diane Gruber, st jude, night under the stars
Mike Gruber, Diane Gruber Photo by Kristina Bowman
Laura Toon; Taylor Brooks; Patti & Larry Toon, St Judes
Laura Toon, Taylor Brooks, Patti Toon, Larry Toon Photo by Kristina Bowman
Pennie & Alan Marshall, St Judes Night Under The Stars
Pennie Marshall, Alan Marshall Photo by Kristina Bowman
David & Carolyn Miller, Dan & Lydia Novakov, Charlie & Cindy Feld, St Jude
David Miller, Carolyn Miller, Dan Novakov, Lydia Novakov, Charlie Feld, Cindy Feld Photo by Kristina Bowman
Mark Dudney, Jessie Haggar, Isabell Haggar, Joe Haggar III, St Judes
Mark Dudney, Jessie Haggar, Isabell Haggar, Joe Haggar III Photo by Kristina Bowman
Richard (Rick) & Ann Shadyac, CEO of ALSAC and wife, St Judes Night Under The Stars
Richard Shadyac, Ann Shadyac Photo by Kristina Bowman
Doug Brooks; Kent Rathbun; Holly Brooks, St Judes
Doug Brooks, Kent Rathbun, Holly Brooks Photo by Kristina Bowman
Mayor Mike Rawlings & Micki Rawlings, St Judes Night Under The Stars
Mayor Mike Rawling, Micki Rawlings Photo by Kristina Bowman
Wyman Roberts, Lorene Roberts, Rob Winter, Taylor Brooks, St Judes
Wyman Roberts, Lorene Roberts, Rob Winter, Taylor Brooks Photo by Kristina Bowman
Lynn McBee; Regina Bruce, St Judes Night Under The Stars
Lynn McBee, Regina Bruce Photo by Kristina Bowman
Josh Gratz, Vanessa Chaverri, Jessica Boozer, Issa Tadros, St Judes
Charlie & Cindy Feld; Daffen & Doug Nettle, St Judes
Mike & Diane Gruber, st jude, night under the stars
Laura Toon; Taylor Brooks; Patti & Larry Toon, St Judes
Pennie & Alan Marshall, St Judes Night Under The Stars
David & Carolyn Miller, Dan & Lydia Novakov, Charlie & Cindy Feld, St Jude
Mark Dudney, Jessie Haggar, Isabell Haggar, Joe Haggar III, St Judes
Richard (Rick) & Ann Shadyac, CEO of ALSAC and wife, St Judes Night Under The Stars
Doug Brooks; Kent Rathbun; Holly Brooks, St Judes
Mayor Mike Rawlings & Micki Rawlings, St Judes Night Under The Stars
Wyman Roberts, Lorene Roberts, Rob Winter, Taylor Brooks, St Judes
Lynn McBee; Regina Bruce, St Judes Night Under The Stars

More than 1,000 Dallasites, dressed in their best cowboy chic attire, showed up for the Evening Under the Stars gala held at the Omni Dallas hotel, benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. And when we say “showed up,” we mean raised-$1 million-to-advance-cancer-research kind of “showed up.”

Under the direction of event co-chairs Cindy and Charlie Feld, guests enjoyed cocktails, a seated dinner, and live and silent auctions. The evening’s honorees, Diane and Mike Gruber, received special recognition for their tireless efforts in the war against childhood cancer and all they have done to help St. Jude throughout the years.

As if raising $1 million weren’t enough reason for guests — including Micki and Mayor Mike Rawlings, Lynn McBee, Kent Rathbun, Craig Dismuke, and Holly and Dave Brooks — to get up out of their seats and bust a move, a lively performance by Duck Soup was just what the crowd needed to end this evening on the dance floor.

Following the gala, more than 250 young professionals celebrated the cause at the third annual after-party, where they were treated to entertainment by DJ Pete Mash, an additional silent auction, and, of course, an open bar and tasty hors d’oeuvre.

Events such as these happen year after year to fuel cancer research on behalf of St. Jude, which ensures that children’s families never receive a bill for treatment, travel, housing or food during their ordeal.