For the 10-year anniversary of its popular Art for Advocacy, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center had a few changes in store for the hundreds of supporters who showed up to the General DataTech Warehouse on November 5. Themed “Illuminate,” the fundraiser included the famed art auction, of course, plus a seated dinner and private performance from a favorite Dallas musician.
Event chairs Amy Lewis Hofland and Tara Lewis welcomed hundreds of guests to sip and see the fabulous art up for grabs. Alison Jardine, Gray Malin, Steve Wrubel, Marshall Harris, Sherry Owens, John Winter, Russell Young, Bob Poe, and many others donated works — from photography to oil paintings to sculpture — to help DCAC fund its mission of protecting child abuse victims.
The dinner bell sounded at 8 pm, and guests — including Brian Bolke, art selection leadership chair Joyce Goss, Tonya and Todd Ramsey, underwriting chairs Jenica and Alston Williamson, Missy Peck, Samantha Franklin, Lauren and Jeff Boan, Dana and Mike Arnold, Briton and Clark Collier, and Marisa and Frank Howard — took their seats for a fun feast catered by Bolsa. As they noshed on prime rib, goat cheese and beets on baguettes, cauliflower casserole, and more, the auctioneer got started. There were seven live auction items, ranging in value from $7,000-$25,000. Shane Pennington’s copper wire sculpture, I Look Up In Wonder, was one of the hottest items of the night, as it sold for almost double its $14,000 value.
Post dinner and live auction, guests were treated to an intimate, private concert from Sarah Jaffe, who is about to hit the road for concerts in United Kingdom, Germany, and beyond. Jaffe, obviously moved by the cause, gave kudos to the crowd and thanked them for the good work that they are doing to positively impact the lives of abused children.
Since its inception in 2007, Art for Advocacy has raised nearly $3 million in support of the art therapy program and other crucial services for child abuse victims offered at the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. The only agency of its kind in Dallas County, DCAC provides a coordinated, multidisciplinary approach to the investigation, prosecution, and treatment of child abuse cases.