Art for a Cause

Adored Dallas art auction feels new after 10 years advocating for kids

Adored Dallas art auction feels new after 10 years advocating for kids

Mike Arnold, Dana Arnold, Briton collier, Clark collier
Mike Arnold, Dana Arnold, Briton Collier, Clark Collier Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Kevin and Jacklyn Kramer,  Timmons Gray, Alexandra pethtel, Ben pike, Jennifer kesterson
Kevin Kramer, Jacklyn Kramer, Timmons Gray, Alexandra Pethtel, Ben Pike, Jennifer Kesterson Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Todd & Tonya Ramsey
Todd Ramsey, Tonya Ramsey Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Laura &  Alex Black
Laura Black, Alex Black Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Joyce Goss, Barbara Buzell
Joyce Goss, Barbara Buzell Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Steve and Julie Rado, Kim Wyly, Evan Wyly
Steve Rado, Julie Rado, Kim Wyly, Evan Wyly Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Je ff  &  Lauren boan
Jeff Boan, Lauren Boan Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Jenica Williamson, Missy peck, Samantha Franklin
Jenica Williamson, Missy Peck, Samantha Franklin Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Hayley Hughes, Stephen Hurley
Hayley Hughes, Stephen Hurley Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Art For Advocacy 2016
Art for Advocacy 2016 was held at the General DataTech Warehouse. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Art For Advocacy 2016
Guests could bid in the silent auction before and after dinner. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Art For Advocacy 2016
Art ranged from photography to oil paintings and even sculptures. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Mike Arnold, Dana Arnold, Briton collier, Clark collier
Kevin and Jacklyn Kramer,  Timmons Gray, Alexandra pethtel, Ben pike, Jennifer kesterson
Todd & Tonya Ramsey
Laura &  Alex Black
Joyce Goss, Barbara Buzell
Steve and Julie Rado, Kim Wyly, Evan Wyly
Je ff  &  Lauren boan
Jenica Williamson, Missy peck, Samantha Franklin
Hayley Hughes, Stephen Hurley
Art For Advocacy 2016
Art For Advocacy 2016
Art For Advocacy 2016

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.