Philanthropy Notes

Dallas friends get in the spirit of giving at festive porch party

Dallas friends get in the spirit of giving at festive porch party

Young Friends of Wilkinson Center committee
Young Friends of Wilkinson Center committee at the 2016 Spirit of Taos. Photo by Eric Priddy
Karrie Cato, Caitlin Hyatt, Mike Hyatt, Will Walters, Bob Cato, Nick Peterson, Catherine Peterson
Karrie Cato, Caitlin Hyatt, Mike Hyatt, Will Walters, Bob Cato, Nick Peterson, Catherine Peterson Photo by Eric Priddy
Babo Crain, Sloan Looney Dix, Meridith Zidell, Stephanie Taylor
Babo Crain, Sloan Looney Dix, Meridith Zidell, Stephanie Taylor Photo by Eric Priddy
Sian Hardie, Susan Hardie, Danielle Hardie
Sian Hardie, Susan Hardie, Danielle Hardie Photo by Eric Priddy
Ali Ledbetter, Joe Dewbre, Christina Dewbre, Meridith Neill
Ali Ledbetter, Joe Dewbre, Christina Dewbre, Meridith Neill Photo by Eric Priddy
Alex Andrea Cohen, Ashtyn Avina, Rorie Vogel, Matt Thornton
Alex Andrea Cohen, Ashtyn Avina, Rorie Vogel, Matt Thornton Photo by Eric Priddy
Scott Johnson, Beth Johnson, Danny Matlock, sara Matlock, Linda Sikes
Scott Johnson, Beth Johnson, Danny Matlock, Sara Matlock, Linda Sikes Photo by Eric Priddy
1.	Matt Muckleroy, Nick Higdem, Liz Stutts, Babo Crain
Matt Muckleroy, Nick Higdem, Liz Stutts, Babo Crain Photo by Eric Priddy
Anne Reeder, Steve & Cathy Saxon
Annie Reeder, Steve Saxon, Cathy Saxon Photo by Eric Priddy
John Ammons, Kathy Koons, Reyn Longino, Joe Longino, Fran & Michael Riggs
John Ammons, Kathy Koons, Reyn Longino, Joe Longino, Fran Riggs, Michael Riggs Photo by Eric Priddy
Wendy Whittington, Fred Duffy, Carlin Morris
Wendy Whittington, Fred Duffy, Carlin Morris Photo by Eric Priddy
The Lot
The Spirit of Taos 2016 was held outside at The Lot. Photo by Eric Priddy
Downtown Fever Band
Frank in the Middle and Downtown Fever performed. Photo by Eric Priddy
Young Friends of Wilkinson Center committee
Karrie Cato, Caitlin Hyatt, Mike Hyatt, Will Walters, Bob Cato, Nick Peterson, Catherine Peterson
Babo Crain, Sloan Looney Dix, Meridith Zidell, Stephanie Taylor
Sian Hardie, Susan Hardie, Danielle Hardie
Ali Ledbetter, Joe Dewbre, Christina Dewbre, Meridith Neill
Alex Andrea Cohen, Ashtyn Avina, Rorie Vogel, Matt Thornton
Scott Johnson, Beth Johnson, Danny Matlock, sara Matlock, Linda Sikes
1.	Matt Muckleroy, Nick Higdem, Liz Stutts, Babo Crain
Anne Reeder, Steve & Cathy Saxon
John Ammons, Kathy Koons, Reyn Longino, Joe Longino, Fran & Michael Riggs
Wendy Whittington, Fred Duffy, Carlin Morris
The Lot
Downtown Fever Band

What: Spirit of Taos presented by Friends of Wilkinson Center

Where: The Lot

The 411: More than 300 people rocking cowboy boots packed the popular East Dallas hangout to support the Wilkinson Center. The Southwestern-themed evening kicked off with a margarita happy hour featuring tasty treats such as quesadillas, mini pimiento cheese sandwiches, tostadas, and chicken flautas. Executive director Anne Reeder and event chairs Sloan Looney Dix and Stephanie Taylor gave welcoming remarks before a full seated dinner replete with dessert from Emporium Pies.

Post dinner, Frank in the Middle and Downtown Fever provided the tunes while everyone bought raffle tickets and bid in the silent auction for items like a shoe autographed by Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki, a Florida Beach getaway, and gift certificates to top Dallas restaurants. Kendra Scott mystery jewelry boxes were also on offer for $60 each, and Flashbox Photobooth captured the memories.

The evening raised more than $120,000 for Wilkinson Center, which transforms the lives of Dallas families by providing pathways to self-sufficiency with dignity and respect.

Who: Cathy Saxon, Steve Saxon, Meridith Zidell, Laura Ailshire, Kristen Johnson, Michael Graska, Meredith Diers, Kendall Angela, Hunter Heres, Kelli Mansfield, OJ DeSouza, Jenn Dolim, Tia Williams, and Kay Weir.