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Colorful Dallas gala transports partygoers to Carnival in Brazil

Colorful Dallas gala transports partygoers to Carnival in Brazil

Cary Deuber, Mark Deuber
Cary Deuber, Mark Deuber Photo by Dana Driensky
Alesia Turner, Darin Turner
Alesia Turner, Darin Turner Photo by Dana Driensky
Grady Reynolds, Laura Reynolds, Chris Young, Amy Young, Ben Peters, Crissy Peters
Grady Reynolds, Laura Reynolds, Chris Young, Amy Young, Ben Peters, Crissy Peters Photo by Dana Driensky
Ashley Foland, David Quinones
Ashley Foland, David Quinones  Photo by Dana Driensky
Adam Stagg, Misty Smathers, Steve Smathers
Adam Stagg, Misty Smathers, Steve Smathers Photo by Dana Driensky
Raymond Faus, Kristy Faus
Raymond Faus, Kristy Faus Photo by Dana Driensky
Gus Bryant, Lauren Bryant, Karen Luter
Gus Bryant, Lauren Bryant, Karen Luter Photo by Dana Driensky
Alisha Laventure
 Emcee Alisha Laventure Photo by Dana Driensky
Carolyn Waghorne, Angie Waghorne, Rick Waghorne
Carolyn Waghorne, Angie Waghorne, Rick Waghorne Photo by Dana Driensky
Misty Smathers, Stephen Smathers, Becca Crowell, Chief Executive Officer, Nexus
Misty Smathers, Stephen Smathers, Becca Crowell Photo by Danny Campbell
Ashley Tatum, Tonia Mailandt
Ashley Tatum, Tonia Mailandt Photo by Dana Driensky
Rolando Diaz
Painter Rolando Diaz Photo by Dana Driensky
Cary Deuber, Mark Deuber
Alesia Turner, Darin Turner
Grady Reynolds, Laura Reynolds, Chris Young, Amy Young, Ben Peters, Crissy Peters
Ashley Foland, David Quinones
Adam Stagg, Misty Smathers, Steve Smathers
Raymond Faus, Kristy Faus
Gus Bryant, Lauren Bryant, Karen Luter
Alisha Laventure
Carolyn Waghorne, Angie Waghorne, Rick Waghorne
Misty Smathers, Stephen Smathers, Becca Crowell, Chief Executive Officer, Nexus
Ashley Tatum, Tonia Mailandt
Rolando Diaz

What: A Night For Nexus Brazilian Carnaval

Where: The Joule

The 411: Glamorous Dallasites donned their most colorful gowns and tuxes, over-the-top masquerade masks, and bejeweled faces and headed to a Brazilian Carnaval benefiting Nexus Recovery Center on October 25.

Chaired by Alesia Turner and former Real Housewives of Dallas star Cary Deuber, the festive evening supported the Dallas nonprofit's mission to serve as a link to sobriety, independence, and dignity for low-income women and their families affected by addiction.

Emcee Alisha Laventure welcomed the crowd and introduced Rolando Diaz, a Dallas-based Cuban-American fine artist. He wowed the crowd by live painting an original oil-on-canvas depicting a mother and child surrounded by leaves, symbolizing the circle of life. The painting later sold in the live auction for $10,000 to benefit Nexus.

The spirited live auction featured fabulous prizes, such as a Tuscan villa for seven nights, a Texas ranch getaway, and a backyard barbecue with live music. Once the bidding had ended, guests heard from former Nexus client named Jeanine, who shared her heartfelt story about the daily struggles facing addicts and the power of triumphs in recovery. Her remarks inspired a resounding standing ovation.

Becca Crowell, Nexus CEO, reminded everyone that Nexus inspires hope, offers respect, and honors the unique differences of female addicts. In 2018, Nexus served 1,969 women and teens along with 341 children, including 64 Nexus-born babies.

Bright lights splashed the stage with color, and Downtown Fever Band rocked popular tunes spanning decades that kept everyone dancing until the lights went out.

Who: Mark Deuber, Darin TurnerGrady Reynolds, Laura Reynolds, Chris Young, Amy Young, Ben Peters, Crissy PetersAshley Foland, David QuinonesAdam Stagg, Misty Smathers, Steve SmathersRaymond Faus, Kristy FausGus Bryant, Lauren Bryant, Karen LuterCarolyn Waghorne, Angie Waghorne, Rick WaghorneAshley Tatum, and Tonia Mailandt.