Artful Philanthropy

Dallas arts patrons advocate for children at colorful fundraising auction

Dallas arts patrons advocate for children at colorful fundraiser

Rachel Richards, Desiree Hopper
Rachel Richards, Desiree Hopper Photo by WJNPHOTO
Alyssa Powell, Justin Powell
Alyssa Powell, Justin Powell Photo by WJNPHOTO
Lynn McBee, Nancy Gopez
Lynn McBee, Nancy Gopez Photo by WJNPHOTO
Erin Cluley, Lindsey Dunnagan
Erin Cluley, Lindsey Dunnagan Photo by WJNPHOTO
Sarah Kelly, Charles Jones
Sarah Kelly, Charles Jones Photo by WJNPHOTO
James RIzzi and Mia
James Rizzi, Mia Photo by WJNPHOTO
Stacey Duran, Aubrey Labanowski, Dawn Hennessey
Stacey Duran, Aubrey Labanowski, Dawn Hennessey  Photo by WJNPHOTO
Frank Hettig, Wanda Dye
Frank Hettig, Wanda Dye Photo by WJNPHOTO
DJ Souljah
DJ Souljah Photo by WJNPHOTO
Sushi from Lombardi Concepts
Sushi from Lombardi Concepts. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Gregory Miller, Alan Simmons, David Medina
Gregory Miller, Alan Simmons, David Medina Photo by WJNPHOTO
Chelsea Caswell, Julie Aasen
Chelsea Caswell, Julie Aasen Photo by WJNPHOTO
Hampton Richards, Rachel Richards
Hampton Richards, Rachel Richards Photo by WJNPHOTO
Color Condition at Art for Advocacy 2015
The Color Condition decorated FIG for Art for Advocacy 2015. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Alex Noffsinger, Brooke Noffsinger
Alex Noffsinger, Brooke Noffsinger Photo by WJNPHOTO
Mark Young, Miranda Young
Mark Young, Miranda Young Photo by WJNPHOTO
Ernst Campbell, Emily Tuder
Ernst Campbell, Emily Tuder Photo by WJNPHOTO
David Droese, Suzanne Droese
David Droese, Suzanne Droese Photo by WJNPHOTO
Jason Ormand, Lynn Davis
Jason Ormand, Lynn Davis Photo by WJNPHOTO
John Labanowski, Aubrey Labanowski
John Labanowski, Aubrey Labanowski Photo by WJNPHOTO
Paige Slates, Cris Worley
Paige Slates, Cris Worley Photo by WJNPHOTO
Gian Garofalo work at Art for Advocacy 2015
Gian Garofalo's work in the silent auction at Art for Advocacy 2015. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Kiersten Dolbec, Peter Lynch
Kiersten Dolbec, Peter Lynch Photo by WJNPHOTO
Rusty Scruby work at Art for Advocacy 2015
Rusty Scruby's work at Art for Advocacy 2015. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Maria Link, Rachel Bingham, Leigh Koch
Maria Link, Rachel Bingham, Leigh Koch Photo by WJNPHOTO
Christie Gehlbach, Janet Gridley
Christie Gehlbach, Janet Gridley Photo by WJNPHOTO
Selwyn Rayzor, Maura Bradshaw, Vivian Dimas
Selwyn Rayzor, Maura Bradshaw, Vivian Dimas Photo by WJNPHOTO
Color Condition dancer at Art for Advocacy 2015
Color Condition dancer at Art for Advocacy 2015. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Mitchell Wyly, Mary Anne Wyly
Mitchell Wyly, Anne Wyly Photo by WJNPHOTO
Ishi
Ishi Photo by WJNPHOTO
Rachel Richards, Desiree Hopper
Alyssa Powell, Justin Powell
Lynn McBee, Nancy Gopez
Erin Cluley, Lindsey Dunnagan
Sarah Kelly, Charles Jones
James RIzzi and Mia
Stacey Duran, Aubrey Labanowski, Dawn Hennessey
Frank Hettig, Wanda Dye
DJ Souljah
Sushi from Lombardi Concepts
Gregory Miller, Alan Simmons, David Medina
Chelsea Caswell, Julie Aasen
Hampton Richards, Rachel Richards
Color Condition at Art for Advocacy 2015
Alex Noffsinger, Brooke Noffsinger
Mark Young, Miranda Young
Ernst Campbell, Emily Tuder
David Droese, Suzanne Droese
Jason Ormand, Lynn Davis
John Labanowski, Aubrey Labanowski
Paige Slates, Cris Worley
Gian Garofalo work at Art for Advocacy 2015
Kiersten Dolbec, Peter Lynch
Rusty Scruby work at Art for Advocacy 2015
Maria Link, Rachel Bingham, Leigh Koch
Christie Gehlbach, Janet Gridley
Selwyn Rayzor, Maura Bradshaw, Vivian Dimas
Color Condition dancer at Art for Advocacy 2015
Mitchell Wyly, Mary Anne Wyly
Ishi

Charitable arts patrons heeded the call to action on November 7, when Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center hosted its ninth annual Art for Advocacy. The fundraising gala and art auction helps raise crucial funds to help DCAC in its mission to improve the lives of abused children in Dallas County.

Only some followed the dress code of “colorful chic,” which enabled guests such as pretty-in-pink Stacy Girard to stand out in the crowd. However, the event didn’t lack for cheerful hues, thanks to the work of Color Condition, who installed their signature rainbow-colored streamers throughout the second floor of Fashion Industry Gallery.

Color also could be found in the artworks, which were generously donated by more than 100 local and regional artists, including Rusty Scruby, Emil Cerullo, Tara Conley, Gian Garofalo, Ruben Nieto, Arthur Pena, and Zach Saucedo, in conjunction with participating galleries such as Craighead Green, Cris Worley Fine Arts, Holly Johnson Gallery, and Circuit 12 Contemporary. Bigger-ticket silent auction items included art-driven trips to New York, Chicago, and The Hamptons.

Hanging among the works were reminders of the DCAC mission, in the form of photographs of the children the organization serves, with messages about how a $100 donation provides 10 birthday bags for child abuse victims or how $250 covers the cost of a forensic interview with one child. Supporters could conveniently place bids on art and send funds directly to the nonprofit via mobile app.

Attendees also enjoyed sophisticated, hearty hors d’oeuvre — cheese, charcuterie, short ribs, sushi — provided by Lombardi Concepts and colorful (of course) cocktails. A highlight of the evening was a musical performance by local band Ishi, who were accompanied for a few songs by dancers clad in Color Condition streamers. Front and center was man about town John Reoch.

Others spotted in the well-heeled crowd: Erin Cluley, Scott Dawson, Suzanne and David Droese, Lynn McBee, Nancy Gopez, Selwyn Razor, Alyssa and Justin Powell, Lindsey Dunnagan, James RizziSarah Kelly, Charles JonesFrank Hettig, Wanda Dye, and Rachel and Hampton Richards.

Since its inception in 2007, Art for Advocacy has raised more than $2.6 million in support of the art therapy program and other crucial services for child abuse victims 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.