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Wilkinson Center friends channel spirit of Taos at fun new fall fête

Wilkinson Center friends channel spirit of Taos at fun new fall fête

16.	Kate Looney Walters, Sloan Looney Dix, Spirit of Taos
Kate Looney Walters, Sloan Looney Dix Photo by Lisa Means
 Jeremy Zidell, Liz Stutts, Meredith Zidell, Stephanie Taylor, Matt Muckleroy   Sloan Looney Diz, Kate Looney Walters, Natalie Nihill, Amy Parker, Spirit of Taos
Jeremy Zidell, Liz Stutts, Meredith Zidell, Stephanie Taylor, Matt Muckleroy, Sloan Looney Diz, Kate Looney Walters, Natalie Nihill, Amy Parker Photo by Lisa Means
3.	Ann Dyer, Melanie Myers, Anne Reeder, Spirit of Taos
Ann Dyer, Melanie Myers, Anne Reeder Photo by Lisa Means
14.	Stephanie Taylor, Matt Muckleroy, Spirit of Taos
Stephanie Taylor, Matt Muckleroy Photo by Lisa Means
21.	Sara & Gary Arh’s, Spirit of Taos
Sara Arh, Gary Arh Photo by Lisa Means
10.	Natalie Nihill, Cathy Brittinham Saxon, Spirit of Taos
Natalie Nihill, Cathy Brittingham Saxon Photo by Lisa Means
1.	Anne Conner, Ann Dyer, Cathy Brittingham Saxon, Missy Huber, Spirit of Taos
Anne Conner, Ann Dyer, Cathy Brittingham Saxon, Missy Huber Photo by Lisa Means
17.	Jeremy Zidell, Liz Stutts, Meredith Zidell, Spirit of Taos
Jeremy Zidell, Liz Stutts, Meredith Zidell Photo by Lisa Means
Will Dyer, Ann Dyer, Trey Dyer, Michaela Green, Bob Dyer, Spirit of Taos
Will Dyer, Ann Dyer, Trey Dyer, Michaela Green, Bob Dyer Photo by Lisa Means
8.	Milagros Moros, Horacio Moros, Judith Fernandez, Chela Moros, Spirit of Taos
Milagros Moros, Horacio Moros, Judith Fernandez, Chela Moros Photo by Lisa Means
16.	Kate Looney Walters, Sloan Looney Dix, Spirit of Taos
 Jeremy Zidell, Liz Stutts, Meredith Zidell, Stephanie Taylor, Matt Muckleroy   Sloan Looney Diz, Kate Looney Walters, Natalie Nihill, Amy Parker, Spirit of Taos
3.	Ann Dyer, Melanie Myers, Anne Reeder, Spirit of Taos
14.	Stephanie Taylor, Matt Muckleroy, Spirit of Taos
21.	Sara & Gary Arh’s, Spirit of Taos
10.	Natalie Nihill, Cathy Brittinham Saxon, Spirit of Taos
1.	Anne Conner, Ann Dyer, Cathy Brittingham Saxon, Missy Huber, Spirit of Taos
17.	Jeremy Zidell, Liz Stutts, Meredith Zidell, Spirit of Taos
Will Dyer, Ann Dyer, Trey Dyer, Michaela Green, Bob Dyer, Spirit of Taos
8.	Milagros Moros, Horacio Moros, Judith Fernandez, Chela Moros, Spirit of Taos

Hungry philanthropists dressed in their Southwestern best hung out at The Lot for the first-ever Spirit of Taos, a fundraiser hosted by Friends of the Wilkinson Center. The East Dallas restaurant-bar is just minutes from Munger Place Church, where Wilkinson Center got its start as a food pantry in the church basement nearly 32 years ago.

Event chairs Cathy Brittingham Saxon and Missy Huber and honorary chairs Ann and Bob Dyer welcomed guests first to a cocktail reception, where everyone had their drink of choice and some passed appetizers. A casual seated dinner followed, with tacos, brisket sliders, yuca fries and Emporium Pies.

To continue with the fundraising, attendees — including Melanie Myers, Anne Reeder, Meredith and Jeremy Zidell, Liz Stutts, Stephanie Taylor, and Matt Muckleroy — bought raffle tickets for a chance to win a variety of amazing prizes, including a cooking celebration at Onion Creek Kitchens at Juniper Hills Farms in Blanco, Texas; custom artwork; and Taos-inspired jewelry.

As with any good Friday-night affair, the music kept the crowd energized. It started with Frank in the Middle, who passed it off to Melody Guy. After dinner, when it was really time to dance, headliner Michael Hearne stepped in to take it home. And it wasn’t just Young Friends of Wilkinson Center members out on the dance floor: Everyone proved they still had the moves.

The Wilkinson Center relies on events like the Spirit of Taos to support its mission to create pathways out of poverty by serving more than 14,000 individuals each year through its program areas of food and emergency services, adult education, family enhancement and children’s services.