Black Tie Bash

Empowering LGBT gala serves up inspiration for Dallas' society set

Empowering LGBT gala serves up inspiration for Dallas' society set

Kiel Jared, Amanda Jared, Meredith Vachon, Sam Vachon
Kiel Jared, Amanda Jared, Meredith Vachon, Sam Vachon Photo by WJNPHOTO
Nico Ramsey, Joel Corado, Ron Corning
Nico Ramsey, Joel Corado, Ron Corning Photo by WJNPHOTO
John McGill, Mayor Jess Herbst
John McGill, Mayor Jess Herbst Photo by WJNPHOTO
Jamie Nguyen, Johnathan Ler
Jamie Nguyen, Johnathan Ler Photo by WJNPHOTO
Harrison Edell, Michael Mahon
Harrison Edell, Michael Mahon Photo by WJNPHOTO
Black Tie Dinner co-chairs David Gifford-Robinson and Nathan Robbins
Black Tie Dinner co-chairs David Gifford-Robinson and Nathan Robbins Photo by WJNPHOTO
Mike Ross, Katherine Dunn
Mike Ross, Katherine Dunn Photo by WJNPHOTO
Phillip Murrell, Morgan Cox
Phillip Murrell, Morgan Cox Photo by WJNPHOTO
Amanda Silvera, Cole Morgan
Amanda Silvera, Cole Morgan Photo by WJNPHOTO
Cameron Wetzel, Raquel WIlson, Robert Wilson
Cameron Wetzel, Raquel Wilson, Robert Wilson Photo by WJNPHOTO
Rebecca Conner, Anne Witherspoon,Toddell Morrell, Roy Ferrill
Rebecca Conner, Anne Witherspoon,Toddell Morrell, Roy Ferrill Photo by WJNPHOTO
Brittney Balkcom, Liss Lafleur
Brittney Balkcom, Liss Lafleur Photo by WJNPHOTO
Steven Krebaum, Arlen Miller
Steven Krebaum, Arlen Miller Photo by WJNPHOTO
Alexandra Eber, Colin Allred
Alexandra Eber, Colin Allred Photo by WJNPHOTO
Kristen Besely, Angela Crifiletti
Kristen Besely, Angela Crifiletti Photo by WJNPHOTO
Jacob Folmar, Jack White
Jacob Folmar, Jack White Photo by WJNPHOTO
Andy Nichols, Laura Saldana
Andy Nichols, Laura Saldana Photo by WJNPHOTO
Leighton Laville, Jeffery Ten Eyck, Corey Benz
Leighton Laville, Jeffery Ten Eyck, Corey Benz Photo by WJNPHOTO
LeeAnne Locken
LeeAnne Locken Photo by WJNPHOTO
Elizabeth Anne Biddle, Ray Novak
Elizabeth Anne Biddle, Ray Novak Photo by WJNPHOTO
Black Tie Dinner 2017
Jeremy Allen Dumont choreographed a number from the musical Chicago to open the evening's program. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Black Tie Dinner 2017
The crowd filled the Lone Star Ballroom at the Sheraton Dallas. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Kiel Jared, Amanda Jared, Meredith Vachon, Sam Vachon
Nico Ramsey, Joel Corado, Ron Corning
John McGill, Mayor Jess Herbst
Jamie Nguyen, Johnathan Ler
Harrison Edell, Michael Mahon
Black Tie Dinner co-chairs David Gifford-Robinson and Nathan Robbins
Mike Ross, Katherine Dunn
Phillip Murrell, Morgan Cox
Amanda Silvera, Cole Morgan
Cameron Wetzel, Raquel WIlson, Robert Wilson
Rebecca Conner, Anne Witherspoon,Toddell Morrell, Roy Ferrill
Brittney Balkcom, Liss Lafleur
Steven Krebaum, Arlen Miller
Alexandra Eber, Colin Allred
Kristen Besely, Angela Crifiletti
Jacob Folmar, Jack White
Andy Nichols, Laura Saldana
Leighton Laville, Jeffery Ten Eyck, Corey Benz
LeeAnne Locken
Elizabeth Anne Biddle, Ray Novak
Black Tie Dinner 2017
Black Tie Dinner 2017

More than 2,500 guests donned their glam finest for the 36th annual Black Tie Dinner, held at the downtown Sheraton Dallas Hotel. The nation's largest, one-night LGBTQ fundraising dinner has raised over $21 million since its inception, and if the fast and furious bidding during the live auction was any indication, that total has since risen significantly.

Auctioneer Robbie Gordy drummed up high totals for such opulent items as a $10,000 Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams shopping experience, a seven-night Mediterranean cruise, a guitar signed by Taylor Swift, and two tickets to Elton John's legendary Oscar party.

That's just a taste of the high-profile event that co-chairs Nathan Robbins and David Gifford-Robinson put together, but Black Tie Dinner is about more than just luxury. Being honored this year were Tony Award-winning playwright Terrance McNally (Ally for Equality Award), Rev. Eric Folkerth of Northaven Methodist Church (Kuchling Humanitarian Award), Brian Cross (David Taffet accepted the Richard Weaver Volunteer Excellence Award on his behalf), and the late Edith Windsor (spouse Judith Kasen accepted the Elizabeth Birch Equality Award on her behalf).

Chad Griffin spoke passionately about the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, which is the dinner's national beneficiary, and Mayor Jess Herbst shared her experience as the first openly transgender elected official in Texas history.

Performances from Waitress cast member Grace Stockdale and Neon Trees frontman Tyler Glenn punctuated the program, along with an opening number from the musical Chicago that was choreographed by local talent Jeremy Allen Dumont.

Even though guests had already enjoyed a generous cocktail hour and delicious dinner (including a slice of rainbow cake), they were ready to keep celebrating at the After Black After Party, where DJ Jeremy Blackwell kept the crowd dancing until the wee hours.

Spotted among the attendees were Jonathan Crouch, Stephen Toal, Andy Nichols, Laura Saldana, Amanda Silvera, Cole Morgan, Rebecca Conner, Anne Witherspoon, Toddell Morrell, Roy Ferrill, Mark Phariss, Vic Holmes, Cameron Wetzel, Raquel Wilson, Robert Wilson, Rob Corning, and CultureMap Stylemaker finalist (and Black Tie Dinner board member) Brad Pritchett.

Along with the national beneficiary, 19 other groups received support from this year's Black Tie Dinner, including AIDS Interfaith Network, Equality Texas Foundation, Legacy Counseling Center, The Trevor Project, Turtle Creek Chorale, and Uptown Players.