Holiday Wreath Collection

Dallas decor fans swing into the holidays at festive DIFFA fundraiser

Dallas decor fans swing into holidays at festive DIFFA fundraiser

Cesar Aragon, Tricia Kanewske, Nestor Eduardo Estrada, Hunter Youngblood
Cesar Aragon, Tricia Kanewske, Nestor Eduardo Estrada, Hunter Youngblood Photo by Thomas Garza and Joseph Brewster
Andria Jackson, Nicole Collins
Andria Jackson, Nicole Collins Photo by Thomas Garza and Joseph Brewster
Catherine Luba, Collin Luba
 Catherine Luba, Collin Luba Photo by Thomas Garza and Joseph Brewster
Chad Collom, LeeAnne Locken, Steve Kemble
 Chad Collom, LeeAnne Locken, Steve Kemble Photo by Thomas Garza and Joseph Brewster
Chandler Foreman, Joy Venturini Bianchi
Chandler Foreman, Joy Venturini Bianchi Photo by Thomas Garza and Joseph Brewster
Chase Hardin, Eskee Sutton
 Chase Hardin, Eskee Sutton Photo by Thomas Garza and Joseph Brewster
Densil Adams, Karena Chisolm
Densil Adams, Karena Chisolm Photo by Thomas Garza and Joseph Brewster
Eduardo Gamez, Mahognie Gaston
Eduardo Gamez, Mahognie Gaston Photo by Thomas Garza and Joseph Brewster
Jeanette Anchonado, Jenny Anchonado
Jeanette Anchonado, Jenny Anchonado Photo by Thomas Garza and Joseph Brewster
Justin Stafford, Neil Patel
 Justin Stafford, Neil Patel Photo by Thomas Garza and Joseph Brewster
Kyle Shiels, Logan Shiels
Kyle Shiels, Logan Shiels Photo by Thomas Garza and Joseph Brewster
Phillip Murrell, Robert Forrest, Gene Taylor
Phillip Murrell, Robert Forrest, Gene Taylor Photo by Thomas Garza and Joseph Brewster
Rhiannon Lee, Simona Beal
Rhiannon Lee, Simona Beal Photo by Thomas Garza and Joseph Brewster
Rhonda Sargent Chambers, Brittanie Buchanan Oleniczak, Jason Oleniczak
Rhonda Sargent Chambers, Brittanie Buchanan Oleniczak, Jason Oleniczak Photo by Thomas Garza and Joseph Brewster
Stephanie Briggs, Bonita Doyle
Stephanie Briggs, Bonita Doyle Photo by Thomas Garza and Joseph Brewster
Trent Brady, Michael Shippy, Yaakob Davis
Trent Brady, Michael Shippy, Yaakob Davis Photo by Thomas Garza and Joseph Brewster
Tricia Kanewske, Tricia Sims, Amy Van Cleave
Tricia Kanewske, Tricia Sims, Amy Van Cleave Photo by Thomas Garza and Joseph Brewster
DIFFA Dallas Wreaths 2017
Guests were greeted by Santa's buff little helpers and a snow queen. Photo by Thomas Garza and Joseph Brewster
DIFFA Dallas Wreaths 2017
The wreath designed by Brandan Bass. Photo by Thomas Garza and Joseph Brewster
DIFFA Dallas Wreaths 2017
A Japanese holiday wreath designed by Francois-Yves Auger-Takada. Photo by Thomas Garza and Joseph Brewster
DIFFA Dallas Wreaths 2017
The wreath designed by Brian M. Chaffin. Photo by Thomas Garza and Joseph Brewster
DIFFA Dallas Wreaths 2017
A Moet champagne wreath designed by Flowers by the Bunch. Photo by Thomas Garza and Joseph Brewster
The Hip Van Winkles
The Hip Van Winkles performed. Photo by Thomas Garza and Joseph Brewster
Cesar Aragon, Tricia Kanewske, Nestor Eduardo Estrada, Hunter Youngblood
Andria Jackson, Nicole Collins
Catherine Luba, Collin Luba
Chad Collom, LeeAnne Locken, Steve Kemble
Chandler Foreman, Joy Venturini Bianchi
Chase Hardin, Eskee Sutton
Densil Adams, Karena Chisolm
Eduardo Gamez, Mahognie Gaston
Jeanette Anchonado, Jenny Anchonado
Justin Stafford, Neil Patel
Kyle Shiels, Logan Shiels
Phillip Murrell, Robert Forrest, Gene Taylor
Rhiannon Lee, Simona Beal
Rhonda Sargent Chambers, Brittanie Buchanan Oleniczak, Jason Oleniczak
Stephanie Briggs, Bonita Doyle
Trent Brady, Michael Shippy, Yaakob Davis
Tricia Kanewske, Tricia Sims, Amy Van Cleave
DIFFA Dallas Wreaths 2017
DIFFA Dallas Wreaths 2017
DIFFA Dallas Wreaths 2017
DIFFA Dallas Wreaths 2017
DIFFA Dallas Wreaths 2017
The Hip Van Winkles

If it wasn't immediately obvious how muscled, shirtless elves fit the "vintage white Christmas" theme of DIFFA/Dallas's 22nd Holiday Wreath Collection, guests didn't seem to mind.

Chicly clad and stylishly shod attendees of the annual fundraiser were greeted by a few of Santa's buff little helpers as they walked the snowy white carpet into Fashion Industry Gallery for a night of intense bidding and festive merriment.

Up for grabs were 60 one-of-a-kind wreaths, works of art, and curated accessories, the proceeds of which benefit local HIV/AIDS service organizations. The extraordinary wreaths were designed by Dan & Joseph, Allan Knight & Associates, James Martin Furniture, Todd Oldham, Brendan Bass, Brian Chaffin, Cristina Ayala, Johnny Johnson, Shane Walker Design, Simply Elegant Dallas, Tractor Beam, and Dallas Design Supply.

DIFFA/Dallas’ chairman of the board, Steve Weir, worked the glittering room with host Tom Hatton and his wife, Carol Hatton, welcoming guests who included Allan Knight, Steve Kemble, LeeAnne Locken, Carol Quist, Parker Williams, Jon McEwen, David Gonzalez, Brittanie Buchanan Oleniczak, Jim DiMarino, Simona Beal, Jenny AnchondoAllane O’Neil, Graeme Ross, Rhonda Sargent Chambers, Darin Kunz, Clint Bradley, Justin Bundick, Meagan Camp, Eduardo Gàmez, Melissa Enriquez, Lainie Krister, Densil Adams, Lucrecia Waggoner, Ronak Assadi, Karena Chisolm, Noel Rodriguez, and Lee Borchert.

Dallas band The Hip Van Winkles filled the evening with jazzy Christmas tunes while servers circulated with hors d'oeuvres courtesy of III Forks Steakhouse and Seafood. Desserts, including ice cream from Lake Highlands Creamery, satisfied the crowd's sweet tooths. Cocktails by Impeccable Rosé Brut by Steffi Burns, Republic National Distributing Company, Ben E. Keith, Macallan Scotch, and Crafthouse Cocktails got everyone in the mood to bid on not only the wreaths, but also extraordinary auction packages and first dibs on the most valuable tables for House of DIFFA: Alter Ego.

DIFFA is one of the largest and most successful fundraising organizations aiding HIV/AIDS, and DIFFA/Dallas hosts multiple events throughout the season. Founded in 1984, the Dallas chapter has since granted more than $8 million to 25 frontline HIV/AIDS service organizations in North Texas, providing direct care to those living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.