Grandest Gala in Dallas

Crystal Charity Ball sparkles as Dallas' grandest gala

Crystal Charity Ball sparkles as Dallas' grandest gala

Sean Davenport, Mandy Davenport, Stephen Summers, Elisa Summers, Ben Murphy, Allison Murphy, Jamey Wright, Martin Wright, Trisha Besing
Sean Davenport, Mandy Davenport, Stephen Summers, Elisa Summers, Ben Murphy, Allison Murphy, Jamey Wright, Martin Wright, Trisha Besing Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Robyn Conlon. Crystal Charity Ball 2014
Robyn Conlon Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
crystal charity ball 2014
Models dressed to reflect the Jewels of the Garden theme. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Kim Schlegel Whitman, Justin Whitman, Crystal Charity Ball 2014
Kim Schlegel Whitman, Justin Whitman Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Suzanne Anderson, Lars Anderson, Dee Dee Lee, Crystal Charity Ball 2014
Suzanne Anderson, Lars Anderson, DeeDee Lee Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Kara Axley, Jeff Axley, Crystal Charity Ball 2014
Kara Axley, Jeff Axley Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Pete Foster, Tanya Foster, crystal charity ball
Tanya Foster, Pete Foster Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
crystal charity ball 2014
Crystal Charity Ball 2014 themed Jewels of the Garden. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Crystal Charity Ball 2014
Attendees tried their luck in the designated casino area at the 2014 Crystal Charity Ball. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
CJ Comu, Phyllis Comu, Crystal Charity Ball 2014
Phyllis Comu, CJ Comu Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Candy Evans, Walter Evans, Gwen Echols, Lel Echols, Crystal Charity Ball 2014
Walter Evans, Candy Evans, Gwen Echols, Lel Echols Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Lynn McBee, Crystal Charity Ball
Jennifer Sampson, Lynn McBee Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Jeff Crilley, Victoria Snee, Crystal Charity Ball 2014
Jeff Crilley, Victoria Snee Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Crystal Charity Ball
Event attendees checked out silent auction items during the reception. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
crystal charity ball 2014
Crystal Charity Ball silent auction included Christmas-themed items. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
crystal charity ball 2014
Models dressed to reflect the Jewels of the Garden theme. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
crystal charity ball 2014
Models dressed to reflect the Jewels of the Garden theme. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
crystal charity ball 2014
Chilled shrimp was the star of the appetizers offered at the opening cocktail reception. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Crystal Charity Ball 2014
The VIP table featured crystals, orchids, and other elaborate floral and sparkling decor. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
crystal charity ball 2014
Crystal-embellished floral adorned the Chantilly Ballroom. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Crystal Charity Ball
The Chantilly Ballroom decorated for the 2014 Crystal Charity Ball. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Sean Davenport, Mandy Davenport, Stephen Summers, Elisa Summers, Ben Murphy, Allison Murphy, Jamey Wright, Martin Wright, Trisha Besing
Robyn Conlon. Crystal Charity Ball 2014
crystal charity ball 2014
Kim Schlegel Whitman, Justin Whitman, Crystal Charity Ball 2014
Suzanne Anderson, Lars Anderson, Dee Dee Lee, Crystal Charity Ball 2014
Kara Axley, Jeff Axley, Crystal Charity Ball 2014
Pete Foster, Tanya Foster, crystal charity ball
crystal charity ball 2014
Crystal Charity Ball 2014
CJ Comu, Phyllis Comu, Crystal Charity Ball 2014
Candy Evans, Walter Evans, Gwen Echols, Lel Echols, Crystal Charity Ball 2014
Lynn McBee, Crystal Charity Ball
Jeff Crilley, Victoria Snee, Crystal Charity Ball 2014
Crystal Charity Ball
crystal charity ball 2014
crystal charity ball 2014
crystal charity ball 2014
crystal charity ball 2014
Crystal Charity Ball 2014
crystal charity ball 2014
Crystal Charity Ball

Dallas' most giving and glamorous arrived at the Hilton Anatole on a perfect December evening for the city's most exclusive gala, the Crystal Charity Ball, where 2014 ball chair Robyn Conlon was waiting to welcome them for a night of fun, philanthropy and a couple of surprises.

Guests — including Kimberly and Justin Whitman, Elisa and Stephen Summers, Lynn McBee, Tanya and Pete Foster, DeeDee Lee, Candy and Walter Evans, and Katherine Coker — arrived dressed in their finest formal attire for a reception that paid tribute to this year's theme, Jewels of the Garden, including music from the Dallas String Quartet, elaborate floral arrangements and strategically placed models who could only be described as whimsical garden fairies.

With glasses of bubbly in hand, guests made their way to the silent auction, which included a special Christmas-themed section to promote holiday spirit. A lively casino area encouraged attendees to try their luck in the name of charity.

Each year, attendees look forward to the Chantilly Ballroom reveal, and Tom Addis' display did not disappoint. When the doors swung open at the stroke of 9, guests grabbed their dates and found their tables, which were festooned with fabulous floral — orchids, roses and hydrangeas — crystals and Tiffany boxes at every seat.

The 50-member Gospel of Light Choir surprised everyone with a 30-minute set from an elaborate revolving stage at the center of the room. Then it was time to indulge on crab Louis, filet of beef with Madeira sauce and a chocolate bomb for dessert as the James Davis Orchestra serenaded them throughout the meal. A toast was in order when it was announced that $5.2 million was raised for this year's beneficiaries.

At 11 pm, Professor D took to the stage, which signaled the late-night dance party. Guests enjoyed treats, tunes and tonics while congratulating Conlon on a job well done and wishing good luck to 2015 chair Michal Powell, who no doubt has extraordinary shoes to fill.