Because of their efforts, millions of dollars now fill the coffers of important causes throughout Dallas and the world, from the Dallas Museum of Art and Dallas Opera to the American Cancer Society and amFAR.
As we look back on 2012, we invite you, dear reader, to vote on the most noteworthy charitable event of the past season. Whether you attended as a guest or as a spectator, your vote counts.
We narrowed down the choices to six:
- Cattle Baron’s Ball. Despite the pouring rain, supporters turned out in droves to see country crooner Blake Shelton, whose acoustic performance was the talk of the night. The event raised more than $1 million for the American Cancer Society.
- MTV RE:DEFINE. Beautiful attendees bid high — to the tune of more than $1 million — at the Goss-Michael Foundation exhibition in support of the MTV Staying Alive Foundation.
- Black Tie Dinner. Actor Leslie Jordan entertained a crowd of three thousand, who helped raise more than $1 million for 19 LGBT organizations.
- Two x Two by AIDS and Art. Cindy and Howard Rachofsky never fail to impress. This year, Alan Cumming gave a spectacular surprise performance at the affair that raised more than $4.5 million for amFAR and the DMA.
- Crystal Charity Ball. The 60th annual French-themed affair was as opulent as ever. Supporters helped raise $4.5 million for eight local charities.
- Dallas Opera First Night. The already elegant Winspear Opera House was transformed into a glamorous red carpet event for the "Pursuits of Passion" celebration that kicked off the Dallas Opera season.
Vote daily through December 23.