8 top spring charitable events every good Dallas socialite must attend
The spring social season is gearing up to be another one for the record books; however, this year's theme seems to be quality over quantity as there are fewer fabulous fetes scheduled in the coming months. For example, the Junior League of Dallas isn't having a ball as they prepare for their Centennial year celebration.
And although this list is just scratching the surface of spring's special socials, we know that these particular events will be the talk of the town long after they come to an end, thanks to the fantastic fashion, enchanting entertainment, and most importantly, the money raised for the beloved beneficiaries. See you out there — champagne in hand.
Birthday Party Project Turns 6, January 27
The mission to bring happiness to homeless children by celebrating their birthdays makes this one of the most joyful parties of the year. Join the organization's fearless leader Paige Chenault and team for this annual celebration at The Bomb Factory that is all things unpretentious and fun. This year, the Toy Town-themed party is inviting guests to dress as their favorite (or least favorite) toy from childhood.
UNICEF Dallas Gala, February 3
Sure to be a star-studded event, this year's gala is at the Ritz-Carlton and chaired by Moll Anderson and Jan Miller Rich. The evening they have planned features a program hosted by Brooke Burke-Charvet, Sheryl and Rob Lowe's acceptance of the Global Philanthropist Award, and a performance by Skylar Grey.
Mad Hatter's Tea, April 12
Venise Stuart chairs this year's luncheon, themed "A Garden by the Sea," at The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. In celebration of the Women's Council's 35th anniversary, guests can expect a program that honors the the past and looks to the future. The luncheon benefits A Woman's Garden. Be sure to arrive early to observe everyone's creative chapeaus.
MTV RE:DEFINE, April 13
Switching things up a bit for the 20th anniversary, this year's event is hosted by Joyce Goss and Kenny Goss and is happening in the CenterPark Garden at NorthPark Center. The event, chaired by Maxine Trowbridge and Brooke Davenport, benefits the MTV Staying Alive Foundation and Dallas Contemporary, and this year honors Tracey Emin for her autobiographical and confessional works. This year's exhibition features over 50 pieces from the world's foremost contemporary artists.
Art Ball, April 21
Themed "Horizon: Now, New, Next," this elegant affair benefiting the Dallas Museum of Art is always one of the most prestigious events — and fashion highlights — of the year. The gala is chaired by Rebecca Enloe Fletcher with help from Faisal Halum and Brian Bolke, who are heading up the luxury live auction. The event supports the Dallas Museum of Art's commitment to offering free general admission to hundreds of thousands of annual visitors.
Children's Cancer Fund Gala, April 27
Gala co-chairs Candice Romo and Hollie Siglin are expecting 1,200 patrons to attend this 30th annual gala, which benefits research and treatment programs in pediatric oncology at Children's Medical Center. This fancy, fun event at the Hyatt Regency includes dinner, an auction, and a fashion show in which child cancer patients take center stage. Troy Aikman and Roger Staubach are serving as honorary chairs.
Genesis Annual Luncheon, May 11
This luncheon, chaired by Jane and Michael Hurst, is known for its A-list speakers, and this year is no exception, with Hilary Swank set to the take the stage of the Hilton Anatole. The luncheon proceeds benefit Genesis Women's Shelter — an organization that provides safety, shelter, and support for women who have experienced domestic violence.
House of DIFFA, May 12
No doubt the wildest party of the season, this avant garde gala has drawn upon the theme "Alter Ego" for this year's inspiration. More than 2,000 people are expected to show up to the Omni downtown in support of DIFFA/Dallas, which supports HIV/AIDS service organizations in North Texas. What, exactly, chairs Lee Borchert and Tim Garippa have up their sleeves is still TBD, but it is sure to be as whimsical, wild, and wonderful as ever.