On April 2, a prominent gala returns to the Dallas charity scene after a 15-year absence. As a nod to its heyday — and to position it for its future — organizers have secured a big-deal headliner: Gloria Gaynor.
The event is the Yellow Rose Gala, originally founded in 1985 by Dee Wynne, to raise money for multiple sclerosis, a disease from which she suffered. In its final year, 2001, the gala raised $2 million for MS research at UT Southwestern Medical Center, and it became known for attracting entertainers such as Stevie Nicks, Trisha Yearwood, and The Eagles.
Wynne passed away in 2014, but her family — led by daughter Fallon Wynne Way, who is this year’s gala chair — decided to resurrect the fundraiser. In addition to her dad Jimmy, husband Wesley, and brother Todd and his wife Katie, Fallon has recruited some active young professionals to serve on the 2016 committee. Caroline Rose Hunt is the honorary chair.
The Yellow Rose Gala is bound to attract an exciting mix of established and up-and-coming philanthropists, based on its legacy and current committee. Gaynor seems just the right fit to appeal to both audiences. After all, her “I Will Survive,” recorded in 1978, became arguably the greatest disco anthem of all time.
It’s also a darn good anthem for the Yellow Rose Gala itself. We’ll see you April 2 on the dance floor.
Tickets for the gala start at $150 for the Rose Petal, designed especially for those 35 and under. Otherwise single tickets start at $500.