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Yellow Rose Returns

Young professionals kick in to revive one of Dallas' most revered fundraising galas

Young professionals kick in to revive revered Dallas fundraising gala

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The Yellow Rose Gala Foundation is hosting the inaugural Boots N‘ Roses event on October 23 at South Side Music Hall. Photo courtesy of South Side Music Hall/Facebook

The Yellow Rose Gala Foundation, which is dedicated to finding a cure for multiple sclerosis, will be hosting its first fundraising gala in nearly 15 years next April. At the helm of this momentous occasion is Fallon Wynne Way, daughter of Yellow Rose founder Dee Wynne, who passed away from the disease in 2014.

So how to reintroduce Dallas to what was once one of the most prominent charitable events in the city? Break out the boots for a fall kickoff party, of course — and rally the younger generation of Dallas philanthropists.

For the inaugural Boots N' Roses, taking place October 23, 7 pm, at South Side Music Hall, guests are encouraged to show up sporting their favorite pair of boots to help "stomp out MS." Attendees can expect not only food and drinks, but also a plethora of raffle drawings throughout the evening. New and old school jams by All Funk Radio Show are sure to keep everyone on the dance floor until they're pushed out the door at 11 pm.

Although this is meant to be a fun, casual event for all ages, the foundation is looking to target young professionals. In fact, the current gala committee already consists of young, passionate volunteers like Way who have been affected directly by the disease.

Way says it was her mother's dream to find a cure for MS, and bringing the gala and all its festivities back in her honor is the perfect way to see her wish through.

"The support has been overwhelming on all fronts," Way says. "From volunteers to community leaders stepping forward, everyone wants to lend a hand to bring the gala back, and it is truly touching to our family and to all of those who are currently struggling with MS. I know that my mother is beaming from above all while lending us a guiding hand."

Tickets to Boots N' Roses start at $25 and are available online. The storied Yellow Rose Gala is slated for April 2 at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel, and tickets for that start at $500. Proceeds benefit progressive MS research through the National MS Society.