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Dallas' favorite fall party packs in pretty young professionals with charitable prowess

Dallas' fave fall party packs in pretty YPs with charitable prowess

Sabrina Johnson, Jenna Jacobs
Sabrina Johnson, Jenna Jacobs Photo by WJNPHOTO
Claudia Lode, Preston Hext
Claudia Lode, Preston Hext Photo by WJNPHOTO
Gretchen Neftzger, Lindsay Steffes
Gretchen Neftzger, Lindsay Steffes Photo by WJNPHOTO
Alex Castillo, Carter Inman
Alex Castillo, Carter Inman  Photo by WJNPHOTO
Anthony Ho, Alise Randall
Anthony Ho, Alise Randall Photo by WJNPHOTO
Thomas Hoeber, Ashley Phillips
Thomas Hoeber, Ashley Phillips Photo by WJNPHOTO
Connor Fleming, Shelly Mahony
Connor Fleming, Shelly Mahony Photo by WJNPHOTO
Jeff Lohmann, Casey Schuler
Jeff Lohmann, Casey Schuler Photo by WJNPHOTO
Mandy Appleby, Jessica Schroeck, Chastity A.
Mandy Appleby, Jessica Schroeck, Chastity A. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Zach Roberts, Rachel Urquhart
Zach Roberts, Rachel Urquhart Photo by WJNPHOTO
Mallory Beeme, Hayden Keane
Mallory Beeme, Hayden Keane Photo by WJNPHOTO
Kim Brown, Michael Sticklen
Kim Brown, Michael Sticklen Photo by WJNPHOTO
Daniel Q., Liam K.
Daniel Q., Liam K. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Dallas Autumn Ball 2019
It's the seventh year for the event. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Dallas Autumn Ball 2019
The red carpet step-and-repeat was an obligatory stop. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Tommy DeAlano, Krystal DeAlano
Tommy DeAlano, Krystal DeAlano Photo by WJNPHOTO
Reiley Menzie, Annie Parks, Laryssa Lomax
Reiley Menzie, Annie Parks, Laryssa Lomax Photo by WJNPHOTO
Julie Sessions, Chase Harmon
Julie Sessions, Chase Harmon Photo by WJNPHOTO
Katie Glasscock,Tyler Hutson
Katie Glasscock,Tyler Hutson Photo by WJNPHOTO
Kenneth Hines, Hannah Hess
Kenneth Hines, Hannah Hess Photo by WJNPHOTO
Dallas Autumn Ball 2019
The party lasted late into the night. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Dallas Autumn Ball 2019
Emerald City Band kept the dance floor rocking. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Whitney Covey, Maxwell Sellers
Whitney Covey, Maxwell Sellers Photo by WJNPHOTO
Sabrina Johnson, Jenna Jacobs
Claudia Lode, Preston Hext
Gretchen Neftzger, Lindsay Steffes
Alex Castillo, Carter Inman
Anthony Ho, Alise Randall
Thomas Hoeber, Ashley Phillips
Connor Fleming, Shelly Mahony
Jeff Lohmann, Casey Schuler
Mandy Appleby, Jessica Schroeck, Chastity A.
Zach Roberts, Rachel Urquhart
Mallory Beeme, Hayden Keane
Kim Brown, Michael Sticklen
Daniel Q., Liam K.
Dallas Autumn Ball 2019
Dallas Autumn Ball 2019
Tommy DeAlano, Krystal DeAlano
Reiley Menzie, Annie Parks, Laryssa Lomax
Julie Sessions, Chase Harmon
Katie Glasscock,Tyler Hutson
Kenneth Hines, Hannah Hess
Dallas Autumn Ball 2019
Dallas Autumn Ball 2019
Whitney Covey, Maxwell Sellers

If you're a young professional in Dallas and had to choose only one party to attend this year — this would be it. Dallas Autumn Ball is known for its lively crowd, packed dance floor, and for being a crazy good time.

Party-goers, to the tune of 700, escaped the cold on November 8 and packed into Hotel ZaZa's ballroom at 9 pm for the sold-out event. Dressed to impress, the ladies and gentlemen donned sleek gowns and black-tie attire for what is undoubtedly their favorite party of the season.

Founded by Adam Kraus and chaired by Madison McKay, Taylor Markey, Mikey Bryant, Weldon Boley, and Taylor Deves, Dallas Autumn Ball is now in its seventh year. 

Guests were greeted with savory hors d'oeuvres — Korean barbecue-glazed New York steak strips and crispy artichoke croquettes — full champagne flutes, and a quick stop on the red carpet at the photographer's backdrop, just before stepping into the ballroom. The festive welcome included gold, white, and silver bubble-esque balloons from Lushra, adorning the windows and walls.

With the sounds of DJ Souljah and Emerald City Band filling the venue, attendees wasted no time hitting the dance floor — stilettos be damned. Tunes ranged from '90s hip-hop to remixed Latin pop and the crowd couldn't get enough.

Thanks to ZaZa Executive Chef Dan Landsberg, the party people got a chance to refuel, grazing on an array of sliders and some killer macaroni and cheese. And chicken-and-waffle sticks were on hand later in the evening for a late-night nosh.

Busy bartenders manned their top-shelf bars, serving up signature margaritas from Patron, brews from Peroni, and just about any cocktail requested.

Throughout the night, everyone waited their turn to pucker up and say cheese at the popular MirMir photo booth.

Although DAB is the YP party of the season, its purpose goes beyond a glamorous night of fun. The soiree raised $20,000 for Reading Partners of North Texas, a group of local volunteers who help Dallas' underprivileged elementary school-age children master basic reading skills through individual tutoring.

"It is so inspiring to see young professionals turn out every year in support of impacting early education for kids right here in Dallas," said Kraus.

A few notable faces seen at the ball include: Marty MartinezRaven Gates and Adam Gottschalk from The Bachelor, and Gracie Hunt. Also having a great time were Sabrina Johnson, Jenna JacobsGretchen Neftzger, Lindsay SteffesAlex Castillo, Carter Inman, Claudia Lode, Preston HextThomas Hoeber, Ashley PhillipsConnor Fleming, Shelly MahonyJeff Lohmann, Casey SchulerZach Roberts, Rachel UrquhartMandy Appleby, Jessica Schroeck, and many more.