Hollywood comes to Dallas for star-studded Farrah Fawcett Foundation fundraising fiesta
What: Farrah Fawcett Foundation Tex-Mex Fiesta
Where: The Rustic
The 411: Texas Rodeo met Rodeo Drive when the Farrah Fawcett Foundation moved its annual star-studded fundraiser from Beverly Hills to Dallas on October 20. Hollywood A-listers walked the red carpet, then mingled with Dallas patrons under a starry Texas sky - all to raise money for the fight against cancer.
Co-chairs Alana Stewart and Jaclyn Smith - the late Farrah Fawcett's bestie and Charlie's Angels co-star, respectively - welcomed 350 guests to The Rustic. The crowd dined on Tex-Mex cuisine (Fawcett's favorite), and margaritas flowed throughout the evening.
Actor and famously tanned man George Hamilton emceed the presentations with his signature charm, wit, and flirtatiousness. He brought onstage Dr. Lawrence Piro, Fawcett’s former oncologist and Chief Medical Advisor for the Farrah Fawcett Foundation, who underscored the importance of the evening’s fundraising efforts. Proceeds would go to the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge and Stand Up To Cancer.
Smith presented the “Angel Award” to Dallas star Linda Gray, who declared how much she really does love Dallas off-screen, too. Fawcett's partner Ryan O’Neal was also acknowledged with the Angel Donor Award; O’Neal’s son Patrick O’Neal accepted the award and shared a moving tribute and letter from his father.
A live auction led by Samantha Robinson of Heritage Auctions raised thousands of dollars with one-of-a-kind items like lunch with George Hamilton the following day at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek and an LA package including three nights at the glamorous Beverly Hills Hotel and a dinner at Wolfgang Puck’s Spago. An art piece created by Fawcett was one of the biggest "gets" of the night.
For music fans, the highlight of the night was an acoustic set by Grammy-Award-winning singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow. From stage, she spoke of her personal battle with breast cancer before playing some of her biggest hits.
At the end of the night, each guest took home a stylish burlap party bag, courtesy of Neiman Marcus, filled with red carpet-worthy swag: full-sized luxury products including Retrouve face serum, Sobel Skin moisture cream, and Knesko Nanogold Repair face masks; plus a signed copy of Linda Gray’s book The Road to Happiness and a bag of Tom’s Perfect 10 Ginger Zing Granola.
The fiesta didn't end when guests departed. Everyone received tortilla chips and Zubi's salsa and queso to-go for the ride home.
Who: Hundreds of Dallas patrons and supporters, including Marjon Henderson, Jonika Nix, Tracy Lange, Mark Bradford, Allen DiCastro, Tim Quinn, Mark Turnipseed, Chris Floyd, Chuck Steelman, Sami Abboud, Ross Blackstone, Steve Rahhal, Patrick Foley, Nellie Sciutto, Christine Romeo, and many more.