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Yellow Rose Gala stages sunny return to Dallas society scene post-pandemic
Themed the "Everything's Bigger in Texas Masquerade," the 37th Yellow Rose Gala brought the Big Easy to Dallas.
Jesters on stilts, masked models at the photo opp, and a brass band to lead attendees to dinner all infused the evening with a sense of fun and philanthropy, as guests gathered at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel on April 15 to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis research.
The generous crowd ended up donating more than half a million dollars to the International Progressive MS Alliance and UT Southwestern Peter O’Donnell Brain Institute.
During cocktail hour, 500 guests took pictures in front of the foundation's signature 8-foot yellow rose wall, climbed into a Back to the Future DeLorean for a photo opp, and browsed the 150-plus silent auction items, which included incredible art by Nita Patel and Taylor Daum, plus lavish trips and stunning jewelry.
2023 Gala chairs Christie Eckler and David Moore, both MS warriors themselves, shared their personal stories, along with heartfelt words from the Wynne family and their determination to carry on Yellow Rose Founder Dee Wynne’s legacy to find a cure.
Encouraging words from UT Southwestern researcher and neurologist Dr. Benjamin Greenberg and a touching reflection from artist and MS warrior Jennifer Troice — whose sculpture ignited a spontaneous live auction — were also part of the dinner program.
Several tears were spotted around the room during Catherine Cox’s performance of “You’ll be in My Heart” from Tarzan, sung to honor the 2023 Courage Award receipt: the Jean Bateman family and their beloved Walker Bateman.
Guests were also moved by a precious video showing the children who decorated 500 masks to personally raise money for MS research. Attendees could take these works of art home, as well as snapping pictures in front of the masterpieces hanging on an 8-foot glittery gold wall in the lobby.
The evening's entertainment was provided by Motown icon and legend GC Cameron, former lead singer of the Spinners and The Temptations.
Following the main event, guests continued to dance the night away with a featured performance by none other than 2023 Gala chair David Moore’s band Moore Melodies, and ended the evening with late-night bites from Whataburger.
Patrick and Kristy Sands, long-time Yellow Rose supporters and Dallas philanthropists, were the event's honorary chairs. Chair Emeritus were Larry Lott and Sheree J. Wilson, known for her roles on the hit television shows Dallas and Walker, Texas Ranger.
Spotted throughout the evening were Laurie Sands Harrison, Mary and Bob Black, Paula and Scott Burford,Patty and Andrew Jackson, Jane Lombardi, Allison and Justin McAfee, Jimmy Wynne, Diana and Mike Miller, Martha Tiller,Tammany and Rob Stern, Dora Chu, Maria and Jock Stafford, Nora and Dale Jacobs, and Congressman Pat Fallon.
The Yellow Rose Gala Foundation is an active 501(c)(3) that aims to forever rid the world of MS. The Yellow Rose Gala Foundation partners with the National MS Society, where 100 percent of the net proceeds raised go to progressive MS research through the International Progressive MS Alliance. For more information, visit www.TheYellowRose.org.