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TACA'S 46th Annual Custom Auction Gala Raises More Than $400,000 for North Texas Arts Organizations

Sold! Those words were music to the ears of TACA supporters at the 46th annual TACA RBC Wealth Management Custom Auction Gala, a part of Proscenium, presented by ALON USA and hosted by Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. About 300 guests enjoyed the cocktail chic gala, chaired by Kit and Kemp Sawers on September 23rd.

TACA Board Member Kemp Sawers said, "We thank all of our sponsors and supporters for helping us surpass our $400,000 goal. Each year, TACA's goal is to contribute $1 million of funding to performing arts organizations of all sizes to enrich the cultural landscape in Dallas."

Executive Chef Bruno Davaillon and the Mansion culinary team began the evening with passed appetizers in the ballroom and foyer, which had been transformed by Todd Fiscus of todd events into a lively club atmosphere with splashes of color. DJ Lucy Wrubel kept the guest moving as she spun party tunes. Fiscus also transformed each dining room with touches of floral, color and "vibe."

Once seated for dinner, guest feasted on a first course of poached gulf shrimp, Texas melon salad, lime, tobiko and lobster vinaigrette. The entrée course showcased a Sarawak pepper-crusted beef filet and short rib-stuffed piquillo pepper served with a side of smoked potato puree and tassione farms greens. After dinner, guests convened in the ballroom for champagne and miniature desserts.

The exclusive, one-of-a-kind live auction was held immediately after the dessert reception. Mike Jones, auctioneer for United Country Auction Services, kept the bidding high.

Auction highlights:

  • John Swords and Tara Lewis are packing their bags with five others to travel to Capella Pedregal, a premier resort in Cabo San Lucas where Capella Pedregal's Exeuctive Chef Marco Bustamante and Dallas' Chef Kent Rathbun will prepare gourmet meals for them.
  • Jim and Kaara Wicklund will retreat to France's Cote d'Azur for two weeks in the quaint village of Cassis.
  • TACA Chairman Andy Teller of RBC Wealth Management, was giving out high-fives when he won the Cowboys Stadium Art Tour and luncheon.
  • Bill and Brenda Bogart will travel to Bermuda on a getaway in the stunning Rosewood Tucker’s Point overlooking Castle Harbour.

Title Sponsor Proscenium

Title Sponsor Custom Auction Gala
RBC Wealth Management

Weekend Host
Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek

Official Airline
American Airlines

Diamond Sponsors
Baker Botts, LLP
Shannon Brame
Diane and Hal Brierley
Gwen and Leldon Echols
Todd Events

Platinum Sponsors
Faye C. Briggs
Barbara and Don Daseke
Jennifer and Doug Houser
Vin and Caren Prothro Foundation

Gold Sponsors
Nancy and Clint Carlson
Dallas Children's Theater
Anne Davidson
Deloitte & Touche, LLP
Carol and Don Glendenning
Marsha Cameron Halloran and Michael Halloran Haynes and Boone, LLP
Neiman Marcus
Catherine and Will Rose
The Hersh Foundation