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TACA TO HOLD 48th ANNUAL GALA AND AUCTION BENEFITING DALLAS ARTS ORGANIZATIONS

DALLAS, Texas —. TACA will celebrate its 48th annual gala on Friday, September 20. The TACA RBC Wealth Management Custom Auction Gala is chaired by Heather and Bill Esping, with Barbara and Don Daseke serving as Honorary Chairmen. This year's event, part of Proscenium, presented by ALON USA and hosted by Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, is a black-tie event that includes a seated dinner throughout the dining rooms and suites of the hotel with exquisite cuisine prepared by The Mansion's five-star culinary team led by Executive Chef Bruno Davaillon. Dinner will be followed by a live auction. The event is designed by Todd Events.

"More and more, Dallas is recognized as an artistic and cultural center, and I'm thrilled that TACA has an opportunity to play a significant role in elevating that awareness and raising funds for worthy arts groups," said one of this year's chairmen, Heather Esping. "My husband Bill and I are thrilled to be part of this special TACA event, and we look forward to a wonderful evening with other arts supporters."

"TACA introduced the black-tie, seated dinner accompanied by a live auction to Dallas in the mid-1960s, and it has grown to be a signature arts fundraising event in our community," added Nancy Carlson, chairman of TACA's Board of Directors. "The Gala kicks off a monumental fall performing arts season, which is made possible by the generous support of all our contributors. Proceeds from the evening's festivities will benefit more than 40 dynamic and exciting cultural arts institutions."

"RBC Wealth Management has a longstanding commitment to investing in the quality of life in the communities in which we serve," said Andy Teller, member of TACA's Board of Directors and Senior managing Director, RBC Wealth Management, and the Title Sponsor of the Gala. "We are proud to support TACA and its mission to champion our performing arts community, and are thrilled to continue in our tenth year of partnership with the Custom Auction Gala."

Auction chairman Wanda Gierhart, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of The Neiman Marcus Group and a member of TACA's Board of Directors, has created ten unique, one-of-a-kind auction packages.

One lucky couple will attend Art Basel and receive a private tour guided by famed Beverly Hills Art Curator Dorothy Golden, who will also customize the couple's schedule for the week's events. The couple will then head to the Caribbean and spend two nights in a fabulous Ocean Front cottage at Rosewood Little Dix Bay in British Virgin Gorda.

Ten couples will enjoy TITAS performance Pilobolus from box seats, and then be treated to a post-performance dinner prepared by Neiman Marcus Chef Kevin Garvin at the home of Nancy and Clint Carlson.

Closer to home, a winning couple plus six guests will join celebrity chef couple, Kent and Tracy Rathbun, in their new home and be among the first Dallasites to receive a tour the Rathbun home including their custom designed kitchen and wine room. To top it off, they will experience the culinary treasures of Chef Rathbun feasting on a memorable dinner.

Major sponsors include:

Title Sponsor Proscenium ($100,000)
ALON USA

Title Sponsor Custom Auction Gala ($50,000)
RBC Wealth Management

After Party Sponsor ($25,000)
Great Gulf

Event Host
Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek

Official Airline
American Airlines

Valet Sponsor
Sewell Automotive Companies

Media Sponsors
My Sweet Charity
PaperCity

Major underwriters include:

Diamond Sponsors ($50,000 and above)
Jacquelin and Phillip Taylor

Platinum Sponsors ($10,000 and above)
Brierley + Partners /Diane and Hal Brierley
Nancy and Clint Carlson
Dallas Southwest Osteopathic Physicians
Barbara and Don Daseke
Gwen and Leldon Echols
Heather and Bill Esping
Todd Fiscus / Todd Events

Gold Sponsors ($5,000 and above)
Bank of America
John and Tamara Bickel/Jennifer and Doug Houser/Lisa and Bill Ogle
Marsha Cameron and Michael Halloran
Dallas Children's Theater
Barbara and Steven Durham
Wanda Gierhart
Haynes and Boone, LLP
Deborah and James Nugent
Sommer Family

Silver Sponsors ($2,500 and above)
Jennifer and John R. Eagle
Linda H. Gibbons
Carol and Don M. Glendenning/Locke Lord
Kelly and Norman Green
Muffin and John Lemak
Tara Lewis and John Swords
Leah and Jim Pasant
Catherine and Will Rose
Tom and Lauryn Gayle White