2023 Yellow Rose Gala
SATURDAY - April 15, 2023
Renaissance Dallas Hotel
EVERYTHING IS BIGGER IN TEXAS MASQUERADE
Benefitting Progressive MS Research
Oh what I night we all had! The 2023 Yellow Rose Gala was an amazing success thanks to the special group of volunteers that came together for this pivotal year in this foundation's existence. We broke our goal for $250K and raised over $500K to be donated directly to the research at UT Southwestern in Dallas for Progressive MS Research! This is the way to find a cure and treatments!
The founder of this organization was a woman that inspired me when I was a kid growing up in a small Dallas suburb. Dee Wynne, didn't let Multiple Sclerosis slow her down much. I was too young to attend these fundraisers when my mom and Dee were best friends. I would hear the stories of celebrities, singers and even the occasional recipient of one of the fabulous gift bags! I would always find candles and perfumes with new scents I had never smelled before.
By a series of unfortunate events, my life completely changed paths, just in time for my 45th birthday. Instead of downsizing and retiring with my husband, I was selling my DFW area home of 13 years and moving back to my hometown suburb, Kaufman. Also around this time in late 2022, I was planning my new 2023 goals while on a cruise with my bff. I decided I needed to devote some of my spare time to volunteering again. Covid had gotten me away from volunteering. I missed the comradery and love I felt when connecting with others, that are willing to volunteer their time for a charity.
As soon as I set that goal, I realized that the Yellow Rose Gala Foundation was trying to rally its group of volunteers and I offered my project management expertise and event planning knowledge to them. I came in late in the planning season for the 2023 gala, but we ended up having so much fun and pulling together a fabulous fundraiser that I know Dee Wynne would be proud of. I really could ramble on about this topic, but I will just leave more photos instead.
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