19th annual dinner, runway show to recall glamour of the 1930s in Paris, travel forward in time to hot New York nightclub party
The Dallas Chapter of the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS will hold its 19th annual DIFFA/Dallas Collection, “Cin?ma de la vie,” on Feb. 23 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. Proceeds from the event benefit AIDS service organizations in North Texas and beyond.
DIFFA/Dallas will auction off more than 100 Arizona jean jackets donated by JC Penney and redesigned, restricted and reworked into one-of-a-kind wearable works of art. The event will include a silent auction and a live auction.
“Cin?ma de la vie (Theater of Life)” will offer “an unforgettable gala-dinner evening taking guests back to the glamour of 1930s Hollywood,” DIFFA officials said in a press release this week. The runway show preceeding the live auction will feature acrobats, dancers, vocalists, actors and models “leading guests on a visually stunning journey from the streets of Paris to a party at the hottest night club in New York.”
Along with the jackets, packages including trips, jewelry and luxury items will also be auctioned off at the event.
Neale Jones is event chairman for Jacket Collection 2008, and is the first person to chair the event twice.
“I’ve been inspired by how far we have come in the fight against HIV and AIDS and Cin?ma de la vie will recognize those challenges and the challenges we still face,” Neale said in the press release.
Restaurateur Marc Serrao is vice chair of the event, and father-son duo Ted and Larry
Hamilton of Hamilton Properties are honorary chairs.
Additionally, DIFFA/Dallas Collection 2008 recognizes major contributors in the fight against AIDS with the DIFFA/Dallas Style Council, a panel whose members are selected for their stylish commitment to raising awareness and funds to combat the disease. Style Council Chairman Don Gaiser and Honorary Chairman Dr. Rodger Kobes lead the Style Council Ambassadors to raise awareness of the fundraiser across the nation.
For tickets, table sales and other information call 214-748-8580, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or purchase tickets online at www.DIFFADallas.org.
Sponsors for Jacket Collection 2008 to date include American Airlines, Barefoot Wine, Bud Light, GES, Hilton Anatole Hotel, JCPenney, MDVC Creative Inc., Modern Luxury Dallas, Pride Radio, Sambuca Restaurant, ZodiacVodka, Victory Park, Voss Artisan Water and the W Hotel.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 8, 2008