Annual No Tie fundraiser for ASD is Saturday
No Tie Dinner started a dozen years ago with the idea that it would be much less formal than Black Tie Dinner and much easier to stage.
What’s developed is a huge silent auction and desert party that begins with dinners across North Texas followed by 1,500 people converging on the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Love Field.
On April 8, people around the Dallas area will host casual potlucks to formal dinners for groups of 10 to 30 or more people. In exchange, attendees are asked to donate $75 to No Tie Dinner that benefits AIDS Services of Dallas, which provides housing and support services for the agency’s residential clients.
Dinner hosts are invited to a VIP party overlooking the main floor at the museum. Everyone can participate in the silent and live auctions, desert tables set up by area caterers and restaurants and entertainment and dancing.
The theme of this year’s No Tie Dinner is An Artful Life and art will abound at the event. Two artists, Clay Austin and Christina Yielding, will paint live on either side of the main stage and their work will be auctioned at the end of the evening. Local artists Jay Maggio and Thomas Fallon have donated works and pop art pieces by Rob Conover will be featured in a silent auction in the VIP area.
Several trips are part of the live auction. A Tuscany culinary experience including cooking classes at the Cortana Resort and Spa in an Etruscan town in western Tuscany includes five nights and airfare. A two night stay in New York City includes air and tickets to Bruno Mars at Madison Square Garden.
A DJ provides music and singer Heather Lane will perform while attendees bid on silent auction items and enjoy deserts from more than 20 desert sponsors.
Lots of volunteers are needed to do everything from set up and tear down to monitoring auction item stations, desert tables, registration, greeters and door guards.
No Tie Dinner at the Frontiers of Flight Museum, 6911 Lemmon Ave. Dinner times vary but are timed to get people to the event at 7 p.m. $75 per person. $150 for VIP admission.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition April 7, 2017.