Saturday, March 8, 2014

DIFFA previews auction items at Preview Party

DIFFA recently gave us a first look at some of the amazing jackets that will be up for auction at this year's House of DIFFA gala at a media preview party held at Gallerie Noir in the Design District. DIFFA chairman of the board Brittanie Buchanan Oleniczak, event chair Jim DiMarino and honorary chair Simona Beal played host, chatting up what is sure to be the hottest ticket of the season and making sure guests got a look at some of the one-of-a-kind auction items that will be up for grabs, including jackets by Alton Lane, Edo Popken, BCBGMAXAZRIA and Kenneth Cole. This year's event, themed Masquerade, is set for March 29 at the Omni Dallas.

top: Teresa Frosini and Stuart Boslow. Clint Bradley and Darin Kunz
bottom: Carla Ponder, Norma Johnson, Tre Wilcox, Cynthia Smoot, Dawn Neufeld

Weaving in and out of the crowded glitterati, I spied Good Morning Texas host Amy Vanderoef, Steve Kemble and Christopher Wright, Tre Wilcox, The Broadcast host Dawn Neufeld with Producer Stuart Boslow, LeeAnne Locken, Darin Kunz and Clint Bradley, Anne Stodghill, CBS entertainment reporter Teresa Frosini, Ye-Hui Lu, Terri Provencal, Robert Weatherly and DIFFA's main mask maker, Shane Walker.

The mission of the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) is to raise funds and grant those funds to organizations which fight HIV/AIDS by providing preventative education programs targeted to populations at risk of infection, treatment and direct care services for people living with/impacted by HIV/AIDS and that support public policy initiatives which add resources to private sector funds. Tickets for this year's gala start at $375 and can be purchased at

photos provided by Shana Anderson