Monday, March 23, 2015

Oh So Charitable: Fashion Stars For A Cause 2015

Jon Mellon pulls off the best photo bomb ever at Fashion Stars For A Cause 2015 | photo Danny Campbell

After the death of her oldest son years ago, event founder and gala chair Yvonne Crum, sought a way to bring attention and understanding to the usually taboo subject of suicide. Through the Fashion Stars For A Cause program (formerly known as Fresh Faces of Fashion), she paired the unlikely topics of suicide and fashion together with funds benefiting the North Texas Suicide and Crisis Center. The result of her efforts has been to raise over $1 million dollars over the past 8+ years. On Friday, March 20 supporters of this cause gathered at the Dallas Country Club for the 2nd Annual Fashion Stars For A Cause gala. The evening kicked off in the DCC foyer with guests sipping a trademarked beverage called a Fashion Stars Cocktail made with 1 part vodka, 2 parts Pomegranate juice, 1 part seltzer and a splash of grenadine. Once seated in the ballroom for dinner the Stars were announced in a runway fashion show wearing gowns provided by belk.  A radiantly pregnant Toni Munoz Hunt served as Honorary Chair for 2015 and spitfire Suzie Humphries was the night's emcee. This year's crop of beauties included: Jennifer Fleming, Jamie Fowler, Leah Frazier, Rebecca Hallam, Caroline Harrison, Dr. Naila Malik, Charmaine Marshall, Dawn Mellon, Jessi Moreau, Dawn Neufeld, Melissa Rountree, and Cathy Williamson. Special thanks to my dear friend (and Fashion Star) Dawn Mellon for inviting me to sit at her table. It was my honor to support her, and all of the ladies, and help raise funds for this organization.

One of the tasks of this group is to sell raffle tickets to raise funds. This year's prize is super tasty and fun! The prize is a "Royal Raffle Dinner Party with Chef Darren McGrady". McGrady was the private chef to Princess Diana and her boys for many years and is quite the personality. The winner will receive: A four course dinner based on dishes served at Buckingham Palace including food and wine pairing,  Butler service to prepare your table, greet and serve your guests,  Autographed copy of "Eating Royally" Cookbook for each guest,  Chef McGrady will join your table, Consulting with the Royal Chef on menu, purchase, shopping, preparation tables, set up and tear down  AND a $5,000 gift card from Belk.    Tickets are $50 each or three for $100 and can be purchased by any Fashion Star or online at The drawing will be held May 21, 2015.

Here's a photo gallery from this year's event. Click on any image to flip through the gallery at full size:

photos: Danny Campbell