This year, the group that puts on the annual Blondes vs. Brunettes powder-puff football game has an ambitious fundraising goal: $275,000. And it has it for a good reason. Hitting that goal, you see, would put the benefit for the Greater Dallas Alzheimer’s Association over the million-dollar mark in funds raised since the game began five years ago.
So, Blondes vs. Brunettes Dallas has been pulling out all the fundraising stops this summer. And, it looks like they’ve been paying off. Going into Saturday night’s BvB Auction Night at the Gossip Bar at the Hilton Anatole, BvB President Erin Finegold said the group already was $20,000 ahead of last year’s pace.
They were expecting a total of about 150 people to turn up for Saturday’s auction, and by 8 p.m. it looked they might get it. While club music thumped over the sound system, scenes from previous BvB games were flashing across three big flatscreen TVs. Meanwhile, guests downed Bud Lights—Bud’s an event sponsor—and cocktails, munched on “light bites,” posed for pix in the Have A Blast! Photo booth, and jostled past each other checking out a primo array of silent-auction items.
Among them: A UT football helmet signed by Colt McCoy; five nights at the Hyatt Regency in Cancun; three days in Port Aransas; Harley-Davidson paraphernalia; a weekend deer hunt in Bosque County; and a baseball autographed by Nolan Ryan. And—because this was for Blondes vs. Brunettes, after all–don’t forget the signed Playboy poster of uber-blonde actress Pamela Anderson!
According to Finegold and auction co-chair/BvB board member Caroline Terry, the money-raising goal for this year’s auction was $10,000. That was up from the $7,500 that was rung up last year, when the event was held at the Amanda Dunbar art studios. This year, “all the players and coaches used their contacts” to bring in items, said Terry, who was assisted by her co-chair, Caroline French. One family friend of BvB, for example, donated their beach house; the mother of a player gave the deer hunt.
Besides moving the auction this year to the Gossip Bar—the hotel donated the space, the cocktails and the food—the BvB crew also was enjoying a new sponsor Saturday night: the Nissan NEXT. Some of the Nissans, Finegold said, will be on display at the big football game, which is scheduled for Saturday, August 11, at the Cotton Bowl.
It’s the excitement surrounding next month’s game, of course, that had everyone talking. Over in one corner of the Gossip Bar, Diane Louie–the mother of Blonde running back Elisabeth Gorman–was saying how two of Elisabeth’s friends would be coming in from California just to watch the game. Across the way, meantime, Elizabeth and her date Ron Acord were enjoying chatting with friends.
And, last year’s surprise Brunette victory over the Blondes (after a string of Blonde wins) was still top of mind. Asked which team would win this year’s rematch, Blondes’ Co-captain Holly Aldredge immediate responded, “The Blondes!,” without hesitating.
Asked the same question, Brunette co-chair Katie Hicks seemed a little less sure. “I think we have a chance to win,” Katie said carefully. “We like the taste of winning.”
Oh, how much did the auction raise? Did they make their goal of $10,000?
You obviously underestimate the BvB’s. They took in $13,000 for the night’s haul.