Like pioneers heading their prairie schooners west, locals put their BMW’s and Priuses in “Drive” to head over the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge Thursday, November 8.
What could possibly draw over 240 all-types away from their usual hood for a largely uncharted territory? Urban Revival benefiting Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity. Co-chair John Slates said he and his fellow co-chairs (wife Paige and Ann and Trey Fielder) hoped to raise $100K, but Paige interjected, ” But it’s not so much about fundraising as about raising awareness. We want all our donors to feel loved and appreciated. We feel like we’re on the edge of something cool and hip … “
No, don’t go thinking that it was only Uptown hotties and plastic card millionaires. Heck, no! Like urban Dallas this group had all types making the party hearty like Kathy and David Boyett, Allan and Lynn McBee, Brooke and Aaron Shelby, Jill and Brent Magnuson, Alan and Sarah Losinger and Charlene Howell.
However, find the party at Trinity Groves was a bit of a challenge for newbies. GPS got mixed signals and signage was so subtle that some folks didn’t realize that they had passed the turn for a block or two or three or a mile.
Once there they discovered the Trinity Grove venue was filled with high-top tables with stools just perfect to show off long legs and short skirts, white leather banquets and reserved seating for the super-duper special people. But everybody got a chance to enjoy loads of food, beverages, a pop-up boutique and unique auction items like painted doors. One door of downtown Dallas ala van Gogh’s “Starry Night” had a bid of $350 by 7:15. These doors could either be used a doors should be to open to room or they could be hung as pieces of artwork.
For entertainment the majority of the evening was the blend of music by DJs Jennifer Miller and Paul Parades. But when the event is titled Urban Revival, a gospel choir is a must. And in this case if was the Concord Baptist Church singers. Evidently, not everyone in the big space got the word, so some folks in the back missed out on the group performing “My God is Awesome,” “Hosanna. . . Hosanna!” and “Hallelujah!” They also probably didn’t hear Habitat for Humanity CEO Bill Halltrying to thank everyone over the PA. But, hey, it was a party, not a thank you note.