Dallas CASA Young Professionals had fun with 80’s icons like a DeLorean, huge Rubik Cubes and recycled vinyl records at The Rustic on Thursday, September 26, for its annual Voices for A Cause. And what would any fundraiser at The Rustic be without music? But Co-Chairs Bela Cooley, Elise Nichols and Megan Sterquell weren’t going to have just one band on stage. They had both The Vinyl Countdown plus Rich Girls! In addition to raising funds for Dallas CASA, the hope was to encourage people to volunteer as advocates for children in foster care. Here’s a report from the field:
The Dallas CASA Young Professionals filled the patio at The Rustic for their fourth annual benefit concert, Voices for a Cause, September 26. It was a beautiful night with clear skies and more than 350 young pros out enjoying the terrific music. The crowd appreciated cold drinks while feasting on chorizo empanadas, wild boar meatballs and cactus fritters. A DeLorean time machine, giant Rubik Cubes and neon table markers made from old vinyl records help set the 80’s scene. All the fun was to raise funds for Dallas CASA and awareness of the great need for volunteers to advocate for children in foster care.
Early evening brought many families out to enjoy the familiar sounds of opening act, The Vinyl Countdown: A Tribute to Arena Rock. The Rich Girls, a Hall and Oates tribute band, took the stage at dusk and brought the crowd to its feet by playing their namesake song “Rich Girl.” As night fell, dancers filled the floor and everyone sang along to 80’s hits like “Purple Rain”, “I Can’t Go for That” and “Maneater”.
Dallas CASA Young Professionals President Kenneth Wherry was joined by event Co-Chairs Bela Cooley, Elise Nichols and Megan Sterquell to thank the enthusiastic crowd and event underwriters.
Voices for a Cause was presented by The Hiduke Foundation. Other underwriters included Sealy and Company, Thompson and Knight Foundation, Lisa and Dave Kroencke, Mindy and Woody McMinn, Yardi Systems and Whiskey Pearl.
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