With the long, excruciatingly hot summer of 2023 nearing an end, the 2023 Crystal Charity Ball kicked off the fall fundraising season fashionably with its Platinum Dinner on Wednesday, August 30, for its top donors to the upcoming Ten Best Dressed Fashion Show on Friday, September 8, at Neiman Marcus Downtown. In keeping with 2023 Crystal Charity Ball Chair Angie Kadesky‘s “Art of Giving” theme, the seated supper underwritten by Comerica was held at the Nasher Sculpture Center.
Alas, the installation of an exhibit in the main gallery prevented the crowd from a cocktail party surrounded by art. But not to worry. The reception was held in the Nasher Cafe, which meant guests got to stroll along the outdoor terrace overlooking the grounds to reach the Cafe. Thank heaven the past days of three-digit temperatures had cooled off to the 90s.
Once inside the Cafe, the shoulder-to-shoulder crowd, including the Ten Best Dressed (Marybeth Conlon, Monica Eastin, Libby Hegi, Kim Hext, Meredith Land, Ann McPherson, Wendy Messmann, Kim Quinn, Lisa Rocchio and Sunie Solomon), 2023 Hall of Famer Claire Emanuelson, Fashion Show Chair Patty Leyendecker and Dinner Chair Nancy Carlson, provided the art for the night, thanks to their couture outfits with a heavy emphasis on dresses by the fashion show designer Adam Lippes. As for the gents, it was largely a return to suits topped off by ties.
While the post is being finished up, check out the MySweetCharity Photo Gallery for the looks of the night.