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By Billy Fong. Photography Tamytha Cameron. PARTY — INDOOR VERSION A s one of my table- mates, Annika Cail, put it succinctly on her Instagram the next day: Party in the Park ... (with a pivot). Yes, the Klyde Warren Park's annual fundraiser was moved indoors to the Meyerson Symphony Center at the last moment — Dallas' petulant weather was just not cooperating. The other guests at my table — Doniphan Moore, Christy Berry, Tanner Moussa, Chase Morton, Christina Jafar, Ashley Tatum, and Zoe Bonnette — all dressed in the designated park chic attire, migrated from the art-filled home of Muffin Lemak, whose new place at Museum Tower proved a perfect spot for pre-party drinks. Greeting all as they arrived at the Meyerson was the ultimate hostess, Klyde Warren Park president Kit S a w e r s a l o n g s i d e h o n o r a r y chairs Kathryn and Craig Hall. Those spotted drying off from the monsoon outside included Shelia and Jody Grant; Kaleta Blaffer Johnson; Klyde Warren Park's President's Circle chair Ann Hobson with her husband, Lee Hobson; Deborah Scott (in one of her signature jumpsuits — this one with floral appliqués) and John Scott; and Ray Washburne. Even indoors, it was a fabulous night and a rare opportunity to go black-tie-free at an event in the Meyerson. The place settings, which were originally meant for a park- like atmosphere, were not at all stuffy. Neither was the family-style menu centered around a bucket of fried chicken accompanied by fried macaroni and cheese. Post dessert, we moved into the performance space for a special show by the Texas Tenors. Like many events, Party in the Park had skipped 2020, but 2021 will certainly be remembered for bringing many long-lost friends together again. And, best of all: They exceeded their fundraising goal, which will ensure that the park remains clean and safe for every community from Dallas to continue to visit. IN THE PARK Doniphan Moore, Tanner Moussa, Zoe Bonnette, Annika Cail Christina Jafar, Ashley Tatum, Billy Fong Deborah & John Scott Craig & Kathryn Hall Tara & Bill Durham, Kit Sawers Allan & Lynn McBee Laura & Greg Koonsman Heather & Ray Washburne Randy Best, Natalie Hamilton Eddy, Sheila Grant Nancy Best, Margot Perot, Kaleta Blaffer Johnson Laura-Lucia Carothers Carol Vig 52

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