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PaperCity Dallas June 2023

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By Billy Fong. Photography Jonathan Zizzo. A rt Ball tops the social list in Dallas. The signature spring fundraiser for the Dallas Museum of Art is always eagerly anticipated — and afterwards, wardrobe choices are dissected for a solid week. This was the 61st incarnation of the event, which requires almost a year of planning. More than 60 personalities have been at the helm, including past chairs Shirley Pollock, 1966; Jeanne Marie Clossey, 1995; mother- daughter duo Peggy Sewell and Jacquelin Sewell, 2008; Jennifer Karol and Catherine Rose, 2011; and Brian Bolke, 2022. This year's co-chairs, Leigh Anne Clark and Bela Cooley, raised more than $1 million to further the museum's commitment to presenting diverse exhibitions, providing innovative and engaging educational and public programs, and caring for the impressive collection of 25,000 objects. The challenge for the chairs each year is how to leave their imprimatur on the event without changing the secret sauce that makes Art Ball such a gold standard and massive money raiser. Cooley and Clark started with the theme: "We selected 'Influence,'" Clark says, "as it has the capacity to change ideas, actions, or character. It can be innovative and empowering. We all have the opportunity to influence. Whether using our fashion or our personal art collections or charitable resources, influence is always in fashion." Under INFLUENCE THE Rochelle Gores, Prabal Gurung, Tina Craig Kameron Wescott Kira Nasrat, Sharon Lee Clark Scott Mitchell William Jennings Sabrina & Field Harrison Soul Cirque DJ 24

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