On the evening of Saturday, June 16th, Dallas’ Goss-Michael Foundation welcomed a fashionable and philanthropic set for Quenched 2012: The Water-Thirst 2nd Annual Art Benefit. Coordinated by event producer extraordinaire and DFW Style Daily contributor Rhonda Sargent Chambers, the fête featured mixing and mingling among jewels by Helen Ficalora and works from some of the world’s most sought after artists.
Set for bidding via silent auction, artwork by Maxine Helfman, Thom Jackson, Geof Kern, Joshua King, and Christopher Martin was curated by Aja Martin of the Nasher Sculpture Center. Ficalora’s specially-designed African charm necklaces, as well, were up for grabs. And all this glamour served to highlight a very worthwhile cause.
Proceeds from the evening benefitted the non-profit Speak Hope’s Water-Thirst Project, supporting clean and sustainable water solutions in sub-Sahara Africa. Specifically, communities in Maai Mahiu, Kenya, are a current focus, where desperate conditions are being alleviated through Water-Thirst’s work. Founded in 2010 by Lana Adams and Zack McDowell, Speak Hope is committed to “using a wide range of influence, and diverse creativity to inspire change in our world.”
Additional sponsors of this special event included Smart Water, the Bridge Bistro, Barefoot Wine, Beauty Bioscience, Beauty For Real, Sewell Automotive, PaperCity, and the Kim Dawson Agency. Karla McKinley (pictured above, with Kenny Goss) served as Honorary Chair. For more information on Speak Hope and Water-Thirst, visit Water-Thirst.org.
(All photos, credit Mindy Byrd)