With the combined efforts of honorary chair Tricia Sims and gala chair Laura Downing, the country chic affair emceed by The Real Housewives of Dallas star LeeAnne Locken garnered funds to grant wishes for young mothers battling terminal illnesses in North Texas and across the country.
Host committee members Cathy and Tommy Vieth, Tom Irwin, Kersten Rettig, and Scott and Kunthear Douglas and Ally’s Wish founders Missy Phipps, Melissa Cary, Holly Reed and Heather Bryan donned their best getups as they welcomed more than 300 guests at Gilley’s Dallas on April 30, 2016.
The evening featured the Breckenridge Band, whose notoriety includes performances for five U.S. presidents, a grand Texas BBQ buffet, a live and silent auction and country singer/songwriter Britnee Kellogg.
Special guests Russell Spencer, husband of the late Terran Spencer, an Ally’s Wish recipient and Tanya Norris, current Ally’s Wish mom, shared their gratitude for the founders and thanked all who make these wishes a reality. Tanya, who is battling against Glioblastoma Multiforme, will travel to Nashville, Tenn. this summer with her husband Brian and 10-year-old daughter to visit one of Music City’s most iconic landmarks, the Grand Ole Opry.
In a matter of minutes, gala goers donated more than $30,000 during the live auction and “Fund A Wish,” ensuring that five of the current nine wish requests from mothers spanning New York, Chicago, Colorado, Texas and more would be fulfilled.