Dallas dazzled in a star studded affair at the 18th annual Two x Two for AIDS and Art benefit dinner and contemporary art auction hosted by Cindy and Howard Rachofsky on October 22nd, 2016. The magnificent fete was held at the famous Rachofsky House – a marvel of modern architecture designed by Richard Meier, and home of an exquisite collection of modern art.
Sponsored by Harry Winston and Cadillac, the sold-out black tie event gathered five hundred people under the silver and mirrored themed Freedome, a 7,000-square-foot geodesic dome which stood at 48 feet tall in the center and seated 500 gala guests. The night of entertainment boasted Dom Pérignon and Belvedere cocktail reception, an art and luxury item silent auction, and a seated, multi-course dinner. Acclaimed actor Teddy Sears served as the master of ceremonies, introducing feature speakers Cindy and Howard Rachofsky, chair and philanthropist Nancy Rogers, Dr. Agustín Arteaga, Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art, and Gavin Delahunty.
TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art evening raised the total of $7.5 million with funds benefiting amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, and the Dallas Museum of Art. “The success of Saturday night’s event is due to the unmatched generosity of the artists, gallerists and TWO x TWO supporters from across the United States and overseas. Their commitment is unparalleled and their donations of amazing art have allowed us to raise over $7.5 million, bringing our 18 year total to over $67 million. TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art continues to play a very vital role in fundraising for both amfAR and the Dallas Museum of Art,” said Howard Rachofsky.
Lara Owens, a distinguished contemporary artist and a leader in the art community received amfAR’s 2016 Award of Excellence for Artistic Contributions to the Fight Against AIDS. The piece of art she donated raised an astonishing $1.2 million at the auction.
The event atmosphere of modern elegance and creative vibe was enhanced by the appearances of such distinguished guests, VIPs and Sponsors in attendance: Cindy and Howard Rachofsky – TWO x TWO Hosts, Ricky Martin – Singer-songwriter and featured performer at 2016 Gala, Teddy and Milissa Sears – Actor and master of ceremonies at 2016 Gala, Nancy C. Rogers – Gala chairman, Melissa Ireland – TWO x TWO Director, Dr. Agustín Arteaga – The Eugene McDermott Director, DMA, Gavin Delahunty – The Hoffman Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, DMA, Eric Muscatell – Director of Development, AMfAR, Federica Boido – Presenting Sponsor – Harry Winston, Michael Patrick and Andrew Lipman – Presenting Sponsor – Cadillac, Peggy Lanigan – Dom Pérignon, John Benjamin Hickey – celebrity guest, Zoe Saldana and Marco Perego – Cadillac celebrity guests, Jamie Niven – longtime TWO x TWO auctioneer, Notable Attendees and Donors, Olya Sinitsyna and Andy Beal, Tim Headington, Marguerite Steed Hoffman and Tom Lentz, Brian Kelly (The Points Guy), Nancy Nasher and David Haemisegger, Candice and Tony Romo, Deedie Rose, Lisa and John Runyon, Artists N. Dash, Keltie Ferris, Laura Owens (HONOREE) (husband is Sohrab Mohebi), Quinn Tivey (Elizabeth Taylor’s grandson/amfAR supporter), Dealers/Gallerists, Miguel Abreu, Josee Bienvenu, Gavin Brown – represents Laura Owens, Cristopher Canizares, Niamh Coghlan, Chris D’Amelio, Eleanor Acquavella Dejoux, Frank Elbaz (and wife fashion designer Vanessa Bruno), Stephen Friedman, Paul Hedge, Darragh Hogan, Casey Kaplan, Nathalie Karg, Tina Kim, David Lewis, Michele Macaroni, Courtney Plummer, Adrian Rosenfeld, Harry Scrymgeour, Courtney Truet, Kara Van Der Weg, Gordon VeneKlasen, Fashion-Lifestyle-Culture, Rosie Assoulin (fashion designer), Nish de Gruiter (Suitsupply), Prabal Gurung (fashion designer), Nasiba and Thomas Hartland-Mackie (international fashion blogger), Thomas Keller and Laura Cunningham (restaurateur; French Laundry, Per Se), Jared Lehn (jewelry designer), Monique Pean (jewelry designer), Hassan Pierre (fashion designer).The festivities went well into the night as the guests danced to the music of Ricky Martin – the feature entertainer of the year.
This magnificent celebration dedicated to ART and AIDS research puts Dallas high on the list amongst internationally recognized events. With 18 years behind its belt, and the total of $67 million raised, it promises to become even more prominent next year.