20th Annual Two X Two Gala Raises A Staggering $9.3 Million
By Rob Giardinelli Photography by Kevin Tachman and Irwin Thompson
THE SCENE: A sold-out crowd featuring 500 of the world’s top social and artful VIPs recently gathered at the estate of Cindy and Howard Rachofsky for the 20th annual Two X Two for AIDS and Art celebration. This evening for the ages offered the very best of the largesse of Texas… and featured fun, fundraising and show-stopping performances that will live the annals of Texas social lore for decades to come.
THE VIBE: Celebrity event planner Todd Fiscus left no detail untouched which was evident from and second guests entered the estate. The guests began their evening by walking the AIDS ribbon-shaped red carpet to the Step and Repeat area that featured a rainbow of fresh flowers for partygoers to snap a pose to commemorate the evening. Once inside, the patrons were treated to a one-of-a-kind cocktail reception and luxury silent art auction sponsored by Neiman Marcus, which featured cocktails by Moët Hennesey USA, Tequila Casa Dragones, Dom Pérignon and Belvedere.
The action then moved into the 7,000 square foot, 48-foot-tall geodesic dome erected on the Rachofsky estate specifically for the evening’s festivities. Master of Ceremonies Alan Cumming effortlessly kept the evening flowing as freely as the Champagne revelers sipped during their delectable multi-course meals. The program included Cumming singing a variety of cabaret songs, and a live auction that raised millions, which included art pieces as well as a trip to the Oscars® and the highly coveted Vanity Fair After Party. Capping off the evening was a show-stopping performance by legendary musician Diana Ross. During her performance she asked Dallas and Houston-based celebrity hairstylist Ceron to join her on stage as she sang her iconic hit Upside Down to an adoring crowd and leaving everyone wanting more.
THE CAUSE: The event, chaired by Tim Headington, raised an astronomical $9.3 million benefitting amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research and the Dallas Museum of Art. Over the past 20 years, Two X Two has raised over $84 million for AIDS research at amfAR and the Contemporary Art Acquisitions Fund at the Dallas Museum of Art.