The midnight train may have first stopped in Georgia, but it will stop in Dallas in October with seven-time Grammy Award winner Gladys Knight as the headlining performer for one of the most anticipated social events in Dallas. TWO x TWO will host its fifteenth annual charity gala and auction for Saturday, October 26 at the Rachofsky House.
Many fans know Knight from former singing group Gladys Knight and The Pips, with a lengthy list of several hits in pop, R&B, and adult contemporary — yet many are unaware that she is also a devoted humanitarian and philanthropist. Recent television and film credits include the Tyler Perry film “I Can Do Bad All By Myself,” a cameo on the Emmy Award-winning NBC hit comedy “30 Rock,” and appearance as a guest judge on FOX’s smash hit “American Idol.” She is committed to such worthy causes as the American Diabetes Association, for which she is their national spokesperson, The American Cancer Society, The Boys & Girls Club of America, The Minority AIDS Project, amfAR, and Crisis Intervention.
TWO x TWO has attracted such celebrity guests such as Sharon Stone, Sigourney Weaver, Shirley MacLaine, Liza Minnelli, Barry Manilow, Natasha Richardson, John Benjamin Hickey, Taylor Dayne, Dita Von Teese, Stanley Tucci, Gavin Rossdale, Allan Cumming, Cheyenne Jackson, and Patti LaBelle.
TWO x TWO has raised more than $40 million in support of essential AIDS research at amfAR and for the Contemporary Art Acquisitions Fund at the Dallas Museum of Art. The gala benefit features a seated dinner for 400 guests with live and silent auctions of major works of contemporary art and unique luxury items. It is the largest U.S. fundraiser for both amfAR and the Dallas Museum of Art.
National and international sponsors have partnered with TWO x TWO over the years. Currently, the list of sponsors for the fifteenth anniversary weekend includes:
- Presenting Sponsor: Audi of America
- Platinum Sponsors: Dior, Sotheby’s, Kiehl’s Since 1851
- Gold Sponsors: Alexander McQueen, Aston Martin of Dallas, AT&T, Chubb Personal Insurance, Dom Perignon, Michele by Fossil, Moët Hennessy USA, Neiman Marcus, Stephanie and John Roberts, Todd Events, Tom Ford, U.S. Trust, U.S. Risk.
Prior to the gala and auction dinner on October 26, there will be several distinctive and exciting events which are part of the 2013 TWO x TWO schedule:
Monday, September 23, 2013 New York Preview of TWO x TWO auction highlights Sponsored by Sotheby’s By invitation only Sotheby’s, 1334 York Avenue, New York, NY
Thursday, October 24, 2013 FIRST LOOK: A Preview Party and Fundraiser Sponsored by Michele by Fossil Food by Lombardi Family Catering Sips by Belvedere Tickets $500 each; available at www.twoxtwo.org/First-Look 7 – 10 p.m. at The Rachofsky House, Dallas, Texas
Sunday, October 27, 2013 Sunday Brunch and Award Presentation Presented by U.S. Trust Honoring Luc Tuymans, Recipient of amfAR’s 2013 Award of Excellence for Artistic Contributions to the Fight Against AIDS Hosted by Amy and Vernon Faulconer and Cindy and Howard Rachofsky 11 a.m. Brunch and award presentation By invitation only 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at The Warehouse, Dallas, Texas.
WHEN: Saturday, October 26, 2013
The Rachofsky House
8605 Preston Road
Dallas, TX 75225