Quenched 2012 2nd Annual Art Benefit Water-Thirst

Come on In, the Water's Fine

Rachael Abrams  |  Photos by George Fiala
September 04, 2012
Event Date:
June 16, 2012

African drumming set the soundtrack as habitués entered The Goss-Michael Foundation to support Water-Thirst’s Quenched 2012 2nd Annual Art Benefit. The evening of artistry, noshes and music by Aprile made made quite an impression, but founder Lana Adams and co-founder Zack McDowell were most thrilled by its lasting impact: More than $25,000 was raised to support clean and sustainable water projects in Africa. At the VIP reception, A-listers had the first opportunity to bid on works curated by Aja Martin of The Nasher Sculpture Center — including covetable pieces from Dallas locals Christopher Martin, Joshua King, Maxine Helfman, Geof Kern, and Thom Jackson — and purchase Helen Ficalora’s African charm necklace (100 percent of proceeds went to Water-Thirst) before the rush. As the evening progressed, an inspiring video featuring Adams and McDowell, and Damien Hirst’s Saint Sebastian, Exquisite Pain (from Kenny Goss’ and George Michaels’ private collection) kept guests’ rapt attention. Thirsty for a good time: honorary chair Karla McKinley; Rhonda Sargent Chambers, who coordinated the event; Vitali Azouz, Mari Hidalgo, Mary and Christian Dunn, Ann Lopez, Scott Pharr, Omar Esparza, Joshua King, Clay Carter, Al Tidwell, Gary Parson, Patricia and John Bowles, Jessica Olsson, Patrick O’Hara, Jason Pautz and Barri Martin-Pautz, Kelly Smith Weaver, Jamie O’Banion and Jennifer Houghton.