Martin Short and Steve Martin put on a show for the annual CitySquare Gala. (Photo by Kristina Bowman)
Steve Martin (Photo by Kristina Bowman)
Astria Smith and Tarik Rodgers (Photo by Kristina Bowman)
Bill and Johnnie Katz (Photo by Kristina Bowman)
CitySquare CEO Larry James and NBC 5's Deborah Ferguson (Photo by Kristina Bowman)
CitySquare Development Team (Photo by Kristina Bowman)
Drew and Carolyn McBryde, Matt McBryde (Photo by Kristina Bowman)
Jill Williams and Chuck Steelman (Photo by Kristina Bowman)
Jon Halbert, Lindsey Halbert Gill, Linda Halbert, Brenda and Larry James (Photo by Kristina Bowman)
Karen and Tom Falk (Photo by Kristina Bowman)
Kay and Kevin Thomason (Photo by Kristina Bowman)
Lisa and Tom McKinney (Photo by Kristina Bowman)
Martin Short, Lynette and Nate Christensen, Steve Martin (Photo by Kristina Bowman)
Rick Logsdon and Mindy Ward (Photo by Kristina Bowman)
Wendy and Boyd Messmann (Photo by Kristina Bowman)
Bill and Laura Lynn Jaccar (Photo by Kristina Bowman)
For CitySquare’s annual A Night to Remember, the fundraising event for the poverty fighting organization achieved its unforgettable title with glamour, goofballs and a good cause this year.
On a toasty Saturday evening at Winspear Opera House, Hamon Hall was transformed into a Hollywood backlot. Known for bringing celebrity and entertainment icons to Dallas for a good cause, this year brought two legendary funnymen, Steve Martin and Martin Short, to the stage.
As soon as sponsors and donors walked across the red carpet into a room full of tables with “Oscar” centerpieces, you could sense the excitement for the evening. Guests hands were filled with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, as they waited to take photos in front of a Saturday Night Live backdrop and life-size vignettes of two of the three amigos.
With sombreros and a hands-on-hips pose, guests immediately filled in for Chevy Chase. Hey, even I couldn’t resist.
All of a sudden, dings signaled that the show was soon to begin and we should take our seats. Guests quickly sped through the bar line to fill little plastic tumbler cups of whatever they’ve been sipping on to take with them to theater. No one wanted to miss a minute of those two wild and crazy guys.
Before the two amigos took the stage, CitySquare CEO Larry James presented the 2019 CitySquare Community Partner Award to NBC’s Community Affairs Department. Deborah Ferguson, morning anchor, was there to accept. And after a few more remarks from CitySquare president John Siburt, the spotlight set on a concert grand piano and two arm chairs.
Martin entered first with Short to follow, accurately defining their relationship of the quiet before the storm.
When they weren’t giving jabs at each other or Short wasn’t dressed up as a ventriloquist dummy, Martin was playing the banjo with Bluegrass talent and Punch Brothers founder Noam Pikelny. Jimmy Kimmel keyboardist Jeff Babkos was also accompanying on stage as Martin and Short did their song and dance numbers.
After almost two hours of hilarious jokes and tellings of their personal histories and friendship, the two comedians left the stage, but thankfully they weren’t ready to leave. The two lucky winners of the Meet and Greet raffle that followed were Elba and Jay Bass. Sponsors like Case and Emily Van Lare and Lynette and Nate Christensen also snapped pics with the stars.
But the real star of the evening turned out to be the $1 million in donations that were raised for the fight against poverty. Guests were delighted by the news that was presented at the After Party, which consisted of coffee, desserts and chatter about the star-studded evening.