Emcee Jenny Anchondo with co-chairs Ashley White and Shannon Hanberry (Photo by Nate Rehlander)
Friends of Wilkinson Center president Ellen Estee and Wilkinson Center executive director Anne Reeder Corley (Photo by Nate Rehlander)
Derek Klepac, Catharine Klepac (Photo by Nate Rehlander)
Caitlin Hyatt, Karrie Cato, Ida Gleaton, Lindsay Morris (Photo by Nate Rehlander)
Ernesto’s Music Mariachi Band at the 2022 Spirit of Taos in Dallas. (Photo by Nate Rehlander)
Jenn DeSouza, Kelli Mansfield (Photo by Nate Rehlander)
The Jimmy Stadler Band at the 2022 Spirit of Taos in Dallas. (Photo by Nate Rehlander)
Kylie and Corey Nathan (Photo by Nate Rehlander)
Micall LaRochelle, Laura Reeder LaRochelle (Photo by Nate Rehlander)
Holly and Drew Ross (Photo by Nate Rehlander)
Vanessa Sutton, Anthony Contreras (Photo by Nate Rehlander)
Todd and Lola Lott (Photo by Nate Rehlander)
Katie and Will Maddox (Photo by Nate Rehlander)
Meridith and Jeremy Zidell (Photo by Nate Rehlander)
Lauren Wilensky, Adrea Hedrick (Photo by Nate Rehlander)
Olivia Roth, Claire Janssen (Photo by Nate Rehlander)
Ashley Mallone, Jayson Jones, Amber Jones (Photo by Nate Rehlander)
The glorious Taos, New Mexico is dear to the heart of many travel-loving Texans. Just a road trip away, the otherworldly town is a true escape. With its defining style in mind, the Friends of Wilkinson Center, an auxiliary group that supports the organization’s mission to provide pathways of self-sufficiency with respect, hosted its ninth annual Spirit of Taos event on Friday, October 14. With Southwestern attire, a mariachi welcome, and post-dinner dancing soundtracked by the lively Jimmy Stadler Band, the annual event is one of Dallas’ most laid-back, lovely fundraisers.
Ernesto’s Music mariachi band — along with Friends of Wilkinson Center president Ellen Estee and event chairs Shannon Hanberry and Ashley White — welcomed more than 170 guests to On the Levee in the Dallas Design District, where specialty cocktails and the chance to bid on one-of-a-kind silent auction items helped set the party mood. As did Jenny Anchondo, host of CW33’s “Inside DFW with Jenny Anchondo,” who served as the evening’s emcee. As diners enjoyed cumin and coffee-rubbed filet medallion topped with queso fundido, Anchondo helped highlight the mission of the Wilkinson Center, which is currently celebrating its 40th year serving families facing critical life challenges, including food insecurity, lack of education, economic instability, unemployment, and underemployment.
An enthusiastic live auction, a Spirit of Taos staple, then got underway, offering bidders a chance to purchase incredible packages and a “Gift of Love,” such as food for a week for a family of five, GED test fees for three students, food for Wilkinson Center Food Pantry for a month, and job training for 10.
Visit thewilkinsoncenter.org for more information on The Wilkinson Center, and relive the Spirit of Taos fun with the gallery below.