Special Thanks

Special Thanks from TWO x TWO 2016

TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art is a remarkable illustration of what can be achieved when the vision, determination, passion, and incredible generosity of so many people converge. Since its inception in 1999, TWO x TWO has raised over $60 million for amfAR and the Dallas Museum of Art. We are truly inspired and moved by the unrelenting support and devotion of the Dallas community and our friends in the contemporary art world who together have created one of the most beloved and significant fundraising endeavors of our time. It is with sincere gratitude that we acknowledge the following for their exceptional contributions to TWO x TWO 2016:

DMA and amfAR Board Trustee Cindy Rachofsky and her husband, Howard, for welcoming us into their magnificent Richard Meier-designed house for the 18th time. It is their remarkable vision and passionate support for the Dallas Museum of Art, their dedication to amfAR and the fight against AIDS, and their extraordinary generosity that have made TWO x TWO such a cherished experience for everyone involved. We are eternally grateful for their heartfelt commitment and leadership.

TWO x TWO’s spectacular and first-ever returning Chairman, Nancy C. Rogers. Nancy has for many years been one of TWO x TWO’s most loyal and generous devotees. Nancy’s support of this event is just a small part of her influence in the Dallas art and philanthropic communities. Her leadership, poise, and generosity have had a profound impact on TWO x TWO and so many other wonderful organizations in North Texas. We are forever grateful to Nancy for her friendship and for her endless efforts to champion TWO x TWO.

Presenting Sponsor Harry Winston for their magnanimous participation in TWO x TWO as part of their groundbreaking global partnership with amfAR in the fight against AIDS.

Our wonderful friends at Cadillac for their tremendous support as our newest Presenting Sponsor. We also thank them for providing ground transportation in Cadillac CT6 sedans for many of our VIP guests during the weekend of events.

Platinum Sponsors Dom Pérignon and Sotheby’s. Cheers to Dom Pérignon, Belvedere, and Moët Hennessy U.S.A. who generously provide the luxury Champagne and cocktails for the week of TWO x TWO events. Sotheby’s 17-year partnership with TWO x TWO has been instrumental to the success of the event, most notably through their annual underwriting of the auction catalogue.

Distinguished artist Laura Owens, this year’s recipient of the amfAR Award of Excellence for Artistic Contributions to the Fight Against AIDS. The presentation of this annual award will take place during a brunch on Sunday, October 23, at The Warehouse. It is a great privilege to welcome Laura Owens, and we thank her and our friends at Gavin Brown’s enterprise, Sadie Coles HQ, and Galerie Gisela Capitain for their many years of support of TWO x TWO.

Jamie Niven for donating his talents as our beloved auctioneer for the live auction again this year. His humor, brilliance, and exuberance continue to inspire and entertain, and we thank Jamie for his unwavering support of our endeavor.

Melissa Meeks Ireland, Director, TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art, for her tenacity, ingenuity, and devotion in planning the remarkable 18th year of TWO x TWO.

Todd Fiscus of Todd Events for lending his outstanding creativity to designing the décor for this event in our spectacular tent. Todd’s creative genius and commitment to this event are without rival; his inspiration and designs create the originality and beauty inside the magnificent tent each year. Thank you, Todd, and your amazing team, for willingly and enthusiastically sharing your talent with TWO x TWO for the 18th year.

Heartfelt thanks to our loyal friends at Waldman Bros./Chubb Personal Insurance for their generous and continued participation as the Art Sponsor. Also sincere thanks to Citi Private Bank for sponsoring the silent auction, and to Ron and Maryellen Spears for sponsoring the live auction.

Tim Headington, our Celebrity Travel Sponsor, for once again helping us bring a sensational level of talent to TWO x TWO. We are thrilled to have the multi-talented Ricky Martin as this year’s featured entertainer, and we welcome back Teddy Sears as TWO x TWO’s master of ceremonies.

Fossil for once again sponsoring Thursday’s sensational First Look preview party featuring the new collaboration Forty Five Ten x Fossil. We thank our generous friends at Lombardi Family Concepts for providing the delicious catering at First Look and Cassandra Fine Catering for providing the staff. Thanks also to Belvedere for the creative cocktails. We warmly thank DJ Lucy Wrubel for again providing the great tunes, and Brian Bolke, Jill Elliott, and Taylor Tomasi Hill for chairing this year’s First Look event.

We welcome a new sponsor, Chanel, to TWO x TWO.

amfAR’s staff for their hands-on leadership and vision in the realization of this event. In particular, special thanks to Wilson Alexander Aguilar, Cassandra Dawes, Yael De Guia, Briana DiTore, Sue Doster, Caroline Humphrey, Andrew McInnes, Eric Muscatell, Bennah Serfaty, AnnMari Shannahan, Danielle Shapiro, and Megan Trusdell.

The staff of the DMA for their invaluable help in promoting the event and mobilizing the art community. We wish to recognize in particular Gavin Delahunty, the Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art. Sincere gratitude to Shyam Oberoi, Director of Technology, for his assistance with TWO x TWO’s website and online catalogue.

Meg Gratch, Auction Manager, for her thoroughness in framing, shipping, and preparing the works for the auction. Connie Cullum-Byers, Sara Deal, Thomas Feulmer, Abel Hernandez, Jeanne Lil Chvosta, Jodie Oliver, Caitlin Overton, Anna Pates, Tony Silva, and Patricia Venegas of The Rachofsky Collection and The Warehouse, whose hard work is instrumental in the production of this event. We thank them all for their significant contributions.

Texas Graphic Resource, Inc., for their expertise and assistance in designing and producing the TWO x TWO invitations and auction catalogue. Their generous support and creativity have been instrumental in continuing the success of TWO x TWO’s printed materials and catalogue. Special thanks to Michael Saint for his creativity and dedication in graphic design production this year.

The Buzzell Company for managing the local press campaign. Our sincere thanks goes to Barbara Buzzell, President, for her continued support. We also recognize Patron Magazine, our local Media Sponsor, for their generosity and coverage of the TWO x TWO events.

Silver Sponsors Unified Fine Arts Services for facilitating the TWO x TWO art installation at The Rachofsky House, and Displays Fine Art Services for assisting with the artwork shipments to Dallas. We also thank U.S. Trust for returning as our Financial Services Sponsor.

We thank the many friends and volunteers who have facilitated the production of this event and insured its continued success. In particular, we recognize our wonderful friend Cindy Ferris, who again coordinated the travel plans of our many TWO x TWO guests visiting from outside of Dallas. We thank our dear friend and celebrated local artist, Francisco Moreno, for his creativity and leadership at our first ever Brilliant Futures Family Day with Harry Winston at Highland Park Village. To the many passionate friends and volunteers who make this event possible, thank you.

We would like to thank and recognize our additional in-kind sponsors whose contributions are an integral part of TWO x TWO: Aquazzura, Belvedere, Bird Bakery, Calligraphic Arts, Casa Dragones, Ceron, The Chinati Foundation, The Cultured Cup, Dallas Cowboys and Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, DJ Lucy Wrubel, Dude Sweet Chocolate, Empire Baking Co., Flexjet, The French Laundry, Gene and Jerry Jones Family, Gold Crown Valet, Grange Hall, Hadleigh’s, Hillstone, Hilton Dallas Park Cities, Marguerite Steed Hoffman and Tom Lentz, Hotel Crescent Court, Hotel Saint George, Inez & Vinoodh, The Joule Hotel, Judd Foundation, Mary Katrantzou, Meadowood Napa Valley, Million Air Dallas, Nancy C. and Richard F. Rogers, PRO/SOUND, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Runyon Fine Arts, Safe Art SAT, Inc., San Pellegrino/Acqua Panna, Sprinkles Cupcakes, Strong Travel Services, Switch Lighting Group, and Whitewall Magazine. Without the support of the Dallas community, this event would not be the spectacular success it is today.

And finally, a project involving an auction of this magnitude is only possible because of the support of the artists whose extraordinary contributions this year and throughout the last decade have brought unprecedented success to TWO x TWO. Their commitment to the fight against AIDS and to the development of the DMA’s Contemporary Art Program demonstrates the generosity of the human spirit and the power it can have to make significant and positive changes in our lives. We are profoundly grateful for their exceptional goodwill, which is the foundation for the success of TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art.

Kevin Robert Frost
Chief Executive Officer
amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

Agustin Arteaga
Eugene McDermott Director
Dallas Museum of Art