Special Thanks from TWO x TWO 2017
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 $68 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 2017:
DMA and amfAR Board Trustee Cindy Rachofsky and her husband, Howard, for welcoming us into their magnificent Richard Meier-designed house for the 19th 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.
Distinguished artist Jonas Wood, 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 29, at The Warehouse, sponsored by Highland Park Village, whom we thank for their support. It is a great privilege to welcome Jonas Wood, and we thank him and our friends at Wood Kusaka Studios, Anton Kern Gallery, David Kordansky Gallery, Gagosian Gallery, and Shane Campbell Gallery for their many years of support of TWO x TWO.
TWO x TWO’s spectacular Chairmen, Nasiba and Thomas Hartland-Mackie. Nasiba and Thomas have supported TWO x TWO for many years. We are grateful to the Hartland-Mackie family for their friendship and generous support.
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 again as our 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, Sotheby’s, and Suitsupply. Dom Pérignon has generously provided the Champagne for the TWO x TWO Gala for 17 years. Sotheby’s 18-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. We are delighted to welcome our newest sponsor, Suitsupply, to 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 19th year.
Heartfelt thanks to our loyal friends at Chubb Personal Insurance and IMA | Waldman for their generous and continued participation together as the Art Sponsors. Sincere thanks to U.S. Trust, the 2017 Silent Auction Sponsor, and to Ron and Maryellen Spears for returning as our Live Auction Sponsor.
Cheers to Belvedere, Dom Pérignon, Miraval Rosé, Moët Hennessy U.S.A., and Tequila Casa Dragones who generously provide the luxury Champagne and cocktails for the week of TWO x TWO events.
Headington Companies and Forty Five Ten for sponsoring Thursday’s sensational First Look preview party. We warmly thank DJ Lucy Wrubel for again providing the great tunes. And we thank TTH Forty Five Ten for their sponsorship of the 2nd annual TWO x TWO Family Day at Highland Park Village.
Heartfelt thanks to 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 Ryan Tedder as this year’s featured entertainer, and we welcome Armie Hammer as TWO x TWO’s master of ceremonies.
Melissa Ireland, Director, TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art, for her tenacity, ingenuity, and devotion in planning the remarkable 19th year of TWO x TWO.
amfAR’s staff for their hands-on leadership and vision in the realization of this event. In particular, special thanks to Cassandra Dawes, Yael De Guia, Briana DiTore, Sue Doster, Andrew McInnes, Eric Muscatell, Megan Posada, Bennah Serfaty, Abigail Scheflen, and AnnMari Shannahan.
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. Thanks 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. We also thank Patron Magazine, our local Media Sponsor, for the generous and inspiring coverage of TWO x TWO.
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 UBS | The Cantrell Reinbold Group, our Financial Services Silver 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 would like to thank and recognize our additional in-kind sponsors whose contributions are an integral part of TWO x TWO: Aperi, Bird Bakery, Bullion, Calligraphic Arts, The Cultured Cup, Empire Baking Co., Gold Crown Valet, Grange Hall, Hadleigh’s, Hillstone, Marguerite Steed Hoffman and Tom Lentz, José on Lovers, The Joule Hotel, PRO/SOUND, The Restaurant, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Rosewood San Miguel de Allende, Runyon Fine Arts, Safe Art SAT, Inc., San Pellegrino/Acqua Panna, Strong Travel Services, Switch Lighting Group, The Tot, 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 two decades has 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
Eugene McDermott Director
Dallas Museum of Art