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A night to shine

For many, Highland Springs gala is a family affair

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November 26th, 2013
Highland Springs Gala

Little Nick Bacarella didn t mind staying out past his bedtime as he twirled in the arms of his mom, Aimee, on the dance floor at Highland Springs annual gala. The toddler enjoyed his second gala in as many years at the North Dallas community where his great-grandfather Wayne Lewis lives. The gala is an annual tradition for our family, says Wayne s daughter Mary Keith. We dress up and share a night out together.

Community celebrates at seventh annual gala

This year s theme,Celebration, paid tribute to the community s seventh anniversary. Guests dined on their choice of pan-seared halibut with fire-roasted tomato chutney or an herb-and-cheese crusted filet of beef served with truffle mashed potatoes. Highland Springs resident Jack Melick and his orchestra filled the air with big band music as partygoers packed the dance floor. This is a night for Highland Springs to shine, says Barbara Blachly, community resources coordinator and chair of the gala committee. We chose jewel tones for this year s d cor because we wanted to highlight the real jewels of the community our residents. Proceeds from ticket sales, raffle items, and the silent auction benefitted the Resident Care Fund, which supports residents who experience an unforeseen change in their financial situation for reasons beyond their control. Highland Springs Home for Life Commitmentprovides several options for residents to protect their future. The Residence and Care Agreement has complete details. We raised over $48,000 for the Resident Care Fund this year, says Blachly. We also served over 330 people at this year s event, the most we ve ever had.

Family prom

Vi Tabler is another resident who wouldn t miss the chance to spend the evening with family members. My granddaughter Erica called the gala our family prom several years ago, says Vi. The nickname stuck. This year, Vi s family added one more chair to their table for Lynn Couch, who moved to Highland Springs from Nashville, Tenn., and considers Vi her best friend at the community. I m honored to join Vi s family for the gala, says Lynn. It s so special to see everyone dressed up. We ve all got a lot of life to live, and this is the place to do it. Matt Neville, executive director, echoed those sentiments when he stepped up to the microphone. This gala embodies the mission of Highland Springs, said Neville. We are a community that celebrates life. That s what this evening is all about.

Creating a legacy

As the gala cements Highland Springs place in family lore, it also opens up an avenue of discussion about the future. My husband and I are so impressed by Highland Springs that we ve already joined the priority list, even though we re in our mid-50s, says Mary Keith, Wayne Lewis daughter. We see all the activities taking place here, and we know when the time is right this is where we want to be.