The North Texas Arthritis Foundation’s Inaugural Krewe to Cure Arthritis Mardi Gras Ball

(Featured photo: Sonja Blumoff, Lori Sirmen, Kerry McConnell, Jacqualine McAllister)*

Over 250 guests attended the Inaugural Krewe to Cure Arthritis Mardi Gras Ball to benefit the Arthritis Foundation in North Texas on February 17th at the Hall on Dragon in the Dallas Design District.  Clarice Tinsley-FOX4 anchor hosted the event.  Lead sponsors for the evening were Rob Langdon, MD – Carnival Presenting Sponsor, Gardere Women’s Council – Parade Sponsor, Mr. James Clark – Krewe Sponsor, Modern Acupuncture – Valet Sponsor, Eberstein & Witherite and Dr. Fehmida Zahabi – Reveler Sponsors.  In-kind Sponsors were FOX 4, People Newspapers, Dallas Light and Sound, Fauxcades, Lead Concepts, Community Coffee, Breadwinners who provided the King Cakes and Aunt Sally’s Creole Pralines.

“The Inaugural Krewe to Cure Arthritis Mardi Gras Ball was a huge success.  We owe a debt of gratitude to our sponsors, auction donors and our Mardi Gras Host Krewe, Lauren Arthur, KaToya Caesar, Rhonda Sargent Chambers, Terry Cummings, Amy George, Kathryn Henry, Neale Jones, Maggie Kipp, Sara Losinger, Charlotte Maffia, Erica Mohai, Julie O’Brien, Ginger Reeder, Lori Sirmen, Lisa F. Walker and Beth Wilbins,” said Al James, Executive Director.


Dr. Leandra Woolnough and Nurse Practitioner Heather Benham from Scottish Rite Hospital provided an update on the Arthritis Foundation/A0II Sorority funded Research Grant.  Six-year old Jayda Gonzalez and her mother Anna Gonzalez shared Anna’s story.

Darin Kunz, Clint Bradley, Rhonda Chambers, Kit Chambers, Mark Soto

The guests enjoyed a delicious New Orleans inspired meal, a mask contest for the Most Creative Male and Female and entertainment by Felix & Fingers Dueling Pianos.


The Arthritis Foundation is the Champion of Yes! Leading the fight for the arthritis community, the Arthritis Foundation helps conquer everyday battles through life-changing information and resources, access to optimal care, advancements in science and community connections.  Our goal is to chart a winning course, guiding families in developing personalized plans for living a full life and making each day another stride towards finding a cure.

  • Write-up courtesy Arthritis Foundation.
    * Photos by Bob Manzano and Jim Moss.


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