Abacus in Dallas was the scene of a dinner hosted by Belvedere Vodka this week to announce the sponsors of the 14th Annual TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art to be held on October 20. The event has raised more than $34 million since its inception. Th organizers are hoping to top last year’s record of raising nearly $5 million. The money raised supports two objectives: amFAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, which funds research and education to find a cure and prevent the spread of AIDS, and to fund acquisitions of Contemporary Art at The Dallas Museum of Art. TWO x TWO was established by Cindy and Howard Rachofsky. The annual event has grown to be the largest US fundraiser for both amFAR and The Dallas Museum of Art. Last year a piece by artist Mark Grotjahn went for a record-breaking $1 million.
The title sponsor for this year’s event is Neiman Marcus. Platinum sponsors are Audi of America, Cartier, Sotheby’s and Nancy C. and Richard B. Rogers. Gold sponsors are Moët Hennessy USA (parent of Belvedere), Waldman Bros./Chubb, Flexjet, and todd.event.design creative services. A blue-chip list of other sponsors also contribute generously.
Hosting the Abacus dinner was Claire Smith, Head of Spirit Creation and Mixology at Belvedere Vodka. She matched five innovative cocktails with Abacus’ five course meal. In case you thought Vodka did not go with food, this dinner may have changed your mind!