The Dallas hedge fund set came out in force Thursday to benefit
Capital for Kids, long a favorite charity among the city's
Lawler of Highland Capital (Photo: Capital for
The nonprofit's annual fundraiser at swank city venue
Fashion Industry Gallery benefited 37 different charities,
including Alliance for Children, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of
North Texas, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas. Capital for Kids has now
raised $1.28 million this year.
The event drew an estimated 750 people, about 400 of whom
came in from out of town, according to the organizers.
Requested attire was "dressy denim" and the program featured a
Texas country band, whiskey bar and TexMex hors d'oeuvres. A
Polaris Ranger Crew all-terrain vehicle and a diamond and
sapphire necklace were raffled; there was also a silent auction
of such prizes as lessons at the Dallas Gun Club, a private box
at a Texas Rangers game and tickets to the Dallas Symphony
Lead hedge fund sponsors for the event were WS Capital
Management and Highside Capital Management; other large
benefactors included Maverick Capital, Kleinheinz Capital
Partners, Highland Capital Management, Carlson Capital, SAC
Capital Advisors, Hayman Advisors, Whitebox Advisors and HBK
Capital Management, among other financial services firms.
Capital for Kids' 2012 board includes Kyle Bass of Hayman,
Clint Carlson of Carlson, Lee Hobson of Highside, G. Stacy
Smith and Reid Walker of WS, Rusty Rose of Cardinal Investment
Co., and Tim Lawler of Highland.
The organization was formed in 2003 as part of national
group Hedge Funds Care. The co-founders, Akin Gump's Eliot
Raffkind, Morgan Stanley's John Carlisle and WS's Walker,
amicably broke off from HFC in 2005 to focus on local
initiatives and have raised more than $8 million in the past
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