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What It's Like to Be a Part of Resource Center Dallas' 5 Factor

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Although I will never realize my childhood dream of being one of the Jackson 5, as of last night, I will always be a member of an even more revolutionary group: The 5 Factor.

Last night, Resource Center Dallas held their 3rd Annual The 5 Factor event to honor "Dallas' finest 5 individuals who exemplify the style and generosity of Dallas' future." I was beyond thrilled when I found out a short while back that I was chosen as one of the five.

Ron Corning (Channel 8), Monica Greene (Monica's Aca y Alla), Prashi Shah (Prashe), and Bronwen Weber (Frosted Art Bakery and Studio) were honored in the categories of media, icon, fashion, and culinary respectively. I was honored in the category of journalism.

The event was held at a really cool space called eM the venue by Marc and sponsors included, Ketel One, Trulucks, R + D Kitchen, Neiman Marcus, American Airlines, Park Place Volvo, Chuck Steelman, Dallas Modern Luxury, Pinky's Valet, ilume Gallery, Buli, and The Cupcakery, as well as a number of other businesses and individuals.

It was a good looking, well-dressed crowd, and the place was packed with some of Dallas' most handsome and well-dressed gay men, as to be expected. But there were plenty of women and straight allies there too that were knock-outs as well.

The open bar served champagne and martinis, and Trulucks, R + D Kitchen, and the Cupcakery served nibbles and bites. MicahB was the night's DJ, and Check Steelman of Neiman Marcus served as emcee. It was basically a fabulous party with a brief interlude where the five of us were introduced and given wonderful goodies.

It's funny because I was a nervous wreck all day. No idea why. It was so nice to be surrounded by so many supporters and friends and to be honored in such esteemed company. You know, Dallas is known for its money and fashion and art. But it should also be known for its people.

Resource Center Dallas serves "a dual mission: to develop programs and offer services for the GLBT community, as well as individuals and families affected by HIV and AIDS." It's an organization that deserves more limelight and support.

Last night was fun and glamorous and extremely flattering, but I was really moved to see so many people come together last night in the name of supporting Resource Center Dallas and raising funds for its work.

Thank you, Resource Center Dallas. Thank you for this award but, more importantly, thank you for your work.

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Jenny Block