Join us for the 2019 WDF Dallas Gala!

We Defy Foundation proudly announces our inaugural Dallas Fundraising Gala will be held on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at the upscale The Highland Dallas, located in Dallas’ newest district, University Crossings.

The evening begins with a cocktail reception and uniquely curated silent auction, followed by a Tasting of the Town featuring 3 time James Beard-nominated Chef John Tesar’s Knife along with a hand-picked selection of Dallas’ top restaurants, and culminating with a Patriotic Guest Speaker and We Defy Athlete Panel you don’t want to miss! This event will showcase We Defy’s impact across the country and it is time to celebrate the Foundation’s growth, the strides being made by our We Defy Athletes, and the donors and supporters who continue making it possible.

Purchase your tickets below and join us for a fun filled evening and help support those who are ready to begin their journey to Prove Them Wrong.


2019 Dallas Gala Ticket
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The inaugural Dallas Gala is an opportunity for patriots, supporters, and friends alike to give back to our nation’s warriors and provide combat veterans coping with physical and mental disabilities direct access to alternative means of therapeutic relief through Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The Gala’s highly coveted selection of silent auction items, drinks, Taste of the Town, short program, and guest speakers are all in benefit of combat veterans with military connected disabilities. To date, We Defy Foundation has awarded 110 Athlete Scholarships, placing 110 disabled combat veterans in gis and on the mats training Jiu Jitsu in a We Defy accredited facility for one year.

And the work isn’t over yet, We Defy has a wait list of disabled combat veterans eager to get on the mats and start training Jiu Jitsu but the Foundation must be able to fully fund the annual scholarship before taking a veteran off the list.

Tickets are limited and we will sell out. Don’t wait, get your 2019 We Defy Foundation Dallas Gala tickets before it’s too late and join us for a night you won’t forget!


**The Highland Dallas has graciously extended a Discounted Room Rate to guests attending the WDF Gala. Reservations must be made by March 23, 2019 to ensure the special rate. To make your hotel reservation, please call toll-free 855-426-0597 and request the We Defy Foundation - Call in Block

2019 Dallas Gala In Honor Of Tickets
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If you are unable to attend this year’s inaugural Gala but would still like to support We Defy, please consider the In Honor Of Gala Tickets. Each In Honor Ticket purchased not only directly supports We Defy Foundation, it will allow a local veteran or We Defy Athlete to attend in your place and allow you the opportunity to have us Honor your veteran during the event.

Does your business or organization have an auction item they would like to contribute to the 2019 Dallas Gala? We still have a few open spaces on the silent auction table and appreciate your help making this year’s event a roaring success. Please visit to submit your donation. All item donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by the law.

The Highland Dallas

A truly one-of-a-kind urban resort experience, The Highland Dallas delivers historic mid-century architecture infused with modern energy and decor. Sophisticated luxury merged with a casual spirit, this newly reimagined lifestyle hotel is as distinctive as the city it calls home. Lounge by the infinity pool, indulge in an Exhale Spa treatment, break a sweat in a fitness class, visit the full service Salon Pompeo, dine at the renowned Knife Dallas, or explore all the city has to offer all while enjoying the well-appointed accommodations of The Highland Dallas.

Knife Restaurant

3 time James Beard-nominated and “Top Chef” contestant John Tesar brings a fresh, new steakhouse dining experience to The Highland Dallas. The menu features all-natural born and raised Texas meats, complementing “old school” classics like 45-day dry-aged sirloin and bone-in rib eye with “new school” evolutions that include culotte and flat iron. In addition to larger “slabs” of meat for group dining —including an 18-hour braised crispy pig’s head— the menu is rounded out by an extensive charcuterie program, bacon and ham tastings, sausages, sandwiches, salads and pasta dishes.

The Highland Dallas, 5300 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, TX 75205