Michael Urie Buss, McMurray, Ferrell join forces for a fresh, new Toast to Life — including special guest emcee Michael Urie TAMMYE NASH | Managing Editornash@dallasvoice.com “We are the ‘be,’” Deborah McMurray said of herself and her Toast to Life co-chair, Michael Buss. “And you,” she continued, turning to Joel Ferrell, “are the ‘dazzle.’” And “bedazzle” is exactly what the trio has done for Resource Center’s 2023 Toast To Life event happening Saturday, April 1, at The Empire Room in the Design District.
Not only is this the 25th annual Toast to Life, this year the event kicks off Resource Center’s year-long 40th anniversary celebration.
This is a big event in a big year. Buss is in his second year as cochair, but he has been a part of Toast to Life since joining the committee in 2018, and part of Resource Center since he started volunteering there years earlier. “Every Wednesday after work, I’d come over here and sit behind that desk out there and answer the phones,” Buss recalled. “I liked knowing that I was doing something to help, and it was a great way to get involved in the community and know what was going.
Buss said that he realized that if he didn’t show up one day, the center’s work would go on without him. He also realized that he wanted to do more, to be more involved. “A friend suggested I join the Toast to Life committee, and so I did.