DANCING DAZZLE

DANCING DAZZLE

13th Annual Center for Child Protection’s Dancing with the Stars Gala Sizzles

By Rob Giardinelli     Photography by Jeff Loftin, Christina Murphy, Haley Plotkin and Ben Porter

THE SETTING: Against the backdrop of a picture-perfect winter evening, over a thousand of the most notable sociables and philanthropists descended on Austin’s JW Mariott Hotel for the 13th annual Dancing with the Stars. Hosted by the Center for Child Protection, the event is one of the can’t-miss social events of the season. This year’s gathering was no exception, featuring an evening full of fun and show-stopping dance routines, and a special appearance by JR Martinez, a winner of the ABC’s televised version of Dancing with the Stars.

 

THE STYLE: Friends and supporters of the 11 celebrity dancers donned their finest black-tie ensembles, with women choosing an eclectic mix of chic ballgowns with metallics, solid colors, and especially sequins being the most popular. Not to be outshined, the men also brought their finest eveningwear, with many sporting velvet tuxedo jackets, that helped create a festive environment.  

 

The evening began in the foyer of the ballroom for a breezy cocktail hour, where guests got to mingle and congratulate the celebrity dancers they were on hand to support. The action then moved to the main ballroom for the evening’s program. The event emcees, Glenn Ball and Holly Mills Gardner, effortlessly kept the audience engaged throughout the event with a mix of humor and witty banter. Following a moving video, highlighting the purpose of the Center for Child Protection, the live auction had bidders seize the opportunity to purchase an impressive array of items including luxury vacation packages to such exotic locales as Africa, Croatia and Thailand.

 

Then came the main event, the performances by the dancers themselves. One by one, each of the dancers strutted their stuff on the dance floor to iconic songs including Crazy in Love, Gonna Make U Sweat and I Will Survive that kept the audience on their feet throughout. After the dancing competition concluded, the audience vote was tallied with Brian Yacktman and his pro partner, Katrina Repka, were declared the winners. The evening was capped off with an after-party where partygoers danced into the wee hours of the morning to the tunes of DJ Johnny Bravo.

 

THE PURPOSE: The event, co-chaired by Francie Little and Jenny Mason, raised over $1.1 million for the Center for Child Protection. A nationally accredited children’s advocacy center that offers services ,including forensic interviews, counseling, and medical exams to children who are suspected victims of physical or sexual abuse as well as those who have witnessed violent crime.

 

SIGNED, SEALED & DELIVERED

SIGNED, SEALED & DELIVERED

Performance by Grammy Award Winning Artist Seal Caps Off Andy Roddick Foundation Gala

By Rob Giardinelli     Photography by Tyler Schmitt Photography

THE SETTING: The Moody Theatre at ACL Live in Austin was the recent setting for the 14th Annual Andy Roddick Foundation gala. In total, over 2,000 philanthropists, sociables, and music lovers were on hand for an evening that combined two of Austin’s favorite past-times: fundraising and music.

THE STYLE: The stylish crowd began the evening with a VIP reception and cocktail hour. The 400 attendees of the main gala then moved into the orchestra level of the Moody Theatre for the main program. As guests dined, they were treated to videos showing the positive impact the organization has had on many youths in the Austin community. Next was the live auction, which included a tennis match with Roddick at the Billie Jean King US Tennis Center during the 2020 US Open in New York that went for over $150,000 to not one, but two lucky winners.

The patrons of the gala were then joined by 1,600 music lovers perched on the mezzanine level of the Moody Theatre to listen to a concert performed by Grammy Award-winning artist Seal. The legendary performer dazzled the audience with a mix of new tunes and classic hits that had the crowd on their feet throughout…capping off a night for the ages.

THE PURPOSE: The event raised well over $1 million for the Andy Roddick Foundation. The mission of the Andy Roddick Foundation is to provide high- quality learning and enrichment activities for at-risk students during out of school hours so children can discover their passions in life.

 

ALWAYS CELEBRATE LIFE

ALWAYS CELEBRATE LIFE

Celebration of Life Luncheon Features Breast Cancer Survivors, Fashions From Julian Gold

By Rob Giardinelli Photography courtesy of Seton Breast Care Center and the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation

THE SETTING: The JW Marriott hotel in Austin was the recent setting of the Celebration of Life luncheon. One of the capital city’s most anticipated annual luncheons, this year’s gathering met the high expectations, with over 400 of Austin’s most notable sociables and philanthropists for a delightful afternoon of fashion, funand fundraising.

THE STYLE: The luncheon-chic crowd kicked off the festivities in style with champagne during a fun and lively cocktail reception, where the fashionable crowd had the opportunity to mingle with one another. The action then moved to the main ballroom for the program and fashion show. Emcee Lauren Petrowski effortlessly kept the audience entertained as they dined on a light lunch and heard words from key event leaders.

Next, came a series of fashion shows sponsored by Julian Gold and Webber Productions. The first show featured some of the over 120 breast cancer survivors and fighters on hand as they modeled their favorite looks down the runway. The second fashion show featured an array of the latest Julian Gold fashions that dazzled the fashionistas, capping off an afternoon of largesse and style.

THE PURPOSE: The event, chaired by Lara Burns Boyda with Fayruz Benyousef serving as honorary chair, raised funds for the Seton Breast Care Center and the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation, which provides awareness, education, and treatment to women who have breast cancer.

 

MOTOWN’S MAGIC

MOTOWN’S MAGIC

The Kindness Campaign Partners With Grammy Museum To Host Motown’s 60th Anniversary

By Rob Giardinelli Photography by Ben Porter

THE SETTING: A private residence in Austin was recently the setting for a special evening that honored one of the world’s most beloved music genres, the soul of Motown. In total, 230 of the city’s most notable philanthropists, sociables, and music lovers were on hand for the Art of Kindness, which celebrated Motown’s 60th anniversary in a special partnership between The Kindness Campaign and the Grammy Museum.

THE STYLE: The winter-chic crowd began the evening with cocktails where guests mingled, sipped cocktails, and brimmed with anticipation of the entertaining night ahead. The music lovers then headed to their seats for the program, conversation, and concert. The program included a Q&A with legendary Motown singer Claudette Robinson, of The Miracles, as well as a live auction that featured such luxe items as the Red Carpet Treatment package that included a VIP tour of the Grammy Museum and tickets for four to Conan, and a Pampering in Paradise private getaway for six in the Caribbean, which fetched the highest dollar amount of the evening. The night was capped off by a surprise concert by Grammy Award-winning musician, Estelle, who brought the crowd to its feet and had them dancing the night away into the wee hours of the morning.

THE PURPOSE: The event, co-chaired by Amber Allen and Lawton Cummings, raised over $450,000 for The Kindness Campaign. The Kindness Campaign’s mission is to provide positive and accessible tools to promote emotional health for students based on the core message I Am Enough.

 

TRUE BLUE

TRUE BLUE

Pantone’s color of the year, Classic Blue, is bringing a sense of peace and tranquility to the human spirit. This spring season, you’ll spot the rich blue hue all over the runway, red carpet, home designs…and abroad. Our style guru, Tori Johnson of  ThesTORIbook.com, is sharing all the ways you can incorporate this color into your daily life.

INTO THE DEEP BLUE

Classic Blue took over the season’s runway. From solids to textures, designers showed off their creations highlighting this year’s favorite color. Carolina Herrera’s Spring 2020 collection featured the shade using whimsical florals, plaid, and abstract fabric designs that are must-have additions for every wardrobe. At Neiman Marcus. Photo courtesy of Vogue.

SWIRLS OF SAPPHIRE

These stunning studs from de Grisogono’s Chiocciolina Collection are sure to stand out among the rest of your fine jewels. The earrings feature an 18K-white gold setting along with icy diamonds and brilliant sapphires. $15,600. Photo and availability courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue.

DINNER UNDER THE STARS

As part of their 10th-anniversary collection, the L’Objet’s Lapis round platter takes serve ware to the next level. The design mirrors the infamous Mediterranean skies along with a luxurious, hand-gilded 24K gold trim. $550. Photo and availability courtesy of L’Objet.

SPRING SWIRL

Equal parts flirtatious and irreverent, the Mary Short Kaftan in Jaipur is an airy, festive dress with oversized ruffled sleeves, a flouncy hem, chic scoop neck top, and optional belt.
We envision wearing it to a wedding, luncheon, or special dinner, can’t you? $995. At Ala von Auersperg.com.

PATTERN’S NEW PLAY

This Salvatore Ferragamo silk scarf with baroque-style prints offers the perfect pop for any ensemble. $395. Photo and availability courtesy of Ferragamo.com.

BLUE JINLU

This original oil painting by Cheng Jinlu is the perfect addition to any modern home. Each work is painted by hand, so no two paintings will be identical. $2,770. Photo and availability courtesy of Neiman Marcus.

SWIVEL IN STYLE

Looking for that living room statement piece? Haute House’s Gia swivel chair is equal parts functional and fashionable. $3,799. Photo and availability courtesy of Neiman Marcus.

CAVIAR, ANYONE?

Transform your skin with natural caviar extract in La Prairie’s Skin Caviar Luxe Cream. Their breakthrough science and ingredients help enhance firmness and elasticity to help turn back the years. $505. Photo and availability courtesy of La Prairie.

FUR SURE THRONE

Pooch sleepovers just got easier with this luxurious trundle pet bed. With crushed velvet upholstery, your four-legged friends will feel right at home. $1,699. Photo and availability courtesy of Haute House.

BLOUSON BEAUTY

Erdem’s Tabetha silk-organza maxi dress is perfect for afternoon spring weddings and garden parties. With a plunging neckline and tiered skirt, this dress is sure to be a crowd favorite. $5,795. Photo and availability courtesy of Net-A-Porter.

RAFFIA SLIPPER

From the office to happy hour, these Malone Souliers Jane raffia loafers can take you all around town. Mix up your typical workwear combinations with this pop of color and texture. $625. Photo and availability courtesy of Bergdorf Goodman.

MEDITERRANEAN ESCAPE

Why not get lost amongst the blue domes in Santorini, Greece, this spring and summer? Oia offers breathtaking architecture and celebrity-approved hotels. Popular accommodations include Canaves Oia Suites and Adronis Luxury Suites. Photo and availability courtesy of Conde Nast Traveler.

ALL ABOUT AGATE

Wow your guests the next time you entertain with this pure solid, silver-plated agate bowl from ANNA New York. Use it as an elevated serving dish or as an accent piece in the kitchen. $475. Photo and availability courtesy of Neiman Marcus.

CLASSIC CRYSTAL

Baccarat’s magnificent crystal creations make the perfect gift any time of year. This extra-large Eye Vase reflects gorgeous blue shades from every angle. $12,500. Photo and availability courtesy of The Menagerie, Austin.