The Contemporary Austin Hosts Dinner Al Fresco At Waterfront Residence
By Rob Giardinelli Photography by Ben Porter

THE SETTING: The stunning mid-century style Lake Austin home of philanthropist Charles Attal was the recent setting of an al fresco dinner that raised funds for a very worthy cause. Over 120 of the city’s most notable art patrons and VIPs attended the event and were treated to great conversation, food, and musical performances.


THE STYLE: The Austin-chic crowd, wearing their best summery cocktail attire, were wowed the second they arrived at the Attal residence. Guests entered the garden overlooking Lake Austin and descended the staircase that perfectly complemented the beautiful grounds where cocktails and conversations awaited them. As attendees sipped on their libations, they toured the beautiful grounds while getting reacquainted with old friends and making new ones in the process.


Patrons then enjoyed a delectable buffet dinner where guests had their choice of dozens of al fresco bistro-style tables to savor the food and take in the fabulous water views. The festivities then moved to another area of the grounds where several colorful, artistic seating areas awaited them for the entertainment portion of the evening, all designed by Panacea Collective. Austin-born musician Calder Allen captivated the audience with a showstopping performance, capping off a phenomenal evening those fortunate enough to be a part of will not soon forget.


THE PURPOSE: The event raised funds for The Contemporary Austin museum. Proceeds from the event will go towards providing cutting-edge programs and art experiences serving tens of thousands of people in Austin, and beyond, each year.



Helping Hand Home Hosts Annual Crystal Ball Presentation And Gala

By Rose Betty Williams     Photography by Jetter Photography

THE SETTING: The Helping Hand Society celebrated the 79th annual Crystal Ball with a brunch and fashion show, followed by the black tie Debutante Presentation Gala at the Palmer Events Center that evening. More than 2000 guests attended the event. Thirty-eight debutantes, their escorts, and junior escorts were presented along with 151 ninth grade Helping Hand Girls and Boys and 30 First Grade Princesses.


THE STYLE: Dillard’s and Webber Productions presented the fashion show with the Helping Hand Home forever families modeling the latest fashions. Emcee Jim Spencer introduced the Princesses, HH Girls, and HH Debutantes. Then, HHH Executive Director Ted Keyser and HH Society of Austin President Julie Ballard welcomed and thanked supporters, event sponsors, participants and their families, gala co-chairs Kathi Haralson and Tina McCutchin, their committee, and HH Society member volunteers. The gala featured the debutante presentation, a silent auction, a plated dinner by Catering by Rosemary, dancing to the music of Blind Date, and spectacular floral décor created by Westbank Flower Market.


This year’s Helping Hand Crystal Ball debutantes are: Mia Ann Arriaga, Claire Elizabeth Baxter, Evelyn Caruth Berry, Annabel McKenzie Briggs, Lucile Read Brocato, Emma Beth Wilson Brydson, Olivia Claire Chester, Ava Gail Clark, Morgan Adeline Ehlinger, Ella Grace Hicks, Eleanor Kathryn Hutcheson, Miriam Rose Alexander Kessler, Ava Emelia Kizer, Margaret Louise Lee, Bailey Lynn Liverman, Paige Chenault Liverman, Madison Lizabeth Mansour, Grace Cannon May, Amelia Marie McConnico, Daisy Louise McDowell, Meghan Sloane Meserole, Helena Faith Monsivais, Javrey Ann Morales, Margaret Maxine Newton, Barbara Hunter Nokes, Aidan Elizabeth Perry, Mollie Day Richards, Ramsey Ann Richards, Ashley Ellen Settle, Sophia Gant Stokes, Amelia Catherine Strehli, Abigail Masee Szygenda, Elizabeth McFaddin Taylor, Maria Anne Tobias, Elaine Gracen Trotter, Siena Grace Welsh, Brooke Madison Williams, and Kathryn Elizabeth Yonge.


THE PURPOSE: The 2022 Crystal Ball, co-chaired by Kathi Haralson and Tina McCutchin, along with the gala committee of more than 75 HHS members, is the largest fundraiser for HHH. The evening raised more than $1.4 million in support of its mission to provide a nurturing and therapeutic home for children and to restore each child to a healthy family setting. The goal is to protect and restore the lives of victimized children so that those without hope may reclaim their futures. President Ballard noted that HHH is in the final stages of constructing the newly expanded campus. It will include eight new children’s homes, a conference and learning center, a permanent charter school facility, the capacity to double the foster care and adoption program, and the renovation of the current campus facilities.



Ascension Seton’s EASB Havana Nights Breaks Fundraising Record

By Rob Giardinelli       Photography by Ben Porter

THE SETTING: Camp Mabry in Austin was the recent setting for the Elizabeth Ann Seton Board’s Havana Nights event. One of the city’s most anticipated spring social events, this year’s gala included a bevy of sociables and philanthropists. Guests were treated to an evening of food, music, and fun in the evening that had a tropical atmosphere.


THE STYLE: The Austin-chic crowd sported a fun mix of bright, beautiful colors and classic white ensembles that created a vibrant, welcoming environment for all. As guests arrived during the cocktail hour, partygoers sipped spirits from one of the many generously stocked bars and sampled bites from several Havana-inspired food stations featuring delectable bites including empanadas and Cuban sliders.


The action then moved to the open-air tent that was erected on the grounds of Camp Mabry for the main program. As the attendees continued to sample the delicious Cuban fare, they were treated to words from the organization’s leaders like EASB President Caroline Smith, as well as touching tributes and testimonials, including a mission video that highlighted a year in the life of an NICU nurse. Emcee and media personality Anne Hudson Andrews effortlessly kept the evening moving along at a brisk pace and foregoing a live auction, helmed a mobile give to raise more funds. The night was capped off with an after party where revelers danced the night away to the tunes of popular, Texas-based band, Memphis Soul.


THE PURPOSE: The event, co-chaired by Lauren Smith Ford and Katie Owen, raised a record $1.5 million. The proceeds that were raised from the event will support programs, building and equipment needs for Mother/Baby services, and The Marialice Shivers and Dell Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at The Kathryn Frances Walker Center for Neonatal Intensive & Family Support at Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin.



Andy Roddick Foundation Gala Headlined By Leon Bridges To Raise Funds

By Rob Giardinelli                Photography by Michael Charles of Mill Photography Studio

THE SETTING: The JW Marriott in Austin was the recent setting of the 12th Annual Andy Roddick Foundation Gala, founded by the tennis champ. The evening included over 500 of the Capital City’s most notable sociables, philanthropists, and VIPs who were treated to an evening of fun, fundraising, and a showstopping musical performance.


THE STYLE: From the moment the Austin-chic revelers ascended the escalators to the JW Marriott foyer, they could sense a special evening ahead. After the guests posed for photos, the fun turned to a festive cocktail hour where they sipped spirits, made new friends and welcomed familiar faces.


The action then moved to the ballroom for the evening’s program. As guests dined on a delicious, multi-course meal, capped off with desserts courtesy of Tiff’s Treats, they were treated to words by the Andy Roddick Foundation leaders and a series of heartwarming testimonials. Next up was a spirited live auction that featured such coveted items as a VIP experience at the U.S. Open, an excursion to St. Barth’s, and a tennis clinic with Andy Roddick. The festivities were capped off by a performance by Grammy AwardÓ-winning singer and songwriter Leon Bridges, who brought down the house with his many hit tunes.


THE PURPOSE: The event, chaired by Leon and Tiffany Chen, raised nearly $1 million for the Andy Roddick Foundation. These funds will enable the organization to invest resources in critical out-of-school programs and expand opportunities for all young people until opportunity knows no color or ZIP code.



Art of Kindness Kicks Off Two-Day Festival With Party At The Pershing


By Rob Giardinelli         Photography by Ben Porter

THE SETTING: The Pershing, a private club in Austin, was the recent setting for an evening that kicked off two days of fundraising for a very worthy cause. Over 150 of the city’s most notable sociables, VIPs, and philanthropists arrived at the Art of Kindness Kickoff party. They were treated to a fabulous evening those fortunate enough to attend will not soon forget.


THE STYLE: The fun mix of cocktail and Austin-chic attire exuded a kind and welcoming environment that could be felt from the moment the guests walked up to the Pershing to pose for photos in front of the large-scale Art of Kindness light installation at the venue entrance. Once inside, all sipped on spirits during a fun and lively cocktail hour, became acquainted with old friends and made new ones.


Guests then gathered in front of the venue’s stage for the evening’s program. Highlights of the program included words from the organization’s leaders and touching video tributes. A live auction followed where guests bid on a series of stellar items, including a trip to Costa Rica, an ATXclusive Package, and a Flight to Space courtesy of World View. The festivities for the evening were capped off with dancing courtesy of tunes by DJ Cassandra. The evening set the tone for the second day, held at Easy Tiger, where the organization distributed 1,500 vouchers to children from Title 1 schools for a community-focused, festival-style event. 


THE PURPOSE: The two-day event, co-chaired by Lisa Jauregui and Loreal Sarkisian, raised over $620,000 for The Kindness Campaign. Funds from the event will create and provide accessible mental health programs for children and adults in homes and classrooms. The organization’s core message, I AM ENOUGH, is driven by four core pillars: self-image, emotional awareness, empathy, and community.



Texas Alzheimer’s Association Honors DK Reynolds As Community Caregiver Of The Year 

By Rob Giardinelli     Photography by Tyler Schmitt of Mill Photography Studio

THE SETTING: The Four Seasons in Austin was the recent venue for the Hidden Heroes Caregiving Award Luncheon. The event featured over 200 of Austin’s most notable sociables and philanthropists to honor philanthropist DK Reynolds.


THE STYLE: The Austin-chic crowd began the afternoon in the foyer of the Four Seasons, where guests mingled and enjoyed the opportunity to personally congratulate the guest of honor. The festivities then moved to the Four Seasons ballroom for the main program. Highlights of the event included a touching tribute video, words from the Texas Alzheimer’s Association Board President Dr. Char Hu, and a lively Q&A conversation with TAA Board Member Rita Hortenstine and Chief Director of the Center for Brain Health at The University of Texas at Dallas Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman. The program was capped off by honoring DK Reynolds for her tireless work and support as a humanitarian, philanthropist, and dedicated caregiver.


THE PURPOSE: The event, co-chaired by Sarah Beuerlein and Sheri Krause, raised funds for the Texas Alzheimer’s Association. The organization’s mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s Disease and related disorders through the advancement of research and enhance much-needed support for individuals, families, and caregivers inflicted by the disease.