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.

 

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WINNER TAKES ALL

WINNER TAKES ALL

Actor Brooklyn Decker is making waves where she lives in Austin, and in Hollywood, these days. Along with starring in the sixth season that just premiered of her hit Netflix show, Grace & Frankie, she also loves being a busy mom, wife to tennis champ Andy Roddick, and finding time for what matters most in her life as she catches up with our own Lance Avery Morgan. (PORTRAIT photo by Jeff Lipsky)

I love the Andy Roddick Foundation becauseAustin doesn’t succeed until everyone in Austin succeeds, and Andy understands the responsibility of that. People are continually looking to Austin to find the what’s next and it’s exciting to think our city can set the example for what the program Out of School Time can look like, nation-wide, because of ARF.

The best career advice I’ve received isJust marry him. Oh, did you say best or worst? 

Three qualities that got me where I am today areI work my ass off. I am incredibly curious and love to learn. I married rich.

How I made my first dollarby selling shaved ice. 

Last thing I binge/marathon watched wasBlack Monday.

My style icon is…Bianca Jagger or Carolyn Murphy.

My personal style signifier isa lot of denim. Apparently, you can’t take Texas outta the girl. 

A classic designer I wish was still designing today isEdith Head. She knew how to design for women and created some of the most iconic on-screen looks we know and love

The book that left a lasting impression on me wasHillbilly Elegy by J.D.Vance. It takes place where I was born and where my mom and a huge chunk of my family are from. It helped me to understand them on a deeper level. 

First album I bought wasAlanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill

If I could live in a foreign city it would be...Amsterdam. 

What everyone/woman should try in her lifetime isYou should ask Lily Tomlin.

My perfect day would begin withMy babies sleeping in very late, then running into my bed to snuggle. 

My perfect day would end bySipping a White Russian, watching a Hallmark movie or political debate, and some making out by the fire.

One thing I am exceptionally good at that most might not know isMy voice ain’t half bad. 

If I could compete in an Olympic sport it would beGymnastics. Growing up, I worshiped those women.

The beauty essential you’d have to pry out of my cold, dead hands isBeauty Counter Red Lipstick.

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