Elizabeth Ann Seton Board’s Live From ATX! Gala Dazzles

By Rob Giardinelli Photography by Ben Porter  


THE SETTING: A picture perfect evening at Austin’s Camp Mabry was the recent setting for the 28th Annual EASB Live from ATX! event. This year’s gathering attracted over 1,200 of Austin’s sociables, philanthropists and community leaders for an evening of fun and fundraising.

THE STYLE: Dressed in their finest chic spring attire, the revelry began with a cocktail hour under the beautiful early evening sun, creating a welcoming and festive environment where old friends reacquainted and new friends were made. Partygoers were then asked to proceed inside the large, open aired tent on the Camp Mabry grounds for the evening’s program.

Once inside, guests dined al fresco at their tables where the conversation continued to flow as beautifully as the gentle breezes that wafted throughout the tent. The program featured a live auction where guests robustly engaged in bidding on an array of luxury packages and VIP experiences. The program concluded with a show-stopping performance by musician and Texas native, Shinyribs. The fun continued well into the night with an after party where partygoers danced the night away under the stars to the tunes of LC Rocks.

THE PURPOSE: The event, chaired by Lisa Miller and Ann Townsend, raised over $1.4 million for the Marialice Shivers Regional NICU and Mother Baby Services for the Ascension Seton Medical Center. Since 1992, the event has raised over 16 million dollars for support programs and community health centers in Central Texas.

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The 41st Annual Seton Development Board Gala Delights

By Rob Giardinelli     Photography by Ben Porter

THE SCENE: A beautiful evening at The Four Season in Austin was the recent setting for the 41st annual Seton Development Board Gala. This year’s gala, Stardust, featured several hundred of Austin’s most notable Sociables who were on hand to celebrate one of the city’s most heralded organizations.

THE VIBE: From the moment the black-tie partygoers entered the foyer of the Four Season’s ballroom, they knew they were in for a very special evening. The festivities began with a fun and lively cocktail hour, with crooners Ricki Derek and the Vegas Six performing the perfect singing the perfect Havana-themed inspired tunes for the occasion. The cocktail reception spilled out of the foyer and onto the outside terrace where guests brimmed with anticipation of the fun ahead.

The party continued in the main ballroom of the venue for the evening’s program which included honoring Austin philanthropists Charmaine and Gordon McGill and Wofford Denius. As guests dined on a delectable four-course menu courtesy of the hotel’s Chef Elmer Prambs, the festivities flowed at a brisk pace. The program included touching testimonials about Seton to a spirited Odds & Evens auction, offering a fresh and new take on the popular Heads or Tails live auction which kept everything light and fun throughout.

THE CAUSE: The event, chaired by Shannon Dowell and Evelyn Wiedeman, raised over $600,000 for the Seton Heart Institute at Seton Medical Center Austin. Proceeds will go toward the organization’s cardiovascular programs and equipment to ensure top-quality care in Central Texas.

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