KINDNESS ABOUNDS

KINDNESS ABOUNDS

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.

EVENING OF MERRIMENT

EVENING OF MERRIMENT

Amber and Al Koehler Host An Evening Of Holiday Cheer

 

By Rob Giardinelli     Photography by Ben Porter Photography

THE SETTING: The home of Al and Amber Koehler in Austin was the recent setting for an evening of merriment and revelry. The several hundred who attended the holiday party for the ages were treated to an evening of festive holiday spirit…and spirits, great friends, and live entertainment. The fête was the perfect mix of adult fun and childlike joy. In fact, guests look forward to it all year long.

 

THE STYLE: The holiday-chic crowd sported a mix of cocktail dresses, sportscoats, and holiday-inspired ensembles that created a welcoming environment for all. The duo, always the consummate hosts, provided a wide range of exciting experiences for their guests, ensuring there was something for everyone to enjoy. While some cozied up to the bar for their favorite cocktail or grabbed a nosh at one of the plentiful food stations, others aimed their sights toward the gigantic inflatable snowball where they could have their picture taken to remember the evening.

 

The Austin event would not be complete without live music, of course, and guests were in for a special night as they listened to a lively performance by Skyrocket. Those who stayed into the wee hours of the morning experienced an unforgettable musical surprise…an impromptu performance by musician Lukas Nelson, the son of Willie Nelson, capping off a memorable night of celebration.

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