By Rob Giardinelli Photography by Sterling Coats and Haley Plotkin
Center for Child Protection’s Play Bingo Dazzles
The crowd at PLAYBINGO
THE SETTING: A beautiful fall afternoon was the recent setting for one of the city’s most anticipated fall competitions. Not U.T. Football, yet rather bingo. A sold-out crowd featuring 1,200 of the city’s most notable sociables, philanthropists and VIP descended upon the JW Marriott Hotel in downtown Austin for the 19th Annual PlayBingo Ladies Luncheon for a day of fun, prizes, and most of all…fundraising.
Belinda Hannah, Keely Dall, Michelle Atkins, Lyn Vogt, Jamie Sorrentino, Amy Beard, Anne Doctor, Christol Farris, Dillon Womack, Gerri Skutta and Jennesa McBride
THE STYLE: The festive-chic attire created a welcoming environment for all who attended. Before the main event, revelers were able to peruse the over 125 silent auction items up for bid which included fine jewelry, designer handbags, items from local merchants, vacation packages, and much more. In the crowd, many coordinated outfits were spotted as many dressed in specific themes with their tablemates.
The festivities then moved into the ballroom to PlayBingo. Emcee Jim Spencer effortlessly kept things moving a brisk, fun pace as the games were played. In total, eight games were played with the winners taking home prizes from such luxury brands as Neiman Marcus, Lake Austin Spa & Resort, and Diptyque. Guests left the venue wanting more and already brimming with anticipation for the 20thanniversary of the beloved event next year.
Silent Auction items
THE PURPOSE: The event, hosted by the Friends of Christopher Guild, raised over $1 million for The Center for Child Protection. Funds raised from the event will go towards providing services including forensics, therapy, medical and educational services for abused children as well as children who have witnessed violent crimes.
The Domain Hosts Starlight Soirée with Special Musical Guest Plush
By Rob Giardinelli Photography by Ready Set Jet Set
Holidays at The Domain Austin
THE SETTING: The Domain in Austin was the recent setting where several hundred turned out for the shopping destination’s event, Starlight Soirée. Held on a picture-perfect autumn evening, it featured several hundred foodies, sociables and music lovers for good food, great company, and excellent music.
Fleming’s at The Domain Austin
THE STYLE: The Austin-chic crowd began the evening under the beautiful trees along Century Oaks Terrace. Guests were able to get into the spirit of the evening by sampling various cuisines and cocktails that The Domain offers to patrons every single day. Establishments such as Fleming’s really got into the spirit of the evening by having a different delectable morsel each hour with the first hour of the event by featuring a crab cake appetizer, the second hour featured a New York Strip and Tater Tots main course, and the final hour featuring a Chocolate Butter Cake for dessert.
Additionally, partygoers shopped at favorite boutiques including Lily Pulitzer and Texas-based Kendra Scott, who generously donated a portion of sales during the evening to Ballet Austin. For those looking for a nice keepsake for the evening, a beautiful flower bouquet from Burlap and Twine was offered. The festivities were capped off by local band, Plush, whose show-stopping performance allowed revelers to dance the night away in the beautiful, fall air.
Burlap and Twine
THE PURPOSE: A portion of the funds raised from the evening benefited Ballet Austin. The critically acclaimed Ballet Austin, one of the fifteen largest ballet companies in the United States, features original performances including celebrating the 60th anniversary of the holiday classic The Nutcracker, where each individual performance features an Austin notable as Mother Ginger during the holiday season.