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.



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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