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.