Explore Austin, the city’s premier mentoring organization, hosted its annual Quest for the Summit event at award-winning Contigo, where guests enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live music under the stars. The evening benefitted Explore Austin’s programs, inspiring young students to experience the outdoors and develop confidence in their leadership skills.
Austin Ventures, along with HomeAway and Whale Shark Media, hosted the first annual "Hometown Hangover Cure" party at Rattle Inn. Guests enjoyed hearty food, top shelf liquor, tweeted hangover cures and tips and live music throughout the afternoon, including performances by Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr, The Lemurs and Wild Child.
EnviroMedia Social Marketing celebrate "15 Years of Giving a Damn" with a party at its newly-expanded Sixth Street offices. The first marketing agency dedicated to the environmnet and public health, EnviroMedia invited its past and current clients, friends and staff to witness the debut of a new public service movement.
The 2012 CASAblanca Gala at the Hyatt Regency recognized Gigi Edwards Bryant for her dedication to the rights of children in foster care. To celebrate CASA of Travis COunty held a fabulous fete, complete with cuisine by Chef Javier Ortiz, casino games, a live auction and an after-dinner espresso bar.
The Art Alliances's annual night of incredible art spaces, music and cuisine stated off with a bang at the VIP and Media pre-party on Congress. The evening began with wines by TWIN Liquors and tasty bites by La Condesa, as guests explored a selection of stunning pieces from grayDUCK Gallery.
Atticus Circle hosted its Annual Awards Luncheon and invited Austinites to hear the inspiring coming-out story of former TCU linebacker Vincent Pryor. Held at the Four Seasons, the afternoon honored those who have made remarkable contributions toward the movement for the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender community.
The Austin School for the Performing and Visual Arts presented The Art of Fashion at the Long Center, an evening of fashion, music and dance. Guests enjoyed a runway show and performances by the school's talented students. Acclaimed singer-songwriter Patricia Vonne was a special guest at this year's fashionable affair.
Austinites honored their peers at the Austin Under 40 Awards, recognizing distinguished young professionals. Held at the Austin Music Hall, the event included an awards presentation and silent auction benefiting the Young Women's Alliance and Young Men's Business League. The night wrapped up with a lively after-party at Rattle Inn.
Darden Smith and Kat Edmonson delivered stunning performances at FINO Restaurant Patio & Bar, benefitting the Be An Artist Program. The evening began with an exquistite three-course dinner prepared by Chef Jason Donoho. Founded by Smith in 2003, Be An Artist inspires creative pursuits among young students across the world.