Center for Child Protection’s Gala Celebrates Ten Years
By Rob Giardinelli Photography by Agent Hal Photography, Jeff Loftin Photography and Tomas Segura
THE SCENE: Over a thousand of the area’s most notable philanthropists and sociables gathered at the Hilton Hotel in Austin to celebrate a milestone for one of Austin’s most popular philanthropic events. The Dancing with the Stars event, presented by Lexus of Austin, supporting the Austin Center For Child Protection, celebrated its 10th anniversary with an all-star spectacular. Guests were treated to an evening full of great company, incredible memories, and most importantly of all, ten dazzling dance numbers featuring a selection of all-stars who had danced their way into our hearts in years past.
THE VIBE: The evening began in the foyer of the Hilton for a VIP cocktail hour, where Austin’s social elite rubbed elbows with localebrities and professional dancers who greeted guests and accepted congratulations and the customary “break a leg” well wishes. The festivities then moved to the ballroom for the evening’s program as emcee Sabrina Truscott effortlessly kept the evening flowing as party-goers were treated to a special tribute to Maxine Roberts and Vicki Roberts for their tireless work and advocacy to end child abuse.
The evening then turned to the performances of the all-stars, who put on a dazzling show with colorful commentary from judges Barbara Chisholm, Ed Clements and Brian DeRoeck. After the performances were completed, guests voted by secret ballot for their favorite all-star. When the winners were announced, Jackie Mooney and Glen Ball’s Michael Jackson-inspired routine was crowned the winner and awarded the mirror ball trophy.
THE CAUSE: The event, co-chaired by inaugural chairs Jeanne Parker and Venus Strawn, raised over $1.1 million for Austin’s Center for Child Protection, a nationally accredited children’s advocacy center providing healing services to children who are victims of physical or sexual abuse as well as those who are witnesses to violent crimes.