Dell Children’s Hospital Gala Raises Record Funds
By Rob Giardinelli
Photography by Jennifer Perez
THE SCENE: A beautiful, crisp evening recently found 1,100 of Austin’s most fashionable and sociable gathered at the Austin Convention Center to celebrate winter social season. Through displays and personal testimonials, the Dell Children’s “Storybook Gala” event featured an evening that told the many stories of hope, love and recovery that were brought about by the staff.
THE VIBE: The crowd came dressed to impress – the women dazzled in stunning gowns and fabulous jewels and the men sizzled in their dapper tuxedos. From the start of the evening, the fun and jovial mood spread throughout the venues as old friends mingled in the lobby over cocktails and caught up on their holiday escapades as new friends were also made. Guests floated into the ballroom where guests dined on a delicious meal, while viewing a captivating program that included family testimonials and a live auction. Upon conclusion of the program, guests rolled the dice at the luxe casino created inside the ballroom, while others adjourned to Trio restaurant inside Four Seasons for the after-party, capping off an amazing evening.
THE CAUSE: The Dell Children’s “Storybook” Gala, co-chaired by Tommy and Laura Craddick, raised nearly $1.5 million dollars for Dell Children’s Center, a state-of-the-art facility covering 46 counties in the area and one of only seventeen Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Centers in the United States.