Seton Development Board’s Night At The Tropicana Sizzles
By Rob Giardinelli
Photography by Marc Swendner Photography
THE SCENE: Austin’s Four Seasons Hotel was the setting for a night of old world glamour for a worthy cause. The several hundred on hand for the 39th annual Seton Development Board Gala were treated to A Night at the Tropicana themed celebration that transported guests to a time when glamorous nightclubs were all the rage.
THE VIBE: The festivities began on the Four Seasons terrace, where revelers sipped on mojitos and other exotic cocktails, and smoked hand-rolled cigars made right on-site. The conversation flowed as freely as the spirits, then the action turned to the ballroom where guests were treated to the luxe Cuban-themed cuisine courtesy of Four Seasons Chef Elmar Prambs. A robust Heads Or Tails auction energized the crowd, which was followed by the program that honored a trio of philanthropists who have helped make the Seton Development Board the distinguished healthcare entity it is today.
This year’s honorees included Allan “Bud” Shivers Jr., who was presented with the Daughters of Charity Award for raising over $200 million for Seton’s Healthcare Ministry during his 31 years of service as Seton Development Board Chair. Jeff Thomas and Leslie Sweet accepted the Community Champion Award on behalf of HEB, recognizing the 44-year partnership between two iconic Texas institutions. The final honoree of the evening, Robert F. Smith, founder and CEO of Vista Equity Partners, accepted the Community Promise Award in recognition of Vista Equity Partners’ committed support toward advancing Seton’s mission. The evening concluded as guests, as in nightclubs long ago, danced the night away to the Latin tunes of Ray Colao and the Ray Colao Band.
THE CAUSE: The event, chaired by Leigh Chiu and Martha Clay and led by Board President Lucy Weber, raised over $390,000 for the Marialice Shivers Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and mother/baby services at Seton Medical Center Austin.