St. David’s Annual Toast of the Town Raises Record Funds
By Rob Giardinelli
Photography By Matthew Fuller
Photography, Robert Godwin and Stacey Harrell
THE SCENE: Twenty brilliantly executed and intimate parties recently took place throughout Austin over the course of five weeks, each with its own specific flair, and for a common cause. The St. David’s Foundation 31st Annual Toast of the Town provided a showcase of events as diverse as Austin itself. This year’s party series included a dinner party featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright, a showcase of a private collection of vintage Ferraris, and a southern-themed cocktail party in the style of the best-selling novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. The festive series culminated with two grand soirées – one at the LBJ Presidential Library and another featuring UT Athletic Director Steve Patterson at the home of Mickey and Jeanne Klein.
THE VIBE: With such a great range of events, Toast has always attracted sociables of all types, with all the parties having a casual-chic, welcoming, warm and intimate environment for which the events are fondly known. Whether it was sharing an evening with U.T. Baseball coach Augie Garrido and Academy Award-nominated director Richard Linklater discussing their 2008 film Inning by Inning: A Portrait of a Coach, or joining Longhorn legends on the lake at the home of Joel and Stacy Hock; or indulging in an Iron Chef competition at the home of Susan and Clint Hackney, or a Longhorn Game Day Experience with Coach Charlie Strong at DKR Stadium, all guests came with the spirit of a good time and giving back to the community.
THE CAUSE: The tour-de-force of events, chaired by Tobie Funte-Flannery and Julie Niedert, raised a record amount, exceeding $1.5 million for the St. David’s Neal Kocurek Scholarship, which provides high school seniors in Central Texas with scholarships to pursue careers in medicine.