Ballet Austin Guild’s Annual Women On Their Toes Luncheon Honors Community Volunteers

By Rob Giardinelli
Photography By Shannon Cunningham

On a sunny afternoon in Austin, the city’s Sociables gathered at the Renaissance Hotel to honor a gathering of this year’s selection of its most outstanding community volunteers from the city’s non-profit organization. The occasion was the 19th annual Ballet Austin’s Women On Their Toes luncheon that has become an annual ritual. This year’s event began with a new and exciting twist of the mystery grab bag table. It featured 50 pieces of jewelry donated by Kendra Scott Jewelry and proved to be such a hit that all 50 items were sold in minutes. Additionally, guests also received a chance to win several raffle packages including A Ballet Austin Nutcracker Luxury Experience, a fabulous trip to Mexico, and a pair of David Yurman earrings.

Guests then headed into the ballroom, with luncheon tables beautifully decorated, as ABC-KVUE’s Terri Gruca emceed the festivities that included Ballet Austin Executive Director Cookie Ruiz personally thanking the event’s honorees for their individual contributions that help make Austin a vibrant place for impassioned volunteers to support their causes. The festivities were capped off with a fashion show produced by Neil Diaz, which featured a unique mix of professional models, students from Ballet Austin Academy. Its theme, “Life of a Lady”, followed three best friends demonstrating the various stages of a woman’s life through fashion. The clothing was provided by The Garden Room, Linda Asaf Designs, Bright Beginnings, Risse Brothers Private School Uniforms, Co-Star, and St. Thomas. The luncheon was a hit, as expected, and we love that Ballet Austin’s Women On Their Toes spotlights so many wonderful organizations and their tireless volunteers.


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