Seton Development Board Celebrates 40 Years, Honors Luci Baines Johnson
By Rob Giardinelli Photography by Brandi Nellis Photography
THE SCENE: A spectacular night at the Four Seasons in Austin celebrated four decades of a fall social season mainstay. The 40th annual Seton Development Board gala delivered an evening of entertainment that also honored a beloved Austin resident whose family legacy lives within so many of the things Austinites hold dear.
THE VIBE: The evening began for the black-tie crowd of 470 on the terrace beyond the ballroom’s foyer for a cocktail hour that featured the SDB Band Big Night Quartet, serving as a perfect backdrop for banter and conversation. The festivities then moved into the ballroom where guests dined on a multi-course meal during the evening’s program that included moving testimonials from Austin residents who have benefited from the Seton Women’s Heart Center. The gala was capped with a presentation by Seton Development Board President Nicole Nugent Covert, who bestowed her mother Luci Baines Johnson with the Daughters of Charity Award.
THE CAUSE: The evening, co-chaired by Jacy Donovan and Lori Johnson, raised over $440,000 for the Seton Heart Institute and Seton Women’s Heart Center. Over the last 40 years, the Seton Development Board gala has raised over $14 million for various Seton initiatives including Mother and Baby Services and the Sister Gertrude Levy Endowment for the Poor.