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Ariel Monte and Kuro Tawil

Ariel Monte and Kuro Tawil

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Red, Hot and Soul - Ambiance

Red, Hot and Soul

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Austin - Red, Hot and Soul

Austin - Red, Hot and Soul

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Austin - Red, Hot and Soul - Ambiance

Austin - Red, Hot and Soul - Ambiance

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Austin - Red, Hot and Soul

Austin - Red, Hot and Soul

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Austin - Red, Hot and Soul

Austin - Red, Hot and Soul

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Austin - Red, Hot and Soul

Austin - Red, Hot and Soul

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Bill and Venus Strawn

Bill and Venus Strawn

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Bobbi Topfer and Carla McDonald

Bobbi Topfer and Carla McDonald

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Bryan Gardner and Armando Zambrano & Will Coombes

Bryan Gardner and Armando Zambrano & Will Coombes

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Chad Dike

Chad Dike

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Chanel sings for the audience

Chanel sings for the audience

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Daniel and Pei-san Brown

Daniel and Pei-san Brown

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Dave Steakley and Mindi Ellmer

Dave Steakley and Mindi Ellmer

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Elizabeth Challener

Elizabeth Challener

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Forrest Preece and Linda Ball

Forrest Preece and Linda Ball

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Harvey Guion, David Kurio and Kathleen Guion

Harvey Guion, David Kurio and Kathleen Guion

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Jade Ausley and Ronda Gray

Jade Ausley and Ronda Gray

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Marc and Carolyn Seriff

Marc and Carolyn Seriff

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Maxx Judd and Donn Gauger

Maxx Judd and Donn Gauger

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Michael Smothers and Maria Groten

Michael Smothers and Maria Groten

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Mort Topfer

Mort Topfer

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OPENER

OPENER

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Rebecca Gindele, Ivy Ford and Ray Eve Michel

Rebecca Gindele, Ivy Ford and Ray Eve Michel

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Rob Giardinelli, Kelly Green, Andra Liemandt, Jenny Mason and Lance Avery Morgan

Rob Giardinelli, Kelly Green, Andra Liemandt, Jenny Mason and Lance Avery Morgan

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Shelagh Schiro and Sam Slate

Shelagh Schiro and Sam Slate

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Wendy Harvey and Shannon Ring

Wendy Harvey and Shannon Ring

ZACH Scott Theatre’s Red, Hot and Soul Smashes Fundraising Records

By Rob Giardinelli
Photography by Jim Debth

THE SCENE: The Bobbi Pavilion and Topfer Theatre at Austin’s ZACH Scott Theatre were the destination where 420 of Austin’s most hip, stylish and fun Sociables gathered for an evening of great company, incredible libations and amazing fun that set the town on fire. One of Austin’s most highly anticipated social events; Red, Hot and Soul lived up to all the hype with its Great Balls of Fire theme that left patrons wanting more.

THE VIBE: A fabulous mix of black-tie and vintage 50s attire was on full display on the red carpet and in the venue’s lobby for a cocktail hour where attendees mingled and admired the range of fun outfits on display by the partygoers.

The crowd then headed to the Bobbi Pavilion where a scrumptious dinner catered by The Four Seasons awaited, as well as the evening’s program that featured performances by ZACH’s ensemble troupe, including the always amazing ZACH Pre-Professional company which nurtures the top theatrical talent of children and teenagers in Austin. Additionally, a spirited live auction and Fund a Dream event raised a combined $360,000 and each auction winner was fêted with confetti and Champagne.

The festivities then moved to the Topfer Theatre where the audience was on their feet for a series of performance numbers of current and future productions showcasing the incredible and world-class talent in Austin. After the performances, the festivities headed back to the lobby for the after party where guests danced the night away, capping off a magical evening that those fortunate enough to experience will not soon forget.

THE CAUSE: The event, co-chaired by Bobbi Topfer and Carla McDonald, raised a record $750,000 for ZACH Scott Theatre, which provides a year-round season of 600 performances that services over 128,000 Central Texans annually.