The Art of Kindness Features Legendary Musician David Foster
By Rob Giardinelli Photography by Ben Porter
THE SCENE: The Austin home of Joel and Stacey Hock was recently the setting for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Approximately 200 of Austin’s Who’s Who were on hand for The Art of Kindness event that featured legendary songwriter and music producer David Foster.
THE VIBE: The Austin-chic crowd began the evening with cocktails overlooking Lake Austin. VIPs rubbed elbows, brimming with anticipation of the upcoming musical tour de force ahead. The lively crowd then headed to their seats for the main event.
The program began with words from Andra Liemandt, founder of The Kindness Campaign, followed by a brief live auction of luxury packages. Foster then appeared to the delight of the audience. After engaging them in a brief chat, he headed to the piano in to provide the melodies for the upcoming concert. Two of Foster’s musical protégés Pia Toscano and Sheléa belted out the lyrics to his greatest hits. It brought smiles and tears to the audience as they remembered all the joy the music legend’s words and artistry have brought to their lives over the last 40 years. It created an experience that will forever live the annals of Austin social folklore.
THE CAUSE: Proceeds from the evening benefited The Kindness Campaign. The mission of The Kindness Campaign is to end bullying in schools through a curriculum that helps children develop skills related to self-image, empathy, emotional awareness and community.