By Rob Giardinelli
Photography By Robert Godwin
On a spectacular afternoon, hundreds of guests and do-gooders gathered for Austin’s one-of-a-kind vintage designer handbag, jewelry and shoe auction. Heart & Sole, held at the palatial estate of Donna and Steve Hicks, raised over $160,000 for The Rise School for Down Syndrome students, which provides high quality early childhood for children and families in the Austin area including inclusive classrooms, therapy based curriculums, a 3:1 student ratio and customized learning environments.
The event, chaired by Venus Strawn and Nina Seely, offered the best elements of Austin, including a live musical performance by Susan Lubin and Austin Cabaret’s Stuart Moulton, who belted out show tunes for a captive audience, while the presenting sponsor Jaguar Land Rover of Austin had two vehicles on display and generously donated $500 for every vehicle signed or leased by their dealership during the month of the event. The luncheon was based on one Seely attended in New York that was worthy of translating to this city for this cause.
Inside the tent provided by Premiere Tents and Events, the well-heeled attendees bid on designer jewelry, handbags and shoes ranging from Kendra Scott to Ralph Lauren to Jimmy Choo that were generously donated by local merchants while guests enjoyed the lunch catered by The Four Seasons, sipped on wines from Fall Creek Vineyard…all under the beautiful scent of flowers provided by Stems Floral. It was the perfect way to spend a perfect afternoon helping others.