Austin Children’s Shelter Gala Sizzles
By Rob Giardinelli
Photography by Merrick Ales, Eric Moore and Darcie Siiteri
THE SCENE: Almost 700 Austin’s swell Sociable’s gathered to support one of the city’s perennially favorite charities. Austin Children’s Shelter’s annual gala “Giving Dangerously” transformed the downtown Hilton into a scene out of James Bond’s Casino Royale, complete with casino tables throughout the foyer. The stunning ballroom, where much of the action took place, was complete with centerpieces featuring crystals and red roses.
THE VIBE: The crowd donned their best “Bond Gear” that created a chic mix of black-tie sophistication and sexiness that epitomizes the many facets of Bond films. In a fitting tribute to Bond’ film opening-credits, guests arrived to performance artists dancing behind a silhouetted screen. During the dinner and program, emcee Police Chief Art Acevedo presided over the live auction that featured a VMAX motorcycle autographed by Jay Leno. Guests then headed back to the gaming tables, while others chose to dance the night away with music by DJ Wall Street.
THE CAUSE: Living Dangerously, co-chaired by Tavia Conkling, Caris Palmer and Shannon Schmitz raised over a million dollars for the Austin Children’s Shelter which provides services focused on protecting and healing children, young adults and their families.