By: Rob Giardinelli
In the first gala of 2012, Austinites from all social circles came out to support an important cause. It’s something that almost everyone seems to attend. The annual Dell Children’s Gala, held at the Austin Convention Center Grand Ballroom, raised a million dollars for medical care and research for children. The Art of Healing, the theme of this year’s gala, drew attention to the holistic, patient-centered high-level care that Dell Children’s Medical Center is known for not only in Austin, but also around the world.
The event, expertly chaired by Kay and Eric Moreland, began with a cocktail hour where the black tie-attired guests mingled and proceeded to the grand ballroom for the dinner and program, which was produced by Victoria Hentrich and featured cutting-edge lighting displays by Illos Lighting, chic and stunning floral arrangements created by David Kurio, and a live and silent auction that featured a getaway at The Four Seasons, Nevis, West Indies, a seven night stay at Calistoga Ranch, Napa Valley and a Viking Outdoor Kitchen with a dinner prepared by celebrity chef Kent Rathbun, owner of Jasper’s restaurant.
After the dinner, the tables turned. To Black Jack. Craps and Roulettte for guests trying their hand with Lady Luck while dancing the night away in the lounge area to The Sauce. Once dinner and the auction were completed, guests proceeded to the after party at The Four Seasons, Austin where guests nibbled on late night fare provided by Trio and partied the night away in style.