Musician Jewel Performs To Celebrate Settlement Home’s 100th Anniversary
By Rob Giardinelli Photography by The Settlement Home
THE SCENE: The Long Center in Austin was the setting celebrating a major milestone in Austin philanthropy – the 100th anniversary of The Settlement Home for Children. Hundreds of The Settlement Home’s major donors, volunteers, and board members past and present were on hand to honor this incredible evening. To put this monumental feat into context, when The Settlement Home was founded in 1916, the US had not entered World War I, Woodrow Wilson was president, and the population of Texas’ Capital city was a mere 33,000 residents.
THE VIBE: The feeling of family and accomplishment was on full display as guests warmly greeted each other en route to a delicious dinner held in the venue’s Kodosky Lounge. The festivities then moved to the auditorium where the program featured moving video showing just how much The Settlement Home benefits so many in Austin, Then, Mayor Steve Adler formally declared it Settlement Home Day in Austin to honor the 100th Anniversary. To perfectly honor the jewel anniversary to this great Austin institution, multi-platinum artist Jewel gave a heart-warmingly authentic performance, revealing her own struggles as a homeless child, making her the perfect person to convey the mission of The Settlement Home.
THE CAUSE: Proceeds raised from the event benefitted The Settlement Home for Children, which is an organization that provides children, young adults and families who are victims of abuse, neglect and severe emotional trauma with continuing care support, care and resources.