Dancing With The Stars Raises Over $1.1 Million At Dazzling Gala

By Rob Giardinelli  Photography by Jeff Loftin, Dale Murphy and Haley Plotkin

THE SCENE: The Hilton in downtown Austin was the place to be as nearly 1,000 of Austin’s Sociables came together for one of the city’s most popular and cherished annual events. This year’s Dancing with the Stars presented by Lexus of Austin certainly did not disappoint, offering up a magical evening its attendees will long remember.

From the moment guests entering the venue’s foyer, the lively crowd rubbed elbows and mingled about during an engaging cocktail hour. The anticipation built as guests anxiously waited to see their favorite dancers share their much-rehearsed choreography on the dance floor. As guests migrated into the ballroom, they feasted on a delicious meal during a program that included a live auction featuring, among other things, a sunset cruise on Horseshoe Bay and a penthouse vacation in Telluride. Then the action turned to the main event – the dancing.

THE VIBE: This year’s talented crop of ten localebrity dancers and their professional dance partners showed off their best moves, whether it be Rhumba, hip-hop, or many of the myriad styles showcased throughout the evening. The high-octane environment often had the crowd on their feet and wanting more. Once the dancing was complete, the votes tallied and the winners – Erin Johnston with partner Albert Tailleur – declared, the fun continued as the energetic crowd took to the dance floor themselves, to dance the night away to the lively spins of DJ Johnny Bravvo.

THE CAUSE: The event, co-chaired by Venus Strawn and Katrine Formby, raised over $1.1 million for the Center for Child Protection, a child-friendly, specially equipped space for child victims of physical and sexual abuse, providing much-needed services such as forensic interviews, medical exams, counseling and intervention during the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases.

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