Seton Development Board Gala Gets Back To Its Seventies Roots

By Rob Giardinelli
Photography by David Brendan Hall

THE SCENE:  Recently, several hundred of Austin’s social elite descended upon the Four Seasons for a night of fundraising and a theme synonymous with fun. Tonight’s the Night! was the theme for the 38th Annual Seton Development Board Gala, complete with a 70s-inspired vibe that honored the historic legacy of one of Austin’s iconic fall events.

The evening began with a cocktail hour in the hotel’s foyer where chatter flowed as freely as the crowd mingled and jingled about. The festivities then turned to the ballroom where guests dined on the four-course cuisine catered by Four Seasons’ Chef Elmar Prambs. The festivities then continued as Sister Gertrude Levy, Laurens Fish and Tim Taylor entertained the audience by leading the “Heads or Tails” live auction. After the auction, guests then danced the night away to 70’s tunes courtesy of the Yacht Rock Revue band.

THE VIBE: The High 70’s attire was on full display as the men sported a mix of tradition and creative black tie, while the ladies wore vintage and 70’s inspired gowns, creating a disco vibe reminiscent of their 70s heyday. Halston and YSL would have been proud.

THE CAUSE: The event, co-chaired by Anna Lee and Lisa Youngblood, raised over $300,000 for the Marialice Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit renovations and fetal monitors at Seton Medical Center Austin. The Seton Fund supports University Medical Center Brackenridge, Seton Edgar B. Davis, Seton Highland Lakes, Seton Medical Center Austin, Seton Northwest Hospital, Seton Shoal Creek, Seton Southwest Hospital, Seton Kozemetsky Community Health Center, Seton McCarthy Community Health Center, Seton Topfer Community Health Center, and Seton Cove.

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