By Rob Giardinelli Photography by Jim Debth and Tony Spielberg

What happens when one of the hottest events of the spring is at its new hottest venue in town? A sold-out event that attracts 430 of Austin’s most creative and philanthropic for a night of theatrical revelry. Zachary Scott Theatre’s Red, Hot and Soul gala has had a long-standing tradition as one of Austin’s most entertaining parties and this year the event was held for the first time at the “People’s Plaza and the “Bobbi Pavilion” on the grounds of the newly-opened Topfer Theatre, the new crown jewel of the ZACH theatre campus.

This year’s event, chaired by the unstoppable duo of Bobbi Topfer and Armando Zambrano, shattered another fund raising record of $480,000, the proceeds of which go toward underwriting the theatre’s education and artistic programs of one of Austin’s most beloved institutions. The evening began as VIP’s walked the red carpet, in their best gowns, jewels and James Bond-inspired attire that led up to the main theatre for photograph opportunities. Then it was into the theatre for a lively and fun cocktail hour where guests mingled about the theatre’s lobby sipping on Patron Tequila and Ultimat Vodka cocktails. Guests dashed to iPads to outbid the competition on their favorite silent auction items that was managed electronically for the first time this year.

Guests journeyed into the tent erected in the Bobbi Pavilion for a glam, seated dinner where they were entertained by various performance acts as they dined on cuisine courtesy of The Four Seasons. As the dinner party portion evolved, guests then adjourned back into their assigned seats at inside the Topfer Theatre for more theatrical entertainment and a spirited live auction. For the gala after-party, guests danced the night away in the Bobbi Pavilion, capping off another substantial year for ZACH’s theatrical season and what has long been known as one of the liveliest galas in Austin.


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