Seton’s Annual Spring Event Breaks Fundraising Records
By Rob Giardinelli
Photography By Marc Swender and Arnold Wells
THE SCENE: On a splendid Saturday evening, over 1,200 of Austin’s social shakers wound their way onto Camp Mabry for the annual Elizabeth Ann Seton Board’s EASB Live! fundraiser. The evening, a gala on the grass, began with a cocktail hour and continued with a delicious dinner catered by 34th Street Café, during which a live auction transpired, featuring vacation packages to such notable destinations as San Miguel, New York and Snowmass. Country music star Pat Green then got the crowd on its feet with his chart-topping hits. The evening was capped off with an after-party that lasted well into the night where sociables danced to the tuned of DJ Hear No Evil while munching on P. Terry’s hamburgers and scooping Stinson’s ice cream and coffee.
THE VIBE: The live event theme summed up the evening perfectly. The casual-chic crowd was fun, inviting and most importantly, ready and willing to have a good time. The gathering represented the best of Austin – warm personalities and local businesses giving back in a way that was both elegant and accessible – all traits for which Austin is well known and admired.
THE CAUSE: This year’s event co-chaired by Amanda Oudt and Chandler Ware raised a record-breaking $780,000 for the Sister Gertrude Levy Endowment for The Poor, which provides financial support for Seton patients in need of affordable health care – including those at Seton Community Health Centers.