Settlement Home Shining Star Gala Celebrates Community Leaders

By Rob Giardinelli  Photography by Andi Kelly

THE SCENE: Recently hundreds gathered at The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum for an evening that celebrated those making a positive impact on the city of Austin. The Settlement Home’s Shining Star Gala recognized community leaders of all ages, including 38 high school juniors on the 2015 Community Youth Council, as well as community leadership award recipient Nancy Nash Harper.

THE VIBE: From the second upon entering the Bullock, guests felt right at “home” as they socialized over cocktails while bidding on an assortment of silent auction items. As the crowd “settled” into their seats for a buffet dinner catered by Rosemary’s Catering, MC Ed Clements effortlessly moved the evening forward with witty banter as recipients received their awards. Throughout the evening, performances from the John Arthur Martinez Band kept the crowd energized, adding to the welcoming familial environment that was evident throughout the room.

THE CAUSE: The event, co-chaired by Brenda Jones, Laurie Maccini and Lissa Whitehurst, raised funds for The Settlement Home for Children, a 99-year-old Austin non-profit that cares for individuals who have histories of severe trauma, abuse and neglect.

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