36th Annual Seton Development Board Gala Dances To Success

By Rob Giardinelli  Photography by George Brainard

THE SCENE: Hundreds decided to “Let’s Groove Tonight” and boogied into the Four Season’s Hotel for the 36th Annual Seton Development Board Gala. Going back to the organization’s 1977 founding roots, the evening began as guests arrived at “Funky Town” for a lively and fun cocktail hour where the jubilant attendees mixed and reminisced with old friends while meeting new ones, too. The crowd then swept into a fabulously transformed “Disco Inferno” style ballroom to enjoy more “Sunday Night Fever” festivities.

Guests socialized while dining on an exquisite four-star meal prepared “Just the Way I Like It” by Four Season’s Executive Chef Elmar Prambs. The event’s Decorator chairs Elaine Robinson Benton and Shannon Dowell teamed with David Kurio to create a dazzling ballroom peppered with orchids and glitter, the “September” evening continued with an interactive live auction that had guests who had pre-purchased neon wristbands choosing heads or tails until there was just one man or woman standing on the dance floor to win the auction item. Novel and chic, we say. To conclude the auction, a Warhol-inspired art at the gala’s entry of beloved Sister Gertrude was auctioned off for $7,500.

THE VIBE: “That 70s Show” was an inspired black-tie affair, featuring everything the 70’s had to offer in fashion; from “Macho Man” ruffled shirts to “Hot Stuff” women in bedazzled sparkleness. The sense of fun was in the air as guests hustled onto the Studio 54-esque disco dance floor to dance to their favorite disco tunes, from “I Will Survive”… all the way to the “Last Dance”.

THE CAUSE: “Sunday Night Fever” was beautifully co-chaired by sisters Lucy Weber and Reenie Collins and it raised funds for various Seton programs (Seton Development Board fundraisers since 1977 have raised over $12,000,000) to aid and assist Central Texans including Seton’s new Breast Care Center, Behavioral and Mental Health Telemedicine equipment and program needs, along with the Sister Gertrude Levy Endowment for the underprivileged.


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