St. Davids Annual Toast of the Town Party Series Has Something For Everyone
By Rob Giardinelli
Photography by Matthew Fuller, Robert Godwin and Stacey Harrell
THE SCENE: Twenty themed parties, each drawing their own unique crowd making for the quintessential Austin type of event – there is something for everyone. St. David’s annual Toast of the Town party series is really more about offering incredible experiences that perfectly capture the spirit of Austin: intimate, unpretentious and welcoming all the while saluting the best and brightest of the upcoming generation of medical professionals that are fast making Austin a world-class medical city.
THE VIBE: The “Austin-chic” attire was prevalent in all of the Toast of the Town experiences – and what an array of opportunities and offerings there were! For those seeking incredible food and stimulating conversation, one could experience the Jazz Brunch at the top of the Austonian – the highest point in Austin, or go lakeside to the home of Kathy and Randy Taylor for an “intelligent” discussion of role of global intelligence in a transforming society with former Director of the National Security Agency, Admiral Bobby R. Inman.
If you were interested in experiencing history and culture you could learning more about Lady Bird Johnson, Texas’ first First Lady with her granddaughter, Catherine Robb or enjoy an evening dining while experiencing the sensational sounds of the award-winning Cordova Quartet at the home of Jannis and Robert Baldwin
For those interested in learning more about the University of Texas, they could experience a Smart and Strong evening where UT Basketball Coach Shaka Smart and UT Football Coach Charlie Strong at the home of Sandra and Joe Aragona or learn more about the future understanding the plans new UT President Gregory Fenves has in store for Texas largest and oldest institution for higher learning at the home of Melissa and Kent Ferguson.
For those who simply wanted to experience an incredible one-of-a-kind party could venture over to the private airplane hanger of local philanthropist David Booth for a Studio 54 party where the crowd, dressed in their best 70’s disco attire danced to the incredible tunes of DJ Johnny Bravvo all while dancing inside the hangar with a private jet in the distance – which undoubtedly would have even made Studio 54 founders Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager blush.
THE CAUSE: The series of parties, co-chaired by Tobie Funte Flannery and Julie Niedert raised over $1.4M for St. David’s Dr. Neal Kocurek Scholarship, which awards high school seniors in Travis, Hays, Williamson, Bastrop and Caldwell counties pursuing careers in the health care field. This year 55 high school seniors were awarded with scholarships.