St. David’s Annual Toast Of The Town Raises Record Funds 

By Rob Giardinelli
Photography by Robert Godwin and Stacey Harrell

THE SCENE:  Eighteen parties, most hosted at some of Austin’s most well known homes, each with a unique theme, showcased wonderful experiences at a high level. St. David’s Annual Toast of the Town party series was a it again with its series of stellar events including a private tour of the Lusher Collection of Mexican and Texas Artifacts, dinner with UT President Bill Powers, and a cocktail party hosted by Kyle Chandler. The series of parties culminated on a spectacular Sunday afternoon with a barbecue featuring country music star Dale Watson at the estate of Steve and Donna Hicks.

THE VIBE: The event series that draws Sociables of all types, featured an array of dapper men clad in a range of attire from chic cocktail to rustic ranch attire, while the women showed off their best cocktail dresses as well as their best relaxed-elegant wear for the more casual events. Whether it was Ray Benson belting out tunes at The Spirits, Sustenance and Swing party hosted by Eddie Safady, John Paul and Elosie DeJoria & Mort and Bobbi Topfer, or Masters Tournament champion Ben Crenshaw discussing inspiring stories from his latest book Two Roads to Augusta or “Hanging Out in the Hollywood Hills” at the home of Beau Theriot, guests came to each party with the spirit of a good time and Texas-sized heart for giving back to the community.

THE CAUSE: This year’s events, deftly co-chaired by Susan Hackney, Wendy Kratzer, Venus Strawn, Dinah Street and Kathy Taylor, raised over $1.4 million for the St. David’s Neal Kocurek Scholarship which provides scholarships to high school seniors in Central Texas seeking to pursue healthcare professions.


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