St. David’s Toast Of The Town Offers Variety Of Events
By Rob Giardinelli Photography by Robert Godwin and Stacey Harrell
It’s an annual happening like no other in Austin. Twenty themed dinner and cocktail parties over a period of five and a half weeks were hosted at some of the city’s finest homes and the hippest venues in town, all of which raised money for one great cause. The hosts funded each elaborate event so that proceeds could go directly to the St. David’s Foundation with the Toast of the Town events.
This year’s parties raised approximately $1.13 million for St. David’s Neil Kocurek Scholarship Fund, which awards scholarships for top students in the Austin area seeking to pursue a career in various medical fields. Event chair Susan Hackney and vice chair Dinah Street created a collection of parties and events appealing to the many different and diverse personalities that comprise the zeitgeist of Austin.
The dazzling array of event choices was kicked off with the Bella Toscana at The Oasis followed by themed parties that appealed had a little something for everyone – foodies, sports-fans, theater-goers, politicos, urbanites and sophisticates. These themes included “Tales from the Court with Coach Barnes”, “Mad, Beat, Hip and Gone”, “The Great Gatsby”, and one honoring the book Austin’s Faces of Philanthrophy. Other events included “Celebrate in the City”, “5-Star Dining with Chef David Bull”, “Tasting with Top with Chef Paul Qui”, “Challenges in Foreign Affairs” and concluding with “Wining & Dining at the Falls”, making helping to make this year’s Toast of the Town series of events be the most memorable yet.