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Tour of the Toasts Ambiance

Tour of the Toasts Ambiance

TOASTS WITH THE MOST
Tour of the Toasts Ambiance

Tour of the Toasts Ambiance

TOASTS WITH THE MOST
Tour of the Toasts Ambiance

Tour of the Toasts Ambiance

TOASTS WITH THE MOST
Amy Barbee and Mary Scott Nabers

Amy Barbee and Mary Scott Nabers

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Anita and Earl Maxwell

Anita and Earl Maxwell

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Anne and Cord Shiflet

Anne and Cord Shiflet

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Ashley Kapono, Jessica McCoy and Jason Kapono

Ashley Kapono, Jessica McCoy and Jason Kapono

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Cara Abazari, Taylor Gutierrez, April Reed and Ashley Gomez

Cara Abazari, Taylor Gutierrez, April Reed and Ashley Gomez

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Chad Geiken, Monika Ostrowski and Joe Aragona

Chad Geiken, Monika Ostrowski and Joe Aragona

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Christina Hester and Kathlene Crist

Christina Hester and Kathlene Crist

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David and Landon Winston

Christina Hester and Kathlene Crist

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Don Wilkerson

Don Wilkerson

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Douglas Brinkley, Mark Updegrove and H.W. Brands

Douglas Brinkley, Mark Updegrove and H.W. Brands

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Eddie Safady and Dinah Street

Eddie Safady and Dinah Street

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Edith Royal and Lauree Moffett

Edith Royal and Lauree Moffett

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Gary Farmer with the Texas Cowboys

Gary Farmer with the Texas Cowboys

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Heidi Marquez Smith and Ann Brinkley

Heidi Marquez Smith and Ann Brinkley

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Jane and Michael Driscoll

Jane and Michael Driscoll

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Jennene Mashburn, Leslie Robnett, Julie Niedert

Jennene Mashburn, Leslie Robnett, Julie Niedert

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JK Baxter Hunt and Serene Warren

JK Baxter Hunt and Serene Warren

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John and Jeanne Marietta

John and Jeanne Marietta

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John Robinson, Tom Herman and Sharon Schweitzer Robinson

John Robinson, Tom Herman and Sharon Schweitzer Robinson

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Jona Mata, Shaka and Maya Payne Smart & Tevon Hood

Jona Mata, Shaka and Maya Payne Smart & Tevon Hood

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Kat and Vic Brooks

Kat and Vic Brooks

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Katie and Patrick Starley

Katie and Patrick Starley

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Ken and Lorrie DeAngelis

Ken and Lorrie DeAngelis

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Keri Bellacosa Walling and Denise Bradley

Keri Bellacosa Walling and Denise Bradley

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Kevin Robnett and Philipp Meyer

Kevin Robnett and Philipp Meyer

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Lesa and Bill Rossick

Lesa and Bill Rossick

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Lisa Trahan and Joanie Bentzin

Lisa Trahan and Joanie Bentzin

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Michelle Rosenblatt, Bridget Brady, Sandra Jarman and Ian McAbeer

Michelle Rosenblatt, Bridget Brady, Sandra Jarman and Ian McAbeer

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Philip Lauterbach and Sara Fleiller

Philip Lauterbach and Sara Fleiller

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Randy Taylor, Kent and Melissa Ferguson & Kathy Taylor

Randy Taylor, Kent and Melissa Ferguson & Kathy Taylor

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Raven Moss and Trey Eilers

Raven Moss and Trey Eilers

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Robert and Julie Cowan

Robert and Julie Cowan

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Samantha Bullock and Damon Anderson

Samantha Bullock and Damon Anderson

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Scott and Cassie Bale

Scott and Cassie Bale

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Tobie Funte Flannery and Alan Godfrey

Tobie Funte Flannery and Alan Godfrey

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Tom and Beth Granger, Matt and Rita Kreisle & Richard Coons

Tom and Beth Granger, Matt and Rita Kreisle & Richard Coons

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Vicki Roberts and Jeff Nash

Vicki Roberts and Jeff Nash

St. David’s Toast of the Town Events Raise Funds For Aspiring Medical Professionals

By Rob Giardinelli
Photography by Matthew Fuller, Robert Godwin and Tomas Segura

THE SCENE: Twenty-one themed events. Four weeks. These parties, each a tour-de-force in its own right, were held all throughout the Austin area – from downtown to the Hill Country – each with a special theme that highlighted the diverse interests of the city. St. David’s Toast of the Town parties brought out hundreds of Austin’s social elite for one of the city’s most anticipated social events.

THE VIBE: Each party was an intimate affair ranging from six to 50 guests, creating an intimate and welcoming vibe for everyone, regardless of the soirée they attended. A common theme throughout were the generous hosts and patrons who donned their favorite Austin-chic attire that reflects the casual elegance for which Austin is best known.

The themes of the parties featured something for everyone. Sports enthusiasts had their pick of several parties, where they could chat up UT Head Basketball Coach Shaka Smart at the home of Sharon and Joe Aragona, while another party featured new UT Head Football Coach Tom Herman in one of his first public fundraising appearances since being named head coach at the home of Melissa and Kent Ferguson. Literary lovers had the opportunity to converse with several authors including Frank Denius, an author and World War II hero, at the home of Cindy Wilson… while others engaged in stimulating conversation at an event featuring Pulitzer Prize winning author Philipp Meyer at the home of Kathy and Randy Taylor.

 

Martha and Richard Coons hosted a stimulating conversation on contemporary cultural issues with Homer Ross Tomlin, whose grandfather, Homer Thornberry was a passionate advocate justice in the Civil Rights era of the 1950s and 1960s. Others chose the downtown Austin home of Eddie Safady to have an engaging conversation with world-renowned historians H.W. Brands, Douglas Brinkley and Mark Updegrove. Among so many more events, those seeking to celebrate their Texas roots were able to do so at the home of Cord and Ann Shiflet where guests were able to pose with both the legendary Bevo steer and the Texas Cowboys while the grand finale event was held at The Range for an Urban Cowboy film themed party that was perfect ending to another fabulous Toast party season.

 

THE CAUSE: This year’s Toast of the Town events, led by event chair Lesa Rossick and vice chair Tobie Funte Flannery, raised over $1.5 million for the Dr. Neal Kocurek Scholarship Program at St. David’s hospital. The scholarships are awarded to approximately 50 high school seniors in Travis, Williamson, Bastrop, Caldwell and Hays County who seek to pursue a career in the medical field.