TOWER OF POWER

Dell Children’s Gala Raises Over $1.4M For New Third Bed Tower

By Rob Giardinelli  Photography
By Photography By Jim Debth/In Debth Photography, Roni Gendler and Houndstooth Studios

On a recent Saturday evening in Austin, over 1,100 of Austin’s most compassionate, glamorous and well-heeled descended kicked off the spring social season in style. The Dell Children’s Hospital gala, held at the Austin Convention Center, ceremoniously kicked off the city’s spring social season, and if this event is an indicator of galas ahead, Austin is in for a real treat for the next several months of the social season.

Co-chaired the husband-wife duo of Owen Temple and Mary Miles, this years event raised over $1.4M dollars for the Third Bed Tower. Given the awe-inspiring amount of money raised this year, it was only fitting that this years theme was “You” so that the hospital could recognize and thank the individuals and communities that make the world-class care of Dell Children’s Hospital possible. The black-tie dazzler began in the atrium with a cocktail hour and continued to the ball room with a dinner created by Iron Chef champ Chef Kent Rathbun. During dinner guests focused on the middle of the space, an intimate in-the-round setting, which allowed attendees to connect with the powerful parental testimonials from Jennifer & Blake Salle and Katherine & Pat Jones. After dinner, the silent auction began which included such items ranging from a week at two Four Seasons’ destinations in South America along to a Black Labrador retriever puppy.

After the silent auction, guests rolled the dice and gambled in the casino ad lounge area, while others adjourned to The Four Seasons for a fun and lively after party where guests partied the night away, capping off a magical evening of generosity, compassion and fun. The Tower, which is scheduled to open in May, will add 74 beds to the Dell Children’s Hospital (a part of Austin’s Seton Hospital), allowing 250 children to receive vital medical care in the only dedicated free-standing pediatric facility in the region. Additionally, the hospital will be adding an in-patient rehabilitation that will include services currently unavailable to the Central Texas region.

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