Wonders & Worries Unmasked Gala Breaks Fundraising Record
By Rob Giardinelli Photography by Chrissy Kennedy and Ben Porter
THE SCENE: Austin’s JW Marriott Hotel was the scene for an evening of fun, intrigue and most importantly, raising record funds for a very worthy cause. The sold-out crowd of 500 attendees donned their finest Venetian and Mardi Gras-style masks for the fourth annual Wonders & Worries Unmasked gala.
THE VIBE: The masquerade-chic crowd began the evening with a cocktail hour in the foyer outside the JW Marriott Ballroom where old friends were reacquainted and new friendships formed. This included larger-than-life sized peacocks designed by Flower Girl as well as aerialists dressed in peacock colors performing on silks suspended from the ceiling. Partygoers then made their way to the grand ballroom where peacock themed décor perfectly kept with the feathery spirit of the Venetian masks worn by the revelers.
Emcee Rob Barbers kept the evening lively as guests dined on a multi-course dinner during the evening’s program, which included several heartwarming testimonials. The festivities continued with a live auction that featured a Bernadoodle puppy and a private backyard concert by musician Drew Womak. After the live auction, the party continued well into the night as guests danced the night away to the tunes of DJ Gatsby, while those with a sweet tooth sampled donuts from the peacock color-coordinated donuts.
THE CAUSE: The event, chaired by Dr. Brannon and Kelly Hyde, raised a record $540,000 for Wonders & Worries, which provides mental health and emotional support to children and teenagers with parents who have serious illnesses.