Wonders and Worries Unmasked Masquerade Gala Sizzles
By Rob Giardinelli
Photography by Marc Swendner Photography
THE SCENE: On a beautiful Friday evening recently at the JW Mariott Hotel in Austin, over 330 of Austin’s most notable Sociables entered the setting for an amazing evening that was “unmasked.” The second annual Wonders and Worries Unmasked Masquerade Gala provided all the fun, mystique and glamor that give masquerade balls their chic reputation.
THE VIBE: As guests mingled and tried to guess their masked friends upon arriving for the cocktail gala, it created a great energy where old friends were able to catch up and of course, the few cases of mistaken identify that allowed new friends to be made. Once inside the ballroom, the supporting patrons dined on a delicious meal, all the while being entertained through a video testimonial, heads or tails live auction, as well as a performance by the hit band The Mrs. who got into the spirit of the evening by performing in masks. After the program, the party moved to the dance floor with the crowd cutting a rug to the spins of DJ Gatsby.
THE CAUSE: The event, chaired by Andrea Depwe and Anne Henderson, raised a record breaking $260,000 for Wonders & Worries, an organization that provides support for children who are living through the illness of a parent. Since it’s founding in 2001, Wonders & Worries has served over 6,000 individuals and over 1,500 families in Central Texas.