In a packed ballroom at the Four Seasons, the fall social season kicked off with a sold out crowd dressed in their finest to honor local Christian leaders. The Concordia Excellence in Leadership Gala was not only the largest gala the university has thrown to date, but it also sold out 3 months in advance.
The evening started with a scrumptious multi-course dinner, and there was no rubber chicken at this table – the Four Seasons wouldn’t stand for it. Alumni sat nearby and glowed with pride as they discussed Concordia’s recent growth, with new course opportunities and massive expansion of the campus to a 389-acre property in North Austin.
Many guests at the event were also supporting the evening’s honorees. In its inaugural year, the EIL Emerging Leader honor was awarded to Terri and Lemuel Williams, “a couple who exemplifies the Christian leaders of tomorrow.”
Lew Little, CEO and co-founder of Harden Healthcare, was the man of the evening. A video by friends and colleagues in the community told a story of dedication to his work, family and faith. Even more inspiring was his speech that followed.
EIL After Dark, the event’s after party, welcomed a mix of the dinner guests and a new wave of people who mingled in the now luxe lounge in the lobby, danced in the ballroom and smoked cigars on the terrace.
Not forgotten throughout the night was the purpose of evening – to raise scholarship funds for Concordia students and to maintain a campus that inspires strong leaders in the community.
*photos by Stacy Harrell & Laura Villagran Johnson