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RECAP: Concordia Excellence in Leadership Gala 2013

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.

Honoree Lew Little, Bobbi Kaye Jones, David Gilliam

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.

Lisa Candido and Kristin Marcum


James Candido, Kristen Cantu, Chad Thompson

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.”

Lemuel Williams & Terri Broussard Williams

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.

Matt Wilson
Mercedes Frost & Brandi Horne

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.

Location, Food & Beverage: Four Seasons Austin
Piano/Entertainment: Matt Wilson
Photo Booth: Bash Photo Booth
Cigar Rolling: The Cigar Room

*photos by Stacy Harrell & Laura Villagran Johnson

Written by Laura Villagran Johnson

Co-Founder and Creative Director,
Austin Social Planner

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    • Hi Tim. Thanks for the recommendation. We have added names to all pictures expect the last one. Unfortunately, we do not have names for these guests.

  1. The woman on the left in the second picture and the man on the left in the third would make a beautiful couple……….just saying

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