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RECAP: Red Cross Luminaria

In a new location and with a new theme the Central Texas Chapter of the American Red Cross Luminaria gala celebrated an illuminating evening of philanthropy supporting all they do for the community.


The sold out soiree at the W Austin was a sleek and chic affair. Known as an event focused on the mission of the organization, it has always been a favorite for rallying guests around the cause. But as Regional CEO Marty McKellips let the crowd know, only four short years ago this event was held at a Bennihana restaurant.

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It’s not only the event that has grown in the last five years, but also the capabilities of the Red Cross locally and nationwide. Dell received the Public Partner of the Year Award for their work in creation of a digital disaster operations center “which gives the Red Cross real time reports and communications via social media, strengthening the ability of the Red Cross to respond with services and emotional support during times of disaster.”


Other awardees for the evening were Kendra Scott for the Lady Bird Johnson Humanitarian of the Year award and Bill Dorman for the Greg Coleman Tribute Award which honors a devoted Red Cross volunteer.


Following the awards, the party continued on the outdoor terrace, as guests noshed on decadent desserts by Nothing Bundt Cakes and drunken donuts by the W Austin. Modern centerpieces by Mandarin Flower set the mood and guests danced the evening away to DJ Johnny Bravvo surrounded by artistic glowing orbs and the beautiful cool breeze of the evening.




Written by Laura Villagran Johnson

Co-Founder and Creative Director,
Austin Social Planner

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