Diamonds and pearls are indeed forever, judging by the shiny baubles on Austin’s brightest at ZACH Theatre‘s annual Red Hot & Soul benefit last weekend. The glamor quotient was highly elevated and right on target with the theme of one our favorite parties of the year. It’s hard to believe that ZACH is 80!
Overseen by the indomitable Bobbi Topfer and Armando Zambrano, the evening took full advantage of the Topfer Theatre and the Bobbi Pavilion, a one-of-a-kind tent located on the “People’s Plaza” at the easternmost edge of the ZACH campus. Cocktails in the lobby of the Topfer preceded dinner, expertly executed by the Four Seasons.
During dinner, guests were treated to a visual extravaganza with spectacular floral design and decor by the in-demand Avila sisters and their uncle Franco, they of Mandarin Flower Co. acclaim. Gorgeous calla lilies with floating candles and strands of pearls were encircled by sparkly gemstones, giving the tables a luminescent feel. A brilliant “diamond” chandelier held court over the proceedings.
Afterward, guests were ushered into the theatre for performances by some of ZACH’s best actors and their award-winning education program students. A little “Cabaret” by the students was followed by a sneak peek at “Les Miserables,” featuring the charming Matthew Redden, which will be part of the 80th anniversary season.
A lively auction raised nearly a half-million dollars for artistic and education programs, some packages even being purchased by the same patron…then donated back to be auctioned off again. This is a generous crowd, folks!
Finally, it was time to head back outside and dance the night away to the sounds of DJ Manny…who spun records while vocalists sang over the tracks. Suffice to say, we have some amazing talent in Austin and ZACH is one of the showcase organizations that lets them shine. Kudos to all involved.