There’s just something a little different about social services organizations and the way they raise money at their annual benefit galas. Yes, there’s the requisite video with the heart-tugging images, the personal stories of overcoming adversity, and the resultant triumphs that keep one tied to a charity…in many cases for life.
All of the above were on display Friday night at the The Black & White Gala, but the Boys and Girls Clubs of Austin found a way to slip in a good time and a spirit of celebrating the possibilities in life for all of us. Not just the children and young adults the organization serves.
The AT&T Conference Center once again showed its flexibility as an event space. Guests were greeted by Club “artists” before ascending the stairs to the ballroom. Once there, the cocktail hour went by quickly as gala goers perused the sizable silent auction, perfectly set into the architecture of the space. Everything from signed sports memorabilia to an autographed Lady Gaga tote were up for grabs. Even celebrated jeweler David Yurman was in the mix with its “Little Black Box” raffle. Talk about diversity in fundraising!
As the bell rang for dinner, the crowd (which included a strong presence from law enforcement, elected officials, educators, and public servants) buzzed with excitement about the evening’s entertainment…artist and performer Michael Israel. What started as a splash of paint on a blank canvas quickly turned into an amazing feat of artistic expression. Trust us when we say we’ve never seen anything quite like it, spinning canvasses that you were sure were one thing, only to be amazed when the final image of a pop culture icon was revealed.
Kudos to the event committee for bringing something so inspiring and magical to an Austin benefit. No cover band here, folks. This was the real deal. Absolutely fitting for an organization making a difference in the lives of Central Texas kids on a daily basis.