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RECAP: Toast of the Town’s Studio 54 Party

Benefiting St. David's Foundation

Now in it’s 32nd year, the Toast of the Town party series comprises a mix of intimate gatherings and large events. Benefiting the St. David’s Foundation, the 2016 edition concluded last week … but not before they staged their own night at Studio 54, an epic, jet-setting disco party to end all others!

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Located in a private aircraft hanger at ABIA, the night began with festive cocktails and dinner. However, what really kick the party up a notch was when the hangar doors opened and revealed the jet that usually resides inside the cavernous space.

Julie Niedert, Ellen Troxclair

After the big reveal, the lights went down and people danced under a mirrorball until dawn to the sounds of Johnny Bravvo. Well, maybe not until dawn, but revelers were definitely caught up in the 1970s vibes. Many party-goers got in the mood with vintage clothing and it’s safe to say that some in this chic set shopped their own closets for longtime favorites!

Rushmi and Pradeep Kumar

Toast of the Town funds the foundation’s Neil Kocurek Scholarships, which are awarded to high school seniors from Travis, Hays, Williamson, Bastrop, or Caldwell counties who are pursuing health care professions. This year 55 scholarships were awarded and, although the final numbers aren’t in quite yet, the Toast parties are on track to raise well over $1.4 million.

Katherine and Matt Gallagher

Spotted:  David Booth, Toast Vice-Chair Tobie Funte Flannery, Katherine and Matt GallagherLance Avery Morgan and Rob Giardinelli, Franco Herrera, David and Shelby Marquardt, Toast Chair Julie Niedert, Venus and Bill Strawn and Ellen Troxclair.

David Marquardt, Shelby Marquardt, MD

Allyson Hale, Lisa Trahan

*Photos courtesy of Stacey Harrell


Written by Kevin Smothers

Kevin Smothers

Co-Founder and Editorial Director,
Austin Social Planner

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