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Red Cross Fire and Ice Sponsor Party

A tradition for many non-profits is to host intimate parties prior to their annual galas, where they invite sponsors, honorees, staff and committees to gather weeks before the big event. These events are often a ‘thank you’ to those involved and focus on the mission of the organization.

Last week, the American Red Cross of Central Texas hosted their Sponsor Party for their upcoming May 3rd Fire and Ice Gala in the home of event chairs, Jo and Jon Ivester. This year’s gala will celebrate the heroes of the Central Texas wildfires at Malaga Tapas & Bar on 2nd Street.

The annual Fire and Ice Gala has been regarded by many as a top non-profit event. If the sponsor event was any indication of the gala to come, we can see why.

Nationwide, the Red Cross in known as a source of relief in the face of disaster. Lesser known is the day-to-day support local chapters bring to the areas they serve.

Marty McKellips, CEO of Red Cross of Central Texas, told us all of a Central Austin apartment fire that occurred the day before where, in an instant, 21 individuals lost their homes. She received the call from the volunteer emergency response team and was alerted that volunteers were dispatched to the scene. That evening, those affected by the fire were offered food, clothing, counseling and a place to stay for the night – all of the services paid for through local contributions to the Red Cross and distributed by Red Cross volunteers.

Though the story talked about what the Red Cross does for the community, the lingering message was what would we do without it.

Tickets to next week’s Fire and Ice Gala ($125 per person) are still on sale and can be purchased online here.

Photos by Nicole Stallings Photography

The Bottom Line

Fire and Ice Gala

When: Thursday, May 3, 2012
Where:  Malaga Tapas & Bar
Benefiting: American Red Cross of Central Texas
For Event Information, Click HERE

Tickets: Tickets are $150 per person
To Purchase Tickets, Click HERE

Written by Laura Villagran Johnson

Co-Founder and Creative Director,
Austin Social Planner

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