By Jenny Passmore, Texas Tower PR Volunteer
Thank you to sponsors, attendees and volunteers who made our annual Manos de Cristo Charity Gala the most successful one yet. The event raised over $111,000 for Manos de Cristo at the ACL Live at The Moody Theater in the heart of downtown Austin on February 13.
Gala attendees streamed in to enjoy pre-gala fun like taking fun pictures at the venue photo booth, scoping out auction baskets and buying Kendra Scott Jewelry mystery boxes. At dinner, guests enjoyed a three-course offering from the W Austin Hotel and mingled and shared their visions for Manos de Cristo.
After dinner, Master of Ceremonies Ron Oliveira welcomed gala co-chairs and board members Beverly Chasse and Dr. Tony Pacheco, Jr. Through their personal stories they reminded guests that the mission of Manos de Cristo is to help struggling community members get back on their feet by meeting basic needs with food and clothing, providing essential oral care, and furthering educational development.
The audience responded to their message by giving $62,000 in a ten minute Fund a Need portion of the evening, asking for support toward specific services and programs at Manos, including affordable dental services, back-to-school supplies for school children and providing education for adult learners.
The live auction brought the crowd together raising their paddles for the benefit of others. Among the exciting live auction packages were a South African safari, a trip to Bali, a four-course dinner at Eddie V’s and seven night stay in New Mexico. At the end of the night, passionate donors still wanted to contribute, so they started bidding on bid spotter lights, adding an additional $1,500. A huge thank you is in order to auctioneer, Gayle Stallings of FUNauctions for engaging the audience and helping to raise record funds for Manos de Cristo at this year’s gala..
After the live auction, the guests enjoyed the casino and open bar. Donors danced the night away to the lively music provided by The Pictures Band.
The gala raised more money for Manos de Cristo than ever before and we owe it all to our gala attendees, sponsors, donors, board members and supporters. Thank you for your big hearts and passion. We look forward to serving the community by meeting basic needs with food and clothing, providing essential oral care and furthering educational development for adult learners.