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Michael Barnes

Three Austin parties that closed out the summer

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Kathy Blackwell and Becky Beaver at Fourth and Goal for DKR Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease.

It took three celebrities to deliver the news. Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey, golfing great Ben Crenshaw and prominent University of Texas backer Mike Myers announced that a $500,000 trust would be named for Edith Royal, widow of football coaching giant Darrell Royal and the smiling public face of the DKR Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease. That’s big. But so was the Fourth and Goal affair at the AT&T Center, guided jovially by emcee Ed Clements, who seemed to know everybody in the room, including former players from Coach Royal’s teams (1957-1976). Also on hand to raise extra cash was ace auctioneer Heath Hale and his merry band of seasoned “callers.” So where does all these bucks go? Two of the grant winners, Adriana Haley of UT Austin and Lenora Volk of UT Southwestern in Dallas, rose to speak about their research into dementia, some of it running counter to the mainstream studies. Promising stuff.

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Don’t know the names of these guests, but the inimitable Miguel Angel took this and a number of other cool shots at the SHED party.

Helpful Torie Gehrig sent us this recap of this event, which we couldn’t make:
Hosted by SHED Barbershop & Supply to bookend Austin’s hottest season, SHED’s Summer Parties bring a new tradition to the Austin community. Held at Cheer Up Charlie’s with no cover, these shindigs are a chance to let loose with friends and celebrate the season. The most recent End of Summer Party cemented it’s spot as one of the essential things to do over Labor Day Weekend. The event kicked off with free drink tickets to early arrivers followed by DJ sets from Stone Cold Snugglas and DICK WOLF and culminated with the inflation of a giant (water slide).”
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Mayor Steve Adler and Joah Spearman at ADL True Colors.

One event that I was especially sorry to miss was ADL True Colors, staged by the young leaders of the Anti-Defamation League AustinLast year, it was one of the most exciting parties of the season, supporting the group that fights hate at all levels. But I’ve decided to attend only one social event a night whenever possible, so that I can spend more time with the guests and learn more about Austin, and another group, previously reported, got to me first. Get those Save-the-Date invitations out as early as possible!