Catch up on these Austin parties that passed us by

We’ve been been away for a while, but our social spies have passed on some delicious updates from the past few weeks, edited for these pages. More contributed reports to come Tuesday and Wednesday.

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At the Umlauf Garden Party, this appears to some dessert made into the shape of a wading bird. Contributed by Jonathan Garza

From Darlene Fiske:

“The 19th annual Umlauf Garden Party welcomed 800+ guests for an evening “Under a Texas Sky.” Twenty-five restaurants served delicious bites while Twin Liquors showcased some of the season’s best bubbles and wines. The museum raised more than $300,000 in its biggest fundraiser of the year, under the direction of Nina Seely, executive director and Allyson Maxey, the 2017 Garden Party chair.  All monies raised contribute to cultivating art, culture and community through educational programming and stimulating exhibitions at the Umlauf.”

Dorothy Knox Houghton and Joe Pinnelli at Abner Cook Award Reception. Contributed by Rose Betty Williams

From Andrea Perry:

“The Neill-Cochran House Museum hosted a benefit cocktail reception to honor Austin builder, contractor, and historic preservationist Joe Pinnelli with the Abner Cook Award. The event was held  in the Centennial Garden. A capacity crowd celebrated Joe’s long career in historic preservation as well as his careful recent restoration of the Neill-Cochran House. Supporters enjoyed hors d’oeuvres from Word of Mouth Bakery, cocktails and wine while a jazz band played against the backdrop of the historic house. This year’s event, co-chaired by Liz Maxfield and Caroline Caven, raised over $40,000 in support of operations, programming, and preservation at the historic site, owned and operated by the National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in Texas.”

CADF Executive Director Megan Woodburn, CADF patient Deloris Fields and her dentist and CADF volunteer, Dr. Kent Macaulay. Contributed

From Amy Spiro:

“The Capital Area Dental Foundation celebrated its 10-year anniversary at its annual gala held at the JW Marriott Hotel in downtown Austin.  The event was attended by more than 500 guests and raised more than $175,000 for charitable dentistry. One of the highlights of the evening was when the foundation honored Deloris Fields, a patient who was connected to CADF through the American-Statesman’s Season for Caring program. Deloris, who is undergoing treatment for Stage 4 breast cancer, received extensive dental care at no charge by volunteer and Access to Care chairman, Dr. Kent MacaulayComedian Pat Hazell served as the emcee for the gala, which included a seated dinner, casino games and a special musical performance by the Rockets Brothers Band.


Author: Michael Barnes

Michael Barnes writes about Austin's people, places, culture and history for the Austin American-Statesman and

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