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Michael Barnes

From social spies: Recaps of May Austin parties that we missed

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Miss a few Austin parties and shows in May? So did we. It’s inevitable. So much happening in Our Town.

To keep us in informed while we are otherwise engaged, our social spies sent us short reports about their favorite events.

RELATED: Catch up on these Austin parties that passed us by.

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Catherine Bruni, Kevin Opgenorth and Catalina Berry at Heart Ball of Austin. Contributed by Ed Sparks Photography

From Rosalyn Mandola: 

The 20th Annual Heart Ball of Austin was held Saturday, May 13th, at the JW Marriot in downtown. The event, presented by St. David’s HealthCare in support of the American Heart Association, broke records in attendance and fundraising. The success was thanks in part to headlining entertainment from Wynonna & The Big Noise, featuring legendary country musician Wynonna Judd. With more than 700 in attendance, the gala raised a whopping $1.09 million (gross) for cardiovascular and stroke research and outreach programs, and kept crowds dancing late into the night.”

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Rep. Four Four Price and Speaker Joe Straus at the Mental Health America Dinner. Contributed by Merrick Ales Photography

From Julie Burch:

Mental Health America of Texas commemorated the beginning of Mental Health Month with the 54th Annual Honoring Dinner: An Evening of Hope to recognize the significant contributions of Rep. Four Price (R-Amarillo) and Sharon Butterworth of El Paso, to mental health in Texas. MHA Texas’ highest honor, the Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth Butt Award for Mental Health, was presented to Rep. Price in recognition of his leadership in improving the lives of Texans affected by mental illness. Butterworth was recognized for her dedication and commitment to improving the mental health of El Pasoans with the Texas Impact Award. Nearly 300 guests joined the event, on Friday, May 5, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Austin to celebrate the honorees.”

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Edward Flores and Jim Spencer at Emancipet Luncheon. Contributed by Bryant Hill

From Brenda Thompson: 

Emancipet’s 18th anniversary luncheon May 15 raised a record-breaking $447,000 for pets and the people who love them, thanks in part to Emancipet board member Angela Dorsey and her husband, Jason Rhode, who pledged to match donations up to $100,000. As a nonprofit organization, Emancipet relies on private funding to provide safe, affordable spay and neuter surgeries and prevent unwanted litters. Emancipet also provides lifesaving heartworm prevention at a price our clients can afford affordable microchipping, and tens of thousands of pets every year. The luncheon chair was Bonnie K. Mills and the her committee members were Shavonne Henderson, Kathy Katz, Tonia Lucio, and Kelly Topfer. KXAN’s meteorologist and animal lover Jim Spencer was the master of ceremonies for the event.”