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Amanda Ivarra is a graduate of Texas A&M University. After graduating with a degree in Health, she moved to Austin and started working for a national non-profit organization. She spent 5 years coordinating community events and programs. After leaving the organization, she started to focus on her creative pursuits. Currently, she is working on developing her own jewelry line. Writing has always been a hobby for Amanda. For most of her life, she’s kept journals. It wasn’t until recently that she decided to take her writing public and began blogging and guest blogging. The one thing this girl can’t live without is music. Not really one to sing or play an instrument, she just loves music. Perhaps, it’s the songwriting that she admires so much or a good beat that she can dance to. Whether she’s attending a concert with friends, hanging out with the guys watching sports, volunteering in the community, hiking or visiting the newest places in town, Amanda lives to enjoy life. But, nothing brings more joy to her than being able to make someone smile or laugh!

Recap: Austin Children’s Shelter New Wave Ball

There’s something about the 80s that people just love, and that’s what makes the annual New Wave Ball such a successful event for the Austin Children’s Shelter and a blast for its guests!  It’s like an 80s party straight out of the decade’s most popular teen films.

Claire Kirk & Karen Orr (Photo Credit: Amanda Ivarra)

This past Friday night, more than 500 guests, many of them 80s kids, teens and twenty-somethings, packed the dance floor and filled the upstairs and downstairs levels of Speakeasy for this 80s parents-are-out-of-town-party-at-my-house kind of bash.  Guests re-lived the days of big hair, moustaches, shoulder pads and sweatbands.  There were the brains, the athletes, the punks, the beauties and the preppies.  But, the 80s fashion and fads is only part of the reason why we love the decade so much.

Who can forget the music?!  It seems like every song from the era either made you want to dance or make a dedication.  And, DJ Christian Barbuto and DJ Big Rich didn’t miss a beat at the party.  They played the 80s hits all night long.  And, from The Moon Walk to The Robot, everyone was showing off their 80s dance moves.

For many of the guests, the 80s were a time of youth filled with awesome childhood memories.  But, those kids have grown up and are now looking after today’s kids.  So, from 80s kids to helping today’s kids, these folks were about raising money for the Austin Children’s Shelter and re-living their glory days.

Photo Credit: Amanda Ivarra

Funds from the New Wave Ball benefited The Austin Children’s Shelter, which protects and heals children, young adults and families in need.  The shelter was established in 1984 and provides a safe home and supportive services for children and youth from birth to 22 who have experienced significant loss, trauma, abuse and/or neglect.  Programs include Emergency Shelter for children removed from their home, a Transitional Living Program to help youth and young adults aging out of foster care transition to independent living and a Teen Mother Program for young mothers in foster care with their children.  For more information, please visit the organization’s website.

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