This year’s gala presented by Austin Children’s Shelter, Putting on the Ritz is expected to bring as much glitz and glam as the Art Deco Era did. Featuring prohibition inspired cocktails, a specialty cigar lounge, 1931 vintage cars, an entertaining burlesque show by Mandy Lauderdale and the sounds of the era by the Nash Hernandez Orchestra, it sounds like it’s going to be a roaring good time!
On Saturday, November 3, over 700 of the organization’s most generous donors will celebrate the elegance and style of the 1920s and 1930s while raising half a million dollars for abused and neglected children. The gala will take place at the Hilton Austin Hotel and will transport guests back in time to the era that inspired The Great Gatsby. Guests will also have the opportunity to mingle with legends of their time—Charlie Chaplin, Mae West and Al Capone.
“’Putting on the Ritz’ celebrates a time of great hope and growth in America—the same kind of hope we try to instill in the children and youth we serve at the Austin Children’s Shelter,” said Kelly White, CEO of ACS. “We believe in celebration, fun, renewal and hope for the children and youth we serve, all valiant survivors of childhood abuse and neglect. Please join us and all of our wonderful sponsors, guests and volunteers as we celebrate and raise essential dollars that make our work possible.”
Eighty-five percent of the money raised by Austin Children’s Shelter goes directly to providing critical care and services such as medical treatment, group and individual counseling, psychiatric services, academic support and recreational activities for the 50 youth who call the Shelter home at any given time. The goal for this year’s event is $500,000—crucially important dollars to support the Shelter’s mission given that approximately two-thirds of the Shelter’s funding comes from philanthropic sources, including events, private donations and grants.
“Putting on the Ritz” is made possible by generous sponsors including Pat and Bill Munday, Ronda and Kelly Gray, Sherri & Travis West, Annette Marie Renaud, Paula & Sterling Boon/The Boon Group, Inc., Deborah & Robert Corbin, IAS, H-E-B, Arron & Chris Hester, Andrea Valko & John Paterson and other sponsors.
WHEN: Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 5:30 p.m.
Hilton Austin Hotel
500 E. 4th St.
Austin, TX 78701
TICKETS: $500/person. Tables for 10 are $5,000. Visit the Austin Children’s Shelter website for details or call 512-499-0090.
DRESS: Ritzy/Black-tie optional