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Tara Hagen is a happy-go-lucky twenty-something loving life in Austin, Texas. Born in Dallas, Tara has lived in Atlanta, London, Martha’s Vineyard, and Little Rock but refers to Austin as the city of her dreams. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in consumer journalism and a certificate in personal and organizational leadership. She loves adventure and isn’t afraid to explore new restaurants, interesting cities, and thrives on getting to know the fascinating people she meets along the way. Her contributions to the interior design world can be seen on hgtv.com; when she’s not working, writing, or honing her photography skills, she enjoys playing with her cockapoo, Mildred, at one of the many parks around town. Tara works in enterprise technology sales for a Fortune 10 company and is a volunteer at The Arc of the Capital Area, where she assists teaching art classes to adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She also hopes to learn how to play drums prior to December 31, 2012.

Recap: Citizen Generation Presents CharityBash Live Auction

On Friday, November 9, 2012 young professionals in Austin joined together under a beautiful setting as the 4th Annual CharityBash Live Auction took place at Ballet Austin. This year’s party, presented by Citizen Generation, benefited the Center for Child Protection and Seedling Foundation and raised over $119,000.

Seedling Foundation Ladies (Photo Credit: Tara Hagen)

Citizen Generation’s mission is to create a philanthropic experience and cultivate donors for life, making philanthropy fun and affordable. Its beneficiaries have equally compelling missions. While Seedling Foundation serves public schools through mentoring children of incarcerated parents, campus beautification and a college admissions preparation program, the Center for Child Protection aims to reduce trauma for children during the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases.

Kane Sutphin and Meagan Hayes enjoyed the 4th Annual CharityBash Live Auction, held at Ballet Austin on November 9, 2012. (Photo Credit: Tara Hagen)

The event’s main sponsor was Loewy Law Firm and was presented by 20 of Austin’s bachelors and bachelorettes: Leslie Bailey, Sheridan Butler, Christy Cook, Matt Curtis, Vanessa Fuentes, Zach Henault, Nick Hermandorfer, Dane Krager, Casey Laine, Alexis Lanman, Dana Leslie, Katie Lesnick, Ellie Little, Matt Mandrella, Jonny Rodgers, Aaron Ross, Christina Shipley, Stone Slade, Kevin Warden and Adam Zeplain.

Each of the bachelors and bachelorettes had prepared their own ultimate date package that attendees bid on during the live auction and enjoyed with their significant other, family and friends. The packages, valued up to $15,000, included a wide range of prizes, from trips around the country to tickets to sporting events and SXSW, as well as treatments at Lakeway Resort & Spa and gift certificates to restaurants like Uchi, III Forks and Moonshine.

Party-goers enjoyed light fare from Mizu and Flemings and spirits from Texas’ own Duchman Family WineryHeineken and Grey Goose. The ever popular DJ Johnny Bravvo spun tracks and Mandy Lauderdale returned this year to host the magnificent evening.

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