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R. Victoria Peterson graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Corporate Communications. After working in sales and then teaching for several years, she realized she wanted to take a new approach to life. She is now focusing on some of her evolving passions: real estate, writing, cooking and anything and everything outdoors! She has lived in Austin for over 10 years and loves it here. Victoria loves the cultural diversity Austin offers and she embraces all the differences Austinites possess. Victoria enjoys attending charity-driven galas as well as local businesses and eateries to help promote their causes. There is another side to Victoria as well: she is a nature lover! Victoria enjoys riding horses, hawking with Red Tail Hawks, hiking, exploring and taxidermy. Victoria is a REALTOR® for ERA Colonial Real Estate and loves to help her customers with any real estate need. Victoria gives back by donating every year to a no kill animal shelter: Austin Pets Alive.

Recap: Dell Children’s Gala 2013 To Benefit Dell Children’s Medical Center

To describe the Dell Children’s Gala 2013 as incredible is an understatement!   Guests enjoyed cocktails from numerous open bars during the cocktail hour while bidding on the extremely wide variety of silent auction items.

Joey and Cathy Rothschild, Tony and Leigh Stein and Diana and Sean Greenburg

Joey and Cathy Rothschild, Tony and Leigh Stein and Diana and Sean Greenburg (Photo Credit: R. Victoria Chandler)

Bidders had the opportunity to bid on items such as an autographed Willie Nelson mosaic portrait by artist Mitch Brookman, a five course dinner and wine tasting for 10 at 34th Street Café by Chef Jason Tallent, a $1,000 design and $5,000 installation credit for a pool by Splash and Company, and a $1,000 landscaping consultation by David Wilson Garden Design, Inc.

The live auction was high energy and included extraordinary items such as tickets to The Tonight Show, a visit to Jay Leno’s Garage, a four night stay at Casa Malibu in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and, my favorite, a black Labrador Retriever puppy complete with treatments from Rosedale Veterinary Clinic, a starter kit from Bark ‘n Purr, and gift certificate for ten days at Camp 4 Paws.

Wales Madden (Photo Credit: R. Victoria Chandler)

(Photo Credit: R. Victoria Chandler)

Guests enjoyed a presentation about the impact of The Dell Children’s Medical Center on our community and performances including Gordy QuistBruce Robison and Kelly WillisTexas Lasso volunteers from The University of Texas at Austin helped to create an unbelievable night for patrons.

Selling raffle tickets, (left to right)  Anita Jamali, Texas Lassos: Johanna Zambrano, Allison Hymel, Haley Fragale and Wilson and Whit were some of the young, hard-working volunteers at the event.  (Photo Credit: R. Victoria Chandler)

Anita Jamali, Texas Lassos: Johanna Zambrano, Allison Hymel, Haley Fragale and Wilson and Whit selling raffle tickets, were some of the young, hard-working volunteers at the event. (Photo Credit: R. Victoria Chandler)

Later in the night, guests danced and mingled to entertainment by DJ Manny and tried their hands in the casino lounge dressed to the hilt with dramatic lighting, custom loveseats, and stunning floral arrangements adorning each table.

Finally, the after-party at Four Season’s Trio took place for the night owls continuing to celebrate the substantial and direct impact this year’s fundraiser had on the Dell Children’s Medical Center and all the young lives it strengthened,  the families that it affected, and lives that it changed for the better.

 

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