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Sep 3, 2014

Events boost St. David’s Foundation Community Fund

Events boost St. David’s Foundation Community Fund photo
Holly Jackson
Emmy Award-winning actor and movie star Kyle Chandler enjoys one of the recent of the Toast of the Town fundraising events with party host and sponsor Patty Chandler.

Memorable moments were celebrated at the 30th anniversary season of the Toast of the Town fundraising series. Benefiting the St. David’s Foundation Community Fund and chaired by Westbanker Dinah Street, 18 signature soirees were recently held over five weeks in exceptional homes and distinctive venues.

These themed events were conceptualized to be intimate and special experiences. Two parties in particular were attended highly by Westbankers.

“Lights… Camera… and Plenty of Action” was co-hosted by Westbankers Renata Marsilli and Jeff Ashpitz. Held at their cliff-top, Florentine estate in Seven Oaks, more than 75 glamorous glitterati gathered at the silver screen-themed party. In the circular driveway, a red Mercedes sports car and a sleek, black helicopter set the Hollywood scene.

Word of Mouth catered divine delectables on the poolside veranda. University of Texas student and scholarship recipient Juliette Coronado told the audience she “wanted to change lives through healthcare.”

The evening’s highlight featured Emmy Award-winning actor and movie star Kyle Chandler of Friday Night Lights, Wolf of Wall Street and Argo. He posed for pictures with admirers on the red carpet and mingled throughout the night.

Chandler said he was not a good speaker, but shared his mantra is “I am no better than anyone else, and no one is better than me.” He believes “everyone needs help from time to time.”

“An Austin Vibe” showcased iconic originals of live music, trailer cuisine and renowned art at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden. More than 50 partygoers enjoyed a bountiful buffet by Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ and a personalized concert by singer-songwriter Casey McPherson with two Alpha Rev band members. Guests were transfixed on the alternative rock.

UT student and scholarship awardee Amberlee Adams shed tears when telling the crowd she “didn’t think college would be attainable.”

A record-breaking $1.4 million was raised, including two-to-one matching from the St. David’s Foundation.

Proceeds go toward the St. David’s Neal Kocurek Scholarship Fund established in memory of the longtime CEO/president whose passion was education. Needs-based scholarships are provided annually to top-ranking, Austin-area high school graduates pursuing health-related careers at Texas colleges and universities. Students are matched with medical mentors who guide this next generation of healthcare professionals.

Since inception in 2005, 285 scholarships have been awarded. This year’s increase of 54 scholarships was given to 28 high school recipients who will receive $7,500 per year for up to eight years of undergrad and graduate studies.

1 comment:

  1. He pilfered that "no better than anyone else and no one is better than" line from a Bob Dylan song, I believe.