1930′s Paris By Night
Toast of the Town 2011 had a great start in the hills of West Austin. “1930’s Paris by Night” brought guests to the home of Dr. John Hogg and David Garza. Hogg and Garza were joined by fellow hosts Marina Sifuentes and Dr. Tad Davis in welcoming guests to the Ritz’s Bar Hemingway for cocktails and canapés. With a view of the Seine and the lights of Old Paris as a backdrop, everyone lingered at the bar until summoned upstairs for dinner. The terraces of Maxim’s offered the finest in al fresco dining with Chef Holly Ratcliff providing a feast for the ages—lobster bisque, salade au jambon and a superlative Beef Wellington with asparagus. It was a meal made all the more delightful by sparkling conversation and the extraordinary beauty of the setting. For the finale, guests climbed the Eiffel Tower for the ultimate view of the city and a selection of desserts.
Proceeds from the Toast of the Town parties are dedicated to the St. David’s Neal Kocurek Scholarship Fund. Scholarships are offered to students from Travis, Hays and Williamson counties interested in health-related careers. Thus far, there have been 128 Kocurek Scholars pursuing degrees in Texas colleges and universities.
Robert Godwin has been covering the non-profit scene in Austin from the time of blue jeans and backyard barbeques to the black-tie galas of today. With over 20,000 events recorded by word and photo, Godwin leads the leagues in rubber chicken consumption. As a constant witness to the power of publicity, he now seeks to enlist a legion of assistants by sharing his knowledge of the publicity process.