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Robert Godwin

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.

Bandana Ball Dances Past Fundraising Goal

Posted at April 3, 2013 by Comments Off on Bandana Ball Dances Past Fundraising Goal

The 24th Annual Bandana Ball benefiting the Ronald McDonald House received more than a 10% bonus to its fundraising goal. Guests arrived at the Wild Onion Ranch in busloads to enjoy visiting, browsing the silent auction and toe-tapping to the music of Jeremy Steding. They were having too much fun–party planners needed a few raindrops from Mother Nature to encourage guests to move into the massive tent for dinner and the program.

Raising in excess of $550,000 through the support of more than 900 guests during the 24th Annual Bandana Ball, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Austin and Central Texas secured record-breaking results for families of hospitalized children. “It is a fact that children heal faster when their loved ones are nearby,” stated Kent Burress, CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Austin and Central Texas.  “The local support from Bandana Ball makes it possible for families to remain close to their children and that, right there, is our goal.”

During the Sponsor a Family portion of the Ball, patient Brooke Hester’s  father lifted her up for the crowd to see the blossom she wears on her bare head, and the Bandana Ball crowd rose to their feet in honor of this brave little girl. The party-goers showed incredible support by donating $48,000 more than last year in direct donations: giving $149,000 to support families during their most challenging times. Every “Sponsor a Family” donor received their own “Brooke’s Blossom”.

2013 Bandana Ball party-goers experienced exceptional food, specialty drinks, more than 200 auction items and music from the popular and extremely entertaining band, The Spazmatics. With the dance floor packed until the very end, guests grabbed cupcakes and coffee as they were herded out of the Wild Onion Ranch, already talking about attending next year! 

Lead sponsors, Austin Area Chevy Dealers and McDonald’s Owners/Operators, facilitated the evening’s phenomenal achievement with their generous support. Ronald McDonald House Charities gives special thanks to all of the people and vendors who made the evening great: The Wild Onion Ranch, The Spazmatics, 2Dine4 Catering, and auctioneer Gayle Stallings.

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