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.
“Art of the Gala” a sold-out success
As a first time event, The Art of the Gala was quite the success as the tickets sold out with a waiting list of hopefuls ready to fill any cancelations. Presented by GivingCity Austin, Austin Social Planner and Keep Austin Giving (St. David’s Foundation), the event offered round table discussions with more than a dozen vastly experience folks about planning, executing and following up charity galas. In the attending crowd were people new to such galas as well as many with experience in the field. I observed a lot of note-taking going on. Those new to the scene were getting great advice on beginnings, while those with a number of galas already under their belt gathered tweaks to make their event even better.
After three sessions at the round tables, everyone moved to the ballroom for lunch and a panel discussion with four superbly chosen speakers. They included: Michael Barnes (Austin American Statesman), Lance Avery Morgan (The Society Diaries), Marji Calvert (Four Seasons Hotel), and Carla McDonald (The Salonniere). Even more note-taking ensued.
Special thanks are due to the sponsors: Four Seasons Hotel Austin, St. David’s Foundation and PSAV Presentation Services. A standing ovation for all who gave of their time and expertise for the benefit of all attending. The event was a labor of love by Monica Maldonado Williams, Laura Villagran Johnson, Kate Perez, Lisa Trahan and Shannon Hartigan.
Calendar of Events
- Celebration of Art FUN-Raiser
Art for the People 1711 S 1st Street Austin TX 78704 Friday, March 24, 6:30pm – Monday, March 27, 2017, 9pm Celebration of Art FUN-Raiser! Friday, March 24th (6:30-9:00p) Art of Celebration Group Exhi…
- MotoAmerica Livery Reveals presented by Treaty Oak
Container Bar 90 Rainey St, Austin, Texas 78701 Monday, March 27, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30pm The 2017 MotoAmerica off-season mystery will come to a climatic end at this time with the revealing of several tea…
- Parkside Projects’ Beverage Series: Amari Class
Olive & June, 3411 Glenview Ave, Austin, TX 78703 Monday, March 27, 2017, 6:30 – 10pm Join Parkside Projects at Olive & June for the 2nd installment of its Beverage Class Series – Amari Class,…
- Ella Goes to Round Top
Hotel Ella1900 Rio Grande StAustin, TX 78705 Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 9:30am – 10:30pm Hotel Ella and Texas Monthly are offering guided day trip packages to the 49th Annual Spring Antique Fair in Roun…
- Two Guys on Your Head: Are We Conscious Automata?
Cactus Cafe2247 Guadalupe St, Austin, Texas 78712 Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 6 – 8pm In this exciting collaboration, the Ney teams up with KUT Radio to present Two Guys On Your Head, Dr. Art Markman and…