We recently attended the 2009 Gala for the Children in support of the Children’s Medical Center Foundation of Central Texas. Events such as these sometimes struggle to strike the delicate balance between communicating information and raising funds while providing opportunities for fun. I am pleased to say this wonderfully-executed event struck the balance with excellence, raising over $700,000 for the children.
We began the evening by peeking at the live and silent auction items up for bid. After imbibing in a few adult beverages and some wonderful appetizers, the program began. We heard of many firsts and accomplishments of the Medical Center from the past year, including being named the only hospital in the world to be Leed Platinum certified, and watched an incredibly moving video of patient stories.
We had the opportunity to dine with the nice folks from Austin Suburu who played a significant sponsorship role of the gala and were touched by their commitment to the Children’s Medical Center.
The gala also featured a killer band, casino, and crazy fun photo booth courtesy of Say Cheese.
Congrats to the Foundation staff for putting together a memorable night for all, and for raising over $700,000 for the children.