Pay It Forward With Daniel Curtis Benefit Returns On Thursday, August 3

Experience an Unforgettable Night Benefitting the Lone Star Paralysis Foundation with Austin’s Most Celebrated Chefs

The AT&T Hotel and Conference Center is excited to host the seventh annual Pay It Forward with Daniel Curtis benefitting the Lone Star Paralysis Foundation and Easter Seals of Central Texas on Thursday, August 3 from 6 to 10 p.m. In addition to raising awareness and funds for those with spinal cord injuries, this event promises to be a fun-filled night with an open bar and food from some of Austin’s most celebrated restaurants, including The Carillon, Jack Allen’s Kitchen, Odd Duck, Salty Sow, Olive & June, Jason Dady Restaurant Group San Antonio, and more. In addition to the dynamic lineup of Austin’s top culinary talent, Rotel and The Hot Tomatoes, a popular cover band named one of the top ten party bands in the United States by Harper’s Bazaar magazine, will perform your favorite songs from the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s.

The first Pay It Forward event took place after Daniel Curtis became paralyzed in a diving accident in May 2011. Curtis’ family, friends, and coworkers in the food and beverage industry teamed up with the Lone Star Paralysis Foundation and the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center to raise more than $65,000 to help alleviate his high medical costs. After the support he received from the Lone Star Paralysis Foundation and the spinal cord injury community that year, he wanted to continue the tradition by raising funds to support the foundation at this yearly event. Following five successful years, Daniel and the Lone Star Paralysis Foundation return with this year’s Pay It Forward event to continue raising awareness about the spinal cord injury community and helping those in need of medical assistance.

“It’s incredible to think about how resilient we as humans can be… Every morning I wake up with paralysis, yet every new day feels better than its predecessor. It’s been six years since I became a quadriplegic, and my life has so much more meaning and purpose now than it did before that day in May. I was incredibly fortunate to be on the receiving end of such kindness, love, and generosity. I’ll be forever indebted to the many individuals who supported me after such a trauma and can only continue that work in helping others who unfortunately find themselves facing a similar feat. Thanks to the profound power of our community, my life is full. Please help me realize this potential for others by paying it forward and supporting such a momentous cause.”

The event will feature some of Austin’s top culinary talent from Texas’ best restaurants, including The Carillon, Barley Swine and Odd Duck, Café Blue, Copper Restaurant, Jack Allen’s Kitchen, Jason Dady Restaurant Group San Antonio, Mongers Market & Kitchen, Olive & June, Salt Traders, Salty Sow, Swift’s Attic, The Bonneville, The Noble Sandwich Co., The Restaurant at Treaty Oak, Uchi, and Vox Table, along with treats from Austin Cake Ball and Casa Brasil.

Guests will also be able to enjoy an open bar featuring beer, wine, and specialty cocktails from Treaty Oak Distilling, Patrón Spirits, American Born Whiskey, and Glazers, all curated by The Tipsy Texan, David Alan. In addition to signature drinks, lively music, and tasty cuisine, Pay It Forward will feature an exciting live auction during the night’s event, along with a silent auction in the foyer of the ballroom. Pay It Forward is sponsored by TIRR Foundation, Austin Chiropractic, Parking and Transportation Services, Jr. & Medical, Extraco Banks, Mobility Works, Treaty Oak Distillery, American Born Bourbon, The Patrón Spirits Company, and the Shumaker Family.

Guests at Pay It Forward will enjoy a festive evening for a great cause that will help Daniel give back to the original fundraiser that gave him so much. Tickets are now available, with all proceeds from the event benefitting Lone Star Paralysis Foundation, for $125 per person for VIP access that includes early entry into the benefit at 6 p.m. and $75 per person for general admission with entry at 7 p.m.

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The Lone Star Paralysis Foundation (LSPF) was founded in 2001 with the mission of finding a cure for spinal cord injuries through funding research, advanced recovery therapy and adapted recreation. In addition, LSPF provides funding on a limited basis for specific needs of injured people through the Kent Waldrep Scholarship Program. LSPF is funding or has funded research at The University Of Texas, University of Colorado Denver, Rutgers University, UT Southwestern, and The Recovery Center at The Brain and Spine Center at UMCB Brackenridge. For more information, please visit


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