Written By William Jackson
Photography courtesy of Randy Smith.
For the past five years, thousands of guests enjoy two full days of events hosted by Mack, Jack & McConaughey (MJ&M), the joint fundraising effort of ESPN analyst and legendary football coach Mack Brown, ACM award-winning recording artist Jack Ingram and Academy Award®-winning actor Matthew McConaughey combine forces for a two-day fundraising event benefiting Austin nonprofits CureDuchenne, Dell Children’s Medical Center, HeartGift, just keep livin Foundation, and The Rise School of Austin.
On April 20, guests filled ACL Live for the fifth annual gala, which included a red-carpet reception, VIP meet-and-greet, dinner, live auction, and stellar musical performance by award-winning country music stars Jack Ingram and Miranda Lambert, who was the headliner for the gala.
Texas native Miranda Lambert is the reigning Academy of Country Music Female Vocalist of the Year, having been bestowed the honor for seven consecutive years. Her recognitions include two Grammy Awards, 13 Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, and 25 Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards as well as many other accolades. Miranda released her most recent effort, a double album titled The Weight of These Wings in November 2016, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart.
April 21 kicked off with a golf tournament at Spanish Oaks Golf Club followed by a fashion show and luncheon hosted by Sally Brown, Amy Ingram and Camila Alves McConaughey with support from Neiman Marcus. Guests experienced an intimate runway show featuring selections from the latest collection of iconic and leading global design talent Jason Wu.
The fashion event commenced with a lively VIP cocktail reception presented by Fashion Forms. Following the runway show, guests enjoyed a luncheon where hostess Camila Alves McConaughey interviewed Jason Wu on his inspiration for the collection and his impressive career.
The entire affair wrapped up back at ACL Live with a singer/songwriter showcase from Little Big Town, Kris Kristofferson, and nearly one dozen of the most important songwriters and performers of our time.
We look forward to lending our support at the 6th annual installment which is planned for April 2018.