2019 Texas Medal of Arts Star-studded Awards Ceremony: February 27th

InFluentials, we want to bring your attention to the upcoming Texas Medal of Arts Awards Ceremony being held on Wednesday, February 27th at the Long Center for Performing Arts from 7:00 p.m to 8:30 p.m, followed by a Gala Dinner at 8:30 p.m.   

Jennifer Holliday

Jennifer Holliday

The star-studded Texas Medal of Arts Awards ceremony will honor eleven Texans who have inspired aspiring artists across the state and throughout the country. The 2019 Texas Medal of Arts Honorees include internationally recognized choral ensemble Conspirare, architects Elaine Molinar and Craig Dykers, visual artist Trenton Doyle Hancock, novelist, journalist, and screenwriter Stephen Harrigan, singer and Broadway actress Jennifer Holliday, fashion designer Brandon Maxwell, Academy Award winning actor Matthew McConaughey, photographer Mark Seliger, singer, songwriter and guitarist Boz Scaggs, and the Vidal M. Treviño School of Communications and Fine Arts.

Brandon Maxwell.  Photography courtesy of Sebastian Faena.

Brandon Maxwell. Photography courtesy of Sebastian Faena.

Events will begin with a red carpet reception at 5:30pm featuring welcome performances by local Austin musicians Sienna String Trio, Lou Ann Barton and Rio Novo followed by the awards show at 7pm. Throughout the show, guests will learn more about the Texas Medal of Arts mission and impact while each honoree is recognized in person in between legendary performances by 2019 honorees Grammy Award-winning Boz Scaggs, Tony Award-winning Jennifer Holliday, Grammy Award-winning Ray Benson and Van Cliburn International Piano Competition medalist Kenny Broberg as well as Ava Noble, 2018 Texas Young Master, and the Long Center Select Ensemble comprised of Austin’s high school musical theatre stars of tomorrow.

Matthew McConaughey

Matthew McConaughey

Tickets to the Awards Ceremony ($103) and Gala Dinner ($1,545) are 100% tax deductible and available to purchase here: https://texasmedalofarts.org/attendance/

Austin Royalty Steps Out for DKR Fund “4th and Goal Gala”

DKR Fund Raises Over $1.2M at 4th and Goal Gala

Photography courtesy of David Brennen Hall except where noted.

Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease (DKR Fund), dedicated to raising awareness and funding research initiatives throughout Texas for Alzheimer’s disease and other degenerative brain diseases.

Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey and Edit Royal

Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey and Edith Royal

It was a star-studded, Texas style event as the DKR Fund kicked-off off the first Texas Longhorns football game with the “4th and Goal Gala” on Sept. 2 at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center paying tribute to the organization’s founder, Edith Royal.  At the event, DKR Fund Founding Vice Chair, Ben Crenshaw and board members Matthew McConaughey and Mike Myers presented Edith Royal with a $500K Edith Royal Endowment for Research, Family Support and Education fund. In further support of Edith Royal, an anonymous donor matched the endowment with an additional $500K and the generous donations did not stop there.  The live auction raised more than $220K with a special donation from Ben and Julie Crenshaw going for $100,000. The silent auction featuring some of the sports and music industry’s most prominent memorabilia brought in more than $50,000.

David Garza, Matthew McConaughey, John Hogg

David Garza, Matthew McConaughey, John Hogg

DKR Fund Founding Chair Ava Late and Board Member Rita Hortenstine announced the 2016 DKR Fund Research Sponsorship grant recipients, Dr. Andreana Haley of University of Texas at Austin and Dr. Lenora Volk of University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. These remarkable scientists were awarded an $165,000 three-year grant to further their research and help slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and other degenerative brain diseases.

The Auctioneers, Health Hale and his Team of Associates.

The Auctioneers, Heath Hale and his Team of Associates.

Renowned radio personality Ed Clements emceed the event and announced the Alzheimer’s Texas 2017 “Hidden Hero Award” recipient is Becky Beaver for her continued care, support and direction to a loved one in need.

Radio personality Ed Clements

Radio personality Ed Clements

Guests were serenaded by four of the music industry’s most prominent singer/songwriters: Grammy winners Paul Overstreet and Brett James and Nashville greats Scotty Emerick and Wendell Mobley. These respected artists kept the night going well after 11pm with some of country music’s greatest songs ever written performed before the 320 plus person crowd.

William Jackson, Publisher of InFluential Magazine (Photography courtesy of Sandra Rascon)

William Jackson, Publisher of InFluential Magazine (Photography courtesy of Sandra Rascon)

Sandra Rascon, Co-Founder of InFluential Magazine (Photography courtesy of William Jackson)

Sandra Rascon, Co-Founder of InFluential Magazine (Photography courtesy of William Jackson)

InFluentials in the crowd were Edith Royal, Ava and Steve Late, Matthew McConaughey, Debbie and Mark Hanna, Laura and Steve Beuerlein, Mike and Sammye Myers, Gina and Don Reese, Ben and Julie Crenshaw, Doug and Janis Maund, DK and Mike Reynolds, Rita and Henry Hortenstine, Becky Beaver and John Duncan, Ed and Pam Small, Bobby and Sherri Patton, Jamie and Blake Chandlee, Stacy and Chad Auler, Jenna and Jason Leiker, Robert and Ann Canon, David Garza and John Hogg, 2016 grant recipients Dr. Andreana Haley and Dr. Lenora Volk, and William Jackson and Sandra Rascon.