Hot Cars Heats Up The Night!

Photography by Eryn Chandler of LewChan Photography

The Getaway Motor Club, unique co-working space, venue, and private motor club in the Govalle area of East Austin, was the scene of Ballet Austin Guild’s new spring fundraiser, “Hot Cars and All That Jazz.” Co-Chairs Lorelei McDevitt, Terri Rumin, Vanessa McElwrath, and VP of Fundraising Events, Jessica Johnson spearheaded the event. Austin’s chic gathered with two goals in mind: generating maximum fun and maximum fundraising. A departure from the Guild’s traditional fundraising luncheon, the evening cocktail event attracted as many men as women and a sizable group from the very stylish under-40 crowd.

Councilmember Ellen Troxclair & Caleb Troxclair

Councilmember Ellen Troxclair & Caleb Troxclair

Guests mixed, mingled, and danced on both the upper and lower levels of the club as Austin’s “First Lady of Jazz”, Pamela Hart and Friends rocked the night with their signature selection of jazz, R&B, and soul. Word has it that several friendly but high-spirited games of pool were won and lost in the game room hidden away up top. Delicious bites and beverages were enjoyed at high cocktail tables illuminated with a soft glow from below. The beautiful classic cars displayed around the edge of the dance floor brought back sweet memories for many and were the background of numerous hot-rod “selfies”.

Ballet Austin dancers James Fuller, Ed Carr, Oliver Greene-Cramer, Orlando Canova

Ballet Austin dancers James Fuller, Ed Carr, Oliver Greene-Cramer, Orlando Canova

Arriving by limo directly from their Studio Spotlight rehearsal of Swan Lake at the Butler Dance Education Center were Ballet Austin dancers, Elise Pekarek, James Fuller, Ed Carr, Oliver Greene-Cramer, and Orlando Canova. Surprise VIP was Joy Womack, ballet dancer with the Kremlin Ballet, who was in town visiting her family and escorted by her father, Clay Womack.

Cookie Ruiz, Ballet Austin Executive Director

Cookie Ruiz, Ballet Austin Executive Director

Ballet Austin Executive Director Cookie Ruiz engaged the guests by emphasizing the role of the Ballet Austin Guild through their incredible volunteer and fundraising efforts. She expressed sincere gratitude for the focus of the evening’s event that was to support the Ballet Austin Academy scholarship program.

Guild President Socar Chatmon-Thomas, Ballet Austin dancer Orlando Julius Canova, David Yurman Manager Jeremy Rathke

Guild President Socar Chatmon-Thomas, Ballet Austin dancer Orlando Julius Canova, David Yurman Manager Jeremy Rathke

Ballet Austin Guild President and local realtor Socar Chatmon-Thomas surprised and delighted the gathered crowd as she took to the stage to wearing yet another of her many hats, that of professional auctioneer. Socar had patrons laughing and cheering as they fought to outbid each other during the live auction. Quieter support was underway at the tables laden with beautifully wrapped raffle packages as guests hurried to stuff ticket boxes hoping for the win.

Sally and Brennon Hensley

Sally and Brennon Hensley

The Ballet Austin Academy’s youth scholarship program was the beneficiary of the evening’s fundraising efforts. Bill Piner, director of the Ballet Austin Academy, offered these thoughts, “With the goal of making classical ballet training available to anyone with a passion and desire to learn the art form, the Ballet Austin Academy scholarship program is instrumental in providing this opportunity to many students who would not otherwise be able to afford classes. The Ballet Austin Guild’s contribution to this goal is invaluable.”

Event Co-Chair Lorelei McDevitt

Event Co-Chair Lorelei McDevitt

Lorrie Garcia and Event Co-Chair, Terri Rumin

Lorrie Garcia and Event Co-Chair, Terri Rumin

Visit Ballet Austin Guild at www.balletaustinguild.org.

Ballet Austin Guild Presents “Hot Cars & All That Jazz” Featuring Pamela Hart

Ballet Austin Guild presents its annual spring fundraiser “Hot Cars & All That Jazz” on Thursday, April 30, 2015 at Getaway Motor Club in east Austin.

The evening cocktail event from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. features live Jazz/R&B/Soul music  by Austin’s First Lady of Jazz, Pamela Hart, with a tribute to the late, great Timothy Curry. Event proceeds benefit Ballet Austin Academy youth scholarships.

2015 marks the 40th Anniversary of Ballet Austin Guild, a non-profit organization supporting Ballet Austin’s educational and community programs benefiting over 57,000 Central Texans each year.

$75 per person.

For Event Sponsorship levels and benefits, please visit our Annual Spring Fundraiser page.

Getaway Motor Club is located at 3700 Thompson Street, just off Airport Blvd. and Springdale.

Hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, live music, dancing, raffle packages, live auction and more in a setting of classic cars, jazz and Austin chic. Cocktail attire recommended.

Pamela Hart, Austin’s First Lady of Jazz Stars in Hot Cars & All That Jazz

Ballet Austin Guild members were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of jazz great, Timothy Curry, on February 7, 2015. The Timothy Curry/Will Dunlap Project was slated to perform at the Guild’s new spring fundraiser, “Hot Cars and All That Jazz”, on Thursday, April 30 at the Getaway Motor Club. The Guild is pleased and honored to announce that Pamela Hart and Friends will be taking the stage that evening. Pamela Hart, “Austin’s First Lady of Jazz,” is frequently seen performing at The Elephant Room on Congress Ave., the Paramount Theatre, and One World Theatre. She’ll be performing Jazz/R&B/Soul music with her band at “Hot Cars & All That Jazz,” including a very special number in tribute to the late Timothy Curry.