Join Us for the Wonders & Worries Unmasked Gala on Friday, February 22, 2019

Join your friends and colleagues on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 for the 5th Annual Wonders & Worries Unmasked Gala! Enjoy the mystery and celebration of a Venetian Carnival. Masks encouraged.

Proceeds provide professional mental health support for children and teenagers in central Texas who are coping with a parent’s serious illness.

Questions about tickets, tables or sponsorship?
Contact Rachelle Shuttlesworth at 512-329-5757, Ext. 107 or

You’re Invited to the 5th Annual Wonders & Worries Unmasked Gala!

Join your friends and colleagues on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 for the 5th Annual Wonders & Worries Unmasked Gala! Enjoy the mystery and celebration of a Venetian Carnival. Masks encouraged.

Proceeds provide professional mental health support for children and teenagers in central Texas who are coping with a parent’s serious illness.

3 Ways to Join Unmasked from Your Couch

Event Co-Chairs
Shelly and David Bain
Event Committee
Savanna Bogardus, Andrea Depwe, Kelly Dixon, Roseann Ferraro,
Marnie Fitzgerald, Anne Harrington, Anne Henderson, Kelly Hyde,
Ashley Ohls, Shannon Owen, and Catherine Scott
Wednesday is the last day to purchase your seats for Wonders & Worries Unmasked. Individual seats are $250 per person and only a few remain!
Click here for a full preview of our wonderful live auction items at Unmasked!
To place a proxy bid on any live auction item, please contact Rachelle Shuttlesworth at
$100 for 5 tickets and $200 for 15 tickets
Click here full descriptions of all of our raffle packages and purchase tickets
Winner does not need to be present to win.
Virtual Paddles Up!
Can’t join us for Unmasked? Don’t miss the opportunity to support a child that has a parent with a serious illness. Start the event fundraising early, raise your “paddles” high, and participate in our Virtual Paddles Up!
Presenting Sponsor
Texas Oncology
Cocktail Hour Sponsor
Alpha Painting & Decorating, Inc.
Dinner Sponsor
Pam and Mike Reese
Video Sponsor
Michelle and Lorne Bain

Unmasked Sponsors
Shelly and David Bain
Duane C. Cooper, Managing Director
Investments, with Cooper Scoggin Financial Strategies Group of Wells Fargo Advisors
UBS Financial Services

Table Hosts
Savanna & Tom Bogardus • Conservice • Couples Therapy Austin • Diane & Stephen Dewan
Kelly & Phil Dixon • Kristen & Trek Doyle • Alex Gabbi • Greystar Real Estate Partners
Amy & Steve Harren • Kelly & Brannon Hyde • In Honor of the Bain Family
Laura & Kevin Larson • Maxwell Locke & Ritter • Ashley & Ryan Ohls
Shannon & Trey Owen • Renewal by Andersen • Riverside Resources
Roger Beasley Imports (Mazda, Hyundai, Mitsubishi)
Monique Threadgill & James Starr • Treehouse Pediatrics
Wilson & Goldrick Realtors • Xplore Technologies

Special Thanks
Alicia Emr Art Advisory • Aloe Skin + Body • Americano • Antonelli’s
Auction Source • Austin Sonic • Austin Woman Magazine • Meredith & Jim Bagan
Shelly & David Bain • Becca Stephens Interiors • Bird’s Barbershop • Build a Sign
Melissa Burnett • C3 Presents • Café No Sé • Camp Construction
Card My Yard • CBD Provisions • CC West • Century Supply
Chocolaterie Tessa • Clark’s • Collectic Home • Concept82 Design
Criquet • Dinner Elf • DJ Gatsby • Doug Naugle Fine Art
Dry Comal Creek Winery • Eberly • Elizabeth St. Café • Esperos
Estilo • Fabrik • Forty Five Ten • Fresa’s • Galaxy Cafe • Happy Yoga
Hat Creek Burgers • Heath Hale Auctioneers • High 5 • Kelly Hyde
Ideal Productions • Impact Flooring • Influential Magazine
Jack Allen’s Kitchen • Katie & Jordan Jaffe • Jeffrey’s
Josephine House • The Joule • Juilliard Organ Department Chair Paul Jacobs
June’s • JW Marriott Austin • Kendra Scott • Lambert’s • Launderette
Marc Swendner Photography • The Menagerie • Mint and Thyme • Mirador
Ashley Ohls • Shannon & Trey Owen • Patricia’s Table • Perla’s
Plate by Dzintra • Pure Barre • Quartino Ristorante
Pam & Mike Reese • RIDE Indoor Cycling • Round Rock Express
Salle Studios • Shaesby • The Spa at The Joule • South Congress Hotel
Sunrise Springs Spa Resort • Sweetwater Designs • Tap Snap
Tiffany Taylor • Trace @ W Hotel • Twin Liquor Fine Wine and Spirits
Uchi • Unmasked Committee Members • Vespaio • VITAL Fitness Studio
Nancy & Sidney Williams • WINK Medical Aesthetics • YETI
For more information, contact Rachelle Shuttlesworth at 
or 512-329-5757 ext.107

Your Personal Invitation to Wonders & Worries UNMASKED 2017

Grab your mask and beads to celebrate 15 years of exemplary work at the 2017 Wonders & Worries Unmasked – Mardi Gras Masquerade! Attracting more than 450 guests, this rousing event includes cocktails, dinner, a live auction and entertainment.

Unmasked will be held Friday, February 24, 2017, from 7 p.m. – 12 a.m. at the JW Marriott in Austin. Seating is limited. View photos from Unmasked 2016and save a table today!

Donate a raffle item or purchase tickets here.

Join Us for Wonders & Worries Unmasked



7:00 PM to Midnight
JW Marriott Hotel Austin

Black Tie Optional

 Join us in celebrating the unique work of Wonders & Worries at our 2nd annual masquerade ball!
Table sponsorships start at $2,500.
Individual tickets at $250.
Client tickets at $150.
Click here to purchase and learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

For questions please contact:
Lindsey Boyd, Development Director
9101 Burnet Road, Suite 107, Austin, TX 78758
512-329-5757 or

There’s No Need to Worry, Wonders & Worries is Here

By William Jackson & Sandra Rascon

Photography courtesy of Mark Swendner Photography.

On Friday, February 27, 460 guests – many donning spectacular masks – came together in the Lone Star Ballroom of the elegant JW Marriott in Austin to celebrate Wonders & Worries Unmasked chaired by Rosemary Douglass and Melinda Garvey and presented by Texas Oncology and Texas Breast Specialist. This year, the event is record-breaking raising more than $253,000 in support of the services provided by Wonders & Worries. These funds will provide 85 families with a full year of therapeutic support.

“I am filled with joy seeing the children Wonders & Worries has served coming back as young adults, sharing what a significant difference Wonders & Worries has made in their lives,” said Meredith Cooper, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Wonders & Worries. “Whether it is a boy scout doing his Eagle project for us or a college student volunteering over the summer, each fills me with gratitude for the support our donors have provided Wonders & Worries, enabling us to serve these children impacted by their parent’s serious illness. Seeing the response of our Unmasked guests to the client testimonials and the resulting funds raised, I am hopeful and confident in our ability to one day serve every child and family in need.”

Duane and Meredith Cooper

Duane and Meredith Cooper

The evening commenced with a lively cocktail hour which featured a fun photography booth and unique silent auction items. Guests casually moved into the ballroom – after a few eager guests opened the doors – which was beautifully decorated with tables and waiters adorned with masks. We had the pleasure of sharing the table with DJ Gatsby, who provided the musical entertainment for the evening, and his lovely wife Sarah. The three course meal, which included a chicken Entrée, was absolutely delicious. Though recently opened, the JW Marriott team is delivering good service.

Lisa Copeland and Gigi and Sam Bryant

Lisa Copeland and Gigi and Sam Bryant

How thankful many families are to have the folks behind Wonders & Worries and the services they provide within our communities. Additionally, Austin has so many philanthropic and generous people and we are pleased they demonstrate their philanthropy by supporting Wonders & Worries.   Of course, we’re already looking forward to the Wonders & Worries Unmasked 2016.  In fact, go ahead and mark your calendars for February 26, 2016.

Paddles Up

Paddles Up

Wonders & Worries provides assistance to children, helping them cope when a parent faces a serious or life-threatening illness. Launched in 2001 with the first community assistance grant offered by Livestrong, Wonders & Worries works with families in all stages of survivorship, who are affected by any serious or chronic physical illness. Wonders & Worries provides individual and group support services for children ages 2-18 and parenting support for parents and caregivers. Services are offered free of charge in a variety of school and community-based settings, with program services provided by professional child life staff in both English and Spanish.

Terry and Kari French

Terry and Kari French

Learn more about Wonders & Worries and how you can offer support by visiting their official website at

InFluential Magazine Invites You to the Wonders & Worries Unmasked Gala

InFluential Magazine is delighted to support the Wonders & Worries organization as they present the Wonders & Worries Unmasked Gala and hope you’ll join us in this endeavor.

At the Wonders & Worries Unmasked Gala, presented by Texas Oncology and Texas Breast Specialists, 450-500 guests will gather to enjoy an Italian-themed masquerade ball and dinner. Proceeds from the Gala, including a raffle, mystery boxes, heads or tails, and paddles up, will benefit children ages 2-18 whose parent faces a serious or life-threatening illness. Wonders & Worries is the only program in the nation that provides free, professional child life services and personalized coping support to children and their families. Entertainment will include period dressed actors, opera singers, Italian musicians and entertainers, and will conclude with music provided by DJ Gatsby.

Friday, February 27, 2014 from 7PM to Midnight
JW Marriott Austin Hotel Downtown (one week after it opens)
Sponsorship opportunities begin at $2,500 (information attached) Tie Optional

The Mission, Vision of Values of the Wonders & Worries Organization are as follows:


To help children cope when a parent faces serious or life-threatening illness



Wonders & Worries programs available across North America



The need to ease the suffering in children

The desire to nurture hope in children

The passion to equip children to deal with the challenges of life

The belief that emotionally healthy families are the cornerstones of a thriving society



The health and well being of all children and families

The uniqueness, curiosity and concerns of all children

The difference professional services can make for a child and family

To learn more about this wonderful and much needed organization, visit their official website here.