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Austin museum takes to the sky for dazzling $137,000 fundraiser

Austin museum takes to the sky for dazzling $137,000 fundraiser

Umlauf Burlesque Ball 2020
A Sky Candy performer took to the sky. Photo courtesy of Umlauf Museum & Sculpture Garden
Umlauf Burlesque Ball 2020
What's a masquerade ball without the masks? Photo courtesy of Umlauf Museum & Sculpture Garden
Umlauf Burlesque Ball 2020
Sarah Story and Lainey Melnick. Photo courtesy of Umlauf Museum & Sculpture Garden
Umlauf Burlesque Ball 2020
Lamar Sanchez. Photo courtesy of Umlauf Museum & Sculpture Garden
Umlauf Burlesque Ball 2020
Crutch and Danna Crutchfield. Photo courtesy of Umlauf Museum & Sculpture Garden
Umlauf Burlesque Ball 2020
Nathan Idais, Liz Idais, and friend. Photo courtesy of Umlauf Museum & Sculpture Garden
Umlauf Burlesque Ball 2020
A tarot card reader provided guests with readings. Photo courtesy of Umlauf Museum & Sculpture Garden
Umlauf Burlesque Ball 2020
Performers dazzled with aerial tricks. Photo courtesy of Umlauf Museum & Sculpture Garden
Umlauf Burlesque Ball 2020
Umlauf Burlesque Ball 2020
Umlauf Burlesque Ball 2020
Umlauf Burlesque Ball 2020
Umlauf Burlesque Ball 2020
Umlauf Burlesque Ball 2020
Umlauf Burlesque Ball 2020
Umlauf Burlesque Ball 2020

What: UMLAUF Sculpture Garden + Museum's inaugural A Burlesque Ball

Where: Sky Candy

The lowdown: In a city awash with great parties, it's always fun when the evening has a little twist. On Saturday, January 18, the UMLAUF took over East Austin's Sky Candy for the museum's inaugural Burlesque Ball, a blockbuster fundraiser in support of the museum's charitable initiatives. 

As Sky Candy artists performed dazzling aerial tricks, attendees enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and sipped cocktails, snapped pictures in the photo booth, had tarot card readings, and belted it out via a karaoke station. The highlight of the evening, however, was the auction, a festive fundraiser to benefit the UMLAUF's nonprofit programs like Guided Touch Tours for the blind and visually impaired and implementing arts programs into Title One schools and community centers. 

Serving as auctioneer for the evening was Grammy Award winner Mela Sarajane Dailey, who opened the live auction in song from a glowing crescent moon suspended above the crowd. The 100-plus attendees provided a little dazzle of their own, raising an eye-popping $137,000 throughout the evening. 

Who: Sarah Story, Katie Robinson EdwardsCrutch CrutchfieldDanna CrutchfieldKathy SmithColten SmithMorgen TaylorOze PayaKarl Bourdeau, Nathan Idais, and Liz Idais.