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Leadership Austin's 13th annual Best Party Ever lives up to its name

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Best Party Ever Laura Merritt, Carol Thompson, James Nortey, Bobbie Barker, Toya Haley
Laura Merritt, Carol Thompson, James Nortey, Bobbie Parker, Toya Haley Photo by Arlen Nydam Photography
Best Party Ever James Davis, Narissa Johnson, Dave Manzer
James Davis, Narissa Johnson, Dave Manzer Photo by Arlen Nydam Photography
Best Party Ever Carmen Luevanos & Melissa Martinez
Carmen Luevanos and Melissa Martinez Photo by Arlen Nydam Photography
Best Party Ever Vanessa Fuentes, Jessica Sager, Ramiro Diaz, Kristen Reynolds, Sarah Matz
Vanessa Fuentes, Jessica Sager, Ramiro Diaz, Kristen Reynolds, Sarah Matz Photo by Arlen Nydam Photography
Best Party Ever Joe & Charlotte Bumbulis
Joe and Charlotte Bumbulis Photo by Arlen Nydam Photography
Best Party Ever Andrew Romero, Curtis Hart, Rebecca Gonzalez, Sabine Romero
Andrew Romero, Curtis Hart, Rebecca Gonzalez, Sabine Romero Photo by Arlen Nydam Photography
Best Party Ever Darin Upchurch, Ashley Kegley & Ted Burton
Darin Upchurch, Ashley Kegley, Ted Burton Photo by Arlen Nydam Photography
Best Party Ever Mayor Pro Tem Cole & James Nortey
Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole and James Nortey Photo by Arlen Nydam Photography
Best Party Ever Laura Merritt, Carol Thompson, James Nortey, Bobbie Barker, Toya Haley
Best Party Ever James Davis, Narissa Johnson, Dave Manzer
Best Party Ever Carmen Luevanos & Melissa Martinez
Best Party Ever Vanessa Fuentes, Jessica Sager, Ramiro Diaz, Kristen Reynolds, Sarah Matz
Best Party Ever Joe & Charlotte Bumbulis
Best Party Ever Andrew Romero, Curtis Hart, Rebecca Gonzalez, Sabine Romero
Best Party Ever Darin Upchurch, Ashley Kegley & Ted Burton
Best Party Ever Mayor Pro Tem Cole & James Nortey

On Friday, May 9, Austin's brightest leaders gathered at the W Hotel for Leadership Austin's 13th annual Best Party Ever. The event turned into an all-night blowout that saw revelers partying until the wee hours of the morning at an after-party held at TRACE.

But partying wasn't the full agenda of the evening. As is tradition with Best Party Ever, three of Austin's most extraordinary leaders were honored for their work in the local community. This year, Bobbie Barker of St. David's Foundation received the Polly Scallorn Community Trustee Award; Carol Thompson of The Thompson Group received the Exceptional Award for an Honorary Alumnus; and James Nortey of Andrews Kurth LLP, received the Ascendant Award. 

At the conclusion of the awards ceremony, guests noshed on bites, sipped cocktails and participated in a silent auction before taking the dance floor by storm. In attendance were event co-chairs Toya Haley and Laura Merritt, Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole, City Manager Marc Ott, InFluential Magazine's William Jackson and H-E-B's Leticia Mendoza

Best Party Ever celebrates Leadership Austin's 35-year legacy of molding Austin's influential class. More information on the organization and its initiatives can be found here

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