What: Toast to the Springs
Where: Barton Springs Pool
The lowdown: A rain delay couldn't dampen the celebration as Barton Springs Conservancy hosted Toast to the Springs, held in honor of the Moody Foundation's $2.1 million donation to the organization. On May 16, luminaries and politicians such as Luci Baines Johnson, Mayor Steve Adler, Austin City Councilmember Leslie Pool, former mayor Will Wynn, and Ross Moody gathered on the grounds of the iconic pool to toast the future of the Austin landmark.
The Moody Foundation's donation, first announced on April 16, is earmarked for the rehabilitation of the Barton Springs Pool Bathhouse, the 72-year-old structure that greets visitors entering from the Zilker Park side.
"As a decades-long swimmer at Barton Springs, the pool and historic Bathhouse have always been special to me,” said Ross Moody in an April press release originally announcing the news. “With the Moody Foundation’s gift, I am humbled to help expedite the rehabilitation process so the community can continue to enjoy the historic Barton Springs Pool Bathhouse for many years.”
Another longtime Barton Springs advocate, Johnson spoke during the VIP celebration about the legacy of the springs and formally thanked the Moody family for its generous gift. Mayor Adler was on hand to deliver an official proclamation, which trustee Ross Moody accepted on behalf of the foundation. Attendees then raised customized tumblers (in true Austin fashion) in celebration and mingled on the patio as a band played on. Overall, it was a perfect spring evening at the springs.
Who: Emma Lindrose-Siegel, Zachary Lindrose-Siegel, Ed Crowell, Ian Turpin, Ann Phipps, Emily Little, Shannon Moody, Jack Moody, Jan Moody, Mia Washington, Ali Carr, Elle Tse, Matthew Chustz, Jeff Noel, Casey Miller, Stephanie Lenk, Marian Casey, and Kathi Tovo.