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Austin philanthropists give big during fabulous fundraiser at Hotel Van Zandt

Austin philanthropists give big during fundraiser at Hotel Van Zandt

Big Give 2019
David Williams, Ron Perry,and Norema Perry. Photo by Trent Lee Photography
The Big Give 2019
Blake Absher, Christine Absher, Karen Frost, and Charles Levy. Photo by Trent Lee Photography
Big Give 2019
Executive director Courtney Manuel. Photo by Trent Lee Photography
Big Give 2019
Emcee Chikage Windler of CBS Austin. Photo by Trent Lee Photography
Big Give 2019
Dr. Max Kerr, winner of the 2019 Patsy Woods Martin BIG Giver Award. Photo by Trent Lee Photography
Big Give 2019
Summer Daoud, Judy Matetzschk-Campbell, and Kathy Smith-Willman. Photo by Trent Lee Photography
Big Give 2019
Elizabeth Antonishen, Catherine Lucchesi, Pirie Humphries, Melissa Glassman, Chelsea Toler-Hoffman, Rachel Comeskey, AnneMarie McComb, Alecia Burdick, Jaclyn Daumerie, Marisa Secco, Amanda Battaglia, Bailey Watkins, Merritt Bury, and Courtney Manuel. Photo by Trent Lee Photography
Big Give 2019
The BIG Give raised more than $148,000. Photo by Trent Lee Photography
Big Give 2019
The Big Give 2019
Big Give 2019
Big Give 2019
Big Give 2019
Big Give 2019
Big Give 2019
Big Give 2019

What: The BIG Give 2019

Where: Hotel Van Zandt

The lowdown: On September 6, Austin philanthropists, nonprofits, and partygoers gathered for the BIGGEST fundraiser of the year. I Live I Here Give Here, the organization that supports fundraising efforts for area nonprofits, checked into the Hotel Van Zandt for the 12th BIG GIVE, a night of fun in the name of philanthropy.

Attendees to this year's The BIG Give dined on passed bites while sipping cocktails from Tito's Handmade Vodka, Playa Real, a special seltzer (it is 2019 after all!) and beer selection from Bon & Viv, Michelob Ultra, and Karbach.

DJ Mel kept the good vibes going while attendees perused the impressive auction items. Among the prizes up for grabs were a camping package from YETI, VIP passes to Hot Luck 2020, a three-night stay in Costa Rica, the Anything Delivered Package from Favor Delivery and H-E-B, a Pershing House membership, and a staycation package from The Line Hotel and Fixe.

More than 300 people turned out for the funky fundraiser, raising over $148,000 for the nonprofit organization. A BIG Give, indeed.

Who: Summer Daoud, Judy Matetzschk-CampbellKathy Smith-WillmanZack FloresKatie FloresDavid Williams, Ron PerryNorema Perry, Blake Absher, Christine Absher, Karen Frost, Courtney Manuel, Rob Pennington, Elizabeth Antonishen, Catherine Lucchesi, Pirie Humphries, Melissa Glassman, Chelsea Toler-Hoffman, Rachel Comeskey, AnneMarie McComb, Alecia Burdick, Jaclyn Daumerie, Marisa Secco, Amanda Battaglia, Bailey Watkins, Merritt Bury, and Susan Creason Vrazel.