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A Night With the Stars

Dancing With the Stars big reveal lures Austin philanthropists to posh preview party

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Wendy Harvey and Katie Jaffe at Dancing with the Stars preview in Austin
Wendy Harvey, Katie Jaffe Photo by David Wheeler
Andra Liemandt, Carla Armstrong and Paula Burns at Dancing With the Stars preview in Austin
Andra Liemandt, Carla Armstrong, Paula Burns Photo by David Wheeler
Alex Winkelman and Carol Adams at Dancing With the Stars preview in Austin
Alex Winkelman, Carol Adams Photo by David Wheeler
Michael Torres and Sabrina Barker-Truscott at Dancing With the Stars preview in Austin
Michael Torres, Sabrina Barker-Truscott Photo by David Wheeler
Tanuj and Nidhi Nakra at Dancing With the Stars preview in Austin
Tanuj Nakra, Nidhi Nakra Photo by David Wheeler
Mary and Rusty Tally at Dancing With the Stars preview in Austin
Mary Tally, Rusty Tally Photo by David Wheeler
Amanda Warren and Doug Guller at Dancing With the Stars preview in Austin
Amanda Warren, Doug Guller Photo by David Wheeler
Anna Anami and Will Hardeman at Dancing With the Stars preview in Austin
Anna Anami, Will Hardeman Photo by David Wheeler
Bonnie Ray, DeeDee Ritzinger and Jamie Barshop at Dancing With the Stars preview in Austin
Bonnie Ray, Dee Dee Ritzinger, Jamie Barshop Photo by David Wheeler
Debbie Tate, Vicki Howard, Abbi Argo and Curtis Howard at Dancing With the Stars preview in Austin
Debbie Tate, Vicki Howard, Abbi Argo, Curtis Howard Photo by David Wheeler
Ed Clements, Barbara Chisholm and Dan Bullock at Dancing With the Stars preview in Austin
Ed Clements, Barbara Chisholm, Dan Bullock Photo by David Wheeler
Dancing With the Stars Austin cast
Dancing with the Stars Austin cast Photo by David Wheeler
Wendy Harvey and Katie Jaffe at Dancing with the Stars preview in Austin
Andra Liemandt, Carla Armstrong and Paula Burns at Dancing With the Stars preview in Austin
Alex Winkelman and Carol Adams at Dancing With the Stars preview in Austin
Michael Torres and Sabrina Barker-Truscott at Dancing With the Stars preview in Austin
Tanuj and Nidhi Nakra at Dancing With the Stars preview in Austin
Mary and Rusty Tally at Dancing With the Stars preview in Austin
Amanda Warren and Doug Guller at Dancing With the Stars preview in Austin
Anna Anami and Will Hardeman at Dancing With the Stars preview in Austin
Bonnie Ray, DeeDee Ritzinger and Jamie Barshop at Dancing With the Stars preview in Austin
Debbie Tate, Vicki Howard, Abbi Argo and Curtis Howard at Dancing With the Stars preview in Austin
Ed Clements, Barbara Chisholm and Dan Bullock at Dancing With the Stars preview in Austin
Dancing With the Stars Austin cast

A surprise downpour didn’t dampen the spirits of the well-heeled Austinites gathered at the stunning home of Andra and Joe Liemandt for “A Night With the Stars,” a posh prequel to the Dancing with the Stars charity gala benefiting the Center for Child Protection.

With sparkles, wine or Deep Eddy vodka cocktails in hand, the crowd chatted eagerly about the upcoming event, inspired by the famous reality TV show. Austin notables are paired with professional dancers for ballroom dance performances during an evening of unforgettable entertainment. It’s hardly your typical stuffy fundraiser.

Event co-chairs Carol Adams and Alex Winkelman welcomed supporters — including Center for Child Protection executive director Michael Torres, Wendy Harvey, Andra Liemandt, Carla Armstrong, Paula Burns, Nidhi and Tanuj Nakra, Bonnie Ray, Dee Dee Ritzinger, and Jamie Barshop — who nibbled on tasty bites courtesy of Word of Mouth Catering while awaiting the big reveal: this year’s local celebrity dancers, who will be coached by emcee and dance director Sabrina Barker Truscott:

  • Jerry Albright , Founder Deputy CIO at Teacher Retirement System of Texas
  • Abby Argo, Color Guard Captain and Community Volunteer
  • Jamie Barshop,  Community Advocate and Charity Fundraiser
  • Becky Beaver, Attorney at Law
  • Cyndi Bock, Board Member, Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • Kevin Burns, Ambassador of the Urban Lifestyle
  • Doug Guller, CEO, ATX Brands LLC
  • Will Hardeman, Partner, Continental Automotive Group
  • Katie Jaffe, Mother, Designer and Humanitarian
  • Jeff Jumonville, Business Development, Dragon Products
  • Mary Herr Tally, Retired Arts Fundraiser, Child and Animal Rights Advocate

Funds raised during Dancing with the Stars Austin help the Center for Child Protection in its mission to provide aid to abused children and their families in Travis County. Tickets for the December 8 gala at the Hilton hotel downtown, which is presented by Lexus of Austin, can be purchased online.

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