90th Birthday Bash

Star-studded bash for Austin royalty celebrates more than just a birthday

Star-studded bash for Austin royalty celebrates more than a birthday

Matthew McConaughey Edith Royal 90th birthday
Matthew McConaughey and other notable guests join Edith Royal for her 90th birthday celebration. Photo by David Brendan Hall
Ben Crenshaw Dr. Hawkins Edith Royal's 90th
Ben Crenshaw presents Dr. Bridget Hawkins with one of the five Darrell K Royal Research Fund grants handed out during the fundraiser. Photo by David Brendan Hall
Sherri Gallo Edith Royal's 90th birthday
Austin Council Member Sherri Gallo presents the proclamation declaring November 5, 2015 as Edith Royal Day. Photo by David Brendan Hall
Appetizer at Edith Royal's 90th
Hotel Granduca passed stylish appetizers during the gala. Photo by David Brendan Hall
Matthew McConaughey Edith Royal's 90th birthday
Matthew McConaughey led guests in singing Edith Royal "Happy Birthday." Photo by David Brendan Hall
Edith Royal's 90th - Bo Price, Dr. Munro Cullum, Rita Hortenstine, Dale Hortenstine
Bo Price, Dr. Munro Cullum, Rita Hortenstine, Dale Hortenstine. Photo by David Brendan Hall
Champagne Edith Royal's 90th birthday
Bubbles were flowing at the celebration. Photo by David Brendan Hall
Edith Royal Senator Judith Zaffirini 90th birthday
Senator Judith Zaffirini, Edith Royal. Photo by David Brendan Hall
Party photos Edith Royal's 90th birthday
Dr. Munro Cullum, Julie Crenshaw, Rita Hortenstine, Dr. Kan Ding, Dr. Yinfei Wang, Dr. Ismael Al-Ramahi, Dr. Bridget Hawkins, Ben Crenshaw, Ava Late. Photo by David Brendan Hall
Entree Edith Royal's 90th birthday
Guests enjoyed a delicious entree from Hotel Granduca. Photo by David Brendan Hall
Cecilia Abbott Edith Royal 90th birthday celebration
Cecilia Abbott gives Edith Royal a hug. Photo by David Brendan Hall
Edith Royal's 90th birthday card
Partygoers sign Edith Royal's birthday card. Photo by David Brendan Hall
Matthew McConaughey Edith Royal 90th birthday
Ben Crenshaw Dr. Hawkins Edith Royal's 90th
Sherri Gallo Edith Royal's 90th birthday
Appetizer at Edith Royal's 90th
Matthew McConaughey Edith Royal's 90th birthday
Edith Royal's 90th - Bo Price, Dr. Munro Cullum, Rita Hortenstine, Dale Hortenstine
Champagne Edith Royal's 90th birthday
Edith Royal Senator Judith Zaffirini 90th birthday
Party photos Edith Royal's 90th birthday
Entree Edith Royal's 90th birthday
Cecilia Abbott Edith Royal 90th birthday celebration
Edith Royal's 90th birthday card

What: Edith Royal’s 90th birthday celebration

Where: Hotel Granduca

The details: Matthew McConaughey, Ben Crenshaw, First Lady of Texas Cecilia Abbott, and other notable Austin guests came together on November 5 at the newly opened Hotel Granduca for Edith Royal’s 90th birthday. Hosted by Ava Late and Debbie Hanna, the night not only celebrated Royal, but also five recipients of Darrell K Royal Fund grants for Alzheimer's disease research that totaled more than $750,000.

During the gala’s festivities, food and drink was served by the Italian-inspired Hotel Granduca, while a live auction brought in more than $25,000. City of Austin Council Member Sherri Gallo presented a proclamation declaring November 5, 2015 Edith Royal Day, and close friend McConaughey led guests in singing “Happy Birthday” and “The Eyes of Texas” to Royal.

The DKR Research Fund was started by Edith Royal in 2012 to honor her husband, University of Texas football coach Darrell K Royal, and increase awareness surrounding Alzheimer’s disease. With no cure and no drugs available to stop or slow the progression of the disease, the DKR Fund is advancing the speed of research currently being conducted.

Who: Edith Royal, Matthew McConaughey, Ben Crenshaw, Cecilia Abbott, Ava Late, Debbie Hanna, Julie Crenshaw, Judith Zaffirini, Janis Maund, Doug Maund, Sherri Gallo, Bo Price, Rita Hortenstine, Dale Hortenstine, Sven Vanneste, Ismael Al-Ramahi, Kan Ding, Bridget Hawkins, and Yingfei Wang.