Austin museum takes to the sky for dazzling $137,000 fundraiser
What: UMLAUF Sculpture Garden + Museum's inaugural A Burlesque Ball
Where: Sky Candy
The lowdown: In a city awash with great parties, it's always fun when the evening has a little twist. On Saturday, January 18, the UMLAUF took over East Austin's Sky Candy for the museum's inaugural Burlesque Ball, a blockbuster fundraiser in support of the museum's charitable initiatives.
As Sky Candy artists performed dazzling aerial tricks, attendees enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and sipped cocktails, snapped pictures in the photo booth, had tarot card readings, and belted it out via a karaoke station. The highlight of the evening, however, was the auction, a festive fundraiser to benefit the UMLAUF's nonprofit programs like Guided Touch Tours for the blind and visually impaired and implementing arts programs into Title One schools and community centers.
Serving as auctioneer for the evening was Grammy Award winner Mela Sarajane Dailey, who opened the live auction in song from a glowing crescent moon suspended above the crowd. The 100-plus attendees provided a little dazzle of their own, raising an eye-popping $137,000 throughout the evening.
Who: Sarah Story, Katie Robinson Edwards, Crutch Crutchfield, Danna Crutchfield, Kathy Smith, Colten Smith, Morgen Taylor, Oze Paya, Karl Bourdeau, Nathan Idais, and Liz Idais.