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Downtown Austin do-gooders raise $270,000 during imaginative gala

Downtown Austin do-gooders raise $270,000 during imaginative gala

Imagine A Way Gala 2019
Amanda Will and Lauren Moffe. Photo by Ben Porter
Imagine A Way Gala 2019
Amber Allen and Frank Roan. Photo by Ben Porter
Imagine A Way Gala 2019
Jake Langi and Stephanie Langi. Photo by Ben Porter
Imagine A Way Gala 2019
Mersaydes Hobdy and Shelby Bissen. Photo by Ben Porter
Imagine A Way Gala 2019
-Haruna Griffin and Daniel Griffin. Photo by Ben Porter
Imagine A Way Gala 2019
The cocktail hour moved out onto the patio where guests enjoyed the downtown views. Photo by Ben Porter
Imagine A Way Gala 2019
Doin it for the 'gram — and to give back. Photo by Ben Porter
Imagine A Way Gala 2019
The ballroom was transformed for the low-key yet elegant affair. Photo by Ben Porter
Imagine A Way Gala 2019
Dinner included a lively auction. Photo by Ben Porter
Imagine A Way Gala 2019
Matt Wolski and Jenny Lanier. Photo by Ben Porter
Imagine A Way Gala 2019
Liz Wallendorf, Kathy Dotzler, and Kevin Holder. Photo by Ben Porter
Imagine A Way Gala 2019
Amy Thomas, Joel Price, and Courtland Thomas. Photo by Ben Porter
Imagine A Way Gala 2019
The gala raised over $270,000 for the local nonprofit. Photo by Ben Porter
Imagine A Way Gala 2019
Imagine A Way Gala 2019
Imagine A Way Gala 2019
Imagine A Way Gala 2019
Imagine A Way Gala 2019
Imagine A Way Gala 2019
Imagine A Way Gala 2019
Imagine A Way Gala 2019
Imagine A Way Gala 2019
Imagine A Way Gala 2019
Imagine A Way Gala 2019
Imagine A Way Gala 2019
Imagine A Way Gala 2019

What: Imagine A Way's 8th Annual Gala

Where: Stephen F. Austin Intercontinental Hotel

The lowdown: On October 4, philanthropists gathered at downtown's Stephen F. Austin InterContinental Hotel for Imagine A Way's annual gala. Now in its eighth year, the party raises money for the nonprofit and its mission to help families with children with autism. An autism diagnosis can be overwhelming for many reasons, but parents are often surprised by the sheer cost of treatment and therapy. Imagine A Way, cofounded by Joel and Carolyn Price, helps families bridge those funding gaps through donations. 

Earlier this month, a sold-out crowd of more than 300 gathered for the festive affair. Following a cocktail hour and silent auction, attendees then took part in a spirited live auction featuring donations from local companies such as Alamo Drafthouse and YETI. 

With hearts full and pocketbooks empty, attendees then hit the dance floor and photo booth. It total, Imagine A Way raised $270,000 over the course of the evening for local families in need. 

Who: Amy Thomas, Joel Price, Carolyn Price, Courtland Thomas, Amanda Will, Lauren Moff, Becky Urhausen, Jim Urhausen, Stephanie Langi, Jake Langi, Sherry McGillicuddy, Regan Morton, JP Guilbault, Sherry McGillicuddy, Regan Morton, JP Guilbault, Colton Fees, Janna Fees, Daniel Griffin, and Haruna Griffin.