The Grace Foundation of Texas may have called its fundraising gathering at Warehouse Live a gala, but it was a far cry from a formal, black-tie affair the descriptor infers. Besides, anytime Austin-based rock gal Patrice Pike, Houston blues mamma Kristine Mills and her troupe and rowdy band LongDive share the musical spotlight, there aren't many moments that are scripted.
Rather, it was a laid-back tuneful soiree — 200 guests in anything from jeans to chic outfits to suits — which propelled the humble grassroots beginnings of the nonprofit, one that addresses an alarming, spiking issue not many talk about: Teen homelessness.
Painting live at the event, Diaz's creation Stare evinced struggle and hope, and was a hot item at the live auction alongside Pike's Tacoma Chief acoustic electric guitar.
Not having a roof over their head is something Pike and artist Rolando Diaz know too well. Painting live at the event, Diaz's creation Stare evinced struggle and hope, and it was a hot item at the live auction alongside Pike's Tacoma Chief acoustic electric guitar and a pair of VIP, all-access passes to Austin City Limits music fest.
Guests savored down-home good eats by Floyd's and bid at a silent auction to fund the volunteer organization's one-to-one mentorship program, scholarships, housing and wellness initiatives.
Shaking a leg were Great Day Houston producer Tiffany Rubio and her hubby Daniel Maxian, Dr. Laura Moore, founder and board chairman Todd Young, Brady Bowman, Jennifer Clemonds, artists Kelley Devine and Hanh Tran, Kim Padgett and her son Charlie, Zach Hunt, Caroline Starry LeBlanc and Jared LeBlanc, John Vanderhider, Elizabeth and Lou Wilson, Star of Hope youth advocate Myron Cooper, Davon Hatchett, Dr. Krista Turner, Steve Jones, Tom Marcotte and Patti Dennis.