Despite the threat of heavy rainfall, everyone attending this year’s seventh annual celebration benefitting Pease Park Conservancy held Thursday, October 22 stayed dry during a lovely evening of music, food, and drink at the historic Allan House. “The event was a rousing success from every perspective, “ said Andy Gill, the Conservancy’s executive director. Gill estimated the event raised approximately $60,000, a record for the annual fundraiser.
This year’s fundraiser featured a silent auction and a wine pull, in which guests received a bottle of wine in return for a set donation. The event’s attendees dined on Texas-themed hors d’oeuvres and desserts provided by the Grove Wine Bar & Kitchen and consumed beverages from 512 Brewing, Pioneer Wine, and Deep Eddy Vodka. Beautiful table floral arrangements from David Kurio Design and handsome table centerpieces from East Austin Succulents decorated the open patio area where guests mingled and listened to the soothing bluegrass and Americana music of Will DuPuy wafting over the celebration all evening long.
Longtime Austin parks advocate, Jill Nokes, briefly recounted the laudable efforts of Trees for Pease and the Conservancy to bring Pease Park back from the brink of ruin. “Citizens and neighbors are stepping up to create something lasting for the next generation, “ she said.
Austin Parks and Recreation Department director, Sara Hensley, praised the Conservancy for its efforts to maintain and improve Pease Park. “It does my heart good to say that we have a partnership with the Conservancy,” Hensley said.
All in all, a wonderful evening spent with wonderful people for a wonderful cause. The Conservancy expresses its gratitude to everyone who sponsored or attended the event.