Wow, what a night! With moving stories, inspiring levels of generosity, and a sweet dance party, A Night United was truly a night to remember. More than 500 Austinites attended, and despite not being together in the same room, it felt like a community-wide, intimate dinner party. All of us on the United Way team left the event feeling immensely grateful for our essential heroes and inspired to continue the fight against poverty here in Greater Austin. We hope everyone who attended did too!
Missed the event? You can catch up on all the fun below!
Together, we surpassed our goal and raised $250,000 to create greater opportunity for children and families in our community! You can join us in the movement to build a better Austin from the ground up by making a gift here.
Thank you to our amazing co-chairs Nahid & Ali Khataw and Natalee & Charles Thornburgh; Board Chair Malini Rajput; Cornerstone Sponsor Texas Mutual Insurance Company; Jeremiah Bentley; and our three Austin essential heroes Patsy Harnage, Arnoldo Longoria, and Kathryn Treviño. Your investment in our community is inspiring, and the definition of what it means to Live United. Special thanks to our 38 dinner party hosts for generously hosting a virtual table, inviting their friends and colleagues to join and give.
As David C. Smith, United Way for Greater Austin CEO, said at the event: “When Nelson Mandela moved from his prison cell to the Presidency of South Africa, he shared these words of hope that resonate still today: ‘Overcoming poverty is not simply a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.’ Thank you for being those human beings. We need you – and everyone you know – to join us, to commit to doing all in our power to finally address inequity and poverty right here in our beloved Austin.”
We look forward to continuing this work together with you. It’s the only way we know how. Join us and Live United.
Special thanks to:
Jeanmarie and Scott Rust
Thank you to Maria Aguiluz with Pink Cactus Productions, and the entire team at CBS Austin for working tirelessly to ensure that this event went off without a hitch!