A Night United 2023: celebrating the dreams that inspire us

Wow, what a night! A sold-out crowd of nearly 400 people came out to A Night United to support our mission to break the cycle of poverty and help local children and families keep reaching for their dreams in our continued fight for equity. Thanks to the generous support of so many, we exceeded our fundraising goal of $500,000!

A lot has changed since United Way opened its doors to the Greater Austin community nearly 100 years ago. Our world, our region, and even our skyline has changed. But we’ve never lost sight of the shared values that define us: hope, drive, success, and potential—even when systems keep too many from reaching as high as they could.

As CEO David C. Smith said at A Night United, “Hundreds of thousands of our neighbors haven’t yet had the opportunity to realize their dreams. You are that foundation that allows them to dream bigger, beyond basic needs, to bigger goals that benefit all of us, all while ensuring their children start off knowing there are no limits, reaching for the stars. This is our dream at United Way, knowing when one of us wins, we all win. Now is the time for us to dream big together–imagine with us what we can create together.”

We know that when we come together, we rise above. Hand in hand, we can ensure everyone can reach their full potential. Thank you for being a part of this endeavor. 

Special thanks to our amazing co-chairs Judy & Patrick Cantilo and Vanessa & Matt Luckie; Presenting Sponsor Texas Mutual Insurance Company; Dream Sponsor Kirkland & Ellis LLP; Uniting Sponsors Judy & Patrick Cantilo, Vanessa & Matt Luckie, ABC Home & Commercial Services, and Wells Fargo; Austin Mayor Kirk Watson; and all of our generous sponsors and table hosts. 

Relive the magic and see photos from the photo booth.

Our collective generosity and compassion will transform the inequitable systems that prevent our beloved community from reaching its full potential. We are all in this together – with your support, we step closer to our dream of a region where everyone can thrive. 

Check out our latest Impact Report and hear from Adriana, Jennifer, and Shoreline Learning Center to see the difference we make when we Live United. 

Thank you to everyone who generously supported United Way’s mission during A Night United! In total, we raised over $500,000 that will go towards our mission of breaking the cycle of poverty in Greater Austin and helping local children and families keep reaching for their dreams.

Didn’t have a chance to donate at A Night United? You can still make a difference. When you donate to United Way, you can give people right here in our community the opportunity to dream bigger and reach their full potential.

Help us reach our stretch goal of $550,000 by donating today!



Thank you to our A Night United sponsors and table hosts for their generous support!


Presenting Sponsor

Texas Mutual Logo


Dream Sponsor


Uniting Sponsors

Judy & Patrick Cantilo
Vanessa & Matt Luckie



Convening Sponsors

Crystal Cotti & Mark Strama
Mollie & Clay Duckworth
Laura Hernandez Holmes & John Holmes
Alison Walgren & Richard Segura

Jeanmarie & Scott Rust


Partner Sponsors

Kristie Gonzales
Rebecca & Ed Latson
David C. Smith & Chris Long
Andy Wisner
Nahid & Ali Khataw


Table Hosts

Cathleen Berdan & Donald Mundy
Vanessa Luckie & Jo Lucksinger
Jennifer Poppe
Karen Steakley
Brenda Strama
Ingrid & James Taylor

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