Austin, Texas (June 1, 2011) – The Austin Children’s Museum, with the support of Silicon Labs as the Presenting Sponsor hosted its annual fundraiser, “Imaginarium,” May 14 at the historic Browning Hangar at Mueller. It was an intimate setting with a big event feel. The weather was perfect to be outdoors. I saw a few familiar faces; The Meredith’s, Mollie Butler, and Jed Buie to name a few.
Imaginarium delivered a “magical” theme and experience to this year’s gala attendees with an amazing silent auction and live auction offerings which included sponsorships for children from low-income neighborhoods to attend summer camp and free admission for a family in need. There were also live auctions including prizes that varied from 3 day passes to the Austin City Limits Festival for 4 to a trip for 4 to Vegas with tickets to see “O” Cirque du Soleil. Gayle Stallings, the auctioneer was a big hit with working the audience.
The silent auction items played a significant piece in money raised that night, as well. Everything went like hotcakes. I noticed a crowd around the Lego Mindstorms robotic kit; I’ll assume it’s popular among children (and adults)!
“This year’s fundraising goal was $270,000 which was met and due to lower expenses, we netted more this year than the previous year,” said Judy Razo, Marketing & Communications Manager at Austin Children’s Museum. “It was a true success.”
The Imaginarium gala, chaired by Rebecca Young, is a significant source of support for educational programming and community outreach. Tickets were sold out two weeks prior to the event; it’s unfortunate for those who missed out on the opportunity to attend. Maybe next year!
The event was true to its name. There were the hats…cute, fun and quirky little hats most wore on their heads (some with costumes to match). The brochure and invitations were straight from a storybook in design. The music, by el john Selector was hip and upbeat. The hors d’oeuvres were delish, especially the crab cakes. I decided on the vegan option for dinner which was Eggplant “Osso Bucco” with roasted vegetables which went well with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc. Magician Cody Fisher, managed to captivate us with his tricks and humor during dinner. Whatta night!
I left thinking…Everyone is able to visit the Austin Children’s Museum, no one is turned away.
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The mission of the Austin Children’s Museum is to create innovative learning experiences for children and families that equip and inspire the next generation of creative problem solvers. Located at the Dell Discovery Center downtown at the corner of 2nd Street and Colorado, the Austin Children’s Museum is one of the city’s popular cultural attractions with 200,000 visitors annually. Founded in 1983 as a non-profit organization, the Austin Children’s Museum delivers its mission through a variety of exhibits, programs and outreach activities to Central Texas. For more information, please visit www.austinkids.org.