The coveted mirror-ball trophy was awarded to the winner! Dancing with the Austin Stars Dancing with the Austin Stars (presented by Lexus of Austin) featured Austin celebrities paired with professional dancers for a ballroom dance performance. The event featured a silent auction with with exclusive parties from the area’s finest restaurants and gingerbread houses, a semi-live auction, a live auction, and a drawing for a Hybrid Lexus Luxury Utility Vehicle. A live band gave the guests a chance to dance the night away! The University of Texas’ own Coach Mack Brown and his wife Sally Brown were Honorary Chairs for the event. Dancing with the Austin Stars was organized by Jeanne Parker, Venus Strawn, and professional ballroom dancer and Dance Director Sabrina Barker. Ed Clements was the emcee. The inaugural event was a benefit for the Center for Child Protection. The entire event was to benefit the Center for Child Protection Sold Out! PRESENTS
After being seated, guests were served a delicious dinner and Ben Bentzin , President of the Board of Directors of the Center for Child Protection spoke a little bit about the Center – and how the money we were raising would help.
Emcee Ed Clements , introduced Larry Gatlin and Attorney General Greg Abbott and then handed the mic off to Sabrina Barker as he joined the other judges at their table.
Dance Director, Sabrina Barker , introduced each celebrity and their professional partner.
The Austin Celebrity Contestants Cecilia Abbott - wife of Attorney General Greg Abbott Brent Buckman - Golf Pro and GM at the Spanish Oaks Country Club Julie Crenshaw – wife of Golf Celebrity Ben Crenshaw Gerald Daugherty - Travis County Commissioner Christine Haas - KVUE Anchor Patty Huffines - Sales and Marketing Team with Public Strategies Bill Jones - Chairman of the Board of Regents; law partner (Vinson & Elkins) Margaret Krasovec - philanthropist and entrepreneur Ava Late - owner of the local BMW dealership Andrea McWilliams - lobbyist and owner of a government affairs consulting business Lance Avery Morgan - publisher of Brilliant The Austin Celebrity Judges Larry Gatlin - Country Singer-Songwriter Ed Clements - Talk Show host for KLBJ-AM Greg Abbott – Attorney General
“ Perhaps you’ve seen our first contestant tap dance around certain issues, but tonight you’re going to get to see him swing dance. Please welcome the quick-witted and lovable Gerald Daugherty and his pro-partner Stacy Huston .” Dancing the Jitterbug to Jive Bunny.
“ You’ve seen her at 6:00. You’ve seen her at 10:00, but you’ve never seen her like this. She’s even more beautiful in person and personifies true elegance. Please welcome Christine Haas and her pro-partner Curtis Prevost .” Dancing the Foxtrot to A VUE of a Foxtrot
“ Always known for her reserved elegance and class but tonight we get a peek at her other side. Get ready for a little dirty dancing from Cecelia Abbott and her pro-partner Danny Davila .” Dancing the Mambo to Dirty Dancing
“ She has faced many challenges and triumphed victoriously. Tonight she accepts the challenge of the slow waltz and I’m sure we will find her successful once again. Please welcome Andrea McWilliams and her pro-partner Steven Cullip.” Dancing the Waltz to A Waltz in the Park
“ Her friends love her great sense of humor (often in Spanish) and for her helpful, healing remedies. Our next contestant tends to be rather shy… like Madonna. Please welcome the sexy and zany Margaret Krasovek and her pro-partner David Vance .“ Dancing the Samba to Let’s Dance
“ He’s Brilliant. Fashionable. Stylish. And did I mention Brilliant? Please welcome the publisher of Brilliant magazine, Lance Avery Morgan and his pro-partner Jennifer Kloss dancing the quickstep.” Dancing the Quickstep and Swing to Night and Day
“ The Paso Doble depicts the matador’s challenging fight against the bull. Our next contestant, an Aggie, is used to defending himself against a herd of Longhorn. Please welcome our bullfighter, Bill Jones and his pro-partner Katie Parr as they dance the Pasa Doble and the Salsa. “ Dancing the Paso Doble and Salsa to El Rey del Torro y Salsa
“ Sleek, fast, sexy and luxurious. I’m not talking about the BMW Z9, I’m talking about our next contestant. Please welcome the hot and sexy Ava Late dancing the Cha Cha with her pro-partner Shaun Bruno. “ Dancing the Cha Cha to Let’s Get Loud
“ She’s used to listening to the public’s opinion and planning a strategy. Tonight, she plans for you to pick her as the winner. Please welcome a truly great woman…. the sassy Patty Huffines and her pro-partner Curtis Prevost dancing the dramatic Tango. “ Dancing the Tango to Two to Tango
“ Our next contestant says this is his toughest hole in one by far. He claims he’s way outside of his comfort zone but you’d never know it. Please welcome charming suave and handsome Brett Buckman and his pro-partner Sabrina Barker dancing the Foxtrot. “ Dancing the Foxtrot to Singing in the Rain
And the winner of the 2007 Dancing with the Austin Stars is… Bill Jones (partnered by Katie Parr )
Thank you to all of the Sponsors, Supporters and Contributors who made the night such a huge success! Without you, it would not have been possible. The entire event was to benefit the Center for Child Protection
All photos are courtesy of Eric Hegwer To see all of his photos from the evening, or to order your own copies, please contact Eric at: EricHegwer.com