Austin Bar Association Gala 2017
On January 28, 2017, Nikki G. Maples and Monica B. Stallings attended the annual Austin Bar Association Gala. This year, as the theme of the event was The Great Gatsby, the Four Seasons Hotel grand ballroom was transformed into glitzy, glittery 1920s party. With all the trappings of fortune, though, the purpose of the event was to raise money to help the Austin Bar Foundation continue to support programs like Veterans Assistance Programs, the Self-Represented Litigant Program, Austin and Central Texas Adoption Days, the Denise Hyde Scholarship Fund, the Justice Mack Kidd Fund, the Scholarship for LGBT Law Students, and the Diversity Fellowship Program. The evening commenced with cocktails, raffle bidding, and the sale of Grab Bags for Good, which were comprised of a myriad of donated items from generous sponsors such as Whole Foods, Austin Beer Works, and Kendra Scott. Later in the evening, after dinner and a rousing live auction, several members of the legal community were honored for their service in 2016. Finally, the night took off with a live band for dancing and casino games. The Gala is an annual event that requires a tremendous amount of effort and volunteer time to make such a great and beneficial evening. Nikki and Monica loved being on the Gala committee this year and helping with the organization and setup of the event; it was a rewarding and fun experience for both of them. A huge thank you to those who contribute every year so that the Austin Bar Association is able to continue providing access to justice for our community members.