Yes, we changed the name. The Fortunate 500 sounded too privileged. Not at all Austin. The Out & About 500 is more descriptive. It recognizes those among us who are everywhere, all the time, often doing good, weaving the social fabric of Austin.
Five hundred social units — couples or singles, nominated by readers - are divided into 15 categories for the 2010 list. Some of their nonprofit and for-profit affiliations are listed as well.
A new category this year: Interactive. It recognizes the shift to social media like Facebook, Twitter and Gowalla.
As in the past, a social star rises to the top of each Out & About 500 category. Those who connect across categorical lines, we call all-stars. Remember, no American-Statesman employees or their relatives are eligible.
Nominations for the 2011 Out & About 500 start — now. Kindly send suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All-Star Stars: Donna Stockton-Hicks and Steve Hicks
If Democrats control Austin, and Republicans control Texas, the Hickses bridge the social gap. Their influence starts with CapStar Partners, Andrew Harper Travel, Harden Healthcare and other businesses. They open their classy Pemberton home to groups such as Austin Recovery, SafePlace, Family Eldercare, Center for Child Protection, Women's Fund of Central Texas and, especially, the tiny Rise School of Austin, for which the Hickses hope to raise $3 million this year.Carol and Chris Adams. Austin Film Society, Austin Music Foundation, St. Edward's University, Animal Trustees of Austin, Zach Theatre James Armstrong and Larry Connelly. Austin Museum of Art, Austin Lyric Opera, Long Center, Zach Theatre, University of Texas College of Fine Arts Linda Ball and Forrest Preece. Ballet Austin, Badgerdog Literary Publishing, Austin Cabaret Theatre, Austin Film Festival, Zach Theatre Suzanne and David Booth. Dimensional Fund Advisors, Booth Heritage Foundation, Friends of Heritage Preservation, Centre Pompidou Foundation, Booth School of Business Becky Beaver and John Duncan. Law Office of Becky Beaver, Ballet Austin, Austin Children's Museum, Planned Parenthood of Austin, People's Community Clinic Sally and Mack Brown. University of Texas, Helping Hand Society, Rise School of Austin, Austin Partners in Education, King of the Field Olga Campos and Kevin Benz. KVUE, News 8 Austin, CASA , Con Mi Madre, Greenlights for Nonprofit Success Tana and Joe Christie. AIDS Services of Austin, Austin Lyric Opera, Armstrong Community Music School, Out Youth, Ransom Center Susan and Michael Dell. Dell Inc., Dell Family Foundation, Dell Children's Medical Center, Long Center, Austin Children's Shelter, Arthouse Eloise and John Paul DeJoria. Paul Mitchell, Nobelity Project, Patron Spirits Company, Palmer Drug Abuse Program Mary Margaret and Ray Farabee. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, People's Community Clinic, Southwestern Writers Collection, Molly National Journalism Prize Maria Luisa 'Lulu' Flores and Scott Hendler. National Women's Political Caucus, Hendler Law, Mexic-Arte Museum, Save Town Lake Association, Hispanic Bar Association of Austin Karen Frost and Charles Levy. Frost Media Relations, Nobelity, Texas Cultural Trust, Leadership Austin, I Live Here I Give Here, Impact Austin Anna Hansen and Lance Armstrong. Livestrong, Texas Bicycle Coalition, Mellow Johnny's, Team RadioShack, Tobacco-Free Kids David Garza and Dr. John Hogg. Mexic-Arte Museum, Hispanic Scholarship Consortium Maria and Eric Groten. Zach Theatre, Center for Child Protection, Vinson and Elkins, Ballet Austin, Long Center for the Performing Arts Patty and James Huffines. University of Texas System, TXU Energy, PlainsCapital Bank, Austin Community Foundation, Center for Child Protection Diane Land and Steve Adler. Anti-Defamation League, GenX, Austin Museum of Art, Ballet Austin Teresa and Joe Long. Long Center, University of Texas, Austin Museum of Art, Austin Symphony Orchestra, UT College of Fine Arts Carla and Jack McDonald. Perficient, Dynabrand PR, American Youthworks, Austech Alliance, PeopleFund Andrea and Dean McWilliams. McWilliams and Associates, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Long Center, KillCancer, Ballet Austin, Arthouse Lynn and Tom Meredith. MFI Foundation, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin Children's Museum, University of Texas, Long Center Stephen Moser. Austin Chronicle, Made in Heaven Bettie Naylor and Libby Sykora. Bettie Naylor and Associates, Out Youth, Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas, First Amendment Coalition Of Texas Willie Nelson. Farm Aid, National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, Nobelity Project, Carl's Corner Dr. Nona Niland and David Braun. Ann Richards School, Long Center, People's Community Clinic, Center For Public Policy Priorities, Niland Foundation Anita and Rick Perry. Governor of Texas, Texas Conference for Women, National Governors Association, March of Dimes, Main Street Program, Center for Child Protection Christy and Turk Pipkin. Nobelity Project, Miracle Foundation, A Glimmer of Hope Foundation Sara and Dick Rathgeber. Rathgeber Village, Austin Children's Shelter, People's Community Clinic, Salvation Army Amy and Kirk Rudy. Endeavor Real Estate Group, Anti-Defamation League, Equality Texas, AIDS Services of Austin, Ballet Austin, St. Andrew's Episcopal School Eugene Sepulveda and Steven Tomlinson. Fusebox Festival, Entrepreneurs Foundation, PeopleFund, Marfa Public Radio, Organizing for America Julia and Evan Smith. Texas Tribune, Blanton Museum of Art, Trinity Episcopal School, Austin Film Society, People's Community Clinic, Planned Parenthood Venus and Bill Strawn. Center for Child Protection, Rise School of Austin, Women's Fund of Central Texas, Strawn Arnold Ashpitz Groover Ltd. Mary and Rusty Tally. UBS - The Tally Group, Center for Child Protection, Zach Theatre, Texas Performing Arts, Emancipet Amy Grace Tharp and Doug Ulman. Livestrong, Wonders and Worries, Trail Foundation, Anti-Defamation League, Austin Children's Museum Bobbi and Mort Topfer. Topfer Family Foundation, Castletop Capital, Seton Fund, Long Center, March of Dimes, Dell Children's Medical Center Michelle Valles and Ray Benson. KEYE, Asleep at the Wheel, Bismeaux Studio, Muscular Dystrophy Association, American Heart Association Liz McDaniel Watson and Kirk Watson. Texas Senate, Livestrong, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Suzanne and Marc Winkelman. Calendar Club, Jewish Community Association of Austin, Democratic Party, Long Center, Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity
Arts Stars: Deborah Green and Clayton Aynesworth
F. Scott Fitzgerald would have approved. When this couple threw an art-thick party at their new Mayfield Park home for Women & Their Work, it seemed like the whole world attended. During the rest of the year, they also support Austin Film Society, Austin Museum of Art, Arthouse and UT College of Fine Arts, among other worthwhile groups.Amy Barbee. Texas Cultural Trust Ellen Bartel. Spank Dance Company Ron Berry. Refraction Arts, Fuse Box Festival Sarah and Ernest Butler. Butler School of Music, Austin Museum of Art, Austin Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Austin, Austin Lyric Opera Annette DiMeo Carlozzi and Dan Bullock. Blanton Museum of Art, Zach Theatre, Arthouse, Greenlights, Forklift Dance Company Elisabeth Challener and Brett Bachman. Zach Theatre Joyce Christian and Rudy Green. Austin Museum of Art, ProArts Collective, Care Communities, St. Stephen's School Charles Duggan. Long Center, Greater Tuna Presents, Austin Lyric Opera, Ballet Austin, Democratic National Committee Advisory Board Barbara Chisholm and Robert Faires. Zach Theatre, Austin Chronicle, Red Then Productions Mela Dailey and Peter Bay. Austin Symphony Orchestra Sean Gaulager. Co-Lab, Cantanker Dana Friis-Hansen and Mark Holzbach. Austin Museum of Art, Zebra Imaging, Rude Mechanicals Sue Graze. Arthouse, Ballet Austin Mary Ann and Andrew Heller. Heller Records, Austin Lyric Opera, Austin Symphony Orchestra, Long Center, UT College of Fine Arts Brent Hasty and Stephen Mills. Ballet Austin, University of Texas, Arthouse Jeanne and Michael Klein. Blanton Museum of Art, Arthouse, University of Texas Gail and Jeff Kodosky. National Instruments Corp., Austin Lyric Opera, Austin Symphony, Ballet Austin, Conspirare, Long Center Rachel Koper. Women & Their Work Chris Mattsson and John McHale. Austin Museum of Art, Arthouse Bettye and Bill Nowlin. University of Texas, Zach Theatre, Austin Community Development Corp., University of Texas Allison Orr. Forklife Danceworks, Fusebox Festival Sylvia Orozco. Mexic-Arte Museum Kathy Panoff. Texas Performing Arts Kevin Patterson. Austin Lyric Opera Paula and Damian Priour. Umlauf Sculpture Garden, Austin Museum of Art Cliff Redd and Rick Johnson. Long Center Cookie and Phil Ruiz. Ballet Austin, Con Mi Madre, Girls Empowerment Network, Texans for the Arts, CreateAustin Michelle Schumann and Matt Orem. Austin Chamber Music Center, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Jane Sibley. Austin Symphony Orchestra, Long Center, UT College of Fine Arts Judith Sims. Austin Museum of Art, Art Divas Ken Stein and Ken Lambrecht. Paramount Theatre, Planned Parenthood of Texas Julie Thornton. Ballet Austin, testperformancetest Lisa and Bob Wade. bobwade.com, South Austin Museum of Popular Culture Judy Willcott and Laurence Miller. Texas French Bread, Fluent~Collaborative, Arthouse, Blanton Museum of Art Eva and Marvin Womack. Austin Lyric Opera, Procter & Gamble, Long Center
Business Stars: Gigi and Sam Bryant
Who doesn't want to see this couple - or each singly - at a party? They cross over so many social boundaries without imaginary passports. Perhaps you know them through Bryant Wealth Investment Group, United Way Capital Area, Assistance League of Austin, Austin Community College Foundation, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Prom Princesses/Dude Project, Texas Southern University or Douglass Club of Austin.Rob Adams. Venture Labs Competition Molly Alexander. Downtown Austin Alliance Sandra and Joe Aragona. Austin Ventures, Livestrong, Dell Children's Medical Center, Entrepreneur's Foundation Charles Barnett. Seton Family of Hospitals, Greater Austin Chamber, APIE Charlie Betts. Downtown Austin Alliance Suzanna Caballero. Wachovia Bank, Leadership Austin Amber Carden. Bank of America, Leadership Austin, Hospice Austin Whitney Casey and Nav Sooch. Sooch Foundation, Silicon Laboratories Inc., Miracle Foundation Jeffrey Dachis. Dachis Group, Arthouse, Bazaarvoice Gary Farmer. Heritage Title, Greater Austin Chamber Regan and Billy Gammon. William Gammon Insurance Agency Inc., Texas Book Festival Jeff Garvey. Austin Ventures, Livestrong N. Rudy Garza. G-51 Capital LLC, Dell Children's Medical Center Rebecca and Bryan Hardeman. Mercedes-Benz of Austin, University of Texas Amy Holloway and Chris Engle. Avalanche Consulting, Catalyst 8, Austin State Hospital, StrataTX Joe and Sandra Holt. Austin Chamber, Austin Symphony Orchestra, JPMorgan Chase Ali Khataw. Austin Asian American Chamber of Commerce, Encotech Engineering Consultants Robena Jackson. RJW Operations Inc., Dispute Resolution Center, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce Sheridan and Perry Lorenz. Constructive Ventures Inc., Spring Sherry Matthews and Dick Clark. Sherry Matthews Advocacy Marketing, Dick Clark Architecture Rosie Mendoza. R. Mendoza and Co., SafePlace, Travis County Hospital District, Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Terry Mitchell. Momark Development, Austin Works Housing, Real Estate Council of Austin Mary Pat Mueller. Door Number 3 Inc., Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, New Milestones Foundation, People's Community Clinic, Impact Austin Deep Nasta. Deep in the Heart of Texas Realty, Young Men's Business League, Symphony BATS Eddie Safady. Prosperity Bank, St. David's Community Health Foundation Brian Sharples. HomeAway, Austin Ventures Martha Smiley. Austin Area Research Organization Bertrand, Roy a nd Suzi Sosa. Rev Worldwide, United Way, MPower Venture John Thornton . Ballet Austin, Austin Ventures, Texas Tribune Diana Zuniga. Investors Alliance Inc., Spring, Real Estate Council of Austin, Zach Theatre, Austin Area Research Organization, E3 Alliance
Charity Stars: Priscilla Guajardo and John-Michael Cortez
Leadership Austin beat us to the punch recognizing the founders of the breakthrough FuturoFund Austin with its Ascendant Award this year. Look for these two socializing for Livable City, Capital Metro, Community Action Network Community Council, Austin History Center Association, Austin Partners in Education, Austin Public Library Foundation and the University of Texas.Ben Bentzin. University of Texas, Center for Child Protection, KUT Radio, Boy Scouts of America Joanie Bentzin. Center for Child Protection, Leadership Austin, Women's Symphony League, St. David's Foundation, Helping Hand Home Allen Beuershausen. Whole Kids Adventure, Whole Kids Lifestyle, Bootstrap Style, Catalyst 8, ATX Equation Donna and Philip Berber. A Glimmer of Hope Foundation Caroline Boudreaux. The Miracle Foundation Gary Cooper and Richard Hartgrove. Zach Theatre, Austin Lyric Opera, Austin Museum of Art, Out Youth, AIDS Services of Austin Susan and Bobby Epstein. Long Center, Jewish Community Association of Austin, Austin Film Society, Children's Medical Center Foundation of Central Texas Mark Erwin and Stephen Rice. Octopus Club, Lone Star Legal Copy and Imaging, Standard Answer Jesus Garza. Seton Family of Hospitals Ken Gladish. Austin Community Foundation Alan Graham. Mobile Loaves & Fishes Kate and Robert Hersch. Heritage Society of Austin, Austin Film Society, Ballet Austin Matt Kouri. Greenlights for Nonprofits Cindy and Greg Kozmetsky. United Way, RGK Foundation, PeopleFund Karen Landa and Dale Dewey. St. David's Community Health Foundation, Ballet Austin, Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, Hospice Austin Joanna and Peter Linden. Make-a-Wish Foundation, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Leadership Austin Susan and Craig Lubin. Austin Gastroenterology, Ballet Austin, Hospice Austin, Jewish Community Association of Austin Earl Maxwell. St. David's Community Health Foundation, Maxwell Locke and Ritter, Austin Area Research Organization, Austin Partners in Education Dick Moeller. St. David's Community Health Foundation, Enovate Enterprises, Water to Thrive, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Denise and Randy Phillips . Promiseland West MariBen Ramsey and Karen Kahan. Association of Junior Leagues International, Austin Community Foundation, Seton Fund Beverly Scarborough. Texas Commission on Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Ballet Austin, Girl Scouts, Congregation Beth Israel Lily and Yigal Saad. Anti-Defamation League, Austin Lyric Opera, Jewish Community Center Association Tom Spencer . Austin Area Interreligious Ministries Margot and Grant Thomas. YouthLaunch, People's Community Clinic, Town Lake Trail Foundation Kelly and Richard Topfer. Topfer Family Foundation, Children's Medical Center Foundation of Central Texas Barbara Vackar. Austin Women's Network, National Women's History Museum, Leadership Austin Isabel and Dave Welland. Miracle Foundation, Children's Medical Center Foundation of Central Texas, Long Center Alex Winkelman. Charity Bash Armando Zambrano. Children's Medical Center Foundation of Central Texas
Education Star: Meria Carstarphen
Let's start with this: The Austin Independent School District superintendent shows up. Everywhere. She's at a tiny reception, or she's on campus, or she's at an arts event that has nothing to do with her job. Carstarphen does it all with grace and panache. Among the groups she serves directly: Austin Partners in Education, AISD Public Education Foundation, Dell Children's Hospital Medical Center, Austin Symphony Orchestra and Great City Schools.Kathryn Anderson and Doug Dempster. University of Texas Sandy Alcala. Junior League of Austin, UTLatinos, Texas Exes Amy Averett. Austin Voices For Education and Youth Alex Brown. Austin Community College Foundation, AMD Roxann Thomas Chargois. The Links Inc., St. Edward's University Penny and Thomas Cedel. Concordia University Texas Susan Dawson. E3 Alliance Sandy Dochen. Austin Area Research Organization, IBM Larry Earvin. Huston-Tillotson University, Austin Area Urban League, Leadership Austin Thomas E. Gallagher. Austin Community College Foundation, Seton Family of Hospitals Katy Hackerman. UT College of Natural Sciences Janet Harman. KDK-Harman Foundation, St. Stephen's School, Southwest Council of Foundations Terry Hazell. Texas State University-San Marcos Kim Heilbrun and William Powers. University of Texas, Austin Triathlon, St. Stephen's Episcopal School Nancy and Bobby Inman. University of Texas, Paramount Theatre, Texas Natural Science Center Carla Jackson and Kelvin Phillips. Austin Community College Center for Public Policy, Dimensional Fund Advisors Johnita and Bill Jones. Texas A&M System Jill Kolasinski and Rip Esselstyn. KIPP Austin, Austin Fire Department, 'The Engine 2 Diet' Stephen B. Kinslow. Austin Community College Michael Lofton. African American Men and Boys/Women and Girls Conference George E. Martin. St. Edward's University Heather McKissick. Leadership Austin Amy and Al Wong Mok. Asian American Cultural Center Kim Heilbrun and Willia m Powers Jr. University of Texas, St. Stephen's School, Austin Triathlon Mary Ann Rankin and Wes Thompson. University of Texas Laura and Jeff Sandefer. Acton MBA in Entrepreneurship, Paramount and State Theatres, Austin History Center Lucia and Paul Woodruff. University of Texas Jane Woodman Schrum and Jake Schrum. Southwestern University Denise M. Trauth and John Huffman. Texas State University-San Marcos
Food Stars: David Alan and Joe Eifler
The cocktail revolution is permanent. Among its gentle propagandists are this couple, known collectively as the Tipsy Texans. Their not-so-hidden agenda on liquid pleasure can also be detected through Edible Austin, United States Bartenders Guild, Tipsy Tech, Violet Crown Cinema and L Style G Style.Susan and Ed Auler. Fall Creek Vineyards, Wine and Food Foundation of Texas Eddie Bernal. 34th Street Cafe, Santa Rita Cantina, Blue Star Cafeteria Paula Biehler and Cathy Cochran-Lewis. Crave Marla Camp and Jeff Kessel. Edible Austin Shawn Cirkiel. Parkside Rebekkah and Tyson Cole. Uchi, Uchiko Jessica and Todd Duplechan. Trio, Dishalicious Quincy Erickson and Stephen Nagle. Fete Accompli Inc., Stephen Nagle and Associates, Wine and Food Foundation of Texas, Le Cordon Bleu Austin Lisa and Emmett Fox. Asti, Fino David Garrido. Garrido's Justine Gilcrease and Pierre Pelegrin. Justine's Tamara and Jesse Griffith. Dai Due Supper Club Johnny Guffey. Jeffrey's James Holmes. Olivia David and Margaret Jabour. Twin Liquors Kate and Degan McClung. Jeffrey's Larry McGuire. Lamberts Downtown Barbecue, La Condesa, Perla's Trina and Damian Mandola. Mandola's Italian Market, Mandola's Estate Winery, Austin Children's Shelter, St. Stephen's Episcopal School Love Nance and Sherry Jameson. Annies Jenna Noel and Zack Northcutt. Edible Austin, Mulberry, Meaty Monday Madness René Ortiz. La Condesa Jeremy Parzen. Do Bianchi, Vino Vino Deborah and Larry Peel. KLRU, Larry Peel Co., Wine and Food Foundation of Texas, Electronic Privacy Information Center Rebecca Robinson. Wine and Food Foundation of Texas Ronda Rutledge. Sustainable Food Center Suzanne Santos. Austin Farmers' Market Carol Ann Sayle and Larry Butler. Boggy Creek Farms, Green Corn Project Amy and Steve Simmons. Amy's Ice Creams, Phil's Ice House, Austinville Karen Odom Spezia and Roy Spezia. Tribeza, Clark, Thomas and Winters, Les Dames D'Escoffier, Wine and Food Foundation of Texas Foo Swasdee. Satay, Texas Asian Chamber of Commerce, Get Sum Dim Sum Toni Tipton-Martin. International Association of Culinary Professionals, Sande Youth Project Culinary Cultural Center Michael Vilim. Mirabelle, Wine and Food Foundation of Texas, Streat Sharon Watkins. Chez Zee, Zach Theatre, Long Center, UT PAC Don 'Skeeter' Miller. County Line, Cannoli Joe's, Austin Children's Shelter
Heritage Stars: Melanie and Ben Barnes
As one reader put it: "They are our royalty." Power broker Ben is an enormous presence in Washington, D.C., as well as Austin. Besides raising two daughters, Melanie serves at the highest levels all over the city. A few of their social connections: Ben Barnes Group, Boys Club/Girls Club, University of Texas, MD Anderson, Austin High's Global Studies Academy, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, St. Francis School and Ballet Austin.Ada Anderson. LEAP, Austin Lyric Opera, University of Texas M. Ann and George Attal. Austin Galleries, St. Stephen's Episcopal School, Easter Seals, American Youthworks Jan Bullock. Texas Governor's Mansion Restoration Fund, Texas State History Museum Foundation Ann Butler. University of Texas Elizabeth Christian and Bruce Todd. LBJ Foundation, Elizabeth Christian Associates, Bruce Todd Public Affairs Jo Anne Christian. Austin Lyric Opera, Long Center Wilhelmina Delco and Dr. Exalton Delco Jr. North Austin Medical Center, Huston-Tillotson University, Greater Austin Crime Commission Fidel Estrada. Estrada Cleaners, United Negro College Fund Lonnie Limon. LatinWorks, Hispanic Scholarship Consortium Nicole Nugent Covert and Brent Covert. University of Texas, Children's Medical Center Foundation of Central Texas, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Joanne and Jack Crosby. The Rust Group, University of Texas Carol and Tim Crowley. Greater Austin Chamber, Ronald McDonald House, Junior League Charmaine and Frank Denius. University of Texas, Seton Fund Dealey and David Herndon. Herndon, Stauch and Associates, Texas State History Museum Foundation, Texas Governor's Mansion Restoration Fund, State Preservation Board Luci Baines Johnson and Ian Turpin. LBJ Holding Co., Friends of the LBJ Library, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Melissa Jones. Houston Endowment, Annie's List, Molly National Journalism Prize Sterling Lands II. Greater Calvary Bible Church, Eastside Social Action Coalition Jimmy Mansour. Telephone Management, Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, Bible Study Fellowship Bertha Means. Austin Cab Co., Capital City African American Chamber of Commerce, St. James Episcopal Church, Democratic Party Gay Ratliff. Gay Ratliff Interiors, Heritage Society of Austin, Texas Governor's Mansion Restoration Fund, National Trust for Historic Preservation Catherine Robb. Sedgwick, Detert, Moran and Arnold LLP, LBJ Library Future Forum, Austin Music Foundation Nancy Scanlan and John Watson. St. Stephen's Episcopal School, Save Our Springs Alliance, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Molly National Journalism Prize Kathryn Scarborough Bechtol and Hub Bechtol. Turnquist Partners Realtors, Junior League of Austin, Impact Austin, Bechtol Golf Design, Austin Children's Shelter Gabrielle Sheshunoff. Sheshunoff Management Services, Sheshunoff Consulting + Solutions Cindy and F. Gary Valdez. Focus Strategies Investment Banking, Seton Healthcare Network, St. Edward's University
Interactive Stars: Marcy Hoen and Bijoy Goswami
Funny story: Last year, when we listed this super-social duo as a couple, they were not. Now they are. That 500 listing got them talking seriously. Couple or not, they have connected as well in person as online through Bootstrap Austin, Leadership Austin, Fusebox Festival, Oyster Club, Austin Equation and other outlets.Mason and Mylie Arnold. Greenling, Go Dance Joshua Baer. OtherInbox, Capital Factory, Greenling Jennie Chen. Misohungry, Austin Drive Clean, Austin Dog Friendly Mike Chapman. Austin Social Media Club Jenn Deering Davis and Hayes Davis. Cheap-Tweet Cynthia Fedor and Jason Stoddard. Stagira Inc. Kyle Flaherty. BreakingPoint Systems Tammy Lynn Gilmore. South by Southwest Michelle Greer. Nerd About Austin, Michelle's Blog, Austin Twestival Ricardo Guerrero. Dell Inc. Tim Hayden. Blue Clover Studios, Meals on Wheels Brett Hurt. Bazaarvoice Scott Ingram. NetworkInAustin.com Kelly and Sally Jackson. Midlife Gals Evan Jenkins. Tiff's Treats Cookie Delivery Josh Jones-Dilworth. Jones-Dilworth Inc. Laura and Jamie Kelso. Dishola Chris Apollo Lynn. Republic of Austin Nancy Mims and Rodney Gibbs. Austin Film Society, Digital Media Council, Gamers for Kids' Sake, Mod Green Pod, QRANK Lisa Peterson. Porter Novelli Michelle Castillo-West and Phil West. Luminaria Media and Public Relations Tolly Moseley. Austin Eavesdropper, That Austin Girl, Austin Woman Magazine Kevin Newsum. Yelp Austin Bryan Person. BryanPerson.com Ixchel and Armando Rayo. TacoJournalism.com Connie Reece. New Media Labs, Connect Every Dot, AgentGenius.com Benn and Lani Rosales. New Media Lab Joe Ross. CSIdentity, LifeWorks, LEAP, Austin Chamber of Commerce Josh Williams. Gowalla.com Kim J Wilson. Greenlights for Nonprofit Success Rachel and David Wyatt. WyattBrand, Nonprofit Technology Network, Innovative Marketing, Greenlights
Law Stars: Lara Wendler and Mike Martinez
Talk about a power couple. Wendler is the chief of staff for state Sen. John Whitmire and helps Community Shares of Texas, First Night Austin and Center for Child Protection. Martinez serves on the Austin City Council and aids Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas, Austin Firefighters Relief Fund and Austin Partners in Education. As a team, they push Austin Pets Alive, Casa Marianella, Planned Parenthood, Green Doors and Leadership Austin.Tanya and Art Acevedo. City of Austin, American Heart Association, Special Olympics Texas, Child Protection Center, Humane Society, American Youthworks Valinda Bolton and Anthony Hathcock. Texas House of Representatives, Woman Inc., Texas Council on Family Violence Denise Brady and Chris Riley. Austin City Council, The Rusk Law Firm, Downtown Austin Neighborhood Association, Susan G. Komen for the Cure Andy Brown. Travis County Democratic Party, Munsch Hardt Kopf and Harr, 21st Century Democrats Julie Byers and Lee Leffingwell. Mayor of Austin, Water Conservation Task Force, Seton Hospital Northwest Perla Cavazos. City of Austin Commission on Women, Latinas Unidas Por El Arte, Teatro Vivo, Mexican American Cultural Center Rick Cofer. Travis County, Capital City Young Democrats, Bag the Bags Coalition, Austin Multiple Scelorsis Sheryl and Kevin Cole. Austin City Council, Cole and Powell, Leadership Austin, Austin Area Urban League, Communities in Schools Crystal Cotti and Mark Strama. Texas House of Representatives, Sylvan Learning Centers Libby and Lloyd Doggett. U.S. Congress, Pre-K Now, 'One Peace at a Time' Dawnna Dukes. Texas House of Representatives, DM Dukes and Associates Inc., Links, Inc.-Austin Chapter Sarah Eckhardt and Kurt Sauer. Travis County Commissioners Court, Texas Folklife Resources, Daffer McDaniel LLP Toya Haley. Texas Health and Human Services, Long Center Clarke Heidrick. Graves Dougherty Hearon and Moody, Austin Area Research Organization, Shivers Cancer Foundation, Foundation for Religious Studies in Texas Donna Howard. Texas House of Representatives, Expanding Horizons Foundation, Texas Education Crisis Coalition, Austin Area Interreligious Ministries, Common Cause Brian Jammer. Austin Black Lawyers Association, University of Texas System, National Bar Association Rosemary Lehmberg. Travis County District Attorney, Center for Child Protection, CASA Nelson Linder. Austin NAACP, African American Quality of Life Implementation Plan Susan Longley . Longley Group, Molly National Journalism Prize, Texas Democracy Foundation, Atticus Circle, Zach Theatre Diana Maldonado. Texas House of Representatives, Executive Women in State Government, Hispanic Women's Network of Texas Patsy Woods Martin and Jack Martin. Public Strategies, Blue Texas, Long Center, Livestrong, Austin Children's Museum, I Live Here I Give Here Linda and Michael McCaul. U.S. Congress, March of Dimes, St. David's Community Health Foundation, Communities in Schools, CureSearch Mark McKinnon. Public Strategies, Livestrong, University of Texas Laura and Phil Morrison. Austin City Council, University of Texas, Austin Neighborboods Council Elliott Naishtat. Texas House of Representatives, St. Edward's University Pam and Pike Powers. The Seton Fund, Fulbright and Jaworski, Envision Central Texas, Texas Technology Initiative Robin Rather. Liveable City, Hill Country Conservancy, Envision Central Texas Eddie Rodriguez. Texas House of Representatives, Hispanic Institute for Technology Advancement, Sierra Club Geronimo Rodriguez Jr. Seton Family of Hospitals, LBJ School of Public Affairs, Leonard Frost Levin Van Court and Marsh Amalia Rodriguez-Mendoza. Travis County, Austin Lyric Opera Karen and William Sage. Travis County, Mayor's Mental Health Task Force, University of Texas, Any Baby Can, Caritas of Austin Randi Shade and Kayla Shell. Austin City Council, Dell Inc., Days of Service Niyanta and Bill Spelman. Austin City Council, LBJ School of Public Affairs, Rainforest Partnership Alexa and Blaine Wesner. Austin Ventures, Blue Texas, Austin Film Society, Lifeworks, Downtown Austin Alliance, Artworks, Austin Museum of Art Tomi and Pete Winstead. Winstead , Long Center for the Performing Arts, Economic Development Corp., Greater Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council Will Wynn. willwynn.com, LPB Energy Management, Worldwide Maniac
Media Stars: Sarah Bird and George Jones
Writers generally fade into the woodwork. Not so Bird, a social Roman candle the minute she fires into a room. Husband George Jones sings no country music, to our knowledge, instead working for the Texas Water Development Board. Bird writes for Knopf and Texas Monthly. They contribute time to Austin Coalition for Environmental Sustainability, Badgerdog Literary Publishing and Austin Bat Cave. What else? Bird: "I'm the worst board member ever for Southwestern Writers Collection."John Aielli. KUT Bobby Bones. KISS-FM Linda and Bob Cole. KVET, Boy Scouts, Dell Children's Medical Center, Frisco Shop, the Tavern, Hill's Cafe Mary Anne Connolly. Austin Woman, Reel Women, Conspirare Dale Dudley. KLBJ Oliver Everette. L Style G Style. Elaine and Rich Garza. Giant Noise, Pachanga Festival, Austin Music Foundation Raul Garza. TKO Advertising Nancy and Jerry Giordano. TEDxAustin Erin and J.B. Hager. Mix 94.7, Austin Monthly, Bikes for Kids Kathy and Robert Hadlock. KXAN, CASA, Easter Seals Jim Hightower. Texas Observer, Austin Chronicle Elizabeth Hufnagel. KXAN Jill McGuckin. McGuckin Entertainment PR Tricia and Sandy McIlree. Bikes for Kids, Mix 94.7 Cile Montgomery. Giant Media Jean and Dan Rather. 'Dan Rather Reports,' Austin Museum of Art, News and Guts Media Heath Riddles. KOOP, Hirschl and Adler, Out Youth Steve Savage. KAZI Emily and Dave Shaw. Russell-Shaw, I&O Communications, Art Alliance of Austin, Leadership Austin, Greenlights for Nonprofit Success, Catalyst 8 Kevin Smothers and Michael Pungello. Pulse, Overhead Music Supervision, Catalyst 8, Leadership Austin, Oyster Club Jen Spencer. Jen Spencer Coaches Jim Spencer. KXAN, Crystal Ball Susan and Bill Stotesbery. KLRU, Hart InterCivic Kerry Tate. Mamma Jamma Ride Against Breast Cancer, Civic Interest, Leadership Austin Brenda Thompson. Brenda Thompson Communications, Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders, Zach Theatre, Leadership Austin Helen Thompson. Austin Monthly Homes Stewart and Stephanie Vanderwilt. KUT Alisa Weldon and Lynn Yeldell. L Style G Style, Well+Done Design, UBS Wealth Management, Human Rights Campaign
Movies Star: Karrie and Tim League
Repeat stars in this category, this couple has expanded their socializing well beyond their Alamo Drafthouse base. The Highball, a dreamy entertainment complex on South Lamar Boulevard, is a megahit with the hip set. Tim has rejoined the company extending the Alamo concept nationwide. Meanwhile, this duo can be spotted at any number of charity events unrelated to the movie industry.Paul Alvarado-Dykstra. Fantastic Fest, Texas Motion Picture Alliance Elizabeth Avellan. 'Sin City 3,' 'Spy Kids 4: Armageddon,' Troublemaker Studios, Texas Motion Picture Alliance Connie Britton. 'Friday Night Lights,' 'Conception,' 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' Louis Black. Austin Chronicle, South by Southwest Gary Bond. Austin Film Office, Austin Film Commission Rebecca Campbell and Andrew Hinman. Austin Film Society, Austin Studios Kathryn and Kyle Chandler. 'Friday Night Lights,' 'Morning,' Beyond the Lights Amy Grappell. 'Quadrangle' Tamara and Bob Hudgins . Texas Film Commission, Chisholm Trail Community Foundation Mike Judge. Austin Film Society, 'The Goode Family,' 'King of the Hill' Harry Knowles. Ain't It Cool News, Fantastic Fest, Butt-numb-a-thon Richard Linklater. Austin Film Society, 'Richard Linklater Project,' 'Me and Orson Welles' Henri Mazza. Alamo Drafthouse, Highball Shannon Moody. Austin Film Society, Marathon Kids, Texas Exes Barbara Morgan. Austin Film Festival Mark Mueller. Voodoo Cowboy, Mueller Law Masashi Niwano. Austin Asian American Film Festival Karen Olsson and Andrew Bujalski. Texas Monthly, 'Beeswax,' 'Sorry, Thanks,' 'Funny Ha Ha' Janet and John Pierson. South by Southwest, Austin Film Society, University of Texas Bryan Poyser. Austin Film Society, 'Lovers of Hate,' 'The Crane House' PJ Raval. 'Fourplay: San Francisco,' 'The 2 Bobs,' 'Winnebago Man,' QueerBomb Angela Rawna and Tony Sykes. 'Friday Night Lights,' Zach Theatre, 'Richard Linklater Project' Robert Rodriguez. 'Sin City 3,' 'Machete,' Austin Film Society, 'Predator,' Troublemaker Studios Tom Schatz . UT Film Institute Ben Steinbauer. University of Texas, 'Winnebago Man' Paul Stekler. Austin Film Society, University of Texas Scott Tulk and David Smith. Austin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival Agnes Varnum. Austin Film Society, Doc It Out Dana Wheeler-Nicholson and Alex Smith. UT Film Institute, 'Friday Night Lights,' 'Five Time Champion,' 'Dadgum, Texas' Tommy G. Warren. Spiderwood Studios
Music Stars: Dean and Jeff Lofton
Austin has elaborated a long jazz history. Yet this South Carolina couple recently gave the scene a jumpstart with their ubiquitous presence and articulate advocacy. A writer, Dean doubles as publicist. A trumpeter, Jeff also leads various musical projects. They help other artists through Jeff Lofton Quartet, Jeff Lofton Electric Thang, Crime Victims First, Dean Lofton PR and Writing Your Life as a Woman.Susan Antone. Antone's, Help Clifford Help Kids Ed Bailey. KLRU, 'Austin City Limits,' Texas Hill Country Wine and Food Festival Marcia Ball. Health Alliance of Austin Musicians, Charity Partners of Austin Suzanna Choffel and Paul Oveisi. Momo's, Austin Music Commission, suzannachoffel.com, Austin Music Foundation Amy Corbin and Charles Attal. C3, Stubb's BBQ, Austin City Limits Festival Melissa and Kevin Connor. ME Television, KUT Gerard Cosloy. Matador Records, Casual Victim Pile, Can't Stop the Bleeding Dave Dart. Dart Music International Joe and Sharon Ely. ely.com, the Flatlanders Alejandro Escovedo. alejandroescovedo.com, 'Street Songs of Love' Eliza Gilkyson. elizagilkyson.com Patty Griffin. pattygriffin.com, 'Downtown Church' Sara Hickman. The Roots Agency, 'Big Bird, Little Bird' Charlie Jones. C3, Stubb's BBQ, Austin City Limits Festival Josh and Yvonne Lambert. The Octopus Project Andy Langer. KGSR, Esquire, News 8 Austin Terry Lickona. 'Austin City Limits' Casey McPherson. Alpha Rev, Music for the City, Mental Health Association of Texas Martie and Gareth Maguire. Dixie Chicks, Court Yard Hounds Harold McMillan. DiverseArts Kathy Marcus and John Kunz. Waterloo Records Casey Monahan. Texas Music Office James Moody. Transmission Entertainment, Fun Fun Fun Fest, Mohawk, Club DeVille, Red 7 Tim Neece. Texas Performing Arts Tim O'Connor. Back Yard, Austin Music Hall, Austin Help Haiti Don Pitts. City of Austin Adrian Quesada. Grupo Fantasma, Brownout, Ocote Soul Sounds, HAAM Carolyn Schwarz. HAAM Shawn Sides and Graham Reynolds. Golden Arm Trio, Rude Mechanicals, Fuse Box Festival Rose Reyes. Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau Nada and Hartt Stearns. One World Theatre Donya and Randall Stockton. Beerland, Rio Rita, the Good Knight, Shangri-la Steve Wertheimer. Continental Club Annetta and James White. Broken Spoke Graham Williams. Transmission Entertainment, Fun Fun Fun Fest, Mohawk, Club de Ville, Red 7, Lamberts Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison. kellywillis.com, brucerobison.com Eddie Wilson. Threadgill's
Nightlife Star: Donaji Lira
Although she lights up any party or nightclub, Lira is pretty serious about her social life. This hospitality specialist contributes mightily of her time, energy and social capital to the Wine and Food Foundation, Texas Heritage Songwriters Association, First Tee of Greater Austin, Center for Child Protection, Austin Museum of Art and Zach Theatre.Paula and Paul Angerstein. Texacello Distillery, Paula's Texas Orange and Lemon liquors Chad Auler. Wine and Food Foundation of Texas, Savvy Vodka Sofia, Rosa Maria and Victoria Avila. Mandarin Flower Co. Tito Beveridge. Fifth Generation Inc., Tito's Handmade Vodka Clayton Christopher. Sweet Leaf Tea (former), Deep Eddy Vodka Samantha and Ty Davidson. Uchi, Central Austin Management Group, Cultivate PR Larry Davis. Oilcan Harry's Neil Diaz. NCD Resources DJ DIGG and DJ Kid Slyce . Table Manners Crew DJ Chicken George. djchickengeorge.com, Move Something DJ Manny Muniz. DJ Dojo, RockIt DJ Seth Cooper. Oilcan Harry's, Splash Tre Dotson. Tre Dotson Productions and Talent, Maria Maria Rachel Elsberry. Pickie Pie Productions Michael Girard. Speakeasy, Cuba Libre, Imperia Doug Guller. Bikinis, the Parish Victoria Hentrich. Creative Consultants Becky and Damon Holditch. Marquee Events Liz Lambert and Amy Cook. Hotel San José, Jo's Hot Coffee, Hotel Saint Cecilia, 'Let the Light In' Garrett Mikell. Townhouse Jetté Momant. Manna Lifestyle Marketing, Décor Jetté Event Design Lance Avery Morgan. Make A Wish, Human Rights Campaign Fund, Center for Child Protection Matt Luckie. Lucky Lounge, Lavaca St. Bar, Red Fez, District 301, Betsy's Bar and Star Bar Kristin Owen. Do512.com David Pantano. Rain, AIDS Services of Austin Susan and Michael Parker. Opal Divine's Taylor Perkins. Rare Tanya Posavatz and Denise Silverman. Clink Joe Reynolds . M Two Jen Shoemaker . Jen Shoemaker Marketing and Events Sascha Stone Guttfreund . Scoremore, Aces Kara and Matt Swinney. Launch 787, Austin Fashion Week Michael Terrazas. Club de Ville, Woodland, Mohawk, Lamberts Danielle Thomas and Adam Garner. Big Green House Presents, Trigger Studios Kevin Williamson. Ranch 616, Star Bar Brad, Chad and Wes Womack. Molotov, Charity Bash, Thirsty Nickel, Dizzy Rooster
Sports Star: Gilbert Tuhabonye
We can't resist an inspirational story. And it doesn't get much more uplifting than runner Tuhabonye's rise from his native Burundi to Olympian status. That was just the beginning. He and wife Triphine are involved in numerous Austin groups, profit and nonprofit, including Gilbert's Gazelles, Gazelle Foundation, Run for the Water and RunTex.Hill Abell. Bicycle Sports Shop, Hill Country Ride for AIDS, Real Ale Ride Candy and Rick Barnes. University of Texas, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Charles Breithaupt. University Interscholastic League Earl Campbell. Earl Campbell Meat Products, University of Texas Sheila and Paul Carrozza. RunTex, President's Council on Physical Fitness, Marathon Kids Mardy Chen. Bikram Yoga Marion Cimbala. Moving Through Cancer, Danskin Women's Triathlon, Go Play Ventures, Body Therapy Center Betsy and Ed Clements. KLBJ, ARC of the Capital Area, Alzheimer's Association - Capital of Texas Chapter, Dancing With The Austin Stars-MC, First Tee of Austin John Conley. Austin Sports Commission, Conley Sports Inc., Austin Marathon Julie and Ben Crenshaw. PGA, Coore and Crenshaw, Save Muny Brooklyn Decker and Andy Roddick. Andy Roddick Foundation, Association of Tennis Professionals Mary Ann and DeLoss Dodds. University of Texas Claire and Doug English. Center for Child Protection, Longhorn Foundation, CASA, Any Baby Can, Lone Star Paralysis Foundation Gail Goestenkors. University of Texas Jeannie Grass and Augie Garrido. University of Texas, Hospice Austin Christy and Tom Kite. FedEx Kinko's Classic, Kids Classic, Children's Medical Center of Central Texas Donnie Little. University of Texas, Longhorn Foundation, Urban Life Group, Longhorn Legacy Charlie McCabe. Austin Parks Foundation Kay Morris. Marathon Kids Dan Neil. University of Texas, NFL Alumni, GOPAC-TX Aaron Peirsol. USA Swimming, University of Texas, Race for the Oceans Christine Plonsky. University of Texas Edith and Darrell Royal. University of Texas, Caritas of Austin Nicole and Reid Ryan. Round Rock Express Julie and Scott Sayers. Coore and Crenshaw, Austin High Alumni Association, Texas State Directory Press Eric Shanteau. Livestrong, Premier Management Group, USA Swimming Jamie and Sid Steiner. Steiner Ranch Steakhouse, Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association
Style Star: Kappie Bliss
What a perfect name for a style star. A blissful feeling wafts from Beyond Tradition, the accessories boutique in the Second Street District. Charles Erwin, who temporarily lives out of state, is the kindly husband who goes along with the social flow. Bliss often gathers stylish types in the shop, but she and Charles go out, supporting myriad causes, as well.Laura Aidan. Webber Productions. Linda Asaf. Linda Asaf Design, Downtown Austin Alliance Cheryl Conley Bemis. Fashionably Austin Ross Bennett. Ross Bennett Gregory Boyd. Saks Fifth Avenue Justin Brown. Wilhelmina Brown Model Management José Buitron and Bill Pitts. Jose Luis Salon Chris Cantoya. Mint Owl Esti Choi. BuyDefinition.com Gail Chovan and Evan Voyles. Blackmail, Neon Jungle, Glossy 8 Stephanie Coultress and Todd O'Neill. Estilo, LEAP Sonia and Anthony Dominguez. Dominic Anton Models Giacomo Forbes. Giacomo Forbes Hair Studio, 'Shear Genius' Season 3 Lauren Smith Ford and Bennett Ford. Tribeza Dean Fredrick. Dean Frederick Jewelry, Eliza Page My-Cherie and Anthony Haley. Shimmer & Bliss Accessories, Webber Productions, HRWK Global, Seton Forum, Austin Black Lawyers Association Ricky Hodge. Jose Luis Salon Patty Hoffpauir. Hospice Austin, Beauty of Life, School of Human Ecology Emily Keast. Gallery D Ron King. Bô Salon, Ron King Salon, L'Oréal Professionnel USA Jane Vanisko McCan. Shiki (former) Joel Mozersky and Ted Allen. One Eleven Design, La Condesa, Malverde, Stag, Gibson Nancy Nichols. Neiman Marcus Susan and Ken Platt. Saks Fifth Avenue Erin and Michael Portman. Birds Barbershop Rochelle Rae. Rae Cosmetics Christian Ramirez. Neiman Marcus Last Call, Linda McAlister Talent Phillip Solomon. Beyond Tradition Fern and Jerre Santini. Abode, Austin Museum of Art, SnatchLatch Amy Schalk. Soigne Boutique Kendra Scott. Kendra Scott Design, LifeWorks, Dell Children's Medical Center Nina and Frank Seely. Ralph Lauren, Long Center, People's Community Clinic of Austin, Austin Jazz Workshop Elizabeth and Benjamin Serrato. Eliza Page, Zocalo Design and Advertising, Glossy 8 Kimberly and Marcus Strenk. Kimberly Strenk Public Relations Megan Summerville. Sew Sister Fabrics, 2009 Texas' Next Top Designer Tracy Tenpenny and David Clark. Tracy Tenpenny Sue Webber. Sue Webber Productions, Viva Las Vegas, Crystal Ball
Note: This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Connie Reece's name. The name of Pickie Pie Productions, which is owned by Rachel Elsberry, was also corrected.