Join the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the Austin community for our annual Masquerade on Saturday, March 30, 2019. This year the event will take place at Hotel Van Zandt in downtown Austin. Dress is black & white formal or cocktail attire. It will be a fun-filled evening with a seated dinner, featured speaker Susan Sparks, Masters of Ceremony Troy & Tommi Vincent, live musical entertainment from Skyrocket! and a live auction with unforgettable items.
The annual Masquerade to Unmask Domestic Violence is The Hotline’s largest fundraising event of the year! Our goal is for this event to raise over $300,000. We do this fundraiser to ensure we can answer the call. On average, we receive over 400,000 calls, chats, and texts a year. The money we raise makes it possible to hire and train staff to provide support and resources to anyone affected by relationship abuse.
The Masquerade kicks off at 6pm with a cocktail reception that includes hors d’oeuvres, champagne, raffles, and photos. Dinner seating begins at 7pm. Program includes featured speaker Susan Sparks, Masters of Ceremony Troy & Tommi Vincent, a message from CEO Katie Ray-Jones, and a live auction with Jack Gibbs. Skyrocket! the band plays until 10:30pm, and this crowd loves to dance!
SPEAKER: Susan Sparks
Over the course of two decades, Susan was a reporter, a high-powered executive, and a mom. She was also a victim of domestic abuse. It was when she inadvertently came across a poster for the National Domestic Violence Hotline in her doctor’s office that she realized she not only fit the profile of an abused woman, but that thirteen of the fifteen listed signs applied to her. Because the poster in her doctor’s office provided by The Hotline saved her life, she is a strong supporter of The Hotline and other organizations working to ensure the safety of victims/survivors. She created The Soda Fund, a charity dedicated to helping organizations that help victims of domestic violence and abuse. She is the author of a newly released book: Sparks in Love.
MASTERS OF CEREMONY: Troy & Tommi Vincent
This year’s Masters of Ceremony are lifestyle and social change leaders Chef Tommi V and Troy Vincent, Executive Vice President of Football Operations at the National Football League (NFL). As national leaders and advocates against domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse, Tommi and Troy Vincent’s commitment to LEADERSHIP OVER VIOLENCE has afforded them a powerful voice for the voiceless.
Having both been directly affected by domestic violence, Tommi and Troy have committed their lives to being catalyst of change. They demonstrate their character and desire to affect change by visiting shelters, speaking to advocacy groups and challenging others to lend their platforms to elevate the conversation and take action to end domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse.
AUCTIONEER: Jack Gibbs
Jack Gibbs is a Professional Fundraising Auctioneer, Emcee and Voice Talent. He has raised millions of dollars for organizations through live fundraising auctions. In addition to serving the National Domestic Violence Hotline for the past 3 years, Jack has served as the Auctioneer for organizations including the annual NFL Player’s Gala at the Super Bowl, the PGA Tour, Child Advocates, Children’s Fund, Young Life, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, local school fundraisers, charity galas, golf tournaments, and many other local and nationally recognized fundraising events. Jack recently relocated to the Austin area and has a special talent for encouraging people to give generously and enthusiastically.
In a city known for its obsession with original music, Skyrocket is one of the most creative and inimitable cover bands ever to emerge from Austin, Texas (or anywhere). Skyrocket resurrects hits from multiple decades and styles, fearlessly making great songs matter again. Their renditions of songs are staggeringly accurate; each band member playing multiple instruments, allowing the band to re-create hits to frightening levels of obsessive perfection. The members of Skyrocket bring years of touring, recording and event programming experience to the stage. They approach all performances in a highly energetic, non-contrived way, while fans embrace Skyrocket with the same fervor as they do their favorite original artists.
The Setting: Hotel Van Zandt
Located in downtown Austin, in the Rainey District, this boutique Kimpton hotel is a leader among Austin hotels. It is rated one of the Best Hotels in Austin with superb views of downtown, live music every night, and an amazing restaurant, Geraldine’s. The Masquerade will be in the Lady Bird Ballroom of the Hotel Van Zandt* on the 2nd floor.
If you would like to book a room at Hotel Van Zandt for the night of the 30th, you can save using this 10% discount. If you would like to stay at the Fairmont, which is walking distance from Hotel Van Zandt, they are offering 20% off their best available lowest rates.
*Valet Parking – Hotel Van Zandt is valet parking only at a discounted event rate of $16+tax per vehicle. If car remains overnight, the rate is $45++.
The Theme: Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball is the inspiration for our milieu this year.
The Black and White Ball was a masquerade ball held on November 28, 1966 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. Hosted by author Truman Capote, the ball was in honor of The Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham.
Dress for our Masquerade to Unmask Domestic Violence is black & white formal or cocktail attire*.
*Masks will be provided for each guest, but custom masks are encouraged as well.
There are many opportunities for sponsorship of the 2019 Masquerade to Unmask Domestic Violence. We ensure sponsorships are mutually beneficial. There are marketing and event benefits for each sponsorship level. See the sponsorship deck for more information and consider being one of our partners. If you would prefer to donate or purchase tickets or sponsorship by cash or check: National Domestic Violence Hotline, P.O. Box 161810, Austin, TX, 78716.
Thank you to to our current sponsors: