A Night of Fire & Ice, Changing Lives for the Better
###Experience the Coolest Night of the Hottest Month
Fire & Ice… The scorching Texas heat combined with Big Brothers Big Sisters’ annual Ice Ball Gala is the perfect summertime blend. This extraordinary event has the power to transform the lives of children forever, and this year’s Ice Ball 2023 is shaping up to be nothing short of spectacular.
Expertise in Planning an Unforgettable Evening
Preparations for this year’s Ice Ball gala are already in full swing, with new elements and additions set to take this Texas-sized event to new heights. Leading the way is BBBS’ new VP of Development, Lauren Alexander-Labahn. With her first Ice Ball gala in the works, Lauren is thrilled to be a part of this signature event. “I’m incredibly excited to contribute to Big Brothers Big Sisters’ 19th annual gala. The planning is going smoothly, and we’re adding some exciting elements to make it a magical evening. But the best part is knowing that it will create lasting memories for the children in our community,” shared Lauren.
A Night of Fire & Ice in Downtown Austin
This year’s Ice Ball gala returns to the iconic JW Marriott Austin in the heart of downtown Austin. With new decorations and enchanting ice sculptures, the Fire & Ice theme will set the stage for an unforgettable evening. “Our Chairs have introduced a new theme that encourages guests to embrace the concept of Fire & Ice as they plan their attire for the night,” explained Lauren. “It adds a touch of variety and novelty to the gala while maintaining its essence.”
Hosts and Honorees for the Evening
Pamela and Will Hurley, long-time Ice Ball participants and BBBS supporters, are thrilled to serve as this year’s hosts. They will have the honor of recognizing the deserving recipients of the prestigious Ice VII Award, Lori and Mark Ramseur.
Unforgettable Moments and Unique Offerings
The dress code for the event is “black tie extravagant.” The evening will kick off with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction. This year’s silent auction will feature a curated selection of unique offerings, showcasing products, packages, and destinations with distinctive characteristics. The same focus on uniqueness will extend to the live auction packages as well.
Passion and Dedication of Long-Time Supporters
Long-time Ice Ball attendees and BBBS supporters are eagerly anticipating this year’s event. Albert Swantner, BBBS Board Chair and the event Chair for the 2022 Ice Ball, expressed his excitement, saying, “This will be our 8th Ice Ball, and we can’t wait to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. Witnessing the exceptional work that BBBS does is truly inspiring. We come together with like-minded individuals to celebrate and advance the invaluable one-to-one mentoring BBBS provides. I urge everyone to experience this incredible event and be moved to join us in changing children’s lives.”
Connie and Bill Nelson, former Big Couple, Ice Ball Chairs, and past Ice VII Award recipients, have been attending the gala since 2011. Connie shared their profound admiration for the event, saying, “We thoroughly enjoy attending Ice Ball and hearing about BBBS’ ambitious plans to empower young people in Central Texas. The highlight of the evening is always listening to the stories of our matches and the profound impact Bigs have on their Littles’ lives. It’s a night filled with joy, delectable food, and the warm fellowship of amazing people united by their love for BBBS’ mission. It’s an energizing and inspiring experience.”
Supporting Youth, One Magical Evening at a Time
“It’s incredibly special and heartening to witness over 800 people coming together to generously support young individuals they’ve never met,” expressed Connie. “It’s truly fulfilling to know that, in one single night, hundreds of individuals can make a profound difference in the lives of these young individuals who need support and guidance. We are immensely grateful to be part of Big Brothers Big Sisters, and we wholeheartedly invite you to join us this year.”
Laura and Kyndel Bennett, BBBS benefactors and previous Ice VII Award recipients, share a similar sentiment. Laura reminisced, “We started attending Ice Ball approximately 15 years ago when it was held at the Austin Music Hall, and the event has come a long way since then. It’s a flawlessly executed event, where attendees have the opportunity to hear inspiring stories about BBBS participants and learn about the organization’s profound impact.”
A Night for Everyone, Aiming to Empower More Kids
This year’s Ice Ball will offer an array of experiences for all attendees while remaining true to the event’s primary mission: to provide more children with life-changing mentorship opportunities that unlock their full potential.
Brenda Lindfors, VP of Marketing and Communication, shared, “One of the highlights of the evening is BBBS’ mission moment. It’s an opportunity for everyone to hear firsthand from a current Big and Little about the transformative power of mentoring in their lives. With a combination of new and traditional event elements, we create an enchanting and magical evening that leaves a lasting impact on children’s lives.”
Don’t miss out on the Big Brothers Big Sisters’ 2023 Ice Ball Gala, taking place on Saturday, August 26th, at 6:00 pm at the JW Marriott Austin Hotel, located at 110 E. 2nd Street in downtown Austin. With mesmerizing ice sculptures, lively auctions, delicious dinner, captivating music, and dancing, this event promises an enjoyable evening with a life-changing purpose.
For more information, visit www.AustinIceBall.org.