Annual Gala

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Reach for the Stars is the Ann Richards School Foundation’s annual fundraising gala to recognize the graduating class of the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders and celebrate their bright futures.

Event proceeds support the Ann Richards School Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that ensures Ann Richards School students gain the confidence and skills to apply, attend and graduate from college.

Coming Soon

Class of 2020 video

Video: Celebrating the Class of 2020

Jean and Dan Rather interview

Video: Interview with Jean and Dan Rather

Thank You to our 2020 Premier Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

The Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation

Decór Sponsor

Young Women's Preparatory Network

Video Sponsor

Wells Fargo

Thank You to our 2020 Supporters

Valedictorian Sponsor

The Mach 1 Group
Janet Walkow and Irl Barg

Salutatorian Sponsor

Austin Endodontics

Graduate with Honors Sponsors

BB Imaging & Healthcare Consulting
Cathy Bonner | Claire Korioth
Karen and Brian Burgess
Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, The University of Texas at Austin
Robert Kilgore
Manuel Martin and Lori McClure
Rogers-O’Brien Construction
Kristen Vassallo and John Fitzpatrick

Straight-A Student Sponsors

Katie Bell-Moore and Graham Moore
Lauren Hammonds
Mary and Tim Herman
Gail Kaplan
Judi Nudelman
Emily Tarrant
Margot and Grant Thomas

Reach for the Stars Past Honorees and Interviews


Dr. Brené Brown – Ann Richards Legacy Award


Gayle King
Sylvia Acevedo
Jeanne Goka – Ann Richards Legacy Award


Ann Rubenstein Tisch
Melinda Gates
Barbara Pierce Bush and Jenna Bush Hager
Anna Deavere Smith – Ann Richards Legacy Award


Dolly Parton
Pattie Sellers – Ann Richards Legacy Award


Norah O’Donnell
Lily Tomlin – Ann Richards Legacy Award


Cecile Richards
Holland Taylor – Ann Richards Legacy Award