Annual Gala

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This year’s Reach for the Stars took place on Friday, May 3, 2019 at the Four Seasons Hotel Austin. We recognized the Class of 2019 and celebrated their 100% acceptance into college and over $17 million in merit-based awards and scholarships.

Dr. Brené Brown, researcher, storyteller and author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers, was honored with the Ann Richards Legacy Award.

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.

Thank You to our 2019 Premier Sponsors

Presenting Sponsors

The Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation

The John M. O’Quinn Foundation

Decór Sponsor

Young Women's Preparatory Network

Video Sponsor

Wells Fargo

Educator Sponsor

Ascension Seton

Alumnae Sponsor

Susan and Bill Crews

JB and Kelly Crews Kolodzey

Challenge Match Sponsors

Wells Fargo – Lead Sponsor

The Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation

Beverly Dale

Gabriel’s Gift Fund

Stacey Hadash and Terry McDonell

Thank You to our 2019 Table Sponsors

Valedictorian Sponsors

Janet Walkow and Irl Barg

Salutatorian Sponsors

Cayetano Development
Mai Duong and Michael Ward
Jim Edwards
H-E-B Tournament of Champions
Insperity
Lisa Kennedy | Teri and Scott O’Glee
LBJ Family Foundation
The Mach 1 Group
Dr. Nona Niland
Candace and Michael Partridge
RetailMeNot
Deanne Rogers and Ellen Taylor
Kristen Vassallo and John Fitzpatrick
Wells Fargo

Graduate with Honors

Andrew & Lillian A. Posey Foundation
Austin Asset
BB Imaging & Healthcare Consulting
Karen and Brian Burgess
DPR Construction
Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, The University of Texas at Austin
Jacquelyn and Albert Hawkins
Mary and Tim Herman | Margot and Grant Thomas
Rusty and Sara Hruby | Lungwitz Family
Tricia and Hal Katz
Kendra Scott Design, Inc.
Robert Kilgore
Law Offices of Becky Beaver
Manuel Martin and Lori McClure | Kelly McDonald and Stuart Simons
Jessica and Stephen McMillen
ML&R Wealth Management
NFP
Notley Ventures
O’Connell Robertson | Rogers-O’Brien Construction
Leah and Ashley Pigg
Chris Plonsky
Protea
Martha E. Smiley
Christopher Strand

Reach for the Stars Past Honorees and Interviews

2019

Dr. Brené Brown – Ann Richards Legacy Award

2018

Gayle King
Sylvia Acevedo
Jeanne Goka – Ann Richards Legacy Award

2017

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

2016

Dolly Parton
Pattie Sellers – Ann Richards Legacy Award

2015

Norah O’Donnell
Lily Tomlin – Ann Richards Legacy Award

2014

Cecile Richards
Holland Taylor – Ann Richards Legacy Award