Annual Gala

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.
Please enjoy a virtual presentation of Reach for the Stars where we celebrated the Class of 2022, our college-bound program success, and the Ann Richards Legacy Award recipient, Elizabeth Avellán.



 
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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.



Elizabeth Avellán has produced groundbreaking genre and family films that have collectively grossed over a billion dollars. Avellán began her producing career with Robert Rodriguez on their first legendary indie film El Mariachi, a winner of the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival. She has produced such films as the Spy Kids franchise, Frank Miller’s Sin City, Predators, Machete, Desperado, From Dusk Till Dawn, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D, and Grindhouse.


Thank You to our 2022 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor


The Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation


Ann Richards Legacy Award Sponsor


Ascension Seton


Graduate Sponsor


Shamina Singh

Valedictorian Sponsors


Cirrus Logic
Janet Walkow and Irl Barg

Salutatorian Sponsors


Ted and Katharine Barnhill
Rebecca Contreras, President & CEO of AG – Author Lost Girl
H-E-B
Insperity
The Kennedy Family
Carol McGarah
Candace and Michael Partridge | Brooke Ornelas-Flanagan
The Sam and Diane Smith Family
Virtus Real Estate Capital
Young Women’s Preparatory Network

Honors Sponsors


Theresa and Raul Alvarez
Austin Asset
BB Imaging – TeleScan
Law Office of Becky Beaver
Karen and Brian Burgess
Kathy Burrell
Sally Clark-Raphael | Nicole Willis
Susan and Bill Crews
Velma Cruz
DPR Construction
Lynne Dobson
Jehmu Greene
Sara and Rusty Hruby
John and Leslie Hunt, Bill and Rosemary Moore, and Trevor and Courtney Moore
Susan and Luther Johnson | Jackie and Albert Hawkins
Robert Kilgore
Kelly and J.B. Kolodzey
Manuel Martin and Lori McClure
O’Connell Robertson | Rogers-O’Brien Construction Company
Yael Ouzillou and Richard Merren
Chris Plonsky
The University of Texas at Austin
Kristen Vassallo and John Fitzpatrick


+ Recap: 2021 Virtual Reach for the Stars

2021 Reach for the Stars Recap

Please enjoy Reach for the Stars as we feature student-led video interviews with inspiring notables who represent the core values of the Ann Richards School within the school’s academic pathways.


View the 2021 Reach for the Stars event program.


Event Program


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2021 Reach for the Stars Featuring

Yamiche Alcindor Preview

An interview with Yamiche Alcindor

White House correspondent for the PBS NewsHour and a political contributor for NBC News and MSNBC

Dr. Mullen Preview

An interview with Dr. Jewel Mullen

Associate Dean for Health Equity at the Dell Medical School, an internist, epidemiologist, public health physician leader and the former principal deputy assistant secretary for health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Reshma Saujani Preview

An interview with Reshma Saujani

Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code

Meet your 2021 Reach for the Stars Emcees

The Starlight News Crew

Lizbeth

Lizbeth

Annalissa

Annalissa

Sukeji

Sukeji

Emme

Emme

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 2021 Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor


The Alice Kleberg Reynolds Foundation


Educator Sponsor


Well Fargo


Salutatorian Sponsors


Insperity


Young Women's Preparatory Network


Virtual Sponsors


Austin Asset


Becky Beaver

Karen Burgess

Susan and Bill Crews

Beverly Dale


DPR Construction


Firehouse Animal Health Centers


Susan Johnson and Jackie Hawkins

Kelly and JB Kolodzey

Dr. Jewel Mullen

Kristen Vassallo and John Fitzpatrick

Rina VonFrisch

Reach for the Stars Past Honorees and Interviews

2021

Faculty and Staff – Ann Richards Legacy Award
Yamiche Alcindor
Dr. Jewel Mullen
Reshma Saujani

2020

Jean and Dan Rather – Ann Richards Legacy Award

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