Annual Gala

A new date to celebrate the Stars and showcase your support of the Foundation’s college-bound programming.

Save the date to empower our Stars to attend and graduate from college.

Friday, February 22, 2022

Four Seasons Hotel Austin

In-person and virtual

Sponsorship info coming soon.

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

Support the Ann Richards School Foundation and Reach for the Stars with a donation today.

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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









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


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


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


Jean and Dan Rather – Ann Richards Legacy Award


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