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Armando Zambrano’s inspiring energy and why this year, it is all about you.

By Leigh Anne Winger

Armando Zambrano“If you are able to inspire people to do good, then why not?” asks Armando Zambrano, the director for annual support at the Dell Children’s Medical Center Foundation.

Zambrano works with the council of Dell Children’s Hospital, overseeing 12 different committees for the entire year to organize fundraisers, including sponsorship tables, the annual miracle book and the hospital’s most anticipated event of the year, the Dell Children’s Gala.

“The gala is the way we can celebrate the accomplishments of Dell Children’s Medical Center and [we]are able to focus on the doctors, children, families, friends, patients and sponsors,” Zambrano says.

During his work as the foundation’s director, Zambrano says because the gala has changed and grown, the council must continue to work hard doing something different each year. So what’s different about this year’s focus? The message.

“We don’t have a theme; we focus on the message for the year,” Zambrano says. This year the message is “you.” The idea is focused on everyone involved with the hospital, in other words, you. “You” refers to the parent, the family, the patient, the friend, the doctor and the friend of a friend who works at the hospital. Zambrano’s enthusiasm is contagious, and his passion behind this year’s message is inspiring.

“Dell Children’s Medical Center is here for you because of you,” Zambrano explains.

Zambrano’s focus on keeping people engaged provides for a night of pure celebration. “This year, the gala is a production chaired by Mary Miles and Owen Temple,” he says. “We were able to collect amazing [musical]talents for the evening. It’s like we will have our own mini ACL— the DCL, Dell Children’s Live.”

A goal of the council is also to allow everyone to get involved this year. Whether purchasing a sponsor table or a raffle ticket, anyone is able to be a part of Dell Children’s Gala 2013.

“I am inspired every day by the kids and their willingness to never give up,” Zambrano says. Whatever inspires you, whether it is this year’s gala, a New Year’s resolution or a simple smile, Zambrano hopes that “people can find something that they can connect with and do good.”

Dell Children’s Gala 2013

Jan. 26, Austin Convention Center Grand Ballroom, 500 E. Cesar Chavez St.

Members of the Dell Children’s Council and the Children’s Medical Center Foundation of Central Texas will host the Dell Children’s gala, which will be co-chaired by Mary Miles and Owen Temple. Proceeds from the Gala provide more than $1 million to the medical center’s area of greatest need. This year’s proceeds will go toward building a third bed tower. Because of the growing need for a children’s hospital, the third tower is being built two years in advance of its need. By the time the tower is complete, there will be 250 beds, along with a new division for inpatient rehab, making it the only one available in Central Texas. The event will be a night of dining, dancing and the divine celebration of this year’s message: “you.” Individual gala tickets are $500, with sponsorships starting at $2,500. Tickets and sponsorships can be purchased online at annual-giving-programs/childrens-council/ gala-2013.

ATX MAN fall Sponsored Events

Guitars Under the Stars with Bandini-Chiacchiaretta Tango Duo Educational Outreach Gala

Feb. 9, 6:30 p.m., One World Theatre, 7701 Bee Cave Road

Join the Austin Classical Guitar Society (ACGS) as they present this year’s seventh-annual Educational Outreach gala, dinner and concert. This year, Austin Asset will be the sole presenting sponsor for Guitars Under the Stars. Co-chairs for Guitars Under the Stars are Kendal and Ken Gladish, Gail and Jeff Kodosky, and Catherine and David Wildermuth.

This year, guests will be provided with complimentary valet parking and are invited to start the starry night off with Champagne, wine and hors d’oeuvres before the dinner begins. The evening continues after dinner as guests are escorted to their seats in the performance hall for this year’s special concert featuring the Bandini-Chiacchiaretta Tango Duo.

The ACGS Educational Outreach Program works to connect students to art in the Austin area, and students in the program will perform as this year’s opening act. Giampaolo Bandini and Cesare Chiacchiaretta are known worldwide for their duo guitar and bandoneón, an instrument popular in Argentina and used in most tango ensembles, having incredible response touring in Mexico, throughout Eastern and Western Europe, China and Russia.

Releasing their first CD, Hombres de Tango, the duo continued to gain recognition for their musical talents as the album sold more than 10,000 copies. Bandini-Chiacchiaretta Duo will bring their Argentine musical style to the stage and encourage attendees to tango the night away.

Concluding with desserts, coffee and conversation, Guitars Under the Stars will be a memorable February event. The ACGS Educational Outreach Program has more than doubled in size due to the positive response from the Austin Independent School District. Chuck Lutke, media director for ACGS, explains the greatest need for the program now is to build an online scalable solution for teacher training.

Because of the growth of the program, ACGS has strived to continue to provide outreach and support to students in the Austin area. The program reaches nearly 2,000 local students and many more students internationally through its site, By attending Guitars Under the Stars, guests will help the Educational Outreach Program continue to grow. Individual tickets are $125 and sponsor tables of 10 are available as well. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 512.300.ACGS, extension 2247.

The Rise School of Austin’s Sixth- Annual Heart & Sole

Dec. 4, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Austin Country Club, 4408 Long Champ Drive

Come out for a women’s fundraising event to which popular Austin shops donate shoes and accessories to be given away throughout the day, benefiting the Rise School of Austin. For more information, visit or call 512.891.1682.

Dancing With The Stars Austin

Dec. 2, 6:30 p.m., reception; 7 p.m., dinner, Hilton Austin Downtown, 500 E. Fourth St.

Watch the entertaining competition of Austin celebrities dancing with professionals, all in benefit for he Center For Child Protection. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 512.472.1164.

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar’s 37th Season

Dec. 12–24, open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road

Get all your holiday presents in one place with handmade, unique, eclectic arts and crafts on display while you peruse and listen to live tunes. For more information, visit or call 512.447.1605.

SIMS Foundation’s Femmes for SIMS

Dec. 1, 8 p.m., cocktail hour; 9 p.m., show, Scottish Rite Theater, 207 W. 18th St.

Austin’s best songstresses come together to give a dazzling performance. The event will help provide mental-health services for Austin musicians. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or contact

Easter Seals Central Texas Casino Royale Gala

Feb. 23, 7 p.m., AT&T Conference Center, 1900 University Ave.

The Casino Royale Gala is an Austin-chic fundraiser with live entertainment, casino gambling and live and silent auctions, all in support of Easter Seals Central Texas and its clients. For more information, visit or call 512.478.2581.

JDRF Deal for a Cure

Feb. 9, 5:30 p.m., registration and check-in; 6 p.m., dinner; 7:30 p.m., tournament and casino games, Renaissance Austin Hotel, 9721 Arboretum Blvd.

Deal for a Cure is an action-packed poker tournament and casino night that benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit, call 512.343.0663 or email

Capital Area Dental Foundation’s Hollywood and Casino Night Gala

Feb. 16, 6 p.m., Four Seasons Hotel Austin, 98 San Jacinto Blvd.

CADF is a network of dentists and community leaders working to provide essential dental care to people who may not be able to afford it. CADF’s annual fundraiser will roll out the red carpet for a night of glamour and gambling. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit 2/, call 512.578.9402 or contact

American Cancer Society of Austin’s Cattle Baron’s Ball

Feb. 23, Star Hill Ranch, 15000 Hamilton Pool Road

The 18th annual Cattle Baron’s Ball will feature live music, raffles, silent and live auctions, Southern gourmet cuisine and cocktails, and uniquely Texas activities and games. Chaired by Austinites Pam and Todd Gilmour, the Cattle Baron’s Ball is an opportunity to support lifesaving cancer research and important services for Central Texans with cancer.



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