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CONTENTS IN THIS ISSUE League news and updates, our impact, the 2019 A Christmas Affair and more

CONNECT 6 Letter From the Editor



FALL 2019

FEATURES 23 The Strength of


10 Letter From the President 28 JLA: A Place to Learn Something New By: Paige Richards

The CIC has opened its doors to all members of the community. By: Paige Richards

53 New Traditions for A

15 Partnering for Impact

Christmas Affair By: Paige Richards

IMPACT 12 10 Years of FIT & the Future

The Researchers process seeks to build a placement porfolio that represents the mission of the League. By: Jennifer McKeon


By: Rekha Roarty

32 The Merchants of ACA:

Shopping for Good

18 Banking for Babies & the

Every purchase at A Christmas Affair supports family owned businesses. By: Jennifer McKeon

Community By: Danielle Lobsinger

20 The Junior League of

Austin Projects & Community Advisors

LEGACY 30 Letter From the Sustaining

SPECIAL SECTION 37 Welcome From the



President By: Casie Wenmohs

A Christmas Affair Chair

40 Parties & Events 42 Market Day & Tickets

31 Past Presidents

44 Merchant Map 48 Sponsors & Donors 50 Merchant by Category

IN EVERY ISSUE 6 Letter From the Editor 8 Board of Directors & Masthead 10 Letter From the President 31 Past Presidents

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On behalf of The Junior League of Austin (JLA) Capitalines Committee, I am thrilled to serve as the 2019-2020 Capitalines Editor. When I was a little girl, I walked the hallways of the JLA Parkcrest Headquarters because my mother was a JLA Active member. I looked up to my mother and every woman who was an Active member volunteering for the League. Late at night and away from their families, these women dedicated their time to the Austin community. I now find myself in the same position as those women I admired. Shining throughout these pages are the many hours spent by a dedicated committee to put together this Fall issue, along with our Shopping Guide that you will find at Palmer Events Center during A Christmas Affair. The new skills and friendships we have gained through the JLA, as well as our hard work and commitment, is truly a rewarding experience that one cannot obtain anywhere else. This is a special and exhilarating time to be a JLA member. Over the summer, we packed up our belongings at Parkcrest and moved into our new home, the Community Impact Center (CIC). We will always have our memories at Parkcrest, but are making new memories at CIC to pass down for many generations. On page 23, you will read our CIC feature, which includes new details about our 48,000 square foot Headquarters that serves as our meeting place for all League members as well as available space for all members of the Greater Austin community. As a tribute to CIC, this year’s A Christmas Affair (ACA) theme is “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” Each year, ACA brings in thousands of shoppers and raises more than $700,000 for the JLA to invest in it’s community programs. The ACA feature on page 32 allows Capitalines readers to get an inside look at the Merchant Committee. Most vendors at ACA are women-owned businesses who work hard to be featured at our annual holiday shopping experience. This year, ACA is experiencing some exciting transformations. Readers can learn more about our new traditions on page 53.

Photos by: Cat Mattingly Photography

We will always have our memories at Parkcrest, but are making new memories at CIC to pass down for many generations.

One of our signature programs, Food In Tummies (FIT) is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, which you can read about on page 12. FIT educates the public about food insecurity; JLA members sort, pack and deliver backpacks through the FIT Pantry to feed children in need over the weekend. The Community Impact Center will allow FIT to grow as a program with their new, larger space. This additional space means room for more food donations, which will hopefully allow FIT the potential to serve more schools in the future. The Capitalines Committee is excited for all of the changes JLA is experiencing this year. Readers can also experience Capitalines not only as a print magazine, but digitally through our website at

Sheridan Butler Binford Capitalines Editor 2019-2020

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Leslie J. Bollier leads the firm’s Family Law practice. Leslie is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is a Texas Super Lawyer, as published in Super Lawyers Magazine and Texas Monthly Magazine. Kayvon Rashidi, Associate Attorney, is recognized by Super Lawyers as a 2019 Rising Star in Family Law. Kayvon is on the Board of Directors for the Austin Young Lawyers Association and supports other local charities.

Anthony Ciccone leads the firm’s Civil Law section. Anthony is Board Certified in Construction Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is rated AVPreeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. He also provides volunteer legal services for military veterans. Rekha Roarty, Associate Attorney, supports the team’s construction, real estate, and business legal services. Rekha also serves on the JLA Capitalines committee.

LEADERSHIP 2019-2020


CAPITALINES EDITORIAL Editor Sheridan Butler Binford Editor-Elect Rekha Roarty Editorial Director Jennifer McKeon Design Director Stacy Reed Ad Sales Director Victoria Huffines Photography Director Mildred Hammond Sustaining Advisors Gay Puckett and Mary LeDuc

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Danielle Lobsinger and Paige Richards

CONTRIBUTING DESIGNERS Laurie Ebers and Megan Nyitray

AD SALES ASSISTANTS Photo by: Cat Mattingly Photography

The Junior League of Austin Board of Directors inside the Community Impact Center’s lobby. PRESIDENT Carrie Semple

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OUR MISSION The Junior League of Austin is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.



Photo by: Cat Mattingly Photography

When like-minded women come together, encourage one another, and learn from each other, great things are bound to happen.

What a momentous time it is to be a member of The Junior League of Austin! After years of dreaming, planning, negotiating and finally, building, we have a new home at The Junior League of Austin’s Community Impact Center (CIC). The extraordinary women who came before us paved this path. These women went against the status quo and purchased our first permanent home at Parkcrest all those years ago. These women came with the vision and fortitude to deliver thousands of warm coats for children in need. These women knew we needed to fight food insecurity through weekend backpack programs. These women lived and breathed our mission of promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the Greater Austin community. It is this dedication that still inspires so many other women to join the League year after year and how we find ourselves opening our new home. This is our predecessor’s legacy and gift to not only League members, but the Austin community as well. The Junior League of Austin will now be able to serve the evergrowing Austin community in ways we never thought possible. With this in mind, it only felt natural for my theme this year to be: “Promote. Develop. Improve.” We can have the newest building, the slickest social media, but we are nothing without our mission or each other. Austin has become the 5th largest Junior League in the nation, and it’s no wonder. When like-minded women come together, encourage one another and learn from each other, great things are bound to happen. We are able to take what we learn during our time in The Junior League of Austin (JLA) and improve our city, making our community a better place for everyone. Our new space allows for growth for our signature programs: Food in Tummies (FIT), Coats for Kids (CFK) and Kids in Cool Shoes (KICS). Our fundraisers – A Christmas Affair and Austin Entertains – have a dedicated space to work year-round. Most importantly, all of our members have space to collaborate, celebrate and share the joys and struggles that come with being a 100% volunteer-run organization. My theme this year also reflects a major milestone for a JLA signature program. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Food in Tummies. Through FIT, JLA members have delivered nearly 400,000 bags of food for students attending Baty and Hillcrest Elementary Schools. Because of the continued support of Del Valle ISD, the surrounding community and our dedicated League members, these students go home with food to fill their tummies during the school year weekends. We have so much to celebrate this year and, as always, a lot of work to do! Thank you for your continued support of this organization that does so much to improve the lives of people in Central Texas. I am honored and humbled to serve as President this year.

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Carrie Semple President, 2019-2020 The Junior League of Austin

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Food In Tummies

10 Years of FIT and The Future This year, Food in Tummies (FIT), a signature program of The Junior League of Austin, is celebrating its 10 year anniversary. Each year, FIT continues to grow in an effort to serve local children. By: Rekha Roarty


or most students, school is a fun, but stressful time. Stress can extend into the weekend where kids worry about homework, school projects and playground issues. Some children, however, also worry about food on the weekends. At Hillcrest and Baty Elementary in Del Valle Independent School District (DVISD), approximately 1,000 students rely on free breakfasts and lunches provided by their school during the week. On the weekends when the school cafeteria is closed, these children do not have a guaranteed meal. The Junior League of Austin’s (JLA) program, Food in Tummies (FIT), aims to resolve this source of stress by providing weekend nutrition to food-insecure children in DVISD. Unfortunately, lack of a reliable source of regular food, known as food insecurity, is a common problem throughout Texas. Over 1.8 million students across the state suffer from food insecurity, which can contribute to chronic absenteeism, poor performance on tests and emotional difficulties. Through FIT, JLA has closely collaborated with DVISD since 2009 to provide healthy, weekend food choices to food-insecure children. DVISD

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was selected because it was labeled a “food desert.” A food desert is an area where nutritious, high-quality food choices are often not easily available. Throughout the school year, JLA members volunteer in the FIT Pantry each week where healthy, donated food is safely stored, sorted and packaged into backpacks. JLA volunteers deliver nearly 1,000 backpacks weekly to Hillcrest Elementary and Baty Elementary. In addition to food, each backpack contains bilingual flyers with information on making healthy food choices and tips on how to stay active. Students are responsible for returning their backpacks to school each Monday, where the backpacks are picked up by a JLA volunteer and brought back to the Community Impact Center (CIC) to be cleaned and refilled for the following weekend. Each year, hundreds of JLA members--Provisionals, Actives, and Sustainers-spend hours sorting food, packing backpacks, delivering the backpacks and volunteering at school events to promote FIT initiatives, such as healthy lifestyles. Recently, FIT volunteers have been able to get involved Page Sponsored By: Kim & Colin McHale

L to R: On a chilly February morning, students from DVISD joined JLA volunteers for a fun FIT field day. Hillcrest students celebrate the end of a great year at the Pep Rally. Thank you notes from students to the JLA for the new FIT t-shirts! JLA volunteers load up FIT bags to be delivered to students in their classrooms. JLA Volunteers Cat Mattingly, Cathy McHorse and Hadley Hempel. JLA members deliver FIT bags on an early Friday morning.

in teaching students about healthy lifestyle choices by participating in school initiatives. As education on healthy food choices can be the first step in creating lifelong beneficial habits, these opportunities help advance FIT initiatives. Volunteers lead bilingual, healthy cooking classes at the schools as well as active, afterschool programs. Additionally, volunteers can participate at FIT pep rallies, which have been particularly popular with students. These biannual events encourage students to live active lifestyles and make healthy food choices. “While FIT may have changed over the years, the one thing that has remained the same is FIT’s focus on benefiting the community and positively impacting children’s lives,” explains Elizabeth Peña, FIT Chair. The Junior League of Austin hopes to expand FIT’s impact on Austin. The move into CIC provided additional space for FIT to grow as a program and to expand its reach throughout Austin. Alexsandria DeLeon, one of the current FIT Pantry Co-Chairs, says she enjoys the larger space for her committee and hopefully in the future, the additional space will allow FIT to serve additional schools. “I would Page Sponsored By: Ana & Rusty Willingham

love for FIT to have the capabilities to serve more schools/ districts, as well as provide food to children throughout the summer and winter breaks,” shares DeLeon. The Junior League of Austin and FIT aim to continue to work towards providing weekend nutrition for Austin students to focus on building bright futures through their education.

“While FIT may have changed over the years, the one thing that has remained the same is FIT’s focus on benefiting the community and positively impacting children’s lives.” Elizabeth Peña, FIT Chair The Junior League of Austin  13


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Community Partners

Partnering for Impact The Researchers Process seeks to build a placement portfolio that represents the mission of our League. It reflects the diversity of the Austin community as a whole, as new initiatives are launched that embody this goal. By: Jennifer Angenend McKeon Photography by: Mildred Hammond


he impact of The Junior League of Austin (JLA) ripples throughout the Austin community and beyond. The power of our partnerships enables us to reach a wide variety of Central Texas residents, support underfunded and underserved facets of our community and make waves that extend far beyond our scope, reach and direct touch. Whether it’s planting the seeds of service in youth, developing the potential of small programs doing big work, or supporting the hallmark programs most recognizable in our community, League members’ time and treasures are increased exponentially beyond what any member could do on her own. This ability to reach so many diverse members of our community would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of our JLA Researchers Committee. Every year, Researchers Committee members

“Many of our community partners, especially the smaller organizations, are counting on the JLA volunteers to help them execute their strategic plan and serve the Greater Austin Community.” Andrea Pratt, Placement Chair Page Sponsored By: Rekha & Chris Roarty

JLA Community Leadership was on-hand at the Information Session on August 1st to answer any questions agencies may have about partnering with the JLA. Photographed here, those present included (From Top to Bottom, Left to Right): Anna Thompson (Researchers Chair), Lori Butler (Done-In-A-Day Chair), Lauren Corbett (Coats For Kids - Community Fair Lead), Haley Gardiner (Community Vice President), Carrie Semple (JLA President). pore over applications, meet with agencies at their facilities and go through rounds of discernment to select the best placement opportunities for the following year. The committee is divided into four sub-groups called Focus Areas, each with a Chair and Placement Advisor. Each agency fills out and submits a detailed application through an online process launched this year in response to feedback received during a year-long process review. Starting in June, each agency is extensively researched and their requests are discussed and evaluated by the smaller Focus Area Groups The Junior League of Austin  15

Many representatives from agencies throughout the Central Texas Area.

Coats For Kids Community Fair Lead Lauren Corbett highlighted other opportunities for agencies to work with the JLA.

in the Fall. With our members and mission in mind, those deemed a good fit are advanced for further evaluation. In the Spring, the entire committee comes together to deliberate these placement and funding requests. The placement portfolio is painstakingly curated to provide diversity of agencies and populations served, flexibility of schedules and locations, training provided and type of work. Researchers Chair Anna Thompson explains, “a good portfolio continues the long-standing partnerships we have built, while also welcoming some new partners. The portfolio should also offer a variety of opportunities that challenge, engage and work well for our members. Our volunteers will be able to make the most impact when they can select a placement that works with their life and fits with their passions.” This slate is then presented for approval during the March General Meeting.

League Leadership has been working to expand agency outreach to identify and recruit new opportunities that better reflect the diversity of our community. With this in mind, Community Vice President Haley Gardiner discusses several new initiatives that started last year, including the position of Community Liaison. This was created to broaden outreach, be an initial point of contact, “steward applicants through the application and researchers process” and “help agencies strengthen their application by understanding how to partner with us.” A consultant was also brought in to evaluate the researchers process. Her recommendations are currently being implemented. One of the biggest changes is a pilot program allowing a few long-standing partners to enter into multi-year agreements. This allows the Researchers Committee to concentrate on evaluating new opportunities.

Researchers Focus Area Chair, Tima Brown, attended the event to help support potential Community Partners as they navigate the application process. 16  The Junior League of Austin

Currently, JLA members volunteer in the areas of: Environment, Health and Wellbeing for People and Animals, Arts and Advancement, Education, Safety and Crisis Intervention, Poverty and Self Sufficiency and others. Each volunteer opportunity imparts first-hand knowledge, competence and experience, allowing members to continue making waves in the community by effecting positive change, wherever they go and with whomever they meet. JLA Placement Chair Andrea Pratt adds, “non-profits in the Austin area see The Junior League of Austin volunteers as intelligent, hardworking, reliable and extremely capable. Many of our community partners, especially the smaller organizations, are counting on JLA volunteers to help them execute their strategic plan and serve the Greater Austin Community”.

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Mother’s Milk Bank Austin is the largest milk bank of breast milk in the United States; one member of The Junior League of Austin has a crucial role. By: Danielle Lobsinger


other’s Milk Bank Austin has been a partner with The Junior League of Austin (JLA) for many years and a member of the Austin community for 20 years. Mother’s Milk Bank Austin (MMBA) is not only the largest milk bank in the country, but also a leader in research on the benefits of breast milk. JLA member Tedrah Robertson joined MMBA as the Development Director. She left the world of Texas politics after serving a JLA placement with MMBA where she volunteered in the Bank to save babies. It was after her son was born five weeks early and her family’s experience with the Odessa, Texas NICU that she choose Mother's Milk Bank Austin as her placement. Robertson recalls hearing her “‘NICU neighbor’ wailing when the doctor informed her that one of her premature twins was experiencing organ failure and likely would not survive through the night. This NICU experience is directly responsible for why I chose MMBA as my community placement.” That fall, Robertson began volunteering with MMBA.

the-art milk bank. It’s nearly four times the size of the previous building, plus additional space is currently under renovation that will house a private school whose rent will provide supplemental income for MMBA. Robertson says, “When the decision was made to purchase and renovate, MMBA had three goals: (1) Double the number of ounces processed within the first two years of occupancy (for a total of 1 million ounces a year). (2) Launch a new milk product that will revolutionize how we feed babies in the NICU born weighing 2 pounds or less. (3) Launch a free community education program aimed at addressing the health disparities in low-income and African American populations.” Robertson says every day provides something new and there’s truly “no greater joy than knowing you’ve played a part in saving a life.” To learn more on how to volunteer your time or donate excess milk, please visit

A JLA Member volunteering at MMBA has the opportunity to work in the milk processing lab or in the office. Volunteers receive hands-on training and are encouraged to bring their strengths to the table. Robertson felt her voice and opinion mattered and was always welcomed. In 2016, MMBA Board of Directors made the decision to purchase a building and renovate it. The building is 29,000 square feet and includes a 15,000 square foot state-of-

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The Junior League of Austin (JLA) provides volunteers and funding to area non-profits for the benefit and enrichment of the Austin community and the development and education of League volunteers. Below is a summary of volunteers and funds that are allocated to each project or program that the JLA supports. To learn more about these projects and programs please visit

Community Projects





Austin Creative Reuse



Ballet Austin



Elizabeth Christian

B.I.G. Love Cancer Center






Carrying Hope



President Elizabeth Christian and Associates Public Relations

Center for Child Protection



Central Texas Food Bank



Children’s Diabetes Camp of Central Texas



Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Travis County



Down Home Ranch



Dress for Success Austin



Drive a Senior Northwest



Global VP of Business Development Whole Foods Market




Nikki Graham

Generation Serve



Girls Empowerment Network



President Bank of America Austin

Humane Society of Austin & Travis County



Mobile Loaves & Fishes



Mother's Milk Bank at Austin



Partnerships for Children



ROCK, Ride On Center for Kids



Ron Kessler

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas



Ron Kessler Group, LLC

Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid



Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired



Edna Ramon Butts

The SAFE Alliance



The Salvation Army Austin Area Command



The Settlement Home



The Thinkery



We Are Blood



Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center



Women’s Storybook Project of Texas



Zach Scott Theatre Center



The Junior League of Austin Programs Project



Coats for Kids (CFK)






FIT - Food in Tummies



KICS - Kids in Cool Shoes



Playhouse Singers



Spanish Immersion “Si”



UT String Project



Con Mi MADRE Scholarships



Total 2019-2020 Community Volunteers & Community Contributions



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Community Impact Center

The Strength of Women Welcome Home to the Community Impact Center! By: Paige Richards


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fter over 10 years of strategic planning, hard work, and determination, The Junior League of Austin (JLA) has officially moved into their new home: the Community Impact Center (CIC). What started out as a dream has turned into a reality. While JLA settles into its new home, the CIC is readily available to host different groups and organizations. There are several rooms available, equipped and ready to serve

The Junior League of Austin’s Community Impact Center. a variety of functions. While the building was designed to support and enhance JLA’s current initiatives, it is also a new premier event venue and meeting space that is available for rent to all members of the local community. Those who utilize the space are also supporting the mission of JLA: an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. True to its Austin roots, the CIC is situated amongst numerous well-established trees. Great care was taken

by JLA to highlight the natural beauty of the landscape. On the balcony, visitors may hear the locust and feel a calm breeze, as if in a peaceful sanctuary. The 48,000 square foot building features four meeting and event spaces on the first level and five on the second. Located on the first floor is the Community Ballroom. This room provides a place for League members (Active, Provisional, and Sustaining) to gather, hold social events, and work on League supported community projects. The CIC also has an attached parking garage that includes over 200 covered spaces.

“Because of all the added space CIC provides, the FIT Pantry will now have the availability to order larger food shipments in bulk for its inventory, rather than ordering food on a weekly basis.”

A stunning feature of the Community Impact Center is the large wraparound porch located on the backside of the first and second floors. From the porch, visitors can enjoy the scenery around the dry creek that weaves along the back of the property. Enhanced with carefully chosen, chic patio furniture, the porch is the perfect gathering location. The North side of the porch boasts a beautiful view of the Oak Grove. Walk down the stairs and take in the beauty of the peaceful surroundings. With its convenient central location, the CIC is truly an oasis right

Alexsandria DeLeon, FIT Pantry Co-Chair

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Community Impact Center

in the heart of Austin. This is the perfect setting for the next chapter in the League’s history. The CIC will become a hub of positive impact by supporting not only the endeavors of the JLA, but also those of our community partners. Three JLA projects that needed additional room were Kids in Cool Shoes (KICS), Food In Tummies (FIT) and Coats For Kids (CFK). Space and amenities for continued expansion and growth were taken into consideration when designing the CIC. The increased space allows for greater productivity, storage and improved organization, while also incorporating features to enhance the capabilities of JLA programs. KICS is the newest program of JLA and needed a dedicated space. Located in the FIT room, this space will provide a place for the committee to organize and sort shoes prior to distribution. KICS Recipient Eligibility Coordinator, Sandra Nava, notes the loading dock at CIC is a place “where shoes can easily be delivered. This will provide a considerable improvement to our delivery logistics!” In addition to the KICS space, Nava is

excited about the CIC for other reasons: “I love that our organization will have a place to gather together and converge our ideas and experiences with the common focus of helping the Austin community. I am excited about the strong, smart and united women that will fill this center for years to come and the impact they will make to each other and our community.” FIT Pantry Co-Chair Alexsandria DeLeon is thrilled about how her committee benefits from the move to the CIC: “Because of all the added space the CIC provides, the FIT Pantry will now have the availability to order larger food shipments in bulk for its inventory, rather than ordering food on a weekly basis.” Adequate space is a crucial part of the FIT program. CFK is enthusiastic and ready. Beth Bowers, Logistics Coordinator, stated, “So much of what we do is plan. I feel the CIC will help invigorate us to try new ideas!” Bowers is also excited “to welcome our amazing CFK sponsors.” She believes the CIC highlights what a strong group of women with a common commitment to making Austin a better place can achieve.

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“I love that our organization will have a place to gather together and converge our ideas and experiences with the common focus of helping the Austin community. I am excited about the strong, smart, and united women that will fill this center for years to come and the impact they will make to each other and our community.” Sandra Nava, KICS Recipient Eligibility Coordinator L to R: Beth Bowers, Sandra Nava and Alexsandria DeLeon

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Community Impact Center

Additionally, the Community Impact Center has event and meeting space available for rent to the community at large. The Junior League of Austin strategically established a revenue-generating solution of providing world-class space for rent in order to support the ongoing operations of this beautiful facility. The League encourages members of the community to book their next event, meeting or social gathering at the CIC. All booking proceeds go directly to support the mission, projects and community partners of JLA. The Junior League of Austin is grateful for the opportunity to create and design a new Austin landmark as it continues to grow and find new ways to provide additional resources and support for the Austin non-profit community. The CIC is the launchpad for League members and those serving the Central Texas community to go out into this world and make a lasting impact, for it’s not the building itself that creates the legacy, but that which is done within.

would like to give to the Community Impact Center, all donations can be made at Not only do donations support The Junior League of Austin, but also the community which JLA serves.

To book an event or meeting at the Community Impact Center, please email for more information.

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Training & Education

JLA: A Place To Learn Something New The Junior League of Austin enables its members with powerful resources to learn new skills and put them towards everyday life. By: Paige Richards Decorating comes into play. Training and Ed month gave League members the opportunity to learn tips and tricks to help decorate the perfect cookies. “It was fun to be able to do something creative,” explains Jennifer Rieck, who attended the class. With the small class size, Rieck felt it was “a good way to meet new people who shared the same interests.” The class offered different ways to create and style cookies. Rieck enjoyed using a medium other than painting to express her creativity.

Photo by: Mildred Hammond

A finished product of what your cookies could look like if you take one of the Cookie Decorating Classes!


ntegral to its mission, The Junior League of Austin (JLA) is a training organization. Through the JLA, members have the opportunity to get out of their comfort zone and enjoy new experiences.

The Junior League of Austin holds multiple Training and Education events throughout the year, allowing each member to explore a creative idea, thought, project or lesson. The JLA acknowledges the month of February as the official month for Training and Education. There are numerous events, so each member has the opportunity for an educational experience. Think about the parties you attend during the holiday season. What is the topic most discussed at the party? The food! This is where Cookie

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Interior decorating can be a challenge for everyone. The Spruce Up Your HomeInterior decorating class focused on decorating and designing bookshelves. Pim Mayo learned to appreciate the negative space and avoid overcrowding and overwhelming the eye. One trick that stuck with Mayo was “mixing storebought items with personal collections.” Having taken the class, Mayo transformed her empty bookshelf at home into a decorative space. Elizabeth Swaminathan learned the trick of “removing book jackets on hard back books to reduce visual clutter while creating a more clean and classic look.” After the class, Swaminathan went home and redecorated the shelves in her living room and den. The attendees each left the class with knowledge on how to make an area more appealing to the eye. Page Sponsored By: Kendall & Andrew Guinn

The Estate Planning class addressed a deceased person’s assets and the recipient(s) thereof; a topic adults are hesitant to discuss or even think about. The class’ major focus was the importance of planning your estate and the steps to complete the process. Attendee Brittany Ward stated that prior to attending the class, she “needed more information on [estate planning and] making sure [her] family was prepared and taken care of, especially since just having her first child”. She found the class informative with detailed explanations to make the process an easy and comfortable experience. Lea Bogner took the class “as a different way to prepare for marriage.” Having Pictured is an example for League taken a premarital members to utilize when learning how to style shelves in the Spruce counseling class, Up Your Home Interior decorating Bogner found this class. as an opportunity to understand the necessary steps to be prepared if situations arise. JLA’s Training and Education programs not only allow for members to make new friends, but also learn skills and tools for future endeavors. Other programs include: a station tour of KVUE, the Governor’s Mansion visit and a Barre 3 mommy and me class. Through the JLA, members can feel confident learning a new skill while stepping out of their comfort zones. Training and Education programs not only aid JLA members individually, but also strengthen the League as a whole.



Training & Education programs not only aid JLA members individually, but also strengthen the League as a whole.


SUSTAINING PRESIDENT In our fast-paced times, this phrase makes us pause and take a breath, thinking of holidays past. This year’s A Christmas Affair theme, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” evokes feelings and memories of family, togetherness, excitement and tradition. In that spirit, and on behalf of the Sustaining Members of The Junior League of Austin, welcome to 2019’s A Christmas Affair! Austin today is tremendously different from the Austin of 50, or even 20 years ago; but the qualities that we cherish most in our city – compassion, generosity and creativity – have endured.

Photo by: Cat Mattingly Photography

This is also true for The Junior League of Austin (JLA). Women’s lives are evolving and how we volunteer is adapting. The League, founded in 1934, is changing along with the times. This year we made our biggest move yet, literally! The opening of our new home, the Community Impact Center (CIC), is the culmination of more than ten years of planning, preparation and tireless effort. In the CIC, we will find new and innovative ways to fulfill our mission of improving the community, developing the potential of women and promoting volunteerism. As Sustaining President for 2019-2020, I’m honored to represent the League’s 1,288 Sustaining Members, the JLA “alumnae”. Having completed our years of Active League service, we are now engaged in the community, applying the many skills we learned through our time in the League. I’m grateful for our Sustainers’ continued support and involvement.

Women’s lives are evolving and how we volunteer is adapting.

A Christmas Affair is a tremendous endeavor, involving months of planning, thousands of volunteer hours and generous donor support. Without this incredible event, which raises funds for our community projects and programs, The Junior League of Austin would not be able to give back yearround. Thank you for being here with us for A Christmas Affair!

Casie Wenmohs Sustaining President, 2019-2020 The Junior League of Austin

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Past Presidents The Junior League of Austin

Gladys Greenlee Bowman+ Ruth McCelvey Bremond+ Mamie Ray Earnest+ Julian Devereux Weeks+ Margaret Ann Caldwell Scarbrough+ Ina Williams Walker+ Hilda Rudd McElhenney+ Frances Coopwood Morgan+ Mary Tucker Muse+ Julia Matthews Perry Robinson+ Virginia Nalle Page+ Elizabeth Schneider Rogers+ Mary Helen George Ammann+ L. Ellen Steck Ross Carter+ Eleanor Niggli Tyler+ Frankie Gist Peterson+ Eleanor Stayton Gammon+ Mary Ireland Graves Dougherty+ Mary Lee Wilson Crusemann+ Hallie Groos Slaughter+ * Elora Watt Smith+ Sue Kone Drake+ Beverly Nash Bell+* Mary Lucile Wicker O’Brien+ Elinor Willis Pittman+ Marjorie Dodge Granger+ Irene Hopkins Harwood+ Alice Kleberg Reynolds Meyer+ Nancy Price Bowman+ Barbara Louise Davis Neff+ Eugenia Betts Miller Shelby Reed Hearon+ Diane Hierholzer Finch Grant* Marian Marley McCrummen+ Alison Gray Kimberlin* Josephine Klotz Roche

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“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." Eleanor Roosevelt, Junior League of the City of New York

Josephine Drake McRee+ Barbara Leonard Smith* Margaret Craig Cowden Susan Dean Stayton* Susan Page Driver Carolyn Kellam Curtis Marilla Black King Nancy Chapman Collins Ann Johnston Dolce Clare Ritchie Hudspeth Regan Kimberlin Gammon Mary Gideon Herman* Elizabeth Snyder Malone Pamela Pitzer Willeford Cynthia Hendrick Kozmetsky Christina Kazen Attal Judith Allen Shelton Elizabeth Walters Atherton^ Melissa Owens Jackson Paula Thompson Herd Kristen Jones Holland Cookie Gregory Ruiz Hallie Powell Cardwell Emily Heebner Baker Nancy Cummins Prideaux Nancy Schoenvogel Edsel MariBen Ramsey*^ Joan Granger Talley Amy Johnson Dunham Suzy Balagia Diane Catalani Falkenberg Laura Wolf Beth Nance Smith KaLyn Laney Melissa Greenwood Morrow Kathi Livingston Haralson Sandy Segura Alcalá Morgen Cesarano Hardin Cathy Knapp McHorse Kelly Breeden Gregory Noack Casie Kaluza Wenmohs Sarah Moore Valenzuela Julie Hall Amy Hurt

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A Christmas Affair THE MERCHANTS OF ACA:

Shopping Good for

A Christmas Affair keeps the spirit of personal commerce alive by bringing together carefully chosen merchants and eager shoppers at one event, just in time for the holidays.


By: Jennifer Angenend McKeon

very year the all-volunteer A Christmas Affair (ACA) Committee works diligently to produce a unique shopping experience where patrons can find their perfect holiday gift. It is known that every dollar spent at ACA directly or indirectly provides funding for the charitable initiatives of The Junior League of Austin (JLA) and each of the non-profit community partners with whom we serve. 75-80% of the revenue from ACA comes from merchant fees and 100% of the

ACA Chair Courtney Dickey and ACA Chair-Elect Keri Bellacosa Walling enjoyed attending this year’s Merchant Jury Weekend. proceeds go directly into the Austin non-profit community. At the same time, almost every purchase supports small woman and family owned businesses that are an integral part of the ACA shopping experience. It’s evident that shopping at ACA is more than merely spending money, it’s investing back into the best parts of the community. Over 230 merchants are selected to participate in ACA each year. ACA Merchant Co-Chair Sharon Morgan explains, “It’s safe to say the vast majority of our merchants are either small businesses and/or women-

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owned and operated businesses.” This year, while over half of our merchants are local Texas businesses, we are proud to host vendors from 20 other states. Morgan and her ACA Merchant Co-Chair, Lyndsay Kerr, focused on merchant recruitment this year, resulting in more merchant applications than ever before: “It gives us a great pool of merchants to look through as a jury so we have a lot of versatility. Whether it’s with old favorites or new merchants, we will be able to give our patrons the best show possible.” New this year is “The Gingerbread Loft”, which features 13 pop-up merchants on Thursday and Friday. This provides a new opportunity for merchants to participate without the same magnitude of time and merchandise required for a booth. It also offers shoppers a greater variety than ever before.

“You’re doing everything in a tiny space, on a shoestring budget and with a little bit of time. It’s just amazing what women come up with and how many unique business models have been created and supported through ACA.” Anne Oitzinger, JLA Member & ACA Merchant

Working hard since January, the Merchant Co-Chairs and Merchant Assistants gather one weekend in March, where each vendor applying to participate in ACA is evaluated and voted upon in a juried process. First, the Merchant team tastes, samples and reviews photos of merchandise each applicant would like to provide to the ACA market. Next, data is analyzed in order to build the market. After the Merchants team has collected and logged samples, organized presentations and sets up for jury, the team deliberates and votes on merchants they believe will best fit the shopping experience in November. From there, it’s up to the ACA Merchants Committee to construct the layout of the market, called the Merchant Map, which provides the best shopping experience for both vendors and patrons. With the Merchant Map in place, the Merchants Committee shifts into support mode for the rest of the season. The committee will collect necessary paperwork from merchants such as Certificates of Insurance and Food Permits, coordinate services with the venue to accommodate merchant requests for booth equipment, electricity and other necessities and will be physically present supporting the merchants throughout the event. Additionally, the team coordinates an even bigger logistical challenge: orchestrating merchant movein and move-out. The limited dock space at Palmer Events Center, where ACA is held, means merchant move-in is an

Touch, taste & experience what the applicants have to offer. Each merchant is thoughtfully represented and organized by category, providing the ideal environment for a truly impartial jury decision process. exercise in organization and efficiency for all involved. A solid dock schedule and professional execution of proven processes ensures everyone safely and efficiently moves into their booths in the two-and-a-half days allotted. The week of ACA is when the ACA Merchant Committee really shines. JLA member and Owner, “maker of all

The ACA Merchants team works hard to coordinate and host the Jury Weekend, and continues to support all ACA Merchants throughout the entire show. This year’s Merchants Team photographed here (from left to right): Krystle Pleitz, Lura Edge, Jaclyn Marroquin, Lyndsay Kerr, Sharon Morgan, Lindsay Boroush, Jeni Williams, Lauren Reed. The Junior League of Austin  33



A Christmas Affair Outside of Austin

Be sure to visit the new merchant pop-up shops in “The Gingerbread Loft” upstairs at Palmer Events Center.


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things” at Arboretum Skincare, Anne Oitzinger points out, “ACA is the trifecta: it’s extremely well organized and runs like a well-oiled machine. Everyone’s business opportunities are respected and it’s very well attended by people who come to shop.” Regarding the ‘Merchant Map’, “ACA clearly thinks about making sure everyone is in the best possible place to succeed.” Having sold her hand-made soaps at ACA for several years, Anne notes how special the show is in terms of the many female entrepreneurs: “many of them are small businesses and are women who are coming out of being stay-at-home moms. This is a career that kind of evolved. You’re doing everything in a tiny space on a shoestring budget with a little bit of time. It’s amazing what women come up with and how many unique business models have been created and supported through ACA.”

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JLA member and owner of gourmet cotton candy Fancy Fluff, Jessica Morrow Halich, is teaming up this year with other Austin-area women-owned businesses to provide a booth full of unique treats. She recognizes how her experiences in JLA helped her professionally thanks to “Leadership training and learning how to become comfortable with jobs that I had no idea how to do”, which is a valuable skill for anyone starting their own business. Her advice to someone aspiring to start a business or take the next step is, “figure out the problems as you go. If you think too much about it, you’ll never achieve your business goals.” A great deal of preparation and hard work goes into making ACA the experience Austinites have loved to shop since 1976. ACA is a one of a kind market where patrons can simultaneously shop a variety of specially selected merchants from around the country, support small and women-owned businesses, and help sponsor the mission of the JLA. This truly brings the spirit of the season to your holiday shopping experience. 34  The Junior League of Austin

JLA member Jessica Morrow Halich of Fancy Fluff will be offering her gourmet cotton candy and popcorn from Cornucopia for the first time at an ACA booth this year.

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The Dickey Family would like to thank the 2019 A Christmas Affair Committee

A Letter from A Christmas Affair Chair Courtney Dickey Welcome Home to the 44th annual Junior League of Austin’s (JLA) A Christmas Affair, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”. This year’s theme celebrates holidays spent at home with loved ones and captures the anticipation of JLA’s first Christmas in its new home, the Community Impact Center (CIC). To fully embrace the theme, we transformed Palmer Events Center into a festive holiday home. From the front patio at the entrance, to the library bar and cozy living room, to the upstairs Gingerbread Loft, no details were left unnoticed.

There are many firsts to celebrate at this year’s A Christmas Affair (ACA)! Providing additional food options for our patrons, the Hometown Food Court features three local food trucks with rotating menus. We centered Wednesday’s Opening Night party around one of the most beloved family traditions: the lighting of the Christmas tree. To increase the number and variety of merchants for our guests to shop, we introduced The Gingerbread Loft on Thursday and Friday highlighting Texas businesses and products. Speaking of firsts, December 25, 2019 will be JLA’s first Christmas in its new home, the Community Impact Center. CIC, located at 5330 Bluffstone Lane in Northwest Austin, opened its doors in August 2019. It serves as the new central hub for meetings and gatherings for over 2,500

Photo by: Cat Mattingly Photography

JLA members. In addition, and equally important, it is a building dedicated to serving our city. CIC is the place where League members come together in partnership with the community, united by a resolve to “do something” in response to today’s pressing needs. ACA is made possible by its generous sponsors, The Junior League of Austin volunteers and its loyal patrons who return year after year to be a part of this special tradition. An enormous thank you to the 2019 A Christmas Affair Committee! These exceptional 79 women have worked tirelessly on this event since March. They take time away from family, work and other commitments to ensure that this week is everything our guests and merchants have come to expect from ACA. On a personal note, thank you to my family. They are a constant reminder that there truly is no place like home. “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” is a beloved Christmas carol with a melancholy message. The song is written from the perspective of a WWII soldier who hopes to be home for Christmas, “if only in [his] dreams.” Whether you will be home for the holidays, or apart from family but together in spirit, we hope that this year’s A Christmas Affair evokes feelings of comfort and joy. So, again, welcome! We invite you to make yourself at home.

Courtney Dickey 2019 A Christmas Affair Chair

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2019 A Christmas Affair Courtney Dickey A Christmas Affair Chair

Keri Walling

A Christmas Affair Chair Elect

Robin Burch

Assistant to the Chair

Art Design & Layout: Adriana Cuthbert (Co-Chair), Sarah Matz (Co-Chair), Lara Anton, Lindsay Durr. Auction: Lisa Galloway (Co-Chair), Siiri Marquardt (Co-Chair), Tara Holman (Business Manager), Meredith Ankenbauer, Kelly Bodu-Tarrant, Kelsey Hagar. Children’s Events: Wendy Johnson (Co-Chair), Tania Leskovar-Owens (Co-Chair), Ashley Collins, Elise Richardson, Julie Short. Decorations: Libby Miller (Co-Chair), Katie Walker (Co-Chair), Jennifer Williams (Business Manager), Kristen Williams (Business Manager), Whitney Broughton, Brittny Rendano, Allison Winney. Facilities: Sara Hogan (Co-Chair), Krista White Arnold (Co-Chair). Food & Beverage: Ashley Aarons (Chair), Jillian Copeland, Sarah McIlroy. Guest Relations: Alanna Edwards (Chair), Kathryn McGee, Kate Rhodes. Hospitality: Benee Arndt (Chair), Tamiko Kelly, Chrissy Ryska. Merchandise: Jessica Castrejana (Chair), Deidra Floyd, Laci Ganninger. Page 38

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Presenting Committee A Christmas Affair is The Junior League of Austin’s largest fundraiser. We extend a huge thank you to all of our sponsors, donors, merchants and volunteers who have worked tirelessly to make this year’s A Christmas Affair a success.

Photos by: Cat Mattingly Photography

Merchants: Lyndsay Kerr (Co-Chair), Sharon Morgan (Co-Chair), Lindsay Boroush, Lura Edge, Jaclyn Marroquin, Krystle Pleitz, Lauren Reed, Jeni Williams. Parties: Ashley Bias (Co-Chair), Natalie Sheridan (Co-Chair), Sarah Gooding, Erin Kent. Placement: Melissa Golding (Co-Chair), Rami Legha (Co-Chair). Public Relations: Rachel Zander (Coordinator), Brooke Feachen, Brittany Richardson. Sustaining Advisors: Holly Mace Massingill (Lead Advisor), Jessica Balladares-Bennett, Paula Chaney, Leslie Moore, Holly Priestner, Nancy Wade, Gayle Vickers. Technology: Melinda Boe (Co-Coordinator), Emily Rice (Co-Coordinator). Tickets: Rebecca McCormick (Co-Chair), Erica Shelgren (Co-Chair), Amy Miller, Katrina Natale, Charlotte Williams. Traffic & Security: Erin Arnold (Co-Chair), Amy Hudson (Co-Chair), Rachel Beaulieu, Emily Franke, Brooke Morgan, Whitney Oppermann, Arden Wimberly. Treasury: Mimi Braun, Elissa Pate. page sponsored by: Melissa Tait

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Parties Wednesday, November 20, 7-10 p.m.

Be the first to experience A Christmas Affair at our Opening Night event,

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree. Tickets: $85 Per Guest


Thursday, November 21, 9 a.m. - Noon

Nyle Maxwell Family of Dealerships

Thursday, November 21, 7-10 p.m.

Join us for delicious breakfast Step out with your girlfriends for a goodies, a glass of sparkling wine and night on the town at three hours of private shopping at

Christmas Cheers.

Tickets: $65 per guest


Springhouse Foundation

Friday, November 22, 7-10 p.m.

Making Spirits Bright,

our signature Girls’ Night Out party. Tickets: $65 Per Guest Sponsors: Diamonds Direct Lyft

Go Mad for Plaid at our evening cocktail party, one of the most popular A Christmas Affair events! Special Guest Jack Ingram will perform. Tickets: $75 per guest Sponsor: Centerpoint Energy Saturday, November 23, 8-10 a.m.

Wake up early for our Sunrise Sip & Shop,Jingle & Mingle. Enjoy two hours of private shopping before the market opens to the public while sipping on your complimentary glass of sparkling wine. Tickets: $40 per guest Tickets to all events are available for purchase online at All tickets purchased will be delivered electronically. Market day passes are available online and at the door. Page 40

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Children’s Events Sponsor: Sterling Events

Saturday, November 23, 9-11 a.m.

Saturday, November 23, 5-7 p.m.

Wake up early for breakfast, Get cozy and settle in as Santa reads gingerbread, and a Santa sighting at

There’s Snow Place Like Home.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Tickets: $35 per Guest

at our new dinner with Santa. Tickets: $35 per Guest

Sunday, November 24, 9-11 a.m.

Sunday, November 24, 1-3 p.m.

Join Santa and his friends for a pancake breakfast at

Flannels and Flapjacks.

Celebrate the holidays’ charitable spirit at

A Season of Giving,

our lunch with Santa. Tickets: $35 per Guest Tickets: $35 per Guest Gingerbread Treats Provided by: Make it Sweet Santa’s corner sponsored by: St. David’s HealthCare


Friday, November 22, 11: 00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Saturday, November 23, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Sunday, November 24, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Photography by:

Michael Barker photography

Santa Photo Packages

Package 1 ($35): One (1) high-resolution digital image downloaded by client via code/link sticker given during client session + one (1) 4x6 photo printed on site. Photographer commits to delivering digital images to clients within one (1) week of the respective Photo Session. Package 2 ($55): Three (3) high-resolution digital images as selected by client, downloaded by client via code/link sticker given during client session + one (1) 4x6 photo printed on site. Photographer commits to delivering digital images to clients within one (1) week of the respective Photo Session. Package 3 ($75): Five (5) high-resolution digital images as selected by client, downloaded by client via code/link sticker given during client session + one (1) 4x6 photo printed on site. Photographer commits to delivering digital images to clients within one (1) week of the respective Photo Session. page sponsored by: No Owwiebooboo Children’s Apparel

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Market Information Market Sponsor: IBC Bank

Market Days: Tickets $


per day

Thursday, November 21, Noon - 8:00 p.m. Friday, November 22, 10 :00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Saturday, November 23, 10 :00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Sunday, November 24, 10 :00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Browse more than 230 carefully selected local and national merchants at our holiday market cozy enough to call home. Children five years and under may enter at no charge during the regular market hours. Strollers, rolling bags and pull carts are not permitted inside Palmer Events Center.

Guest services Sponsor: Jack Brown Cleaners Bags getting too heavy? A Christmas Affair now offers Elf Assistance! Call (512) 532-2602 from wherever you are in Palmer Events Center and a Junior League elf will pick up your bags and check them for you! Elf Assistance is just $4 plus the $3 per-item storage fee. Avoid the hassle of lugging your bags to the garage! Just use the

Santa Sleigh Delivery

and for $5 we will bring your bags to your car in the front circle drive. Check an Item (Bag/Coat/Stroller) $3 per item Extra Shopping Bag $2.


Shuttle Sponsor: Capitol Chevrolet Parking is available at Barton Creek Square Mall on Thursday, November 21, through Sunday, November 24, and at ZACH Theatre on Thursday, November 21, through Friday, November 22, with complimentary shuttle service to and from Palmer Events Center. Please check for the shuttle schedule.

Paid parking is available at Palmer Events Center on a first-come, first-served basis. Parking is prohibited within the neighborhoods surrounding Palmer Events Center during A Christmas Affair. For more information visit: Page 42

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A Christmas Affair Holiday Decor Sale Would you love to see some of the decor used at “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” in your own home? All decorations used at A Christmas Affair are for sale at below retail prices. Stop by The Junior League of Austin booth near the main tree to select and purchase your favorites. We also encourage you to visit our Holiday Decor Sale on Friday, December 6th - Sunday, December 8th from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily at The Junior League of Austin’s Community Impact Center, 5330 Bluffstone Lane, Austin, TX 78759.

A Surprise Treat… Pick-a-Package!


2019 A Christmas Affair personalized Ornament


Short-sleeved A Christmas Affair logo T-shirt


Stop by the Junior League of Austin booth near the main tree during A Christmas Affair to purchase your pick-a-package for just $50! Each package contains gift cards valued at $100 that can be used during A Christmas Affair at participating merchants.

Long-sleeved Home for the $24 Holidays green T-shirt White puffy vest with the A $45 Christmas Affair logo Long-sleeved chambray shirt $30 with bow

Ultimate Diamonds & Domain Raffle

Sponsor: Diamonds Direct Enter the 2019 A Christmas Affair Ultimate Diamonds and Domain Raffle for a weekend getaway prize valued at $5,000.00!! This incredible package includes: • A 2-Night Stay at the Westin Domain Austin • A Couples’ Massage at Massage Sway at the Domain • Dinner for 2 at Fleming’s Steakhouse at the Domain AND…a Stunning 1ctw Diamond Pendant from our Sponsor Diamonds Direct!! Tickets are $25 for one or you can purchase a value bundle of 5 tickets for $100 (a $25 savings!). There will only be one Grand Prize Winner. The Grand Prize Winner will be selected based on a random drawing. Chances of winning depend on the number of entries received. The Grand Prize Winner will be announced Sunday, November 24th at 3:30 p.m. Need not be present to win. The Junior League of Austin

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page sponsored by: Fallon & Kyler Alison

page sponsored by: Keri Bellacosa Walling, ACA Chair 2020

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A Christmas Affair Past Chairs

1976 Anne S. Carlson, A Christmas Affair 1977 Nancy Buford, A Christmas Affair 1978 Bitsy Henderson, A Charles Dickens Christmas 1979 Amy Jenness, A Texas Christmas 1980 Ellen Yarrell, A Christmas Affair 1981 Libby Malone, A Christmas Confection 1982 Mary Herman, Fiesta de Navidad 1983 Anne Winn, A Country Christmas 1984 Susan Baker, Christmas Around the World 1985 Chris Attal, A Colonial Williamsburg Christmas 1986 Melissa Jackson, A Nutcracker Christmas 1987 Nancy Nation, Fete de Noel 1988 Patty Huffines, A New York Christmas 1989 Lucie Taylor, Twas the Night Before Christmas 1990 Susan Parker, Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree 1991 Donna Stockton, Christmas and All That Jazz 1992 Celeste Stark, The Magic of Christmas Past 1993 K.K. (Katherine) Rice, A Christmas Affair to Remember 1994 Nancy Prideaux, An Enchanted Christmas 1995 Amanda Beck, Christmas in the Mountains 1996 Julie Oles, An Old World Christmas 1997 Sherie Krause, Heavenly Holidays 1998 Hillary Anderson, A White Christmas 1999 Elizabeth Ateyeh, Celebrate the Season 2000 Lisa Rodman, A Bon Voyage Christmas 2001 Sharman Reed, Deck the Halls 2002 Laura Mauro, A Royal Holiday 2003 Beth Plater, Christmas in the Quarter 2004 Tamra Beasley, Bellisimo Natale 2005 Sandy Alcala, A Classic Hollywood Christmas 2006 Betsy Kirksey, Christmas in Austin: Home for the Holidays 2007 Kelly Goulding, The Gift of the Magi 2008 Gayla Zachry, Noel de Paris 2009 Stacy Dollar, It’s a Wild Holiday 2010 Cathy Northcutt, Enchanted 2011 Trish Koester, The Magic of Christmas 2012 Marilyn Orr Willson, The Twelve Days of Christmas 2013 Holly Mace Massingill, Winter Wonderland 2014 Tina McCutchin, Christmas in the City 2015 Holly Wilkerson Priestner, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas in Texas Y’all 2016 Leslie Moore, Merry and Bright 2017 Stacy Reed, Haute Holiday 2018 Lyndsey Crawford, Joyeux Noel Page 46

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Hometown Food Court Sponsor: Brandywine Realty Trust

Bohemian Barbecue | RedFin Seafood Kitchen | The Peached Tortilla We are thrilled to bring an Austin favorite to A Christmas Affair: Food


Located on the west outdoor terrace, the Hometown Food Court is the place to find yummy cuisine for both lunch and dinner. We are proudly offering selections from: Bohemian Barbecue, RedFin Seafood Kitchen and The Peached Tortilla.

All meals include an entree, side and water. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options are available.



per meal

Don’t want to have to find a seat? Reserve your table for 10 for $300! Tables can be reserved online and at the west outdoor terrace ticket booth. Food Court Hours:

Thursday, November 21, Noon - 6:00 p.m. Friday, November 22, 11:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Saturday, November 23, 11:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Sunday, November 24, 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Nyle Maxwell Home Team Tailgate

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Join us on the west outdoor terrace for an all-day college football watch party! Want to shop but don’t want to miss the big game? Now you don’t have to choose! The Hometown Food Court will be taken over by college fans and beautiful cars provided by our generous sponsor Nyle Maxwell Family of Dealerships.

Author Meet and Greet and Book Signings

A Christmas Affair 2019 Pop-Up



Alicia Peru

Cool CLever Gifts

Angela West Designs

Runaway Luna Lifestyle




Toni’s Toffee


u107 The Neutral Nest




Lulo Texas Cowhide Creations

ELLA Pajamas

NO Owwiebooboo Children’s Apparel

Hemlock & Heather






Alma Boutique

Colores Collective


Emma Jane Designs


Pop-Up Shops are open on Thursday, November 21 and Friday, November 22 only

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Thank you to our generous sponsors! TITLE Spirit Radio 105.9

BENEFACTOR IBC Bank Sterling Events CHAMPION iHeartMedia, KASE 101 & 96.7 KISS FM Ultimate Outdoor Entertainment Whole Foods Market GRAND Austin Woman Magazine CenterPoint Energy, Inc. Diamonds Direct Emmis Radio, Bob FM & ACL Radio Lyft Nyle Maxwell Family of Dealerships Springhouse Foundation Strong Events Page 48

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Austin Family Magazine Bloody Revolution Brandywine Realty Trust* Chameleon Cold-Brew Capitol Chevrolet FASTSIGNS North Austin, West Austin and Cedar Park Jack Brown Cleaners Kendra Scott Design Make It Sweet St. David’s HealthCare* TGB Outfitters Tito’s Handmade Vodka Tribeza * Patron Level x 2


Cornucopia Popcorn Fancy Fluff Lisa & Ian Galloway Jack Hates Coffee Premiere Events Jim & Ariel Romell Tito’s Handmade Vodka


The Akin Law Firm, LLC Austex Moving Austin Kids Directory BOTMHOA Amber Carden Courtney & Ed Dickey DJ Wizard Nancy & Jim Edsel Ferguson Enterprises, LLC Dana Fisher Diane Finch Grant Ed, Jinky, Jake & Mallory Hicks The Hill House Lisa Kennedy Kittleman Photography Jill & Mike Klucher Leslie & Jonathan Moore Beth & Bryan Plater Plush Fabric - Home Interiors Holly & Kevin Priestner Purdy Special Randy Rogers Band Robin Burch Travel Tiff’s Treats Show Gear Systems Gayle & Laney Vickers Waterloo Dental Vicki & Fred Wilkerson


Amazing Lash Studio Westlake Andrea Jacobs Design Andy Roddick Foundation Barton Creek Country Club Kelly & John Breeden Caffe Del Fuego Capitol Wright Distributing Paula Chaney Counseling with Kelly Cunningham-Turner Home in San Saba, Owned by Martha Leigh Whitten HEAT Bootcamp Paula & Dan Herd Holly the Realtor Kork Wine Bar Kat Kronenberg Lucky Arrow Retreat Libby Malone Marquee Maxwell Locke & Ritter PC Midland Radio NEAT Method Austin Prosecco Weddings and Events Reddy Ice, Inc. Roadway Productions Sandoval Family Law, P.C. Helen Dale Simons Strokes Tennis Michelle & Paul Tobias Underwear Keri & Greg Walling YMCA of Austin


Suzy Balagia Ballet Austin Blanton Museum of Art Boat Town Burger Bar Nancy Buddawapee, The Hills Salon High 5 Hotel Granduca Austin i9 Sports Melissa Jackson Salling Madeley PLLC Certified Public Accountants PAIYH Dance Studios Restore Hyper Wellness + Cryotherapy St. Croix Capital Araminta & Tom Sellers Sally Sheppard-Mandell Katie & Mav Turner Elizabeth & Stuart Vardaman Carolyn Waddle-Ford Window Genie of West Austin

Cash & In-Kind Donations Listed Together. The Junior League of Austin

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A Christmas Affair Merchants by Category ACCESSORIES

arloom - 201, 203 Artisans Thrive - K6 Au Mexique - 625 BuxieJo Bags - 256 Carry It Well! - 220 Colores Collective - U116* Embellish Nails & Boutique - 302, 304, 306 Fiesta Feet - 320 Frankie Jean - 321 Headhunters Headwear - 655, 657 Just Cashmere - K3 Kanti Goods - 218 Kristyn Chambers Designs - 153 Lulo Texas Cowhide Creations - U111* Maria Victoria - 251 me&re design - 511 MIAH Collection - 643 Noha Nadler - 707 RunAway Luna Lifestyle - U102* Spirit Snob - 223 Tall Order - 719 Texas Trends - 108 Three Sisters Bows - 628 Vineyard Marketplace - 506, 508 Vinglacé - 758 Vintage Soul - 242, 244 Weather & Story - 305


Austin Canine Central - 555, 557 Dog Collar World - 119, 121 Smart Cookie Barkery - 150 The Doggie Express - 504


ARCHd - 213 Authenticaa - 127 BJ Weeks Fine Art - 505 Deann Art - 601, 603 Flower & Vine - 510 Freaky Record - 706, 708 Gigglebox - 245 Holy Land Crafts - 239 Rainy Day Illustrations - 139 Sort of Cool Art - 318 Whitney Winkler Art - 130, 132

BATH, BEAUTY, BODY Arboretum Skincare - 342 Conscious Goods - 710 Musee - 343, 345 NAKED body+bath - 517, 519 Onata Fragrances - 313 Prep U - 756 Willow Hill Soap Company - 417, 419

CHILDREN’S CLOTHING, GIFTS & TOYS Animal Packers - 152 Bullseye Bow - 253, 255

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Bunnies and Bows - 753, 755 Jam Mom Baby Kids Boutique - 703, 705 Knotty Kid - 634, 636 Laugh Out Loud Expressions - 204, 206 Little Limbo - 341 Mila & Rose - 513 Miss Rose Sister Violet - 337, 339 ML Kids - 235, 237 No Owwiebooboo Children’s Apparel - U110* Pony Pal Stable - 101, 103 Project Genius - 727 Ultra Bella - 141 Usborne Books & More - 644 We Craft Box - 624 Yellow Button Baby - 656


Annie’s Metal Outlet - 627, 629, 726, 728 Bird and Pear - 500, 502 Christmas Carvings, etc. - K4 Julie B - 459, 461, 558, 560 Lizzylu - 317, 319 Northwest Hills Pharmacy - 301, 303 Pizzazzzz - 660 Sassy Cups, LLC dba The Write Designs - 606, 608, 610, 612 The Christmas Belle - 258, 260 The Giving Manger - 353 The Tree House - 518, 520, 522 Threads of Hope - 112 Under Wraps - 635, 637, 639 V Fashion/My Town Art - 155, 157, 159

DECORATIVE, HOME & GARDEN Brush Strokes Pottery - 129 Cobalt and Curry Artisan Bowls - 221 Collective Humanity - 356 Crave Candle Co. - 125 Dish Envy - 110 Get Swank - 535, 537, 539 Hemlock & Heather - U114* Heritage Game Mounts - 722 Make It Sweet - 359, 361 Manos De Sur - 740, 742, 744 Nested Sanctuary - 334, 336 New Braunfels Candle Company - 354 PK Fine Imports - 609, 611, 613 QUALITY PENNANTS COMPANY - 619 Red Bird’s House - 509 Sevargo - 445 Shirley’s Potpourri - 729 The Fouta Spa - 148 The Limoges Lady - 661 The Neutral Nest - U106, U107* Treestump Woodcraft - 252 Vintage Fresh - 401, 403 White Loft - 405


All About Dips - 113 Baba & Pop’s Handmade Pierogi - 200 Barbecue Wife - 607 Bespoke Provisions - 261

*Pop-Up Merchant Booths are located in the upstairs loft

Brenham Kitchens - 216 Carmie’s Kitchen - 700, 702 CASA TRUFFLE® - K2 Delta Grind - 249 Florida Pure Sea Salt - 521 Gourmet Blends - 234, 236 Killer Pecans - 161 Mi Casa Tamales - 748, 750, 752 Spicewood Gourmet Foods / E.P. Sales LLC 543, 545 Texas Hill Country Olive Company - 617 Tough Mother - 741 Yellowbird Foods - 749


Alabama Sweet Tea Co. - 116, 118 Austin Cake Ball - 542 Black Tie Caramel - 360 Delysia Chocolatier - 649 DGZ Chocolates - 144, 146 Nellie’s Shortbread Cookies - K5 Nothing Bundt Cakes, Austin-Westlake - 600 Oklahoma Toffee Company - 120 PARIS IN A BITE - 524 Savannah Bee Company - 512 Susie’s South Forty Confections - 300 Sweet Treats by: Cornucopia Popcorn & Fancy Fluff cotton candy - 229 Texas Toffee - 712 The Homesteaders Finest - 760 Tiny Pies - 348 Toni’s Toffee - U104*


Angela West Designs - U100* Alyn Vaughn - 202 Bali Sterling Silver - 736 Brenda Grands Design - 516 Bryan Anthonys - 102, 104, 106 Caroline Taylor Jewelry - 209 Cassandra Collections - 413 Curated by Design With Consignment - 254 Emma Jane Designs - U118* Erin’s Earrings - 721, 723 Everlasting Joy Jewelry - 122 Felix Z Designs - 156 Grace and Charm - 538 Grandmother’s Buttons - 548 Helene Thomas - 709 IMK Jewelry - 754 Joe Koen & Son Jewelers - Since 1883 - 544 Kendra Scott - 441, 443 Laura Lively - 338, 340 laurel denise - 226 Lauren Ferrell Designs - 716 Limbo Jewelry - 349, 351 Mana Culture - 217, 219 Manjusha Jewels - 658 Michele’s Estate Jewelry & Silver - 648, 650 Minnie Belle Jewels - 602, 604 Munday Antiques - 626 Pharao Jewelry - 413 Sarah Briggs - 621, 623 Taylor and Tessier - 358 Tess Jewelry - 243 The Dainty Doe - 307, 309 The Treasured Accessory, Inc. - 552, 554

American Duke Apparel Co. - 641 Bird Dog Bay - 743 Brackish - 541 BURLEBO - 523, 525 Clayton & Crume - 355, 357 Duck Camp - 135, 137 ENO Hammocks - 704 Espacio Handmade - 550 Homefields - 653 Humble Goods - 507 Local Boy Outfitters - 222, 224 METRO MAN GIFTS - 645 Paris Texas Apparel Co. - 652, 654 Smathers & Branson - 540 Sterling Brooke - 128 Tahoe Kitchen Company - 556 Texas Standard - 757 The Guayabera Shirt Store - 734 West Texas Beard Company - 352 Wren & Ivy - 241


Adelante Boutique - 322, 324, 326, 328 ADORN Boutique - 638, 640, 642 Alicia Peru - U101* Alma Boutique - U117, U119* Amberleaf - 536 Blushing Belle Boutique - 257, 259 Buffalo Girls - 549, 551, 553 Charleston Shoe Co. - 124 declan - 711, 713 ELLA Pajamas - U115* Grace and Lace - 421, 423, 425 Jacqueline b clothing - 616, 618, 620, 622 Kiki Bean for BedHeads - 225, 227 Kiki LaRue - 149, 151, 248, 250 LA LO LA Clothing - 308, 310, 312 Landry Kate - 453, 455, 457 Longhorn Fashions - 501, 503 Love Bug Apparel - 117 Luna Antigua - 228 milo+nicki - 659 PerriBerri - 437, 439 Pink Armadillos® - 210, 212 Primavera Collection - 311 PUNCHY'S - 718, 720 Saint Beatrice - 323 SoloSol - 238 Stash Style - 651 Sugar & Spice Apparel - 745 trulyYOURS - 143, 145 Tutu and Lilli - 109, 111 Two Tequila Sisters - 605 UrbanUndercover & TowelTopper - 211


Anna Irion - 123 BarneStar Candle Co. - 205, 207 Brookwood in Georgetown - 527, 529 Divine Goods - 240 El Arroyo Marquee Sign - 316 Joy at Castle Hill - 107 Loma Vista of Texas - 344 MAKE A SCENE - 724 Oh Yeah! - 407, 409, 411 Packed Party - 325 South Austin Gallery - 158, 160 Soy Austin - 449, 451 This is Tisa - 105 MEN’S CLOTHING & GIFTS Uptown Chic Boutique and Gifts - 559, 561 Allred Leather Company - 208 Viajera Imports - 738 Page 51 *Pop-Up Merchant Booths are located in the upstairs loft The Junior League of Austin

Additional Auction Items Provided By: Aloft/Elements Hotel Austin Amy’s Ice Cream Austin Eats Food Tours Austin Film Fest Austin Gourmet Popcorn BK Beauty blo Blow Dry Bar C3 Caroline Restaurant Chef Michael Wards Corepower Yoga Criquet Shirts Dancers Shape Deacon’s New South Embellish Nails & Boutique Emler Swim School Epic Fun Fleming’s Steakhouse at the Domain The Grove Wine Bar & Kitchen (Lakeway) Hill Country Cakery Horseshoe Bay Resort Houndstooth Hyatt House Downtown IVitamin Gena Keller, Scout & Cellar Wine Consultant

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Kome Group Lariat Springs Liber & Co LURE by Y&F Massage Sway milk + honey Monet & Me My Maria Victoria Party Hearty Box Playland Skate Center Rowing Dock Still Austin Whiskey Co. Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop Tecova Villa Vallecito Vineyards Wedding Oak Winery Westin Hotel (Domain Austin) Westin Hotel (Downtown) Wink Medical Aesthetics Ashley Woodson Bailey Cash and in-kind donors are listed together.



A Christmas Affair Christmas is here, a time to be of good cheer! This year’s A Christmas Affair is updating some traditions and creating new ones.


By: Paige Richards

ne of the best parts about coming home for the holidays is the traditions. It’s the year-long anticipation of good food, laughter and so much more. Sometimes, it’s also fun to shake up old traditions and create something fun and new. This year, A Christmas Affair (ACA) will unveil some fun new traditions. Let’s take a look at this year’s A Christmas Affair “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” changes: A major and noticeable change to ACA is the retiring of The Tea Room. While The Tea Room brought great tradition to the League for many generations and provided wonderful memories, this year ACA is making way for new innovations. The ACA Committee has come together to create the ultimate shopping experience for you! Wednesday night’s Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree themed party has three major changes:

Saturday Night Children’s Dinner Party: • Come participate in Christmas activities while Santa ends the night by reading the household favorite, “‘Twas The Night Before Christmas”. During Shopping Hours: • When your shopping bag gets too heavy, call the Elf Help number located at each booth! JLA volunteers will come to you and store your purchases while you continue your shopping. • When you are tired and don’t want to walk to the parking garage with all your purchases, hire Santa’s Sleigh to deliver your items to your car in the circle driveway at Palmer Events Center. The Christmas season is a heart-warming occasion and The Junior League of Austin can’t wait for you to come home for the holidays and experience the new fun at A Christmas Affair!

• The reduction in ticket cost to $85. • The change in attire from Black Tie Optional to Holiday Chic. • An official Christmas tree lighting ceremony to commence the kick off of ACA! It will mark the first tree lighting of the 2019 holiday season for our beloved Austin community. Thursday and Friday Shopping: Be sure to shop on these two days as ACA has added even more to its always popular lineup! Check out the second floor and enjoy the following: • 13 pop-up shops of additional, must-haves! You won’t want to miss these extra booths full of fabulous merchandise. • Book signings by local Austin authors. • A signature ACA drink served in a commemorative YETI cup.

“‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.”

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