Ballet Austin Guild’s Women on their Toes
By Brooke Holmes, Senior Development Associate

Every spring since I began working for Ballet Austin, I have attended our Guild’s annual spring luncheon, Women on their Toes.  The event honors ten outstanding volunteers in the Austin community and welcomes about 600 guests – women and men. I love attending this event – the Guild’s largest fundraiser for Ballet Austin.  As you arrive at the hotel, you are surrounded by hundreds of men and women in their spring best, excited to see each other.  The event is in four parts - drinks and mingling, the presentation of the ten honorees, lunch and a guest speaker.  It is wonderful to see people who give their time and commitment to local non-profit organizations honored at this elegant event.

The Guild has secured excellent guest speakers over the past couple of years.  In 2007, they welcomed Cindy Chupack, a writer for Sex and the City who made me laugh throughout her entire speech.  Last year, Victoria Rowell, from the Young and the Restless captivated the room with her story of growing up in foster care and becoming a dancer and actress with the support of the amazing women who raised her. 

I look forward to this year’s event where ten more unsung heroes volunteering for non-profit organizations will receive the recognition they deserve.  The Guild also welcomes speaker Janine Turner, an actress from Northern Exposure and Friday Night Lights, who recently wrote Holding Her Head High, a book about extraordinary single mothers throughout history.

We invite you to join us at this year’s 15th Annual Women on their Toes luncheon on Tuesday, April 7 at the Renaissance Hotel Austin.  Please visit the Ballet Austin Guild’s website for more information at

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