Heart & Soul 2018

February 13, 2018

On Friday, February 9th, The Rise School of Austin hosted our 11th annual fashion luncheon, Heart & Soul at the JW Marriot.  The event featured a silent auction with handbags and jewelry, followed by a fashion show starring our adorable Rise students.


This year, in celebration of The Rise School’s 15th year in Austin, the Rise kiddos were joined on the runway by a group of very special honorees who have been paramount to the school’s continued success.


Honorees included: 

Bill Bayless

Sally Brown

Tommy Burt

Emily Greer

Ann Huthnance

Al Koehler

Cindy Lind

Tracey Marshall

Ethel Richard

Donna Stockton-Hicks

Venus Strawn

Sarah Sweeney

Matt Swinney 


  After a walk down the runway hand-in-hand with a Rise student, honorees were joined onstage by beloved Rise parent, Marlene Magierski. Marlene shared her and Ruby Mae's story and thanked the honorees not only for their commitment to Rise, but for their help in making The Rise School a reality.


This year’s Heart & Soul raised $214,491! We want to extend a BIG thank you to our amazing sponsors for this year's event:


Rise to the Occasion Sponsors:

  • May Designs

  • Capitol Chevrolet

  • PCSI

Rising Star Sponsors:

  • American Campus Communities

  • The Lind Family Charitable Foundation

  • Tracey Marshall

  • Donna Stockton Hicks

  • Amanda Dowell




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