2018 Barbara Jordan Celebration Soars!

Message From Board President Martha DeGrasse:

More people attending, more money raised, more fun had! Our 2018 Barbara Jordan was a spectacular celebration of “compassion in action,” as Executive Director Irit Umani’s address described. On April 24, we gathered in St. David’s Bethell Hall to raise money for our mission to serve the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of Austin’s downtown homeless neighbors. It was a truly spectacular event that will allow us to continue to be a loving community day center where hospitality and love are served to all.

Event leaders Riki Rushing, Kelly Talbert and Cissy Warner joined Trinity’s Irit Umani and Diane Holloway to create the most memorable event yet.

The Pat Hazel Award was givento the Sarahan Family – parents Sarah and Paul, teens Kate and Will – for extraordinary service. The Sarahans spoke eloquently about Trinity Center and what it means to their family.

A big shout-out to Cowboy Auctioneer star Heath Hale. His energy and warmth had the crowd on its feet and waving those paddles like never before. And thank you to all who participated in the Paddles Up. We are indeed grateful for your generosity.

Thanks to Ahmad Ranson and Irit Umani for speaking so thoughtfully, and thanks to Norielle for the amazing video!!

See more photos of the fun times and our generous friends on our Facebook page.



Martha Degrasse
Board President
Trinity Center