Shining Star Gala Honors Austinites for Their Philanthropic Generosity

Posted March 1, 2016

Shining Star Gala Honors Austinites for Their Philanthropic Generosity

The Settlement Home for Children recognized Ann Showers Butler as the 2016 Community Leadership Award recipient at the Shining Star Gala at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum on February 21. Butler was selected for this honor because of her generosity to countless charitable organizations, in addition to her legacy as part of Austin’s Hike and Bike Trail.

Butler has been a part of many worthy projects that have benefitted the Austin community. She has used her influence to provide support and resources to the causes she believes in. Butler has been a member of The Settlement Club since 1968, but her nonprofit involvement reaches well beyond The Settlement Home. She has served on several board of directors and has supported the Austin Community Foundation, Seton Healthcare Family and Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Not surprisingly, Butler is known for her gracious spirit, and her ability to make anyone comfortable in her presence. She is friendly and open, always quick to invite others into her home. Butler is also loved for her good humor and great stories. The Settlement Home is proud to welcome Ann Showers Butler to the ranks of distinguished Austin philanthropists through the Community Leadership Award.

In addition to honoring Butler, the Shining Star Gala also recognized 59 high school juniors as the 2016 Community Youth Council. These teens have committed to donating their time and efforts as volunteers with The Settlement Home, assisting with the annual Charity Garage & Estate Sale, helping on workdays in our warehouse and assisting with other special assignments. Through this program, The Settlement Home hopes to instill a love for volunteerism and community in tomorrow’s leaders.

The gala was co-chaired by Marian Kelley, Becky Liljenwall and Shana Slaughter. Ed Clements, KLBJ talk show host, served as the Master of Ceremonies. The John Arthur Martinez Band performed live and a gourmet buffet was catered by Rosemary’s Catering. Attendees bid on unique items in the silent auction, including airline tickets and vacation packages. All proceeds from the Shining Star Gala go to The Settlement Home for Children.

To see photos from the evening’s event, click here