Magic Makers Bash

Magic Makers Bash

March 7, 2020

Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt


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Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who attended Magic Makers Bash! We are so grateful for your support.

Anne & Rich Smalling

Laura Aidan, Decor Chair • Carly Christopher, Auction Chair •  Tara Miko Grayless, Table Host Chair • Marnie Near, Scholarship Fund Chair • Patty Schatz, Corporate Relations Chair

Emily Forsythe Shrode • Alexis Lanman •  Philip Nelson • Jackie Padgett

Aviles Charitable Fund • Michael & Aileen Aviles and Richard & Ann Hojel • Mason & Christina Ayer • Karen & Ray Brimble • Laura & Eric Buehler • Kevin & Paula Burns • Carly & Clayton Christopher • Lonnie & Polly Cooper • Will & Beverly Crenshaw • Laurie & Dirk Gosda and Anne & Rich Smalling • Alexis & Stuart Hiserodt • Jeff & Julie Jumonville • Jim McDermott & David Rodriguez • Kirstin & Joe Ross • Patty & Matt Schatz • Heather & Jacob Venard • Serene & Chris Warren • Jessica & Greg Weaver • Megan & Dustin Wells • Howard & Mary Yancy

Photos from the Night

More photos to come soon.

About the Event

Here’s the rundown for our night of mystery and illusion!

5 – 6PM
Pre-event VIP Cocktail Reception

6 PM
Registration opens
Magical Interactive Activations  •  Surprise Bags
Mystery Box Raffle  •  Photo booth

Program  •  Dinner  •  Live Magician Performance
Live Auction & Paddles Up

9:15 PM
Entertainment reopens

10 PM
Goodnight everyone!

Event entertainment by world-class magician and mentalist, Dennis Watkins

Tickets & Sponsorships

Table sponsorships are available at various levels as well as individual tickets! When you sponsor Creative Action’s Magic Makers Bash, you are providing youth with creative youth development opportunities that inspire students to be creative artists, courageous allies, critical thinkers, and confident leaders in their community.

Individual tickets – $350

Presenting Sponsor

$ 25,000
  • Table for 20
  • Friends of Creative Action cocktail hour invitation
  • Custom activation at event
  • Limo for guests + one complimentary room at the Kimpton Van Zandt
  • ...and more!



$ 15,000
  • Table for 12
  • Friends of Creative Action cocktail hour invitation
  • Custom activation at event
  • Limo for guests + one complimentary room at the Kimpton Van Zandt
  • ...and more!


$ 10,000
  • Table for 10
  • Friends of Creative Action cocktail hour invitation
  • Logo inclusion in event materials
  • Limo for guests + one complimentary room at the Kimpton Van Zandt
  • ...and more!


$ 5,000
  • Table for 10
  • Friends of Creative Action cocktail hour invitation
  • Logo inclusion in event materials
  • Social media recognition
  • ...and more!


$ 3,500
  • Table for 10
  • Recognition as a table host
  • Logo inclusion in event materials
  • Social media recognition
  • ...and more!

About Creative Action

We empower and educate youth through the transformative power of creative expression, social and emotional learning, and social justice education. 

Through a suite of after school, in-school, and community-based programs, Creative Action’s team of professional teaching artists inspire youth to be creative artists, courageous allies, critical thinkers, and confident leaders in their community.

2020 Live Auction

Ultimate Date Night

Have the ultimate date night right here in Austin! Start your evening with a chef’s tasting at Geraldine’s, Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt’s contemporary eatery. After dinner, head to the legendary Moody Theater to watch an ACL Live taping of your choosing. Then, top off your night with a stay in the luxurious Presidential Suite at the Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt where you’ll indulge in cushy comforts a few notches above extraordinary.

  • Chef’s tasting dinner, including drinks, for 2 at Geraldine’s
  • 2 floor seats at an ACL Live taping
  • 1 night in the Presidential Suite at the Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt

Foodie's Dream Come True

Get the ultimate Austin food lover’s experience! Start off behind-the-scenes of the best backyard party of the year—Hot Luck Fest—featuring celebrity chefs, live music, and one-of-a-kind bites. And when that’s not enough to satisfy your taste buds, enjoy multiple opportunities to indulge at the award-winning restaurants run by chefs featured at Hot Luck. Still haven’t had your fill? Then spread the love to friends and kids alike with not one, but two cooking classes led by Le Politique’s Executive Pastry Chef Melissa Carroll and La Condesa Chef Rick Lopez.

  • 2 Whole Enchilada passes to Hot Luck Festival
  • Pastry making class for 10 kids with Le Politique Executive Pastry Chef Melissa Carroll
  • Masa making class for 4 with La Condesa Chef Rick Lopez + $250 gift card
  • Dinner for 2 at Otoko
  • $100 gift card to Launderette
  • $100 gift card to Vixen’s Wedding

Tap Into Your Inner Artist

Music and fashion just go together! Get a behind-the-scenes experience with the creative craft of metal-smithing. Collaborate with expert jewelry designer Edson Enriquez in an imaginative process to create a beautiful and meaningful piece unlike any other. Then, rock your new piece at ACL Festival with Guest Passes, where you’ll enjoy the premiere access to the ACL private guest lounge with food, drinks, and air-conditioned bathrooms. Afterwards, end your weekend with a 1-night stay at the historic Hotel Ella, where art is celebrated and Texas Modernist works of art grace the hotel grounds.

  • 1×1 consultation with expert jewelry designer Edson Enriquez
  • Custom ring design with an option to add precious or semiprecious stones
  • 2 ACL Guest Passes (not sold to public) with access to private lounge, drinks, food, & air-conditioned bathrooms
  • 1-night stay at Hotel Ella

Party With A View

Enjoy the absolute best view in Austin while renowned Sway Executive Chef Charles Schlienger leads you and 25 guests in an interactive modern Thai cooking class. During the class you’ll sip on Sway’s delicious specialty cocktails. After this one-of-a-kind experience, wind down the evening with a relaxed, intimate cocktail hour on the Sway rooftop patio. (Restrictions: Only available Sun – Weds. Additional blackout dates may apply.)

  • Sway West Lake Hills rooftop deck interactive cooking class for 26 with Executive Chef
  • 1-hour cocktail reception, including snacks and drinks

Barrel of Fun

Bring friends and family out to the Garrison Brothers Distillery where Master Distiller Donnis Todd will lead you in a private barrel selection. After picking the perfect barrel, you and 24 friends will get the unique opportunity to bottle your own award-winning bourbon! You’ll fill, cork, and hand-dip 36 glass bottles in wax before applying custom labels. Meanwhile, your entire experience will be captured by Vannagram & Co., a custom-built mobile photo booth cleverly housed inside a vintage VW bus. Afterwards, head to Rosedale Kitchen and Bar for a patio party for 25 with cocktails provided by Garrison Brothers. A package any bourbon fan will love! (Vannagram & Co.: certificate cannot be used for weddings or corporate events; restrictions and blackout dates may apply; blackout dates include SXSW, ACL and F1 2020 weekends; certificate expires March 7, 2021; Rosedale Kitchen and Bar: does not include tax, additional alcohol, or gratuity; reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance; expires October 2020.)

  • Bottle-your-own-bourbon experience for 25
  • Vannagram & Co. mobile photo booth on-site for 2 hours at Garrison Brothers Distillery
  • Patio Party at Rosedale Kitchen & Bar for 25, including food & specialty cocktails provided by Garrison Brothers Distillery

Set Off To Santa Fe

Be transported to majestic Santa Fe by private jet for a weekend. You and five friends will spend the weekend at the one-of-a-kind boutique hotel El Rey Court with your days full of unique adventures, like attending the renowned open-air Santa Fe Opera and incredible art excursions.

  • Roundtrip private plane to Santa Fe from Austin
  • 2-night stay at El Rey Court
  • $300 in gift cards from Santa Fe Dining
  • 6 Santa Fe CulturePasses, which include entrance to 15 museums
  • 6 tickets to a performance at the state-of-the-art Santa Fe Opera
  • 6 tickets to Meow Wolf

Argentina Fly Fishing Adventure

Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime fly fishing trip in Northern Argentina! While there, spend five nights in the beautiful 19th century San Javier Lodge in the Santa Fe Province, which offers spacious rooms and numerous amenities. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are chef-prepared and are built off local and international cuisine. (Not included: travel to and from airports, fishing licenses, gratuities, flights, food and drink on boats; valid for 24 months from purchase)

  • Accommodations for 2 for 5 nights at the San Javier Lodge in Argentina
  • All meals and drinks included
  • 1 driving assistant & 1 fishing guide per day

Hacienda Staycation

Escape to a luxury hacienda, located on Lake Austin. Outfitted with superb design, this gorgeous home sleeps 10 and has all the perfect touches, including an infinity pool and spa, outdoor kitchen and dining area, lake access, and so much more. After you’ve settled in, enjoy a private dinner for 10 by Austin’s 2020 “Best Restaurant,” Comedor. The evening will be topped off with a tequila tasting by Lalo Tequila and an intimate concert with classical guitarist Matthew Hinsley. The following morning, hop in a limo and head to Paperboy’s patio for your fill of pastries, plates, and mimosas. (Winner may contact homeowner for blackout dates.)

  • Curated dinner for 10 by Comedor with intimate concert by Matthew Hinsley, Director of Austin Classical Guitar
  • 2-night stay at a private home on Lake Austin (accommodates up to 10)
  • Limousine ride to Paperboy
  • Brunch, mimosas, and cocktails for 10 at Paperboy

2020 Sponsors

We’re so grateful for our amazing sponsors and in-kind supporters!

High Brew
Austin Eastciders
Waterloo Sparkling Water
Hat Creek

Questions or interested in being a sponsor?
Contact: or 512.442.8773 ext. 103