20th Anniversary Gala

The LINE Austin, 111 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701

Emancipet 20th Anniversary Gala

Gala & After Party Photos Are In!

The incredible Bryant Hill Media joined us for our fantastic evening a took beautiful photos. Click the button below to view the photo gallery. An album is also available on Facebook.

Click to view photo gallery

It’s time to party like it’s 1999!

We’re celebrating 20 years of service the best way we know how, by throwing a big party for our pack! We’ll start our evening with a fun cocktail hour, followed by a wonderful dinner with emcees Jim Spencer, Edward Flores and their dog Kaxan who will help us honor distinguished guests whose support has been critical to this milestone celebration.

Did we mention the Silent Auction? This is not your average Silent Auction my friends – you can check out the catalogue here!  Finally, we’ll close out the evening in true Austin style, with our After Party, featuring Alejandro Escovedo and DJ Girlfriend ATX, live music, cocktails, and special surprises for folks who love their pets.

Gala Attendee FAQs

The Basics

  • What: Emancipet’s 20th Anniversary Gala
  • Where: The LINE Austin – 111 E. Cesar Chavez
  • When: Saturday, September 21st
    • 5:30 PM Cocktail Receptions, Silent Auction, and Registration
    • 6:30 PM Gala Dinner & Silent Auction
    • 8:30 PM The After Party with Alejandro Escovedo & DJ Girlfriend ATX

Pre-Register Online in Advance!

Pre-registering before you get to The LINE Austin on Saturday can move you through the check-in process faster. Basically, if you’re a fan of TSA Precheck, you’ll love this. Here’s how you can do it.

  • Go to the Emancipet Gala Dinner page and click the orange “Sign In” button on the right.
  • If you were at Emancipet’s luncheon in May and are using the same info, you may already be registered – if so, your user name and password may populate the fields and you can just update your information as needed.
  • Enter your credit card to help speed things up once you arrive at The LINE Austin.
  • Add your cell number – that way, we can send you any final details, as well as, updates throughout the evening and right after the event. (After that, no more texts – we promise!)

The After Party

The After Party featuring Alejandro Escovedo and Girlfriend ATX will follow the Gala Dinner.

Here’s how to tell if you have After Party tickets: You’ll have a wristband in your registration packet after you check in!

If you don’t have tickets and want to attend, no worries – you can still get tickets at the door following the dinner.

Getting to The LINE Austin

Please note that the entrance to The LINE Austin hotel is very close to Congress Avenue. We recommend getting on to E Cesar Chavez either from:

  • The Ann Richards bridge on South Congress (northbound traffic)
  • Cesar Chavez from the west (approaching Congress Avenue)
  • South on Congress Ave (southbound from 2nd Street)

GPS often tells drivers coming from north Austin to turn from I-35 onto Cesar Chavez. But it’s next to impossible to turn into the hotel from eastbound Cesar Chavez.


The LINE Austin offers valet parking only – no self-parking. Our guests get a discounted rate of $8 per car. So mention that you’re attending the Emancipet event.

The Menu

The menu for the evening has a vegan/gluten-free salad and entrée and two vegan dessert options, and wine service will be available at your table. Please let your server know if you would like a gluten-free dessert or an entrée without almonds.

The Silent Auction Preview

The Silent Auction is now ready for prime time! Get a preview of it online here. So give it a look and get ready to bid!

Hint: You can also pre-register while browsing the auction – look for the orange “Register” buttons

The auction will be in the Onyx Ballroom so please feel free to browse during the Opening Reception.

We can’t wait to see you and let us know if you have any questions!

Gala Host Committee

Missy and Jeff Nichols / Chairs
Kristin and Josh Alexander Beth Bellanti Pander
Kelli and Justin Blackburn  Angela Dorsey and Jason Rhode
Charlotte Harrigan Ernst  Dorothy Guerrero
Crystal and Andrew Hunter  Chrissy and Jay Kleberg
Martha Pincoffs and Jo  Walski  Jessica Sanders  Jennifer Sinski

Thanks to the Gala Sponsors


Anonymous  Angela Dorsey and Jason Rhode  The Mark Foundation


Nicholas J. Juried Family Foundation / Nicholas Juried and Amy Juried


Josh and Kristin Alexander  Big Red Sun
Firehouse Animal Health Center  Marcy and John Melanson
Merck Animal Health  Bonnie Mills and Doug Eicher
Missy and Jeff Nichols  Monalisa Olarte   Mona Patel
Moreland Properties  Laurie and Douglas Vander Ploeg


Carol and Chris Adams / Jamie L. Barshop
Thurman Case  Elanco Pam Friedman and Mitch Sundet
Chrissy and Jay Kleberg Mighty Citizen
Gretchen and Daniel Scardino   Shabby Slips / Austin Private Wealth
Liz Tucker Amy Villarreal / Marci and Sam Ditzel

Our (amazing) Media Sponsor

The Austin Chronicle

The Austin Chronicle Emancipet Media Sponsor

A big thank you to our friends over at The Austin Chronicle for their media sponsorship. We couldn’t get the word out about this amazing event without your help!

Our (awesome) Production Sponsors

Debra Davis Productions

Debra Davis ProductionsMany, many thanks to Debra Davis Productions. Emmy Award Winning Producer, Debra Davis, specializes in television series, special events, festivals, live music, award shows and corporate entertainment, meetings and galas.


FILO Productions

FILO Productions Emancipet 20th Anniversary Gala SponsorWe’d also like to recognize FILO Productions for their amazing technical support. They are the only, single source provider for all production aspects, from core AV to A-list entertainment and event management in the Austin market. Thank you!


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