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Local celebrity raises $1M at philanthropic gala with Leon Bridges

(Parker Pheonix PR)

Hundreds of Austin’s best and brightest gathered over the weekend at the Annual Andy Roddick Foundation Gala—which returned to the downtown JW Marriott, 110 East 2nd St., for the first time since 2019.


The gala, which brings over 500 supporters together to celebrate the foundation’s mission of providing after-school programs for children and working parents, included appearances from former world champion tennis player Andy Roddick, new ARF CEO Jaime Garcia, co-chairs Leon & Tiffany Chen of Tiff’s Treats, and Roddick's wife and actress Brooklyn Decker.

From left to right, former tennis world champ Andy Roddick, new ARF CEO Jaime Garcia and Actress Brooklyn Decker.(Laura Figi/Austonia)


Several participating children also attended the gala with their parents.

From left to right, 5th graders Jonathan, Catherine, Andy Roddick, 5th grader Kristii and Jaime Garcia. (Laura Figi/Austonia.com


A live auction selling trips to the US Open, Sweeten Cove Golf Club, St. Barts and a tennis clinic with Andy Roddick raised $1 million before Grammy-winning soul singer/songwriter Leon Bridges performed live to close out the night.


(Parker Pheonix PR)


Started by Roddick in 2000, when he was just 17 years old, ARF is meant to give children the same experience he had when he picked up a tennis racket for the first time at 9 years old. The foundation has raised more than $10 million since 2012.

Actress, model and wife of Roddick Brooklyn Decker gushed about her husband's commitment to philanthropy. (Laura Figi/Austonia)


Roddick and Decker have lived in West Austin since at least 2013, where they have two kids, a dog and two cats.

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