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.
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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.
Austin FC head coach Josh Wolff is here to stay as the Club announced he signed a three-year contract extension.
Wolff, who was previously an assistant coach for the U.S. Men's National Team, will coach Austin FC through the end of 2025 under the new contract.
Wolff has been the Austin FC head coach since November 2019. In the team's first year, some hoped to oust Wolff as the team was at the bottom of the Western Conference. But this year, the team is at the top, ranking No. 3.
“This is still a young, growing Club but seeing our vision for Austin FC come to life on and off the field has been one of the great honors of my career. My staff and I will keep working every day to represent the city, and to develop our team both competitively and as human beings. The best is yet to come," Wolff said.
Austin police are investigating the killing of Moriah "Mo" Wilson after she was found with gunshot wounds inside an East Austin home.
Wilson, a gravel and mountain bike racer, was visiting Austin from Colorado in preparation for the Gravel Locos race on Saturday taking place in Hico, a small town 2 hours from Austin.
On Wednesday, her roommate came home and found Wilson unresponsive with "a lot of blood near her,” police said, on Maple Avenue near East 17th Street. Officers and EMS performed life-saving measures before she was declared deceased at 10:10 p.m.
The Travis County Medical Examiner's office conducted an autopsy and determined the official cause of death to be multiple gunshot wounds, and the manner of death was a homicide. It is being investigated as a suspicious death and as of Saturday, police said they have a person of interest.
Wilson, 25, recently had become a full-time biker after winning a slew of races in the past year.
This story was updated on May 15 to include that police have determined a person of interest.