Long Center Presents


Mar 1

Event Details

  • Fri, Mar. 1
    6:00 pm

The Long Center is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit dedicated to broadening the appreciation and enhancing the enjoyment of the cultural arts.



On Friday, March 1, 2019, the Long Center will be hosting its eleventh annual gala, Front & Center: An Evening Celebrating Live Arts and Community.

An incredible night awaits!

Long Center Board Chair Monica Peraza and Honoree Gala Chairs David G. Booth, Lynn Meredith, and Tommie Meredith invite you to this eleventh annual event raising vital funds to continue expanding the Long Center’s mission, including support for free community events and our educational programs.

Come celebrate the arts as we mix and mingle with friends, highlight the best of Austin’s local entertainment scene, and dine on the Meredith Family Stage of the Michael & Susan Dell Hall.

6:00 PM – Registration, Mix & Mingle Cocktail Reception
7:00 PM – Dinner & Live Auction
9:30 PM – After Party

Join special guest Mayor Steve Adler as he honors 10 years of leadership of the arts in Austin with the Icon Award, commemorating the work and effort of those special people who have done the most to contribute to our success.

It took the effort of all of Austin to build the Long Center. However, it took the leadership of a select few. The Icon Award honors all the Long Center’s past board chairs. To receive an Icon Award is a small recognition of the leaders who have led this organization with integrity and purpose, we are so thankful and excited to extend our thanks.

Questions? Please contact Katy Barber, Philanthropy Services Specialist.


  • Ben Bentzin
  • Cliff Ernst
  • Craig Hester
  • Carolyn Lewis
  • Joe Long
  • Patsy Woods Martin
  • Tom Sellers
  • Rusty Tally


Long Center Board Chair

  • Monica Peraza

Honoree Gala Chairs

  • David G. Booth
  • Lynn & Tommie Meredith

Event Committee

  • Shayna Brown
  • Eric Copper
  • Craig Hester
  • Lisa Lucero
  • Monica Peraza
  • Tom Sellers
  • Kathy Taylor
  • Lynn Yeldell

As a 501(c)3 non-profit, Long Center relies on financial support from the community to provide a gathering place for Austinites of every background, and creating experiences that shape and change lives. Learn more.