3rd Annual Garden Party of Tablescapes and Spring Style Show

May 8, 2024


On April 22, 2024, The Austin Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary (SAWA) held their third annual Garden Party of Tablescapes and Spring Style Show at the Four Seasons Austin. The event was a luncheon, complete with elegant tablescapes, live entertainment, and a fabulous fashion show with styles from The Garden Room. Each table was immaculately decorated by a local tablescape designer. The keynote speaker was Kreis Beall, founder of Blackberry Farms & Author of The Great Blue Hills of God. 

Event proceeds benefit The Rathgeber Center for Families, one of two Salvation Army family shelters in Austin. Attendees watched a video from Latrice, who lived at The Rathgeber Center when she was in crisis. In the shelter, Latrice was able to get the help she needed to regain self-sufficiency and get her daughter, who has autism, the help that she needs. Latrice successfully exited shelter and now has her own apartment. Latrice attended the event as a special guest. Event planning efforts were led by the SAWA host committee, comprised of Linda Dryden (event chair), Jenny Jopling (tablescape chair), Shannon Elmquist (public relations chair), Jennifer Riojas-Santos (SAWA Liaison), and overseen by Major Jacqulyn Reckline (Austin Area Commander).  

Thank you to everyone who attended this event and participated in our Give to Get! Your support means the world to us and clients that receive help and hope from your donations and generous hearts.   

The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary (SAWA) is a volunteer educational and fundraising arm of The Salvation Army Greater Austin Area Command. The SAWA initiatives enrich the lives of families at the Rathgeber Center by meeting them at their point of need through fundraisers and programs like Angel Tree, Easter-Basket making and more. 

Recent Stories

Get Involved

A gift to The Salvation Army helps someone in your community.

Give Now



Do Good in your community

Find Worship

Join us throughout the week for worship, fellowship, Bible study, meals, community service and fun.