Experience an Unforgettable Night with Austin’s Most Celebrated Chefs Benefitting the Lone Star Paralysis Foundation


AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, along with the Lone Star Paralysis Foundation, is proud to announce the return of the fifth annual Pay It Forward with Daniel Curtis benefit on Thursday, August 6 from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the AT&T Conference Center. In its fifth year, the benefit’s goal continues to be raising awareness and money for those with spinal cord injuries. Pay It Forward is returning this summer for what is sure to be an incredible night featuring a vibrant lineup of more than a dozen of Austin’s most celebrated chefs, an open bar with cocktails from Treaty Oak Distilling and The Patron Spirits Company, and a live performance by an original nine-piece Latin Grooves Funk Blues Orchestra, Hector Ward & The Big Time.


In May 2011, Daniel Curtis was injured in a diving accident, which resulted in a severe spinal cord injury. His family, friends and co-workers teamed up with Lone Star Paralysis Foundation to stage a fundraiser, raising more than $65,000 to help with the ever-growing medical bills Daniel and his family faced on top of the mental and physical anguish he experienced. Following four successful years, Daniel and the Lone Star Paralysis Foundation are continuing their mission of raising awareness about the spinal cord injury community and helping those in need of medical assistance. This year, Daniel and the Lone Star Paralysis Foundation have set a goal to raise $65,000 with more than 500 guests in attendance.


“It’s been a little over four years now since that day in May when my life changed forever,” says Curtis. “I broke my neck, damaging my spinal cord and have been living as a quadriplegic ever since. Thanks to the Lone Star Paralysis Foundation and the help of so many, I was able to find a community that lifted me out of those darkest hours. It’s been a difficult journey filled with the hardest work and effort I’ve ever had to put forth, but it’s also been a beautiful experience in so many ways. The goal of this event is to raise funds and awareness so that we can continue to help folks like myself climb out of that darkness and get back to what is so beautiful in life.”


Austin’s top culinary talent will join forces for an amazing cause with chefs including Chef Chris Wilson of The Carillon;Chef Kenzie Allen of Searsucker; Chef Joe Anguiano of VOX Table; Chefs John Bates and Brandon Martinez of Noble Sandwich Co.; Chef David Bull of Congress, Second Bar + Kitchen, and Boiler Nine Bar + Grill; Chef Shawn Cirkiel and Justin Rupp of Parkside, Olive & June, The Backspace, and Bullfight; Chef Tyson Cole of Uchi Restaurants;Chef Bryce Gilmore of Barley Swine and Odd Duck; Chef Jack Gilmore of Jack Allen’s Kitchen; Chefs Chris Hurley and Jennifer Costello of The Bonneville; Chef Harold Marmulstein of Salty Sow; Chef Ben Nathan of Café Blue; Chefs Zack Northcutt and Callie Speer of Swift’s Attic; Chef Philip Speer of Fork & Taco; and Chefs Rob Snow and Rich Taylor of The Scarlet Rabbit, along with treats from Stacey Bridges of Austin Cake Ball and Joel Shuler of Casa Brasil.


Guests will also be able to enjoy an open bar featuring beer, wine, and specialty cocktails from Treaty Oak Distilling and The Patron Spirits Company. In addition to signature drinks, lively music, and tasty cuisine, Pay It Forward will feature an exciting live auction during the night along with a silent auction that will be open for most of the evening.


Guests at Pay It Forward will enjoy a festive evening for a great cause that will help Daniel give back to the original fundraiser that gave him so much. Tickets are now available, with all proceeds from the event benefitting Lone Star Paralysis Foundation, for $75 per person for general admission and $125 per person for VIP access that includes early entry into the benefit at 6:00 p.m.


For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.payitforwardwithdaniel.org orwww.lonestarparalysis.org/pay-it-forward-with-daniel-curtis.