2014 Swan Songs Serenade with Ray Benson and MilkDrive


Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 6-10 PM

VIP Sponsor Reception – 6:00 PM
Silent Auction – 6:00 PM
Dinner, live auction and concert – 7:30 PM

Shoal Crossing Event Center
8611 N. Mopac Expy.
Austin, TX 78759

What a great evening!

Swan Songs annual fall fundraiser, The 2014 Swan Songs Serenade featuring beloved Austin artist Ray Benson with hot jazz-grass ensemble MilkDrive, was held on October 29, 2014 at Shoal Crossing Event Center. THANK YOU RAY BENSON AND MILKDRIVE!!!


2014 Serenade Sponsors and Donors2014 Serenade Photo Gallery

The move to Shoal Crossing proved to be a good one! This beautiful venue gave us room to host 200 guests for a seated dinner (catered by Sterling Affairs), provided ample parking, a lovely ambiance and plenty of space for everyone to mix and mingle. In addition to our silent auction, this year we had a live auction with some very special items – tickets to the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards ®, a private house concert with Gary P. Nunn in a beautiful Lake Austin home, and a Collings Guitar with a custom made Calton guitar case. With the help of auctioneer Dr. Floyd Hoelting, the silent auction alone raised $22,500!

We are still receiving donations and silent auction payments, but it looks like we brought in close to $75,000. Thank you Austin!!!

Previous years’ performers for this event have included Jerry Jeff Walker, Eliza Gilkyson, and Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock. Obviously, Austin’s finest support our mission to fulfill musical last wishes for individuals with a terminal illness. Ray Benson has been specifically requested twice and graciously performed in a private, intimate setting for some very grateful recipients and their loved ones.

Master of Ceremonies – Terry Lickona | Event Chairs – Craig Calvert, Nancy Coplin, and Cindy Lind | Auctioneer – Dr. Floyd Hoelting


Event Committee

Master of Ceremonies


Craig Calvert – Co-chair Terry Lickona Dr. Floyd Hoelting
Cindy Lind – Co-chair
Nancy Coplin – Co-chair
Christine Albert – President/Founder
Kate Whitaker – Operations Manager



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