SOUTH AUSTIN, TEXAS — As most residents would agree, Austin is a fabulous city (except for maybe the traffic) filled with fabulous people. What better way to celebrate than with a party honoring such fabulousness?
If you agree, you're in luck: The 2nd Annual Fabulous People Party staged by the Greater Austin YWCA is scheduled Sept. 13, honoring local leaders who "...have exemplified the YWCA mission to strengthen our communities and work together to eliminate racism and empower women," organizers wrote on the Facebook event page.
That's a pretty heady charge, but candidates (fabulous ones, naturally) abound locally willing to rise to the occasion. This is dramatically illustrated in the finalists for the #NewRadical Award to be honored during the party. The award recognizes a self-identified woman between 18 to 35 years of age and/or an up-and-coming diverse and innovative group of self-identified change-makers demonstrating passion and dedication in eliminating racism and promoting the empowerment of women "...by striving to make history through courage, connection and change," YWCA officials noted.
Yet the event won't be some low-key awards dinner gathering where people pausing to look up from their dry chicken dinners to politely applaud award winners. Oh no. This is a party in the true sense, a community celebration accentuated with a live performance by the Jane Ellen Bryant, named Austin Chronicle's Best New Band 2016-17.