“When Bobbi Topfer came to town, she raised the bar for the whole philanthropic community.”
Armando Zambrano, Gala Co-chair of Red, Hot & Soul
Recently we had a chance to chat with the Gala Co-chairs of this May’s Red, Hot & Soul, Bobbi Topfer and Armando Zambrano. We’re in the beautiful Serra Skyline lounge in the Topfer Theatre, a modern space with a spectacular view of Lady Bird Lake and the Austin skyline. It’s late afternoon and Bobbi and Armando arrive chatting and laughing in the easy way close friends do. While each is a fundraising powerhouse in their own right, they’ve partnered together on numerous events. This year, Red, Hot & Soul Gala presents “THE GREAT ZACHSBY,” honoring James C. Armstrong as the Cornerstone of the Arts in Austin, for his incredible generosity and leadership. The event will be nothing short of spectacular.
“My friends will tell you, ‘She gets it done! She makes things happen!’ I’m proud to know that the reputation I have in the community is as a person who will jump in and get my hands dirty” says Bobbi Topfer. “I commit wholeheartedly to the causes I care about, and I truly believe that it’s my duty and joy in life to give back. We give back not just financially but with our creative vision and advocacy – when I’m involved in a project I ensure that it’s a success. I’m interested and involved in every intimate detail.“ says Topfer.
“THE GREAT ZACHSBY” theme name was coined by Armando Zambrano after a conversation about the goals for the Gala. “We wanted something exciting, entertaining and hopeful” says Zambrano. “We want something that speaks to the incredibly high quality of the work at ZACH Theatre while acknowledging the history of the organization, the bold creative vision of the work here and the beautiful escapism of live theatre.”
At the Red, Hot & Soul Gala, “you can expect to enter our space and be enveloped in a sense of love and excitement and entertainment” says Topfer. “Right when you join us you know that what we are supporting is worthwhile and that what we do at ZACH Theatre is worthy of Austin’s full support.” In every event Bobbi Topfer produces, guests can expect an all-encompassing experience, touching each of their senses. “For THE GREAT ZACHSBY, I envision sheer entertainment, joy and optimism – I strive to inspire passion in my guests, the kind of passion the ZACH Theatre inspires in me.” says Topfer. “Out of all the organizations that I support here in Austin, ZACH Theatre truly has my heart.”