Reading Between the Wines 2016

On Friday, October 28, more than 400 people gathered in the historic Texas Federation of Women's Clubs' Mansion to celebrate literacy in Central Texas.

The evening began with young pianist Jimmy Chen, delighting guests with his magical classical touch. A silent auction, including an exotic safari trip to Africa and a wine tour through Napa Valley, entertained guests while tasting sponsors awaited in the grand ballroom.

The grand ballroom opened, and guests experienced delicious bites from Annie's Café & Bar, Juliet Ristorante and Nightcap, mouth-watering desserts from Miles of Chocolate, SRSLY Chocolate and Nothing Bunt Cakes. Tasting beverage sponsors included Locations Wine, Legato Winery, Pedernales Cellars, Texas Saké Company, Tequila 512, Herman-Marshall Whiskey, Revolution Spirits, 4th Tap Brewing Company, the ABGB--among many others.

We are incredibly grateful to those who came to celebrate with us and offered their support. Thanks to their generosity, we can continue ensuring families and individuals can gain the skills they need to reach their full potential

Reading Between the Wines Sneak Peak


If you're wondering what our fabulous signature event can offer you, take a look at some of this year's featured items in the spirit of...

…Austin Fashion.  Shopping at Capra & Cavelli, Eliza Page jewelry, celebratory champagne

…A Derby Day.  Hermes scarf, wine rack, playing cards, flask, authentic bourbon

...Relaxation.  Milk + Honey spa day and basket of pampering products, scented candle, champagne

…The Gourmand. Private knife skills class, artisan locally made products, cooking spirits

…The Gentleman.  Shopping at Capra & Cavelli, 12-year Chivas Regal scotch, silver ice bucket

…Rejuvenation. At-home mani/pedi/facial supplies, month of free yoga, saltwater float sessions

...The Texas Longhorns. Dinner at Vince Young Steakhouse, autographed basketball and football

You will also be able to bid on fun Group Experiences including group tastings at:

  • Blue Owl Brewery                            
  • Dripping Springs Vodka                      
  • Bending Branch Winery
  • William & Chris Vineyards
  • Vom Fass

And if family entertaining is up your alley, don’t miss:

  • Supplies to host an amazing ice cream party and barbecue
  • Two family or individual portrait photography session packages
  • Passes for four to the Austin Bouldering Project
  • And trips to the following exciting destinations:

Disneyland, California

Alpha Omega winery in Napa Valley

South African Safari


Learner Success Story: Gracie

Gracie Castro, a 2014 graduate, came back to visit a few weeks ago and to tell us about her new job. After completing Job Readiness and attaining her GED last year, she was looking to start a career. Because of our partnership in the Workforce & Education Readiness Continuum (WERC), Gracie was able to get help from Ed, a Job Developer, to find a job with Seton. She started out as a PRN and was quickly hired on full-time.

She is now earning more than $15 an hour with shift differential and plenty of overtime pay. She commented about how hard it seemed while she was working toward her goals at The Learning Center (formerly known as Ascend), and how there were times when she wasn’t sure she would be able to finish. But she did - and she is so glad she did. Now we hope to schedule a time for Gracie to talk with our current students about her experience, the challenges she faced and how she overcame them, and more about her promising new career at Seton. Way to go, Gracie!


To celebrate big changes coming to our Learner Web program, we're highlighting the volunteers who have made the program possible since 20011. Check in with us everyday to meet our Computer Literacy & Internet Coaches (CLICs) throughout the month of June!

Here's Larry, a CLIC since April 2011, which is just about when the program began. Thank you for helping us bridge the digital divide in Austin,  Larry!