13th Annual Diamond Gala: “Midnight in Paris”

Culinary Arts Class

WHAT: Presented by the Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) Foundation, the 13th Annual Diamond Gala - “Midnight in Paris” – is a student prepared, a multi-course banquet with wine pairings, silent and live auctions, unique entertainment, exciting prizes, games and fun ways to support TSD students and programs. 

WHEN:     Thursday, May 23, 2019 
                 6:00 pm

WHERE: Governor’s Ballroom - 4th Floor. Hilton Austin Downtown: 500 East Fourth Street


MORE: Hilton’s executive staff gives a select group of TSD culinary students the opportunity to participate in a once-in-a-lifetime experience working in the renowned downtown Austin landmark hotel and a state-of-the-art kitchen. Students work alongside Hilton’s top chefs to create a unique, locally-sourced, gourmet banquet for 200 lucky guests Thursday evening, May 23 – a fundraiser presented by the TSD Foundation.

The annual Diamond Gala showcases the TSD/Hilton 13-year partnership, the talents of TSD’s culinary students, and celebrates the school’s rich 164-year history of providing exemplary education and resources to Texas’ students, ages 0-22, who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Proceeds from the event support the students at Texas School for the Deaf, plus the estimated 7,000+ other deaf and hard of hearing children all across Texas, along with their families, professionals, and the networks of support that hold us all together.

Generously sponsored by Hilton Austin, PSAV, Sorenson VRS, PCSI, Z-VRS/Purple, Sprint, Mark Seeger & Jeff Harper, Communication by Hand, the Kallina Family and Tricycle Creative.


MORE:          Tickets & sponsorships available at: tsdfoundation.org/diamond/.



The Texas School for the Deaf is the oldest continuously operating public school in Texas. Educating deaf and hard of hearing students of Texas since 1856, the campus also provides outreach and educational resources for students, their families and professionals in the field throughout the state of Texas.  With educational excellence and a strong belief in a culture and community at TSD, students form a unique identity based on their individual strengths and talents. TSD is an environment where students learn, grow, and belong. For more information about the Texas School for the Deaf, visit http://www.tsd.state.tx.us/



The Diamond Gala began when the Hilton Austin formed a partnership with Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) in 2007. At the time, Hilton’s executive chef had just been named Diamond Chef, the highest honor among Hilton chefs worldwide. TSD’s culinary students – “diamond chefs in the rough” - work throughout the school year for the honor of earning a spot alongside Hilton’s executive staff to take part in preparations for the annual Diamond Gala – a showcase of TSD student talents and unique fundraiser for the TSD Foundation.