Robert Godwin has been covering the non-profit scene in Austin from the time of blue jeans and backyard barbeques to the black-tie galas of today. With over 20,000 events recorded by word and photo, Godwin leads the leagues in rubber chicken consumption. As a constant witness to the power of publicity, he now seeks to enlist a legion of assistants by sharing his knowledge of the publicity process.
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Hill Country Conservancy’s 7th annual gala, Hill Country Nights, was a sold out, record-breaking evening for conservation! Taking place in the lovely Brazos Hall, guests mingled to the tunes of the Mike Clifford Band, dined on Salt Lick BBQ, and raised over $250,000 for Hill Country conservation projects and the Violet Crown Trail!
Hill Country Conservancy’s 7th Annual “Hill Country Nights”
Young Professionals for People’s (YPP) used their October networking event to spotlight People’s Community Clinic’s (PCC) Reach Out & Read program benefiting early childhood literacy. The light atmosphere of Parkside’s rooftop patio allowed guests to experience a delightful evening while supporting PCC’s efforts to promote literacy among Austin’s youth. Guests were granted admission by donating new or gently used children’s books, which are distributed to PCC’s young patients in the clinic lobby.
With one-third of American children entering kindergarten lacking the full range of skills needed to be successful learners, PCC’s Reach Out & Read program strives to prepare children for a positive educational experience by providing them opportunities to read. By increasing positive parent-child literary interactions, Reach Out & Read helps parents develop their children intellectually. Language, words, repetition, and readinghelp stimulate and shape the brain for scholastic success. Reach Out & Read recognizes that children who begin school behind, stay behind, which makes early reading an important part of any child’s future.
The YPP organization supports and promotes PCC through quarterly events. Each event allows young Austin professionals to network while supporting the community. Members’ efforts have helped 10,000 PCC patients receive much-needed health care. “Many of the families at People’s lack the resources and opportunities to provide their children access to reading material that is essential in their early formative years. This program is yet another example why the clinic is the ‘gold standard’ in public health by not only treating illness but also offering individuals access to other programs that help them live healthy, productive and fulfilling lives,” said Bailey Tipps, partner with the DEN Property Group and a YPP vice-chair who spoke at the event.
People’s Community Clinic Young Professionals Push Children’s Literacy
The 9th annual Ice Ball benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters brought quite the crowd to the Hilton Austin Hotel. Chief Executive Director Brent Fields was kept busy greeting guests as they arrived in a continuous flow. The evening included a wealth of activities beginning with a silent auction full of treasures, a long line of food stations featuring a collection of Austin’s best restaurants and lots of friends to visit. After the live and silent auctions closed, it was dancing until dawn (more or less) to the music of Radiostar. All the fun supported the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters. They were justly proud of the fact that last year, 97% of the kids in the programs stayed in school, improved their grades and avoided early parenting.
Ice Ball a Blizzard of Support for Big Brothers Big Sisters
Dancing for dollars took on a new twist at the Pratham Austin Gala 2013. Gala Co-Chairs Swapna Reddy and Poonam Tripathy called upon some outstanding community citizens to perform Bollywood style–and the attending crowd got quite the treat. Dancing with great energy were–Sonia Kotecha, Dr. Harish Gagneja, Sheila Singh, Gita Oberoi Singh, Dr. Satish Chundru, Heather McKissick and Council Member Mike Martinez. The celebrity judges (Cookie Ruiz, Amanda Dugan, Prakash Mohandas and Rep. Eddie Rodriguez) rewarded the dancers with great scores. Keynote Speaker Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, dinner and more dancing filled the rest of the evening.
Pratham was founded in 1994 to combat illiteracy in India and break the cycle of poverty for children with little access to education. Pratham now has a presence in 19 Indian states and reaches 1.5 million children annually. They do an extraordinary job with the funds entrusted to them and cited by GiveWell.
Pratham Austin Gala 2013 a Dancing Success
The 9th annual Ice Ball benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters brought a very full house to the Hilton Austin Hotel. CEO Brent Fields was on hand to greet guests as they arrived for an evening of dining, bidding and dancing to support the mission of “providing children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.” The live auction was very live indeed with auctioneer Gayle Stallings leading the bids ever higher.
Heart Warming “Ice Ball” for Big Brothers Big Sisters
A fascinating project is underway with help from Central Texans. SightsUnseen has ambitious plans to put glasses on the faces of those in need across the world. In countries such as the United States there is one optometrist for every 8000 citizens–in developing areas of the world, there is one optometrist for every 1,000,000+ citizens. Even if those people can get to the doctor, the cost of glasses is usually beyond their means.
SightsUnseen will provide self-adjusting glasses to underserved areas of the world. Adspecs are the world’s first fluid-filled universal glasses. The user can put on the glasses, press fluid reservoirs until they can see clearly and then snap off the reservoirs–and the glasses are set. They are now ready for all the opportunities clear vision can make possible–such as school and work.
For more information, visit the website at www.sightsunseen.org.
SightsUnseen to put glasses on the faces of those in need
Suzy’s Soldiers gathered at the Barton Creek Country Club for a day of golf and returned to spend the evening dining, dancing and bidding. Proceeds from the two events will benefit the Seton Breast Care Center.
Suzy’s Soldiers was formed by Kristin Osler and Britt Peterson in memory of Suzanne Clarke, a philanthropist who lost her six-year battle with breast cancer in 2000 at the age of 53. The Soldiers continue her philanthropic work.
Suzy’s Soldiers Use Golf & Gala to Benefit Seton Breast Care Center
The tag team combo of Coach Augie Garrido and Chef David Garrido proved a winning combo at the recent Toast of the Town party. Hosted by Mary and David McCarron at their home, the McCarron’s were joined by fellow hosts Anne and Don Greenway, Angela and Howard Moench, Kathie and Ronny Platt, Sydney Langley and John Patton. Guests arrived at the lakeside home and proceeded to mix and mingle over cocktails. Coach Garrido was eloquent in his comments and Chef Garrido was equally eloquent with his cuisine.
A Home Run from Garrido and Garrido
Small wonder that this Toast party is always the first to fill up. First, there is only room for 12. Second, it is in Larry Peel’s wine cellar. Third, it is in Larry Peel’s wine cellar–and fourth, fifth, sixth, and so forth. This gathering is hosted by Deborah and Larry Peel, Meri and Rob Hagelberg (General Manager, Four Seasons Hotel) and the phenomenal Elmar Prambs, Executive Chef of the Four Seasons Hotel. The evening is the very definition of “an experience” as the wine and food are without peer.
Connoisseurship In The Cellar
Despite the ominous title, “From a Watery Grave,” the tales of La Salle’s La Belle proved to be great fun. Co-author James Bruseth provided a fascinating presentation of La Salle’s journey to the new world in 1686 aboard the La Belle. He missed his intended target, the mouth of the Mississippi River, by a fair piece and ended up in Texas. While he went looking for the river, his crew ended up wrecking the La Belle in Matagorda Bay. Three hundred and ten years later, James Bruseth found the ship. That story and more kept the guests at Martha and Richard Coons’ house riveted and full of questions. A French themed dinner followed the Q&A. An exhibit at the Bullock Museum (in 2014) will be an opportunity for everyone to enjoy the story–but not the superlative dinner.
“From a Watery Grave” a Shower of Fun
Calendar of Events
- The Goodnight Presents 2014 Casino Night – All Inclusive NYE Party
The Goodnight2700 W. Anderson LaneAustin, Texas Tuesday, December 31, 2013, 10pm 2014 Casino Night All Inclusive NYE Party 10pm – 2am $100 per person includes: 1 raffle ticket to win a trip to Las Veg…
- Remix & Revelry / W Austin NYE 2014
W Austin200 Lavaca St Austin, TX 78701 Tuesday, December 31, 2013, 8:30pm Drink. Dance. Ring in the New Year. Our second annual New Year's Eve soiree will feature musician, producer and songwrit…
- Bob Schneider's Lucky 13 New Year's Eve Party
Paramount Theatre713 Congress AvenueAustin, TX 78701 Tuesday, December 31, 2013, 8pm The Paramount Theatre invites you to celebrate New Year’s Eve with perennial Austin favorite Bob Schneider. The loc…
- The 2nd Annual New Year's Eve Rocks Rainey Street African Children's Choir Fundraiser
Lustre Pearl bar on Rainey Street97 Rainey St.Austin, TX 78701 Tuesday, December 31, 2013, 7:30pm VIP INDIVIDUAL – $350 Rob Thomas2 $350 VIP access for one Seating to Rob Thomas’ private performance D…
- ACL Live Presents Willie Nelson & Friends New Years
ACL Live at the Moody Theater310 W. 2nd Street Austin, Texas Tuesday, December 31, 2013, 7:30pm Tuesday December 31 Doors: 7:30 PM Show: 9:00 PM Willie Nelson returns to Austin City Limits Live to rin…