Husband & Wife Duo Are Fixing Up Columbus, Ohio Communities One House at a Time

​​Upward Home Solutions, a husband and wife-owned real estate company within the greater Columbus, Ohio area, is providing a way for homeowners to get cash fast on a property they can’t afford to maintain any longer.

Born from a passion for rehabilitating older homes that are often neglected and ignored as they degrade and deteriorate the Upward Home Solutions team harnesses their unique talents to take the homes and make them lucrative again, thereby improving the local community and surrounding home values.

“It’s all-too-common a house is left vacant for one reason or another – or the homeowner just can’t afford the maintenance it requires,” said Tim Dye, Co-Founder and Owner of Upward Home Solutions. “We understand how much time and money goes into the proper upkeep of a home, which is why we’re passionate about offering a sustainable exit for homeowners who don’t want the responsibility anymore.”

Tim and Katie Dye have been involved in the Central Ohio Real Estate industry for over a decade.  The couple’s previous claim to fame was being featured on Lifetime’s One Born Every Minute, but what they are most famous for now in Columbus is their unique ability to see the value in distressed properties and improve them.

​The Dyes have made it as easy as possible for homeowners to sell their home fast in exchange for cash. On the Upward website, visitors need to simply fill out an online form that enables the Dyes to get in touch with the official homeowners. Once contact is made, a tour is scheduled so the duo can get a better glimpse at what will need sprucing up. Once it’s assessed, they make the homeowners an offer. If the offer is accepted, the Dyes do all the footwork with the title company to buy the property.

“We’ve made the sales process as streamlined and convenient as possible for the stressed-out homeowners we work with,” said Katie Dye. “The most rewarding part of the whole experience has to be contributing to our beloved Columbus, Ohio community by bringing new life and value into the old homes. The neighbors love it, and we’re honored to be part of something that special.”

Clients who typically call Upward Home Solutions include people looking to sell their homes regardless of its condition, people who have an inherited a home they don’t want, people who no longer want to serve as a landlord, and people who can’t manage to keep up with home and home maintenance payments.

For more information, visit: http://cashforcolumbushouses.com/.
 

Celebrate Earth Day with Austin Parks Foundation

Austin Parks Foundation (APF) is gearing up for a great Earth Day with events all over town from April 20 through April 22.
Fern Gully at Palm Park
April 20, 2017
Join the Austin Parks Foundation for a special Earth Day installment of their all-1992 season of Movies in the Park. Bring the whole family to learn about the importance of Earth’s rainforests in this animated tale of adventure featuring Robin Williams. Be sure to RSVP to the Facebook event and invite your friends!

Give 5% to Mother Earth
April 21st

Austin businesses are banding together to give 5% of their sales back to local green organizations like the Austin Parks Foundation! The full list of businesses can be found on the Give 5% website. The CEO of APF, Colin Wallis, will also be traversing the city on two wheels alongside Hill Country Conservancy’s George Cofer. You can follow their Earth Day adventure on our twitter account and Instagram story.

Mulching at Zilker Park
April 22nd

Join APF in celebrating two happy occasions – Earth Day AND Zilker Park’s 100th Anniversary! In celebration, APF will be showing the trees of Zilker a little TLC with a fresh coat of mulch. Join friends, neighbors and tree huggers alike for a very special mulch project. Those interested can RSVP here.

Giveback with Flower Child

April 22nd
Flower Child believes a better world starts from within, and there is no better way to fuel your body and your soul then by nourishing it with happy, healthy food straight from Mother Earth.

This Earth Day, Saturday, April 22nd, Flowers Child is donating 100% of proceeds from their Mother Earth Bowl to Austin Parks Foundation. We know you’ll be hungry after mulching all hose trees, so grab a healthy bite that gives right back APF!  Details here.

 

Breast Cancer Resource Center Presents Sixth Annual Art Bra Austin on June 3

Early-bird tickets on sale now. General admission ticket price increases May 1

The Breast Cancer Resource Center (BCRC) proudly announces its sixth annual fundraising gala, Art Bra® Austin, on Saturday, June 3, at the Austin Convention Center. This year’s event will showcase 61 pieces of wearable art to be modeled and auctioned, with all proceeds benefitting BCRC. Early-bird tickets for the event, which sells out every year, are on sale now at artbraaustin.org.

A truly inspiring celebration of the women who shine in the face of a life-altering disease, Art Bra® Austin brings together a community of artists, jewelers and craftspeople each year to design and construct original, beautiful art bras to be modeled by BCRC clients, all of whom are women diagnosed with breast cancer. Since its inception in 2012, Art Bra® Austin has raised more than one million dollars for the Breast Cancer Resource Center, helping BCRC achieve its mission to support and improve the lives of those touched by breast cancer by providing services and programs free of charge to its clients, regardless of circumstances.

“Art Bra® is undoubtedly one of Austin’s most theatrical events, and this year we’re excited to showcase our most impressive collection of art bras to date,” said Ray Anne Evans, BCRC’s Executive Director and former client. “This marks six incredible years for Art Bra® Austin, and every time we are amazed not only by the courage and strength of our fearless models, but the community’s unwavering support. Our dedicated sponsors and amazing artists who donate their time and talent are essential in making this event a transformative experience for our clients.”

Art Bra® Austin will take place on June 3, at the Austin Convention Center, 500 E Cesar Chavez St., Austin, Texas. Doors open at 6:00p.m. for cocktails, food service, and silent auction. The runway show and live auction begin at 8:00 p.m. From now until April 30, early-bird tickets for runway and floor reserved seating are on sale for $250 and early-bird general admission for $150. General admission ticket price increases to $200 on May 1. Tickets are available at http://artbraaustin.org/get-tickets.

Art Bra® Austin is currently seeking event sponsors and will also begin volunteer sign-ups on Monday, April 17. For more information about volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.artbraaustin.org.

About Art Bra Austin

Art Bra® Austin, now in its sixth year, is BCRC’s signature fundraiser. Every year, Austin’s talented community of artists, designers, and jewelers submit their original works of wearable art to be showcased by a dynamic group of Art Bra Austin models, creating an enchanting evening where everyone involved from the artists to the models and stylists donates their time and services. Approximately 60 to 70 pieces are selected from over 100 submissions to be offered for auction the night of the event. Top submissions are auctioned live during the runway show with winning bids as high as $8,500. For more information about this event and how to get involved, please visit www.artbraaustin.org.

About Breast  Cancer Resource Center

Breast Cancer Resource Center (BCRC) is a nonprofit organization providing guidance, education, and assistance to thousands of local women whose lives have been disrupted by breast cancer. Staffed by breast cancer survivors, BCRC helps each woman find her footing and determine the solutions that are right for her.

BCRC was founded in 1995 as a volunteer-staffed helpline and a single support group. Today, in addition to being survivors, BCRC staff are trained support professionals and experts in where to go, what to do next, and how to keep a woman moving forward through diagnosis, treatment, and beyond. They serve more than 2,200 women annually, offering personalized guidance, robust educational opportunities, and several financial and personal assistance programs. All of it – free of charge – to the client. For more detailed information about BCRC services and programs, please visit www.bcrc.org.

The Peninsula at Rough Hollow Hosts VIP Barbecue on the Waterfront

Luxury lakeside community celebrates featured homes in Spring 2017 HBA Parade of Homes™ Tour 

Photography courtesy of Ben Porter Photography.

The Peninsula at Rough Hollow, developed by Legend Communities Inc. and Crescent Communities LLCis a naturally secluded $60 million luxury development of 81 acreage homesites overlooking Lake Travis. The Peninsula is the last lakefront and gated exclusive luxurious community in Lakeway.

Alfonso Castillo

Alfonso Castillo

On Sunday, March 26, guests gathered at The Peninsula at Rough Hollow for an exclusive VIP barbeque and sneak peek tour of the five luxury homes to be featured in the Spring 2017 Parade of Homes™ tour. Throughout the afternoon event, guests mixed and mingled with The Peninsula sales team and four of the five home builders including Arbogast Homes, Jenkins Custom Homes, Laurel Haven Homes and Triton Austin. Guests learned about each unique property, their specific design aesthetic and saw first hand finish samples of the materials to be used in each home, not to mention the spectacular sweeping views of Lake Travis and the beautiful Hill Country. Sipping on refreshing signature cocktails provided by Sourced Cocktails, attendees enjoyed Austin-famous and world-renowned Franklin’s Barbeque brisket sandwiches and champion bbq team and food truck, It’s All Good Barbeque while listening to sounds of Marshall Hood band. To finish off the afternoon guests were treated to homemade apple and peach cobbler with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.   

Shan and Bethany Jenkins

Shan and Bethany Jenkins

Amy and Hector Elizondo

Amy and Hector Elizondo

Robin Colton and Nykol Colton

Robin Colton and Nykol Colton

In the crowd:  Lauren and Craig Bach, Ed and Angela Kennedy, Michelle and Curt Sexton of Laurel Haven Homes, Rusty and Alicia Schoenherr, Shan and Bethanny Jenkins of Jenkins Custom Homes, Suzanne Ellis, Debbie Tate, Tommy Roberts of Triton Austin, Tracey and Sandy Vollentine, Tyler Hawk, Tod Arbogast of Arbogast homes and more. 

Rusty and Alicia Schoenherr with Curt Sexton

Rusty and Alicia Schoenherr with Curt Sexton

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Bubba and Diane Breazeale with Chat Wynne_

Bubba and Diane Breazeale with Chat Wynne_

About Legend Communities Inc.

Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Legend Communities is a full-service developer of single-family residential, multi-family residential, active adult communities and associated commercial projects in Central Texas, California and Colorado. Legend Communities and its affiliate company in California have earned recognition for their projects from a number of highly regarded local and national industry associations, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the National Association of Home Builders, and the City of Austin Green Builder Program. The company emphasizes giving back to the communities in which it operates through business, civic and charitable contributions. For more information about Legend Communities, please visit LegendCommunitiesinc.com.

About Crescent Communities LLC

Crescent Communities is a leading real estate investment and operating firm driven to create long-term value by developing thoughtful, sustainable communities that improve people’s lives. Founded in 1963, Crescent’s original mandate as a land management company continues to inform its commitment to the wise stewardship of natural resources. The company finances, plans and develops properties in the Sunbelt and Mid-Atlantic markets that will represent more than 50 percent of the U.S. population growth over the next decade. Its multi-product platform includes residential, multi-family, mixed-used, commercial and land assets, valued in total at $1.2 billion. Crescent’s robust capital deployment, seasoned leadership team, and transformative model of sustainability enable the company to maximize opportunity in a recovering real estate market. For more information about Crescent Communities please visit http://www.crescentcommunities.com.

New Look. New Stores. Introducing the New Hill Country Galleria!

After major renovations, Hill Country Galleria unveils its amazing transformation at a “free to the public” Grand ReOpening Event.

We had to know all the juicy details about the transformation so we’re pleased to have had the opportunity to converse with Ms. Courtney Bunte, Property Marketing Manager at Hill Country Galleria, who was thrilled to share insight into the transformation and Grand ReOpening Event details.    

Read our Exclusive Interview with Courtney and we look forward to socializing with you Saturday, April 8 at Hill Country Galleria.

InFluential Magazine:  How important was it to involve the community when developing the plans for the property transformation?

Courtney Bunte:  In preparation for this multi-million dollar property transformation, it was important for us to meet the wishes of our trade area. We conducted extensive consumer research to find out what our customers wanted to see at the property and are thrilled to bring that to life through our remodel. We started off this process by enhancing the tenant mix of the Galleria by bringing in the highly requested retailer, H&M. As an outdoor lifestyle center, we knew other amenities like more shade and seating, were important to our customers so we made sure these enhancements were a huge part of our property transformation.

InFluential Magazine:  What are the key elements of the property transformation?

Bunte:  Key features of the transformation of our 1.3 million-square-foot property include landscaping upgrades, more shaded areas, new walkways and a new entertainment district, Central Plaza, featuring a grassy lawn, a new splash pad and additional outdoor seating.

InFluential Magazine:  Preview for us, the enhancements which ensure the comfort of shoppers, particularly in consideration of the weather factors in Central Texas?

Bunte:  The landscaping upgrades and shaded walkways make for a much more comfortable shopping experience during the summer months, along with a 40-jet splash pad for families to enjoy.

InFluential Magazine:  We’ve heard quite a bit about the brand new Central Plaza.  Share with us what is most exciting about the Plaza?

Bunte:  The new Central Plaza, located at the heart of the Galleria, allows us to expand on the 80+ free annual events by enhancing the guest experience at these events. We designed the Central Plaza with guest comfort and enjoyment in mind, adding a grassy lawn, additional outdoor seating, an elevated pavilion and a convertible splash pad. Our goal was to restructure the heart of the entertainment district to upgrade and improve the guest viewing experience for local live performances and events like the Saturday Night Concert Series, every Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m.

InFluential Magazine:  The culinary scene in Central Texas has become quite popular on a national scale.  What exciting restaurants will have a home at Hill Country Galleria?

Bunte:  Hill Country Galleria is home to a great mix of exciting restaurants, whether they be national establishments or local favorites. Local restaurant and food tenants include Café Blue, Chisos Grill, Buenos Aires Café, Frost Gelato, All Star Burger, Bee Cave Coffee and more.

InFluential Magazine:  What will prove most inviting for families with children and those looking for a pet friendly environment?

Bunte:  Shaded areas and new walkways create a comfortable and easy shopping experience for family members of all ages and pet friendly shoppers, regardless of weather conditions. Hill Country Galleria is home to a number of family friendly tenants like The Candy Jar, which offers private kids’ birthday parties available for booking, PAIYH Dance Studios, Learning Express Toys and also offers patio seating at some restaurant tenants, like Chisos Grill, perfect for pet friendly dining.

InFluential Magazine:  How do you plan to keep up with the ever changing habits of shoppers in Central Texas?

Bunte:  With over 100 stores and restaurants, the Hill Country Galleria’s property spans nearly a mile long with an eclectic mix of retailers.  In order to make the shopping experience even more user friendly, we are in the process of remerchandising the property by thoughtfully relocating stores to better effect the flow of cross-shopping, dining and entertainment. The outcome will increase retail stores on the west end near Dillard’s, concentrate on dining and entertainment around the Central Plaza, and the east end nearest Whole Foods Market will house service retailers.

InFluential Magazine:  How do we come prepared to best experience the Grand ReOpening Event?

Bunte:  Come with plenty of energy and bring your friends and family for a full day of fun! Festivities will include live music at the Central Plaza, fashion show hosted by KXAN Studio512 host, Amanda Tatom, Taste of the Galleria, fireworks show, shopping discounts and more. Bring a blanket and be sure to grab a spot early on the lawn for live music with Bob Schneider!

Full Grand ReOpening Event Details!

The Hill Country Galleria has transformed!  You’re invited to join for the reveal of the completion of the sixteen million dollar property transformation with a grand re-opening celebration on Saturday, April 8th.  Help cut the ribbon on the brand new Central Plaza featuring beautiful landscaping, more shade and seating and a new splash pad.  Spend the afternoon listening to live music by Bob Schneider followed by a fashion show featuring the Hill Country Galleria retailers with live music by The Mrs.  All day enjoy the Taste of the Galleria with food sampling and treats by Hill Country Galleria restaurants, face painting for the kids and special offers on shopping!  End the evening with the Galleria’s signature event, the Saturday Night Concert Series, followed by a spectacular firework show.  All of this and more will take place from 2pm-9pm in the Central Plaza…come help celebrate! 

Schedule of Events:

2:00 p.m. – Ribbon Cutting by Bee Cave Chamber of Commerce (arrive early & get in the official photo!)

3:00 p.m. – Live music by Bob Schneider

5:00 p.m. – Fashion Show with live music by The Mrs.

7:00 p.m. – Saturday Night Concert Series with music by The Derailers

9:00 p.m. – Fireworks

The Peninsula at Rough Hollow Hosts the 2017 Parade of Homes™ Tour

2017 Parade of Homes in The Peninsula is the Most Anticipated Tour Yet

Legend Communities and Crescent Communities announced recently The Peninsula at Rough Hollow will host the spring Spring 2017 Home Builders Association (HBA) of Greater Austin Parade of Homes™.

“We are more excited than ever about hosting this year’s Parade of Homes,” said Haythem Dawlett, founder and principal of Legend Communities. “We are featuring five prestigious and astonishingly beautiful custom homes on five of the most breathtaking homesites available anywhere in Central Texas.”

The Spring 2017 HBA Parade of Homes™ will take place at The Peninsula at Rough Hollow May 12 through May 29. The annual event showcases the newest trends in construction, building design, interior décor and landscaping in one of the nation’s most vibrant real estate communities. This year will mark the third Parade of Homes tour to be held within Rough Hollow over the past 10 years and by far the most anticipated showing due to The Peninsula’s spectacular views of the Hill Country and Lake Travis.

The tour will feature five custom-built homes by award-winning builders specifically chosen for the event—Arbogast Custom Homes, Jenkins Design + Build, Lake Travis Builders, Laurel Haven Homes and Triton Custom Homes Inc. During the tour, the homes will be open 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Thursdays through Sundays and Memorial Day, May 29.

Nestled high above Lake Travis and just a short ride from downtown Austin, The Peninsula at Rough Hollow offers an unparalleled lake living experience. The Peninsula is located in a naturally secluded, private enclave and offers a limited number of lakeside estate-sized homesites priced from the $300s to $1 million-plus. The Peninsula is the last Southside lakefront gated neighborhood in Lakeway, and the most exclusive in the Rough Hollow development. As part of Rough Hollow, an 1,800-acre master-planned community with world-class amenities, The Peninsula is located just 25 minutes from downtown Austin and 35 minutes from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

Legend Communities and Crescent Communities recently announced 2016 was the most successful sales year to date in their exclusive master-planned Lakeway communities, Rough Hollow and The Peninsula at Rough Hollow. The demand for homesites and the unparalleled amenities of these two lakefront communities shows no sign of abating, with 2017 setting up to be another phenomenal year. The homes and homesites in Rough Hollow and The Peninsula at Rough Hollow are approximately 50 percent sold out, with four of the Parade homes and 50 homesites remaining.

“People are going to be captivated by the stunning views from The Peninsula’s estate-sized lots, as well as the artistry and craftsmanship of these builders,” said HBA Chief Executive Officer Emily Lubbers. “Without question, this year’s Parade of Homes™ will surpass anything we’ve featured in the past.”

For more information and sales at The Peninsula at Rough Hollow, contact the Welcome Center at (512) 617-1776 or The PR Boutique at (512) 363-5160.

Zilker Park’s 100th Anniversary Celebration Kicks Off With Free Day on April 9

–Proclamation Reading to Take Place During Zilker’s Caretaker Cottage Grand Opening at 9AM – 

In celebration of Zilker Park’s 100th anniversary, Austin Parks Foundation, along with a collaborative group of organizations that operate within the park, is excited to announce the first ever Free Day taking place on Sunday, April 9.

During this special Free Day celebration, Austinites and visitors will enjoy the park activities we know and love such as the Zilker Zephyr and Barton Springs Pool at no cost as well as several one-time-only activities, including special programming at Austin Nature and Science Center. To learn more about the free amenities and special events happening on Free Day, visitwww.zilker100.org/free.

Additionally, an interactive sculpture in honor of the centennial anniversary will debut. The sculpture, consisting of two zeros, will allow patrons of Zilker Park to pose as the number one, making for a fun photo opportunity. The sculpture will live by Rock Island at Zilker Park and will rotate around the park for special events.

Several restaurants on Barton Springs Road will take part in the special celebration by donating a percentage of the day’s sales to the Zilker 100 campaign, helping to fund future improvements in the park. Participating restaurants include JuiceLand, Sno-Beach, SquareRut Kava bar, and Juliet. Trudy’s trailer will also be participating by giving out free waters per purchase for guests to take along as they enjoy Free Day activities.

The Zilker 100 celebration will begin with a proclamation reading by Austin City Council during the Caretaker’s Cottage grand opening at 9 a.m. on Sunday, April 9, and Free Day activities will start as early as 5 a.m., when Barton Springs Pool opens, and vary throughout the day. The community is invited to celebrate this special anniversary and explore all Zilker Park has to offer by enjoying Free Day and posing with the Zilker 100 sculpture. Street teams will surprise park patrons throughout the day with Zilker 100 swag such as shirts, hats, and more.

Sunday, April 9

Zilker 100 proclamation reading by Austin City Council to take place at 9 a.m.

Hours vary for each activity

Throughout Zilker Park

Zilker 100 proclamation reading to take place at Caretaker’s Cottage

To see the full list of free amenities and special events happening on Free Day, visit www.zilker100.org/free.

 

Partners in the Zilker 100 Anniversary celebration include: Austin Parks Foundation, Austin Sunshine Camp, Barton Springs Conservancy, City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department, Hill Country Conservancy, Save Our Springs Alliance, The Trail Foundation, Trail of Lights, Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum, Zilker Botanical Garden Conservancy, ABC Kite Fest, and Zilker Theater Productions.

No Joke About It: “The Pearly White Ball” Aims to Help Over 25,000 Central Texans by Benefitting Manos de Cristo’s Critical Programs

The Pearly White Ball will be held on April Fool’s Day and promises to be an elegant evening filled with laughter and surprises. Proceeds will benefit Manos de Cristo’s important programs that serve your neighbors in need. Guests of the event will enjoy dinner, exciting live & silent auctions, a casino, live music by The Pictures & dancing!

The event is made possible by our generous sponsors: St. David’s Foundation, Drs. Brian & Heather Bobb, and Duggan Endodontics. White semiformal attire requested.

When:          Saturday, April 1, 2017, 6:00 p.m.

Where:         ACL Live at the Moody Theater,310 Willie Nelson Blvd., Austin, TX 78701

Cost:            $250 individual ticket, Sponsorship Opportunities Available. For tickets, please visit www.manosdecristo.org/thepearlywhiteball

The evening benefits our low cost Dental Center, adult education and emergency food and clothing programs, which serve over 25,000 children, adults and seniors in our community. Co-Chairs Mr. Paul Miller and Dr. Neal Shah serve on the board of Manos de Cristo and have witnessed the impact Manos programs have in the Austin area. Dr. Shah says, “Manos has a unique place in our community because we deliver thousands of the hardest working Central Texans dignity and a healthy smile.  It is an honor and privilege to serve this group and raise awareness and money to continue to support this worthy cause.  The Ball also happens to be one of the most fun events of the year, and we get the rare opportunity to host it at Austin’s premiere facility, the legendary Austin City Limits Moody Theater.”

About Manos de Cristo: Manos de Cristo, founded 29 years ago in 1988, meets essential needs by providing adults and children withlow cost dental care, educational opportunities, an annual program to prepare young children for school with new clothing and school supplies, and emergency food and clothing assistance. The Manos de Cristo Dental Center is one of the few not-for-profit dental facilities in Austin. Our life changing services empower people of all backgrounds to build self-esteem, self-confidence and the ability to participate fully in the life of our community. All are welcome.

Sackman Enterprises Hosts 70 Rainey Sales Gallery Opening Party

Luxury Condominium Developer Introduced Guests to Renowned Interior Designer Mark Zeff

Photography courtesy of Ben Porter Photography.

Guests gathered on February 22 to celebrate the grand opening of Sackman Enterprises 70 Rainey Sales Gallery located at 78 Rainey Street. CJ Sackman, Managing Director of Sackman Enterprises, welcomed attendees, provided a project update and introduced Mark Zeff, the renowned visionary behind the stunning interiors for 70 Rainey. Zeff, the internationally acclaimed interior designer for the development, educated party goers on his vision for the project – a mix of relaxed sophistication with the use of industrial elements creating an elegant take on a raw, edgy style.  The mastermind behind the design of Hotel Van Zandt reinforced his love of the Rainey Street District and excitement to work on another project of such esteemed caliber in the neighborhood.

Guests enjoyed a model kitchen and bathroom that showcase the exquisite finish samples available to residents. Large interactive televisions displayed 70 Rainey floor plans, project renderings and drone images of the sweeping views every residence will offer. Attendees mixed and mingled with the 70 Rainey sales team and Sackman executives while sipping on 70 Rainey Ritas and customized cocktails provided by Sourced Cocktails.  Kevin Fink and his team from Emmer & Rye wowed guests with passed hor d’eorves and a fire activation station featuring beef short rib carnitas. Guests walked away with 70 Rainey swag and images from the photo booth provided by Ben Porter Photography.

Renee Hanson Malone, Brittany Golden and Joanna Vega

Renee Hanson Malone, Brittany Golden and Joanna Vega.

The 70 Rainey sales gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 3pm. The 34- story project is set to open the fourth quarter of 2018 and will include 164 meticulously designed residences, a ground floor restaurant and second floor patio bar—all overlooking the breathtaking, unobstructed views of downtown Austin, Lady Bird Lake and the Texas Hill Country. Like other Sackman projects, 70 Rainey will feature world-class design, dramatic architecture, uncompromising luxury and meticulous attention to detail.

Pierre Cloutier, Mathew Layman and Donny Carlyon.

Pierre Cloutier, Mathew Layman and Donny Carlyon.

InFluentials in attendance were CJ Sackman, Mark Zeff, Will Steakley, Stuart Thomajan, Lisa Matulis-Thomajan, Amanda Polcari, Jennifer Ladner, Leah Pigg, Melissa Neslund, Ryan Baker, Bill McCannKevin Fink, Mike Piano, and many more. Images provided by Ben Porter Photography.

Founded by Alan Sackman 48 years ago, Sackman Enterprises initially focused on restoring historic brownstones in Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Since then, the company has expanded its reach throughout Manhattan and beyond, to Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Colorado, Texas, and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Sackman prides itself on being a family-run business. Although it has experienced vast growth over the past five decades, the company still focuses on maintaining and restoring the cultural and historical integrity of its properties and surrounding communities. By placing an emphasis on supporting local businesses, people, history, and culture over five decades and three generations, Sackman Enterprises is known as much for its integrity as for its business acumen and success.

Jason Papp and Miles Marks.

Jason Papp and Miles Marks.

Based in New York City, MARKZEFF is an international, full-service design-consulting firm. Over the last 30 years, MARKZEFF has evolved from a residential design firm into one of the nation’s leading multi-disciplinary boutique design agencies. The strength and range of the firm’s residential projects laid the groundwork for its expansion into commercial design, master planning projects and branding. Every interior is highly customized, from furniture design to architectural details, to create a distinct environment that reflects the client’s vision. The designs seamlessly integrate brand development and interior design to deliver innovative hotels, specialty retail, restaurants and luxury residential real estate.

Hundreds Kick Off Their Boots for Alzheimer’s Texas 25th Annual Walk at Camp Mabry

Walkers Gather to Raise Awareness and Funds for Alzheimer’s Disease

On Saturday, October 8th at 10:00 a.m. Alzheimer’s Texas hosted their 25th annual “These Boots Are Made for Walking” fundraising walk at Camp Mabry. More than 650 attendees participated in either the 2.5mile or one mile walk raising over $95K. The organization is continuing to take donations through December with anticipation of reaching their fundraising goal of $175K with all funds remaining 100% local providing research, support and care to Central Texas. Dr. Dewayne Nash spoke to the crowd offering his personal connection to Alzheimer’s and impressed the importance of continuing to fight and raise funds to slow the progression of this devastating disease. The cover band Off the Record emceed and performed throughout the walk keeping spirits lively and energized. After the walk, Alzheimer’s Texas President, Christian Wells, presented the friends and family team division awards with most money raised to Austin Senior Resource Alliance and largest team to Studio SIX5.  Corporate team division awards for most money raised went to Westminster and largest team to Querencia at Barton Creek.

Boot Walkers

Boot Walkers

2016 marks the first year of the organization’s new name, Alzheimer’s Texas.  Formerly known as the Alzheimer’s Associations of Capital of Texas Chapter, Alzheimer’s Texas separated from the national Alzheimer’s Association earlier this year to better serve and provide Central Texas with the quality, high-touch services consistent with its mission and keep 100% of its funds raised in Central Texas.

Dewayne & JoAnn Nash

Dewayne & JoAnn Nash

For more information click here or visit Alzheimer’s Texas  website at www.txalz.org.

God and Silver Star Walkers

God and Silver Star Walkers

In the Crowd: Alzheimer’s Texas President Christian Wells, Dr. Dewayne Nash, Westminster Executive Director Charles Borst, Querencia at Barton Creek Executive Director Nate Weyand, Austin Regional Clinic Referral Relations & Community Relations Specialist Lynda Shanblum, Rose Vera, Autumn Leaves of Northwest Austin Executive Director Kim Howard, Founder of Austin Senior Resource Alliance Cyndi Cumming and many more.

Querencia BC Members

Querencia at Barton Creek Members

Alzheimer’s Texas is dedicated to eliminating Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research and to enhance care and support for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, their families, and caregivers. The organization provides care consultations, 24-hour help line, support groups, respite care, educational and social engagement programs, and professional training. Alzheimer’s Texas was founded in 1982 and serves Central Texas. For more information, visitwww.txalz.org.