The Ice Ball 2017 Host Committee: Having A Ball

Written By Big Brothers Big Sisters

Christine and Blake Absher, Ice Ball 2017 Event Chairs

Christine and Blake Absher, Ice Ball 2017 Event Chairs

As the Texas summer heats up, there’s one cool thing you can count on – Big Brothers Big Sisters’ 2017 Ice Ball gala set for August 26 at the J.W. Marriott in downtown Austin. The Ice Ball Host Committee has been hard at work making plans and preparations for this major event – one of the largest fundraisers for the organization.

Christine and Blake Absher are chairing this year’s Ice Ball gala and have been involved with the organization off and on since 2008. “Our connection with BBBS began in Austin when I was a Big Brother for about 4 years,” said Blake, Austin market president of BB&T, the Diamond sponsor of this year’s event. “We moved to Houston for a few years, and then, when we returned to Austin, we knew we wanted to be involved with BBBS in some way. The Ice Ball Host Committee sounded interesting, and we’d never done anything like that before.”

Now, having been involved with Ice Ball for several years, Christine and Blake felt the moment was right to become even more involved in the event. “2017 is a great time to be event chairs,” Blake continued. “The agency has great momentum, the organization’s program metrics are at an all-time high, and we’ve been groomed for the last couple of years to further carry the Ice Ball baton.”

In accepting the leadership role, they’ve found themselves working with a great team. “The Ice Ball Host Committee is made up of an extraordinary group of people,” said Christine. “And they’ve become family. They are creative and selfless, giving out of the goodness of their hearts. They’ve been so inspiring and their enthusiasm is contagious. For many of them, this is their first connection with Big Brothers Big Sisters. They are raising money for a cause they’ve just come to care about, and they’re doing it so well.”

Team members heartily agree. “The members of the committee are focused, engaged and eager to contribute to the success of this year’s event,” said Connie Nelson. She and her husband Bill have been a Big Couple since 2011, worked as bid spotters for the Ice Ball that year, and subsequently served as Ice Ball Chairs in 2014 and 2015.

“Bill and I are honored to be serving on this year’s Ice Ball Host Committee,” Connie remarked. “The Ice Ball is SO important! It’s the largest BBBS fundraiser and monies raised help get kids off the waiting list and into the life-changing mentoring relationships they deserve. Guests attending the Ice Ball walk away with greater appreciation for everything BBBS does for Central Texas’ youth. Our 2017 chairs, Blake and Christine, are natural leaders with a passion for BBBS.”

Lauren Petrowski, news anchor for Fox 7, shares that passion for the agency and the event as well. “I look forward to the Host Committee meetings, seeing the other committee members, and knowing we’re making great things happen,” she said.

Lauren served as a Big Sister for 5 years and is still in contact with her Little Sister. “I was fortunate to have two loving, supportive parents growing up. Not every child has that, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have the same opportunities to be happy and successful in life. Even with two parents, many kids can benefit from having additional positive influences in their lives. That’s what BBBS provides through mentorships, and I’m honored to help support an organization that does that.”

“As part of the Ice Ball Host Committee, it is also incredible to see the community and local businesses stepping up to help BBBS.”

Joanna Just of RSM, a Gold sponsor for the event, adds, “Ice Ball is a signature event that has grown over the years. To see where the event started and what it has become, is astonishing.  Ice Ball supports the wonderful things that BBBS does for children in our community.”

Not only is the team working to raise more dollars, new community connections are being made as well. “There are a lot of new people involved in this year’s event,” Christine continued. Blake agreed, adding, “We have a significant number of new donors. We are grateful for donors who’ve supported this event for years. It’s also a testament to the 2017 Host Committee members’ efforts that they have reached out to their own personal networks and friends to establish new relationships on behalf of the gala and BBBS.”

“I appreciate how the committee members have come together to support this event personally because of their dedication to Big Brothers Big Sisters’ work,” Joanna added.

This year’s Ice Ball not only has new sponsors, it also has a new location at the J.W. Marriott. “There’s an excitement and a freshness with the new venue and the move downtown,” Christine said. There are also new live auction packages and new programming.

And make no mistake, it is a fun night for all involved. “It is such a fabulous night. Without a doubt, you’re going to have a good time,” Lauren said. “But for me, I love to see the room full of hundreds of people all coming together because they care about kids in our community having the best opportunities, and the brightest futures, possible.”

“The Ice Ball is the coolest place to be in August,” Connie added. “Great food, entertainment, incredible silent and live auction packages, and so much more. Bill and I love seeing friends at the Ice Ball year after year, and meeting new people who will enjoy a wonderful evening and learn more about BBBS!”

How does the Ice Ball differ from other galas around town? “Every dollar raised impacts children and families here in our community,” said Christine. “The fundraising is so local.” “It’s all about supporting underprivileged youth, having a positive impact on children’s lives, and educating people about BBBS” Blake added.

After months of planning and preparation, the night itself is a culminating celebration. “The event is a crescendo of a lot of work,” Blake said. “At the gala itself you reminisce about what everyone has done to make the event happen. I enjoy visiting with all of these amazing people and sharing what we’ve done collectively. It’s like going and seeing 800 of your closest friends,” he laughed.

In a word…

“Ice Ball is unforgettable,” said Lauren.

“It’s amazing,” said Joanna.

“It’s inspiring,” said Connie.

Don’t miss this cool, spectacular, life-changing event set for August 26, 2017 at the J.W. Marriott.

Ice Ball 2017 – Night of Event Information #1!

ICE BALL EVENT DETAILS!

The big night is just around the corner! Here is the information you’ll need for a night of fun!

Saturday, August 26 // 6 p.m.

JW Marriott, 3rd Floor Registration

110 East 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701

Dress: Black Tie Optional

PARKING:

The JW Marriott is offering discounted valet parking for $25 and discounted self-parking in the JW Marriott garage on Brazos for $15. Both allow for easy access to the JW Grand Ballroom.  We suggest using ride shares (Uber, Lyft, Ride Austin) to bypass the wait and ensure you arrive on time.

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:

Pride Parade kicks off at 8 p.m. from the Capitol, proceeds down Congress and then marches through the Warehouse District on 4th Street/Bettie Naylor to Republic Square Park. So leave early and ride share to avoid delays.

BIG Board live bidding starts at 7 p.m. and you must be present to bid.  BIG Board is a mini live auction located in the silent auction area.  You won’t want to miss this!

WHEN YOU ARRIVE:

Be sure to visit the registration tables on the 3rd floor to receive your table assignment and Bidder Number.  Don’t forget to Express Pay at registration! Express Pay is like opening a tab at a restaurant and the best part is you don’t have to wait in line at the end of the night to check out.

Also, if you want to buy Heads or Tails cards, Kendra Scott Mystery boxes or Diamonds Direct raffle tickets (and you will definitely want to do that), you will need to Express Pay or pay cash.

QUESTIONS?

Patty Morton

512-807-3615 or

pmorton@bigmentoring.org

Join Us for the Austin Originals 6th Annual Benefit Concert on August 19

Austin Child Guidance Center (ACGC) is proud to present the 6th Annual Austin Originals Benefit Concert and Live Stream on Saturday, August 19, 2017 featuring ten time Grammy Award winners, Asleep at the Wheel. We are proud to announce that our emcee for the evening will be Terry Lickona, Executive Producer of Austin City Limits.

Guests will enjoy the Austin Originals Tasting Grove presented by Lexus of Austin & Lexus of Lakeway and an open bar during the reception.  The Austin Originals Tasting Grove features: The Austin Artisan, Chez Zee, Café Blue, Cojo Unlimited Catering, Roaring Fork, Gregorio’s Catering, Winflo Osteria, Gusto’s Italian Kitchen, Kellie’s Baking Co., and The Capital Grille.

We will present the 6th Annual Phyllis Richards Austin Icon for Children Awards to Ryan Therrell in the Community Activist category and Dr. Libby Doggett in the Community Professional category.

Special Thanks to the events Honorary Co-Chairs, Colin Pope and Heather McKissick!

Click HERE to purchase tickets for the Mezzanine and Floor Sponsorships.

Please visit ACL Live Calendar for balcony tickets-which only includes entrance for the music portion of the event. Doors open for balcony tickets at 8:30pm. All proceeds from balcony tickets go directly to ACGC.

For sponsorship opportunities or more information contact ACGC’s Director of Development, Renee Hanson Malone.

Pay It Forward With Daniel Curtis Benefit Returns On Thursday, August 3

Experience an Unforgettable Night Benefitting the Lone Star Paralysis Foundation with Austin’s Most Celebrated Chefs

The AT&T Hotel and Conference Center is excited to host the seventh annual Pay It Forward with Daniel Curtis benefitting the Lone Star Paralysis Foundation and Easter Seals of Central Texas on Thursday, August 3 from 6 to 10 p.m. In addition to raising awareness and funds for those with spinal cord injuries, this event promises to be a fun-filled night with an open bar and food from some of Austin’s most celebrated restaurants, including The Carillon, Jack Allen’s Kitchen, Odd Duck, Salty Sow, Olive & June, Jason Dady Restaurant Group San Antonio, and more. In addition to the dynamic lineup of Austin’s top culinary talent, Rotel and The Hot Tomatoes, a popular cover band named one of the top ten party bands in the United States by Harper’s Bazaar magazine, will perform your favorite songs from the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s.

The first Pay It Forward event took place after Daniel Curtis became paralyzed in a diving accident in May 2011. Curtis’ family, friends, and coworkers in the food and beverage industry teamed up with the Lone Star Paralysis Foundation and the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center to raise more than $65,000 to help alleviate his high medical costs. After the support he received from the Lone Star Paralysis Foundation and the spinal cord injury community that year, he wanted to continue the tradition by raising funds to support the foundation at this yearly event. Following five successful years, Daniel and the Lone Star Paralysis Foundation return with this year’s Pay It Forward event to continue raising awareness about the spinal cord injury community and helping those in need of medical assistance.

“It’s incredible to think about how resilient we as humans can be… Every morning I wake up with paralysis, yet every new day feels better than its predecessor. It’s been six years since I became a quadriplegic, and my life has so much more meaning and purpose now than it did before that day in May. I was incredibly fortunate to be on the receiving end of such kindness, love, and generosity. I’ll be forever indebted to the many individuals who supported me after such a trauma and can only continue that work in helping others who unfortunately find themselves facing a similar feat. Thanks to the profound power of our community, my life is full. Please help me realize this potential for others by paying it forward and supporting such a momentous cause.”

The event will feature some of Austin’s top culinary talent from Texas’ best restaurants, including The Carillon, Barley Swine and Odd Duck, Café Blue, Copper Restaurant, Jack Allen’s Kitchen, Jason Dady Restaurant Group San Antonio, Mongers Market & Kitchen, Olive & June, Salt Traders, Salty Sow, Swift’s Attic, The Bonneville, The Noble Sandwich Co., The Restaurant at Treaty Oak, Uchi, and Vox Table, along with treats from Austin Cake Ball and Casa Brasil.

Guests will also be able to enjoy an open bar featuring beer, wine, and specialty cocktails from Treaty Oak Distilling, Patrón Spirits, American Born Whiskey, and Glazers, all curated by The Tipsy Texan, David Alan. In addition to signature drinks, lively music, and tasty cuisine, Pay It Forward will feature an exciting live auction during the night’s event, along with a silent auction in the foyer of the ballroom. Pay It Forward is sponsored by TIRR Foundation, Austin Chiropractic, Parking and Transportation Services, Jr. & Medical, Extraco Banks, Mobility Works, Treaty Oak Distillery, American Born Bourbon, The Patrón Spirits Company, and the Shumaker Family.

Guests at Pay It Forward will enjoy a festive evening for a great cause that will help Daniel give back to the original fundraiser that gave him so much. Tickets are now available, with all proceeds from the event benefitting Lone Star Paralysis Foundation, for $125 per person for VIP access that includes early entry into the benefit at 6 p.m. and $75 per person for general admission with entry at 7 p.m.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.pifdaniel.com.

ABOUT LONE STAR PARALYSIS FOUNDATION

The Lone Star Paralysis Foundation (LSPF) was founded in 2001 with the mission of finding a cure for spinal cord injuries through funding research, advanced recovery therapy and adapted recreation. In addition, LSPF provides funding on a limited basis for specific needs of injured people through the Kent Waldrep Scholarship Program. LSPF is funding or has funded research at The University Of Texas, University of Colorado Denver, Rutgers University, UT Southwestern, and The Recovery Center at The Brain and Spine Center at UMCB Brackenridge. For more information, please visit www.lonestarparalysis.org.

ABOUT THE AT&T HOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTER

The AT&T Hotel and Conference Center sits on The University of Texas at Austin campus and offers travelers the highest in service, dining, and conveniences. The AAA Four Diamond and Pinnacle Award-winning hotel is equipped with 297 guest rooms and suites and features inspiring views of the University’s Main Building Tower, the state Capitol, and a serene central courtyard. Three on-site dining options focus on sustainable, in-season ingredients and range from upscale to casual, giving travelers what they need, no matter the reason for their stay. For more information, please visit http://www.meetattexas.com.

Manos de Cristo Serving 2,000 Low-Income Children with School Supplies and Free Dental Screenings for Parents 

Austin nonprofit agency Manos de Cristo is set to help thousands of Central Texas children, Pre-K through 5th grades with their annual Back-to-School program July 24-28. The program prepares low-income students for the school year by providing each child with two sets of new clothing, socks, underwear, and a brand new backpack filled with school supplies. The Back-to-School program will serve the whole family by offering free visual dental screenings for the parents of participating children. Children may also be screened, but Manos de Cristo realizes there are fewer dental resources for adults.

WHEN:       July 24-28, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday, and 8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Friday (while supplies last). 

WHERE:    Allan Center, 4900 Gonzales St., Austin, TX 78702 (Bus options: #4-Montopolis or #350-Airport Blvd.).

WHAT:       Families in need are encouraged to arrive early for the first come, first served, back to school clothing, supplies and dental screenings. Community volunteers will help serve 400 children each day through the program.

For approximately 21 years, the Back-to-School program has made a positive impact on children and families in need in the Austin area. Back-to-School takes place over five days, July 24-28, with the help of nearly 500 volunteers, at the Allan Center, 4900 Gonzales St.

Manos de Cristo will serve approximately 400 children per day. Parents and guardians are encouraged to arrive early in order to participate in the program. The Manos Back-to-School program is unique as it allows children to “shop” with volunteers and choose their own backpacks, clothing, and two books. Each child will also receive grade appropriate school supplies. Participating children will arrive on their first day of school prepared, ready to learn, and with the same supplies and clothing as their peers.

One mother of four children said, “This program makes my kids happy. They get excited over the new clothes and especially the books. Without the help from Manos they would have to wear old clothes from last year. I can’t afford new things every year.”

Children must be present to receive their clothing and supplies. Parents/guardians must bring a photo ID.

The program is sponsored in part by the Maximus Foundation, Cross Texas Transmission, Target, Sendero Health Care, RBFCU, Dell Children’s Health Plan, Little Engine Homecare, Home Health Ageless Living, and many other generous donors. The cost for the agency to provide this service is $60 per child and increases each year. We cannot continue the program without support from the community. Anyone wishing to support the Back-to-School Program, by underwriting the cost of a child’s clothing and supplies, is encouraged to visit www.manosdecristo.org. 

About Manos de Cristo: Founded 29 years ago, Manos meets the essential needs of the working poor by providing adults and children with alow-cost dental care, adult educational opportunities, and emergency food and clothing through its full service Dental Center, Education Program, annual Back-to-School program, and Basic Needs Food Pantry and Clothes Closet.

Lick Honest Ice Creams Gives Back with Cones for a Cause Campaign in July, Hosts Pairing Charity Event With Lazarus

Austin Ice Cream Company Supports Families & Children that Rely on Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Texas

In celebration of National Ice Cream Month during July, Lick Honest Ice Creams is continuing its Cones for A Cause campaign for a second year in a row. The campaign supports families with hospitalized children that rely on Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas. All of Lick’s events during the month will benefit the charities, including a special event with Lazarus Brewing Co.

Throughout July, Lick Honest Ice Creams will donate ice cream and will be onsite at Austin’s Ronald McDonald Houses and the Ronald McDonald Family Rooms at Dell Children’s Medical Center and St. David’s Women’s Center of Texas to scoop ice creams for children and families. Additionally, their scoop shops in Austin (at 1100 S Lamar, #1135, 6555 Burnet Road, #200, and 1905 Aldrich St #150) will accept donations all month. On July 16, National Ice Cream Day, Lick Honest Ice Creams will donate 7% of the day’s total revenue RMHC CTX.

Lick Lazarus Beer.  Photography courtesy of Annie Ray.

Lick Lazarus Beer. Photography courtesy of Annie Ray.

Lick and Lazarus will kick off a series of public Beer and Ice Cream Pairing events with one on Monday, July 31 at the brewery (1902 E 6th St.), from 6:30 to 8 pm, that will serve as a benefit for RMHC CTX. The cost will be $40 per person, and all of Lick’s proceeds will be donated to RMHC CTX.

The charities’ staff will be at each scoop shop on July 16, National Ice Cream Day, to provide more information about the organization. People making a contribution that day and throughout the month are encouraged to use #conesforacause in their social media posts.

Lick Lazarus Beer.  Photography courtesy of Annie Ray.

Lick Lazarus Beer. Photography courtesy of Annie Ray.

For more information about Cones for a Cause, contact Clarisa Ramirez by emailing her a Clarisa@small-coffee.com. For more information about RMHC CTX, contact Tina Snider at tsnider@rmhc-ctx.org. 

About Lick Honest Ice Creams

Lick Honest Ice Creams has been making seasonal and sustainable artisan ice creams that celebrate the flavors and culture of Texas since 2011. Free of antibiotics and added hormones, the milk and cream in Lick’s proprietary mix come from the grass-fed cows of a single-source Central Texas dairy.  The other ingredients are sourced from across the Lone Star State, with a focus on Central Texas, and are grown naturally and responsibly.  Every component is made from scratch in Lick’s kitchen and each pint and tub of ice cream is packed by hand. Since opening, Lick Honest Ice Creams has received praise from several local and national publications, including The New York Times, The Cooking Channel, The Food Network, GQ, Thrillist, Southern LivingFood & WineTasting TableTravel + LeisureAmerican Doers, and People. Visit ilikelick.com for more information, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Instagram at @lickicecreams. 

About Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas

Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Central Texas (RMHC CTX), a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families. Through the Ronald McDonald House®, Ronald McDonald Family Rooms®, Happy Wheels Carts and Healing Hearts programs, RMHC CTX provides compassionate care and resources to children and families being served by Central Texas hospitals. RMHC CTX programs provide access to quality health care and enable family-centered care ensuring families are fully supported and actively involved in their child’s care. For more information, visit rmhc-ctx.org.

About Lazarus Brewing Co.

Lazarus Brewing Co. is a single sourced brewery that opened December 2016. For more information about them visit http://www.lazarusbrewing.com/ and follow them on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @LazarusBrewing.

Leonardo D’Almagro, Editor of Spanish InFluential and Jewelry Designer, Steps Out to Support to Venezuela!

Written By Leonardo D’Almagro

We see many people changing looks to support non profits and our Editor of Spanish InFluential and Jewelry Designer, Leonardo D’Almagro, steps out to support his country with a look and a message for love, peace and support to Venezuela.

Leonardo Word’s

Leonardo D’Almagro

Hello friends Yes I have pink hair!

Now that I have you attention I want to ask you for your help for my country sharing this message or you can google about the situation in Venezuela the most people share about what it’s happing there in my country Venezuela we can maybe make sure the international non profits organizations can support Venezuela.

Leonardo D'Almagro

Leonardo D’Almagro

Unfortunately the situation in Venezuela has reached such a critical level  people are dying because the don’t have food or medication, for example parents are taking their kids to see the pediatrician basically to be only check out but from that they can do anything else since doctors are not prescribing medication because they are not available. No vaccination are available.   OMG some people have been asked why they still having kids given the situation.

The situation is so difficult.  More than ever the government is attacking the most vulnerable part of society, that being our children. In the last two weeks, more than 30 kids under 12 years old have passed away because the actions of the government during the protests.

Leonardo D'Almagro

Leonardo D’Almagro

My pink hair is a sign to protest and catch your attention and increase awareness of the message that its important to support Venezuela.  Venezuela, for many many years received many immigrants with open arms please help us , without your support we can’t be free.  Share this message or google and share on your social-media accounts links where you can inform your friends about the situation in my country.  Thank you.

Ice Ball 2017 Gala to Benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas (BBBS) will hold its largest annual fundraiser, the Ice Ball, on Saturday, August 26 at the JW Marriott (110 E. 2nd St., Austin, TX 78701) from 6 p.m. to midnight. This year will mark the 13th annual Ice Ball which allows the organization to raise critical funds to support its mentoring programs. Last year, the Ice Ball raised over $500,000 for Central Texas kids and 100 percent of the funds were used locally to create and nurture life-changing friendships between at-risk youth and caring adult mentors.

“We believe that children deserve every opportunity to succeed in life and that, as adults, it is our responsibility to provide them with the support they need to thrive,” said Brent Fields, CEO, BBBS of Central Texas. “When you support the Ice Ball, you’re investing in a child’s future.  Every dollar raised is used to support new and existing mentoring relationships that help our kids become successful adults.”

Each year, unique experiences and luxurious items are auctioned at the Ice Ball. This year’s auction will include custom packages and exciting trips. Last year, more than 700 guests attended the event to support BBBS, and the organization is expecting an even larger crowd this year.

“We’re on pace for another successful, signature event and looking forward to a great time to support our kids,” said Fields.

Tickets, table reservations and sponsorships are available at www.AustinIceBall.org. Discounted early bird tickets are available through June 30. 

 About Big Brothers Big Sisters:

Big Brothers Big Sisters serves nearly 1,000 children in Travis, Williamson and Hays counties every year. For more than 46 years, we’ve matched children ages 6–16 with caring adult mentors who offer encouragement and support to each child. BBBS depends on donations to help recruit volunteers and to build and sustain long-lasting relationships. Last year, more than 98 percentof the children served by BBBS remained in school, and avoided early parenting.  In 2016, BBBS also promised over $338,000 in new college scholarships to 275 Little Brothers and Sisters via the agency’s Promising Futures Scholarship Program.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas

www.BigMentoring.org • 4800 Manor Rd., Building K • Austin, Texas 78723 • 512.472.5437

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas Receives National Board of the Year Award

(L to R) Rudy J. Baldoni, National Board Chair BBBS of America; Joe Strychalski, VP of Programs BBBS of Central Texas, Carlos Barbosa, Board Chair BBBS of Central Texas, Pam Iorio, President and CEO BBBS of America

(L to R) Rudy J. Baldoni, National Board Chair BBBS of America; Joe Strychalski, VP of Programs BBBS of Central Texas, Carlos Barbosa, Board Chair BBBS of Central Texas, Pam Iorio, President and CEO BBBS of America.

Originally announced by Brenda Lindfors, Vice President of Marketing & Communications of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas is the winner of the national Board of the Year award given by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA). This is the second time the local agency has won the award in the last five years. The top local agencies and agency boards were recognized during BBBSA’s 2017 National Conference held June 25 – 28 in San Diego, California. Receiving the award for BBBS of Central Texas were Board Chair Carlos Barbosa and Vice President of Programs Joe Strychalski.

“I am so proud and honored to lead a fantastic and engaged executive board that does whatever is needed to support the agency’s mission,” said Barbosa. “Of course, none of what has been achieved is possible without a dynamic CEO, Brent Fields, and an amazing agency staff that does the real work every day. This award validates all of the agency’s exceptional work on behalf of children and families in Central Texas!”

Agency boards have a profound impact on the success of the agencies they serve, raising funds, sharing the organizations’ good work, influencing decision-making, and shaping programming. Big Brothers Big Sisters of America’s Nationwide Leadership Council selected the winners of the 2017 Board of the Year awards based on growth in the number of children served, quality and length of mentoring matches, and growth in agency revenue.

“Receiving this award is a great honor,” said BBBS CEO Brent Fields. “Thank you to our amazing Board of Directors, to our volunteers, and to supporters who continue to invest in this transformational mission.”

BBBS of Central Texas was also a finalist for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America’s Agency of the Year award. Earlier this year the agency won the National Gold Standard Award, one of only 16 Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies across the nation to receive the recognition.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texaswww.BigMentoring.org • 1400 Tillery Street • Austin, Texas 78721 • 512.472.5437

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas serves nearly 1,000 children in Central Texas every day. For over 45 years, we’ve matched children, ages 6–16, with caring adult mentors who offer encouragement and support to each child. BBBS depends on donations to recruit, screen and train volunteers, and to provide on-going support for children, families and volunteers as they build and sustain long-lasting relationships. Last year, more than 98 percent of the children served by BBBS remained in school and avoided early parenting.

Favor For Good Kicks Off – $1 Donation To Soldiers’ Angels On Every Delivery 5/22-5/29

Favor, Austin-based on-demand delivery service, on Monday announced the launch of its Favor For Good campaign in support of Soldiers’ Angels, a national nonprofit headquartered in San Antonio that is dedicated to providing aid and comfort to the  men and women of the United States military, veterans of all eras and their families. Driven by Favor’s commitment to community first, Favor For Good harnesses the simple act of delivery to make a positive impact within the Texas community.

In honor of Memorial Day, Favor will donate $1 to Soldiers’ Angels for each Favor placed from a variety of restaurants in all 15 Favor cities throughout Texas between Monday, May 22 – Monday, May 29, 2017. By participating in Favor for Good, the community can help Soldiers’ Angels provide aid and comfort to the 40,000 Texas service members, veterans and their families the organization aims to support in 2017.

“Soldiers’ Angels is honored to be partnering with Favor for this excellent campaign,” said Amy Palmer, President and CEO of Soldiers’ Angels. “We owe our service members and veterans so much for the sacrifices they have made for our freedoms and this campaign is an effortless way for all Texans to give back to these brave men and women.”

Make your delivery count and honor the sacrifice of America’s service members by placing a Favor through these Austin restaurants:

  • Andiamo Ristorante

  • Austin Cake Ball

  • Banzai

  • Black Star Co-Op

  • Carmelo’s

  • Fresa’s

  • Flyrite

  • Il Forte

  • Maiko Sushi

  • Papadom

  • Slab BBQ

  • Texas Wings & Grill

  • Thai Spice

  • Tyson’s Tacos

  • Quality Seafood

About Favor

Favor is the easiest way to get anything delivered in under an hour. Whether it’s lunch at the office, a household shopping list or those errands you just don’t have time for — your personal assistant (we call them Runners) can deliver it in just a few taps. Founded in 2013, the Austin-based on-demand delivery company has grown to over 20,000 active Runners and has delivered more than 5 million Favors to-date. Favor is currently available in 15 cities across Texas, where it is currently the best rated delivery service. For more information, visit favordelivery.com and follow Favor on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Soldiers’ Angels

Soldiers’ Angels is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, their families, and the growing veteran population. Founded in 2003 by the mother of two American soldiers, hundreds of thousands of Soldiers’ Angels “Angel” volunteers assist veterans, wounded and deployed personnel, and their families in a variety of unique and effective ways. (Tax ID# 20-058-3415). Learn more at www.soldiersangels.org.