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.

The 20th Annual Austin Heart Ball Starring Wynonna Judd & The Big Noise Was Record-Breaking

Photography courtesy of Ed Sparks Photography except where noted.

Over 700 local leaders in business, medicine, and philanthropy demonstrated their huge hearts May 13 to set a new fundraising record at the 20th Annual Austin Heart Ball gala benefiting the American Heart Association in Central Texas.


Ann Jerome, Executive Director of American Heart Association in Austin and distinguished guests.

The organization had set a target of raising $1 million that night through live and silent auctions and other cash donations. The record breaking evening included a cocktail hour and elegant dinner, silent and live auctions, inspirational speakers, and more.

Heart Ball Chairman Matt Hoglund with the Austin office of DPR Construction.

William Jackson, Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential and the  beautiful Wynonna Judd

William Jackson, Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential and the beautiful Wynonna Judd (Photography courtesy of InFluential Magazine)

Before music headliner Wynonna & The Big Noise took to the stage, Heart Ball Chairman Matt Hoglund with the Austin office of DPR Construction stepped up to the microphone with the big news that the $1 million goal had been surpassed.  An unexpected highlight of Wynonna’s performance was when she invited William Jackson, our Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential, up to the stage for a brief meet-and-greet and photo session.  Now that’s InFluential!

Terry and Shannon Wilson, Gayle Stallings with FUNAuctions, and William Jackson, Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential.

Terry and Shannon Wilson, Gayle Stallings with FUNAuctions, and William Jackson, Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential.

The final total of gross proceeds was $1,090,000 shattering the previous years’ funds raised which totaled $780,000.

The fabulous gala was held at downtown at the luxurious JW Marriott Austin hotel.

We can’t wait to see what Ann Jerome, Executive Director of the American Heart Association, and her very capable team plan in 2018 to top this banner year!

Enjoy Austin-Centric Cuisine and Uniquely Austin Soirees at Toast of the Town 2017

Fundraising series of events provides scholarships for area high school seniors 

St. David’s Foundation is proud to announce its 33rd annual Toast of the Town 2017, taking place this year from April 15 through May 13.  From fresh commentary by UT coaches to gourmet repasts by award-wining chefs, to conversations with key leaders in the community, Toast of the Town 2017 brings a tempting range of options for participants.

Toast of the Town events raise funds for the Neal Kocurek Scholarship Fund for Central Texas, benefiting area students who are pursuing careers in healthcare. Last year’s Toast of the Town raised over $1 million, funding 54 generous scholarships for deserving young aspirants.

“2017 Toast of the Town is filled with intriguing and entertaining gatherings that offer something for everyone, while supporting a very important cause for our community,” said Lesa Rossick, chair of this year’s festivities.

2017 highlights include:

  • An Evening with the Mayor & Chef Tyson Cole –Experience Austin at the private residence of Mayor Steve Adler. Acclaimed Uchiko and Uchi chef Tyson Cole serves a stellar meal for guests, accompanied by inspiring comments from Mayor Adler, who’ll share his vision for the future of the city.
  • Texas Stampede with Coach Herman – Guests will get a chance to rub elbows with the new UT football coach, Tom Herman, over dinner and drinks. Who knows what Coach Herman might share about the upcoming season?
  • Aggies in Austin! Guests will be hosted to a rare dinner experience with Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp, as he shares his thoughts about challenges facing the future of higher education in Texas.
  • Culinary superstars featured during Toast of the Town 2017 include David Bull, Tyson Cole, Rob Snow, Todd Duplechan, Jessica Maher, Fiore Tedesco, and numerous others.

For a complete list of events, hosts, venues, and ticket information, please visit http://toastaustin.org/.

Toast of the Town is a series of one-of-a-kind events hosted each spring to raise money and awareness for the St. David Foundation’s Neal Kocurek Scholarship Fund. All proceeds raised from Toast of the Town are matched two-to-one by St. David’s Foundation, tripling the money raised for the scholarship program. Established to honor the vision and community spirit of Dr. Neal Kocurek, longtime CEO of the Foundation, this fund provides college scholarships to Central Texans pursuing healthcare-related careers at Texas colleges and universities.

Since the scholarship fund’s inception, more than 394 students have received Kocurek scholarships to study medicine, nursing, physical therapy, biomedical engineering and other healthcare-related careers.

About St. David’s Foundation:

St. David’s Foundation believes good health returns great benefits to the community. Through a unique partnership, the Foundation reinvests proceeds from St. David’s HealthCare to help build the healthiest community in the world. The Foundation helps people in every corner of the community through signature programs and collaborations with more than 60 nonprofit partners. In 2017, the Foundation’s goal is to invest up to $70 million to connect thousands of low-income people to a full range of health services. Foundation signature programs include the largest scholarship program in Texas for aspiring health professionals, and the largest mobile dental program in the country. Other focus areas include safety net clinics, agencies serving older adults, mental health initiatives, and support for healthy living initiatives. For more information on St. David’s Foundation visit www.stdavidsfoundation.org.

Shop with Iconic Fashion-Tech Brand Ashley Chloe and Support Water.org for Earth Day

Angela Pan, Founder and CEO.

Angela Pan, Founder and CEO.

In a time where much of the world enjoys convenience and luxury, there are still 633 million people without access to safe water and a staggering 2.4 billion who lack access to a toilet. Clean water is a basic human right, yet lack of it is the reason for much of the world’s poverty, illness, and lack of development. This Earth Day, support a brand that is fashion-forward and water-conscious. Join Ashley Chloe in donating to Water.org and help provide access to safe water and sanitation to people in the developing world. This Earth Day, Ashley Chloe and Water.org have partnered for a unique offering:

Between April 22 and 30th, Ashley Chloe will donate 10% of all sales to Water.org.

Angela Pan, CEO of Ashley Chloe, is an advocate for women empowerment and creating a better world for the next generation. Pan’s passion lies in providing support for women, whether it be in business or on impactful initiatives. “Ashley Chloe chose to support Water.org because of their commitment to the work on providing everyone with clean water.” said Angela Pan. “We also believe very much in their mission to empower women and to improve people’s lives. We hope that our involvement helps bring safe water to places in the world that need it most.”

When it takes hours every day to find and collect water, it’s hard to get through a full day at school. It’s hard to prosper without safe water. It’s hard to focus on community growth. It’s hard to live a normal life. Clean water is a fundamental human need, but 663 million people worldwide don’t have access to it. 2.4 billion people worldwide lack access to a toilet and basic sanitary needs. Water.org and Ashley Chloe hope to change these statistics and help foster a change in the world for the better.

Water.org is thankful for Ashley Chloe’s support.” said Melanie Mendrys, Water.org‘s Director of Brand and Marketing. “Their donations will help empower families around the world with access to safe water and sanitation. We are honored to have such great supporters taking action to change lives with safe water.”

Water.org is an international nonprofit organization that has positively transformed millions of lives around the world by providing access to safe water and sanitation. Founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, Water.org pioneers innovative, sustainable solutions to the global water crisis, giving women hope, children health and communities a future. Water.org has more than 25 years of experience developing solutions, looking at the problem from every angle, and breaking down barriers between people and access to safe water.

Donate to Water.org and support clean water for all.  Shop here:  www.AshleyChloe.com/order

• Between April 22 and 30th, Ashley Chloe will donate 10% of all sales to Water.org.

About Water.org

Water.org is breaking down the barriers between people and access to safe water and sanitation. Water.org is an international nonprofit organization that has positively transformed more than six million lives around the world. Founded by Gary White and Matt Damon, Water.org has pioneered market-driven financial solutions to the global water crisis for more than 25 years, giving women hope, children health and communities a future.

About AshleyChloe.com

Founded by Angela Pan, Ashley Chloe is a brand that delivers high-tech chic to fashion-forward individuals who crave sleek digital wearables designed expressly for their modern lifestyle. In the field of technology, there’s a stereotype that you have to be a programmer or engineer to be successful. Starting in technology investment, Angela constantly fought expectations and overcame barriers that pushed women out of business. By building a network of relationships, taking time to understand the technology field, and adding a fashion perspective, Angela prepared herself for success in the industry. Their flagship product, The Helix Cuff™ solves the problem of dealing with tangled and easy to lose headphones in a fashion-forward way. It is the world’s first wrist-wrap-storable pair of headphones; a sleek wearable with extractable Bluetooth® headphones for your wrist. Keep your fashion and tunes close at hand. Ashley Chloe is based in San Francisco, just north of Silicon Valley.

The Helix Cuff was created from realizing the gap in the current wearable market, bringing together beautiful design, the latest technology and stunning functionality. The Helix Cuff™ solves the problem of dealing with tangled and easy to lose headphones in a fashion-forward way. By recognizing what was missing in the wearable technology market and relentlessly working to ensure her company’s success, Angela has created a one-of-a-kind fashion tech company and wearable product that stands out in the market for its high-quality technology and major design focus.

Ballet Austin Guild Presents “An Afternoon In Wonderland” Tea

Ballet Austin Guild presents its 33rd Spring Fundraiser

A Sunday afternoon tea in anticipation of the Ballet Austin Season Finale, Alice (in wonderland).

Sunday, April 30, 2017, from 1-3 p.m.

Hotel Ella, 1900 Rio Grande Street, Austin, Texas

Support for Ballet Austin’s Youth Scholarship Program

Tickets: $65 adults, $35 children, available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ballet-austin-guild-presents-an-afternoon-in- wonderland-tickets-31161146829

 Event Information:

Please join Ballet Austin Guild as we present “An Afternoon in Wonderland,” our first Sunday tea. Enjoy finger sandwiches, sweet pastries and scones while sipping on tea and champagne, of course! As a prelude to Ballet Austin’s performance of Alice (in wonderland), we will be celebrating with fun decor, costumes and festivities for guests of all ages. Amazing raffle baskets will be available, and all proceeds go to Ballet Austin’s Academy Youth Scholarship Fund. Your ticket purchase makes classical ballet training available to any child with a passion and desire to learn, regardless of their family’s economic situation. Help us reach our goal in raising $40,000 for the Youth Scholarship Program!

About Ballet Austin Guild:

Celebrating our 33rd year hosting our Spring Fundraiser, Ballet Austin Guild continues its mission in supporting and promoting Ballet Austin in its commitment to excellence in dance through fundraising, community, and education. We are a group of dedicated volunteers who have supported and furthered the mission of Ballet Austin for over 40 years. The Guild consists of energetic volunteers who want to learn more about ballet and contribute to one of Austin’s finest cultural institutions. The Guild is open to anyone with an interest in promoting Ballet Austin. For more membership information, please visit our
website, https://balletaustinguild.org.

Mack, Jack & McConaughey Fashion Show to Feature Designer Jason Wu

Neiman Marcus Returns to MJ&M as the Official Retail Partner for the Sold Out Event 

Mack, Jack & McConaughey (MJ&M) announced that iconic fashion designer Jason Wu will show his latest collection at the exclusive MJ&M fashion show and luncheon at the JW Marriott in Austin, Texas on April 21. The show is hosted by Sally Brown, Amy Ingram and Camila Alves McConaughey with support from Neiman Marcus.  Presenting sponsor of the MJ&M fashion show and luncheon is The Mrs. with the VIP reception and lounge presented by Fashion Forms.

“I have been a fan of Jason Wu for a long time,” said Camila Alves McConaughey. “I believe he really knows and understands how to flatter the female figure. I am thrilled to host him in Austin, and know the runway show and luncheon guests will love seeing the latest collection and hearing the personal inspiration behind it.”

Jason Wu is a leading global design talent based in New York. Through merging classic American sportswear elements with a sophisticated global attitude, he has created timeless classics with glamorous sensibility and a distinctively feminine aesthetic. Since debuting his ready-to-wear collection in 2007, Jason has been dedicated to making clothes that are beautifully crafted from the inside out. Although only 33, the precocious designer has already achieved many of his aspirations. His collection is sold globally and he dresses some of the most influential women in the world including Michelle Obama, Reese Witherspoon, Julianne Moore, Diane Kruger, Kerry Washington and Christy Turlington among many others.

“Austin and all of the women involved with MJ&M have a unique sense of style, and my designs really align with that,” said Jason Wu.  “I’m honored to show my collection in Austin, and especially to help raise funds for the children’s charities MJ&M supports.”

“We are proud to once again partner with MJ&M, and to bring Jason Wu’s collection to Austin,” said Chris Hendel, Vice President, General Manager of Neiman Marcus Austin.  “We know our guests will embrace the opportunity to shop Mr. Wu’s amazing designs.”

The fashion event starts with a VIP cocktail reception presented by Fashion Forms. Tito’s is the presenting spirits sponsor. Following the runway show, the audience is invited to a luncheon where hostess Camila Alves McConaughey will interview the designer on his inspiration for the collection and his impressive career.

The host committee for the sold-out runway show and luncheon includes: Jenny Aghamalian, Ellen Burt, Laura Craddick, Jamie Chandlee, Kelly Dodson, Katie Jaffe, Anna Hansen, Andra Liemandt, Tracey Marshall, Natalie Noble, Nicki Riley, Stacey Smith, Angela Smogur, Loren Stalcup, Wendy Topfer and Leslie Ward.

This spring marks the fifth year of the Mack, Jack & McConaughey event, which has raised over $5 million in the last four years. Every year, thousands of guests enjoy two full days of events benefitting charities working to empower kids through education, health and wellness programming.  The April 20 opening gala includes a musical performance by Jack Ingram and Miranda Lambert at ACL Live. On April 21, MJ&M will continue with a golf tournament at Spanish Oaks Golf Club. Simultaneously on Friday, MJ&M will hold the fashion show and luncheon.  Friday wraps up with the incredible Jack Ingram & Friends concert presented by H-E-B at ACL Live featuring Kris Kristofferson and nearly one dozen of the most important songwriters and performers of our time. Funds raised at MJ&M 2017 will support CureDuchenne, Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, HeartGift, the just keep livin Foundation and the Rise School of Austin.

Major sponsors of this year’s MJ&M event include: Allstate, American Campus Communities, American Airlines, Fashion Forms, H-E-B, Late European, Nike, Spanish Oaks Golf Club, Target, The Mrs., Tito’s, Washington Redskins and Wild Turkey.

For more information on Jason Wu, please visit: https://www.jasonwustudio.com/.

For more information about Mack, Jack & McConaughey, visit www.mjm2017.com.

About MJ&M:
Mack, Jack & McConaughey (MJ&M), the joint fundraising effort of ESPN analyst and legendary football coach Mack Brown, ACM award winning recording artist Jack Ingram, and Academy Award®-winning actor Matthew McConaughey, is a two day event filled with music, golf, fashion, and fun. Previous MJ&M gala headliners include Sheryl Crow, John Mellencamp, Toby Keith, Dierks Bentley and Kacey Musgraves. The gala is followed by a jam-packed day with a golf tournament being held simultaneously with a once-in-a-lifetime fashion show that has previously featured MILLY, Badgley Mischka, Veronica Beard and Lela Rose.  The day concludes back at ACL Live for a singer-songwriter line up of talent unmatched by any other event. Jimmy Kimmel previously hosted the evening and past performers include Little Big Town, Eric Church, Jamey Johnson, Lyle Lovett, Bobby Pinson and dozens of the biggest names in music.

As published originally by Craddick Public Relations.

Mack, Jack & McConaughey Announce Jack & Friends Singer/Songwriter Concert Featuring Kris Kristofferson

This Year’s Line-Up Includes Surprise Performances from Grammy-Winning Band 

Mack, Jack & McConaughey (MJ&M), the joint fundraising effort of ESPN analyst and legendary football coach Mack Brown, ACM award-winning recording artist Jack Ingram, and Academy Award®-winning actor Matthew McConaughey, announced Kris Kristofferson will perform at the Jack Ingram & Friends concert presented by H-E-B on Friday, April 21, 2017 at Austin City Limits (ACL) Live at The Moody Theater. Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, February 17, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. through: http://acl-live.com/calendar/mjm-2017-jack-and-friends.

This year marks the five-year anniversary of MJ&M, which will also include performances by legendary songwriters and musicians: Todd Snider, Butch Walker, Jessi Alexander, Keith Gattis, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Paul Overstreet, Jon Randall, and Liz Rose. In addition, there will be surprise performances by a Grammy Award-winning band.

“Jack & Friends has become the best pickin’ party all year with so many talented musicians lending their time to support the MJ&M mission of empowering kids. I am so grateful to our returning friends Kris Kristofferson, Butch Walker, Jessi Alexander, Jon Randall and all of the musicians performing this year,” said Matthew McConaughey.  Jack Ingram added, “This is truly my favorite night of the year because I get to be with the most incredibly talented and generous musicians I know, and we are able to do what we love: playing music for a great cause.”

“This concert is a real treat for me,” said Kris Kristofferson. “The talent that is brought together by Mack, Jack, and McConaughey is truly incredible, and I’m grateful to once again be a part of such a great cause.”

“Kris Kristofferson is legendary,” said Mack Brown. “It’s very special to us that he is back. He did our very first Jack & Friends Concert, and it’s meaningful to us that he is here with us again to celebrate our fifth year. We are so proud of everything we have been able to do for kids and the community because of this event and the $5 million it has raised over the last four years.”

MJ&M supports non-profit organizations that share the important goal to empower kids. Funds raised at MJ&M 2017 will support the just keep livin Foundation, CureDuchenne, Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, HeartGift, and the Rise School of Austin.

“H-E-B loves celebrating all things Texas, which is why H-E-B has continued to be the presenting sponsor of the MJ&M Jack & Friends concert since the inaugural event,” said Cory Basso, H-E-B Group Vice President of Marketing and Advertising. “We’re proud to support Mack, Jack and Matthew, true Texas icons, in choosing to use their positive influence to bring the community together to rally behind an important group of children’s charities.”

Every year, thousands of guests enjoy two full days of events benefitting charities working to empower kids through education, health and wellness programming.  The April 20 opening gala includes a musical performance by Miranda Lambert at ACL Live. On April 21, MJ&M will continue with a golf tournament at Spanish Oaks Golf Club. Simultaneously on Friday, MJ&M will hold a fashion show and luncheon chaired by lifestyle expert and co-founder of Yummy Spoonfuls Camila Alves McConaughey.  Friday wraps up with the incredible Jack Ingram & Friends concert presented by H-E-B at ACL Live featuring Kris Kristofferson and nearly one dozen of the most important songwriters and performers of our time.

For more information about Mack, Jack & McConaughey or to sign up to receive further announcements about the 2017 event, visit www.mackjackmcconaughey.org.

Sponsors of this year’s event include: Allstate, American Airlines, H-E-B, Fashion Forms, Late European, Redskins, Wild Turkey, American Campus Communities, Nike, Spanish Oaks Golf Club, Target, and The Mrs.

About MJ&M:
MJ&M is a two day event filled with music, golf, fashion, and fun. Previous MJ&M gala headliners include Sheryl Crow, John Mellencamp, Toby Keith, Dierks Bentley and Kacey Musgraves followed by a jam-packed day with a golf tournament being held simultaneously with a once-in-a-lifetime fashion show that has previously featured MILLY, Badgley Mischka, Veronica Beard and Lela Rose.  The day concludes back at ACL Live for a singer-songwriter line up of talent unmatched by any other event. Jimmy Kimmel previously hosted the evening and past performers include Little Big Town, Eric Church, Jamey Johnson, Lyle Lovett, Bobby Pinson and dozens of the biggest names in music. This year promises to be the best yet.

About Kris Kristofferson:
Heralded as an artist’s artist, the three-time GRAMMY winner has recorded 29 albums, including three with pals Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings as part of the Highwaymen. Kristofferson has acted in more than 70 films.  In 1977, he won a Golden Globe for Best Actor in “A Star Is Born.”  In addition to many other awards, Kristofferson is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, winner of the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriter Hall of Fame, and was honored with the American Veteran’s Association’s “Veteran of the Year Award” in 2002. In 2007, Kristofferson was honored with the Johnny Cash Visionary Award from Country Music Television and in 2009, BMI lauded Kristofferson with the Icon Award.  He received the Frances Preston Music Industry Award from the T.J. Martell Foundation in March, 2012. In 2014, Kristofferson was honored with a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award and the PEN Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award.

About Jack Ingram:
Jack Ingram has released nine studio albums, six live albums and 18 singles. In 2005, Ingram had the number one hit on the Billboard country charts with “Wherever You Are.” Ingram has sent six other songs into the country Top 40. In 2008, the Academy of Country Music honored Ingram with “Best New Male Vocalist.” Since 1997, Ingram has been celebrated by critics and fans of hard-core country music and as a Texas-born songwriter and performer, he’s been on the short list of next generation artists who could fill the boots of Lone Star legends like Willie Nelson and Waylon and the boys.

As published originally by Craddick Public Relations.

28th Annual Bandana Ball Raises Record $630,000 for Children & Families

Photography courtesy of John Cabuena* and Anthony Johnson Photography**.

Mia Barnett, Alex Zavala, Emerson Zavala and Jenn Zavala**

Mia Barnett, Alex Zavala, Emerson Zavala and Jenn Zavala**

There was no rain in sight when 800 guests joined Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas at the 28th Annual Bandana Ball on April 1 to raise a record $630,000.  Proceeds from the event will support families with critically ill or injured children who rely on RMHC CTX’s programs while their children are hospitalized or in treatment.

Liz Hocker and Nicole Burke**

Liz Hocker and Nicole Burke**

Johnny Grabner, Marlene Jorge and Sarah Adams**.

Johnny Grabner, Marlene Jorge and Sarah Adams**.

Julia Brown, Jordan Mullins,  and Emilee Blackburn & Ben Blackburn**

Julia Brown, Jordan Mullins, and Emilee Blackburn & Ben Blackburn**

Upon arrival at the Wild Onion Ranch, guests were greeted with signature cocktails and live entertainment by Craig Elliott. During the cocktail hour, guests enjoyed an array of fun activities including photos with a Texas longhorn, winning a bottle of wine at the wine toss, getting their boots shined, capturing the evening in the photo booth and having the winning bid at the extensive silent auction. Dinner was served by 2Dine4 Catering under the tent and the presentation started with a competitive game of heads or tails to win a stocked YETI cooler. A rousing live auction with several amazing experiences including a private concert by Cory Morrow went to the highest bidder.  The evening ended on a high note with dancing and entertainment by the In10City Band.

Gregg Russell, Carolyn Schwarz, Ryan Meyer, Haley Meyer*.

Gregg Russell, Carolyn Schwarz, Ryan Meyer, Haley Meyer*.

Haley and Ryan Meyer served as co-chairs. The presenting sponsor was C.C. Carlton Industries. Ltd.; Signature sponsor was Silicon Labs; Lone Star Legend sponsors were First Trust Portfolios, Central Texas McDonald’s Owner/Operators and The Wild Onion Ranch.

Jordan McCarty, Chrissy Bricker and Tyler Ryska**

Jordan McCarty, Chrissy Bricker and Tyler Ryska**

Bandana Ball guests enjoyed live entertainment by the In10City Band**

Bandana Ball guests enjoyed live entertainment by the In10City Band**

“Once again, the Bandana Ball was an amazing event. We are so grateful to our guests that came together to support our families with critically ill or injured children,” comments Carolyn Schwarz, chief executive officer of RMHC CTX. “This event comes to life every year because of our generous sponsors, hardworking committee and hundreds of volunteers. Long after Bandana Ball is over, the impact of everyone’s kindness will continue to support all the families who rely on our programs.”

Patrick Ley, Sandeep Kumar, Missy Strittmatter, Benjamin Morton and Tala Matchett*

Patrick Ley, Sandeep Kumar, Missy Strittmatter, Benjamin Morton and Tala Matchett*

Adam Curry and Tina Snider**

Adam Curry and Tina Snider**

All Bandana Ball photos can be viewed here.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and families. This is accomplished through the Ronald McDonald House®, Ronald McDonald Family Rooms®, Happy Wheels Carts and Healing Hearts program. The Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Room programs provide a “home-away-from-home” to keep families together as their critically ill or injured children heal in the hospital. The Happy Wheels Cart program strolls the hospital hallways to bring complimentary items to families with children in the hospital. To support families who have tragically lost children, the Healing Hearts program provides burial assistance and bereavement support. For more information, visit rmhc-ctx.org, follow RMHC CTX on Twitter (@RMHCCTX), or on Facebook (Facebook.com/RMHCCTX).

When St. David’s Foundation Hosts a Luncheon, You’d Want to be on the Guest List.

Written by William Jackson, Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine and Board Member of Austin Child Guidance Center

Photography courtesy of Robert Godwin.

On Wednesday, March 29, a record breaking 86 distinguished guests convened at St. David’s Foundation for its annual lunch during which they present $1 million in matching funds to over 50 St. David’s Foundation nonprofit grant partners who participated in Amplify Austin Day 2017.

Julie Ballesteros (Manos de Cristo), Rennie Collins (HAAM)

Julie Ballesteros (Manos de Cristo), Rennie Collins (HAAM)

This year’s Austin Amplify Day was the most successful fundraising event to date. Austin Amplify Day beat this year’s fundraising goal of $9 million by raising more than $9.8 million over 24 hours. A big part of this fundraising effort was led by St. David’s Foundation as their grant partners went on to raise $4+ million during the 24-hour period on March 2-3, 2017.

illiam  Jackson (Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine and Board Member of the Austin Child Guidance Center), Renee Hanson Malone (Austin Child Guidance Center), Russell Smith (Austin Child Guidance Center)

William Jackson (Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine and Board Member of Austin Child Guidance Center), Renee Hanson Malone (Director of Development, Austin Child Guidance Center), Russell Smith (Executive Director, Austin Child Guidance Center)

Guests enjoyed a delicious lunch and engaging conversation with fellow table guests as a prelude to the presentation of checks.  Earl Maxwell, Chief Executive Officer of St. David’s Foundation, presented checks to each grantee and shared additional grantee Amplify Austin Day results.

Kelly Sampley (Spirit Reins), Gaylen Kimbell (Spirit Reins)

Kelly Sampley (Spirit Reins), Gaylen Kimbell (Spirit Reins)

Maxwell extended special thanks to Todd Waldron, MS, Director of Information Technology and Shannon Hartigan Contreras, Communications Manager, both of St. David’s Foundation, for their unswerving support during the thrilling Amplify Austin Day 2017.  A warm acknowledgement was given to Bobbie Barker, MPA, Executive Vice President of Community Investments for St. David’s Foundation, who is planning to retire at the end of April.

Vanessa Maldonado (Easter Seals of Central Texas), Tod Marvin (Easter Seals of Central Texas)

Vanessa Maldonado (Easter Seals of Central Texas), Tod Marvin (Easter Seals of Central Texas)

The luncheon concluded with hearty words of appreciation from Celeste Flores, Executive Director, I Live Here, I Give Here, who impressed upon the audience the importance of giving and the support it provides to fostering growth and improvements throughout our communities.  And she emphasized further, the importance of having the collaborative partnership of the nonprofit community and gracious leaders such as the St. David’s Foundation.

Patsy Woods Martin (ILHIGH), Erica Saenz (ILHIGH), Christine Herlin (ILHIGH), Lindsey Muse (ILHIGH), Earl Maxwell (St. David’s Foundation), Celeste Flores (ILHIGH), Amy Morris (ILHIGH)

Patsy Woods Martin (ILHIGH), Erica Saenz (ILHIGH), Christine Herlin (ILHIGH), Lindsey Muse (ILHIGH), Earl Maxwell (St. David’s Foundation), Celeste Flores (ILHIGH), Amy Morris (ILHIGH)

From all of us at the InFluential Family, congratulations to all of the award recipients and loud applause to St. David’s Foundation for its large display of philanthropy, generosity and support.

St. David’s Foundation to Present $1 Million in Amplify Austin Day Matching Funds at Annual Luncheon

St. David’s Foundation to present $1 million in matching funds to over 50 St. David’s Foundation nonprofit grant partners that participated in Amplify Austin Day 2017 at the annual luncheon on Wednesday, March 29 at noon. Grant partners raised over $4 million during the 24-hour period on March 2-3, 2017.

Earl Maxwell, Chief Executive Officer of St. David’s Foundation, will present checks to each grantee and share additional grantee Amplify Austin Day results. This year’s funds will be distributed on a prorated basis. This brings the total matching contributions by St. David’s Foundation to more than $4.3 million since Amplify Austin’s inception in 2013.

CEOs, directors, and other representatives of the various grantee organizations will be in attendance, along with St. David’s Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer Earl Maxwell and I Live Here I Give Here’s Executive Director Celeste Flores.

Wednesday, March 29
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. CT
St. David’s Foundation
1303 San Antonio Street, Suite 500
Austin, TX 78701

2017 Grantees
AGE of Central Texas
AIDS Services of Austin
Any Baby Can
Austin Child Guidance Center
Austin Clubhouse
Austin Parks Foundation
Austin Public Ed Fund
Austin Recovery
Austin Speech Labs
Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry & Support Center
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area
Breast Cancer Resource Center
Capital IDEA
Care Communities
Center for Child Protection
Central Texas Food Bank
Coalition of Texans with Disabilities
Communities In Schools of Central Texas
Council on At-Risk Youth (CARY)
Drive a Senior Network
Easter Seals
El Buen Samaritano Episcopal Mission
Family Crisis Center
Family Eldercare
Foundation Communities
H.A.N.D, Helping the Aging, Needy and Disabled
Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center
Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM)
Hope Alliance
Hospice Austin
Interagency Support Council of Eastern Williamson County
LifeWorks
Lone Star Circle of Care
Manos de Cristo
Marathon Kids
Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute
Meals on Wheels Central Texas
Mobile Loaves & Fishes
Mothers’ Milk Bank of Austin
Opportunities for Williamson & Burnet Counties
People’s Community Clinic
Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas
Round Rock Area Serving Center
SAFE Alliance
Samaritan Center For Counseling and Pastoral Care
Samaritan Health Ministries
SIMS Foundation
Spirit Reins
Sustainable Food Center
Texas Ramp Project – Austin Region
Volunteer Healthcare Clinic
Waterloo Counseling
We Are Blood
YMCA of Austin
YMCA of Greater Williamson County

Amplify Austin is our community’s annual day of online giving. The 24-hour period provides an easy and fun way for our entire community to give together while helping local nonprofits. Over the past five years, Amplify Austin has raised $35 million for hundreds of local organizations. In 2017, 39 percent of all gifts given were new gifts to organizations. Amplify Austin is produced by I Live Here, I Give Here, whose mission is to cultivate the power of giving back. Programs such as Amplify Austin, See Jane Give, Give Back Jack and Austin Involved are designed to encourage participants to find the issue they care most about and take action to become part of the solution. For more information, visit ILiveHereIGiveHere.org.

St. David’s Foundation believes good health returns great benefits to the community. Through a unique partnership, the Foundation reinvests proceeds from St. David’s HealthCare to help build the healthiest community in the world. The Foundation helps people in every corner of the community through signature programs and collaborations with more than 50 nonprofit partners. In 2017, the Foundation’s goal is to invest up to $70 million to connect thousands of low-income people to a full range of health services. Foundation signature programs include the largest scholarship program in Texas for aspiring health professionals, and the largest mobile dental program in the country. Other focus areas include safety net clinics, agencies serving older adults, mental health initiatives, and support for healthy living initiatives. For more information on St. David’s Foundation, visit stdavidsfoundation.org.