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.

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.

 

Trauma Conference Brings Solutions to Helping Children Recover from Adversity

Written By Seanna Crosbie, LCSW-S
Director of Program & Trauma-Informed Services
Austin Child Guidance Center

Seanna Crosbie

Seanna Crosbie, LCSW-S

Childhood experiences have significant impact on how we will navigate our lives.  Positive and supportive interactions in childhood can guide us to a life of productivity and healthy relationships.  A childhood involving adversity and hardship, however, can lead to an adulthood marked by mental and physical health issues as well as challenges in relationships.

Research such as the Adverse Childhood Experience Study (ACE), an initiative of Kaiser Permanente and Centers for Disease Control, supports the connection between our childhood experience and our life outcomes.  The ACE Study found that adversity in childhood is common – including abuse, neglect, household mental illness, incarceration of family members, and violence.  An alarming 20-25% of children will be sexually abused by the age of 18.  Additionally, the ACE Study found that people who experienced four or more childhood traumas are at increased risk of developing negative health outcomes in adulthood including mental health issues, cancer, heart disease, and for some, early death.

On May 11th & 12th, Austin Child Guidance Center will convene the second Cross-Discipline Trauma Conference of Central Texas to address childhood trauma and adversity.  The goal of the conference is to educate participants in how to identify childhood trauma and provide researched-based interventions to assist children and their parents in the healing process.  Attendees to the conference will include mental health professionals, physicians, nurses, educators, attorneys, child welfare workers, law enforcement and parents.  The conference will take place at AT&T’s Conference Center located on the University of Texas at Austin campus.

Dan Siegel, M.D.

Dan Siegel, M.D.

The Cross-Discipline Trauma Conference of Central Texas (www.traumatexas.com) is an initiative of Austin Child Guidance Center’s Trauma-Informed Care Consortium of Central Texas, and sponsored by St. David’s Foundation.  The conference will feature keynote presenter, Dan Siegel, M.D.  Dr. Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine where he is on the faculty of the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. He is an award-winning educator and author of numerous articles and books in the field of interpersonal neurobiology, and he has written three parenting books.

“Austin Child Guidance Center is at the forefront of trauma-informed care, and is a trailblazer in central Texas through creating awareness, convening the community, and training child-serving institutions about trauma and its effects. I am excited to be part of this second Cross Discipline Trauma Conference to increase awareness of trauma and its effects on the brain.” – Dan Siegel, M.D.

The second day of the conference will feature breakout sessions on topics including: Recognizing, Treating, and Preventing Trauma in LGBTQ Youth; Medical Evaluations in Child Physical Abuse; Trauma Across the Deployment Cycle: Support and Interventions for the Whole Family; and Margin to Center: Approaches for Supporting API (Asian and Pacific Islander) Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.  Registration for the conference is now open, and tickets can be purchased at www.traumatexas.com.

Austin Amplify Day 2017 Official Recap: Most Successful Event To Date With $9.8 Million Raised in 24 Hours

Fifth Annual Amplify Austin Day Raises More than $9.8 Million in 24 Hours for Local Nonprofits 

I Live Here, I Give Here (ILHIGH) is excited to announce the community has raised more than $9.8 million for nearly 700 participating nonprofit organizations during the 5th annual Amplify Austin Day, exceeding last year’s total of $8.5 million. Nearly 65,000 donations were made during the 24-hour day of giving, which began at 6 p.m. on March 2 and concluded at 6 p.m. on March 3.

“Once again Central Texans came together for Amplify Austin Day to support causes that are near and dear to their hearts, and they found some new ones as well,” said Celeste Flores, executive director of ILHIGH. “In this fifth year of Amplify, total donations increased by 5 percent, and more Central Texans participated in the giving than ever before. We want to challenge the community to keep the giving going throughout the rest of 2017. It is critical that we come together, not for just one day of the year, but everyday, to support area nonprofits who provide vital services to the community. ”

Grand prizes ($5,000 each) were given to nonprofits for the most funds raised before midnight, the most funds raised by a large nonprofit in 24 hours and the most funds raised by a small nonprofit in 24 hours, as well as the nonprofit with the most volunteer fundraisers. Hourly prizes ($1,000 each) were also given to nonprofits for the most funds raised per hour, as well as the most donors per hour. All prize winners can be found at AmplifyATX.org.

Included in the total is the generous $1 million donation by St. David’s Foundation, which matched funds for its nonprofit grant partners, as well as donations by lead corporate sponsors Heritage Title, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Drillinginfo, Mercedes-Benz of Austin, NXP Semiconductors, Silicon Labs, TicketCity, and University Federal Credit Union. These sponsorships provided funds for all participating organizations.

The funds raised through Amplify Austin benefit nonprofit organizations in seven Central Texas counties, including Travis, Hays, Williamson, Burnet, Bastrop, Caldwell and Blanco counties.

“We hope the amazing result of this year’s Amplify Austin Day will also help illustrate the need for year-round giving,” Flores said. “The Amplify Austin platform accepts donations all year for your favorite causes. We are challenging the community to raise a total of $10 million throughout the rest of 2017 in honor of I Live Here, I Give Here’s ten-year anniversary. ”

AmplifyATX.org makes it possible for anyone to make a donation to his or her favorite cause or to create a fundraising page at any time—whether it’s for a special event or a specific project. The site is also a starting point to giving for newcomers or new companies to the area. Central Texans who would like to continue giving can visit AmplifyATX.org 365 days a year to give local.

To learn more about I Live Here, I Give Here, visit AmplifyATX.org. Follow ILHIGH on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AmplifyATX, as well as on Twitter @ILH_IGH and on Instagram at @AmplifyATX.

[Note: Because local businesses and organizations often provide matching funds and donations for specific causes without reporting these gifts to I Live Here, I Give Here, the total amount donated during Amplify Austin is likely far beyond the $9.8 million total reported.]

Amplify Austin is our city’s annual community-wide 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 four years, Amplify Austin has raised $25 million for hundreds of local organizations. In 2016, 41 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.

Join Us for the 5th Annual Austin Originals Benefit Concert and Live Stream Starring Alejandro Escovedo

For 65 years, the Austin Child Guidance Center has been dedicated to improving children’s mental health, each year serving over 3,000 children and family members regardless of their ability to pay.  This is a monumental year for the Center. This year marks the culmination of our 65 years of service coinciding with the 5th year of production of Austin Originals, our signature event that has increased notoriety and attendance each year. Our co-emcees for the evening will be Terry Lickona, Executive Producer of Austin City Limits and Casey McPherson, front man for Alpha Rev! The event will once again be streamed live by Tour Gigs through the Austin Chronicle’s home page.

Join us and enjoy the Austin Originals Lexus of Austin & Lakeway Tasting Grove. Guests will enjoy an open bar and our Austin Originals Signature Cocktail. We will present the 5th annual Phyllis Richards Austin Icon for Children Award to two outstanding individuals, in the categories of Community Activist and Community Professional.

Click HERE to purchase tickets
For cooperate sponsorship opportunities or more information, contact ACGC’s Director of Development, Renee Hanson Malone(rhanson@austinchildguidance.org).

78704 Gallery Exhibit Opening Featuring Beili Liu

Photography Courtesy of 78704 Gallery ~ Beili Liu, Wind Drawings Series 2, Array, Sumi ink on birch panel, triptych, 60x36x1 Inches

Photography Courtesy of 78704 Gallery ~ Beili Liu, Wind Drawings Series 2, Array, Sumi ink on birch panel, triptych, 60x36x1 Inches

The 78704 Gallery will debut a new exhibit, “Ten Thousand Folds,” with internationally renowned artist Beili Liu.  To celebrate the opening of Liu’s exhibit, 78704 Gallery will be hosting a cocktail party on Thursday June 23, 2016 from 6pm-9pm to kick off the opening to the public. Ten percent of proceeds from any art sold at the reception will go to benefit Austin Child Guidance Center.

Born in Jilin, China, Beili Liu is a multidisciplinary artist whose time and process based installations explore subjects of cultural specificity and overlaps, transient or persistent energy, and conflicting and confluent forces. Liu incorporates simple materials such as; thread, paper, incense, wood, salt, and water, in her works to create microcosms of fragility and poignancy. Similar to her large-scale installation works, Liu also explores inventive processes of mark making in her two dimensional compositions, manipulating various materials to create engaging visual rhythms. The element of surprise and transformation underscores Liu’s deep-rooted appreciation of materiality. For this new exhibition at the 78704 Gallery, Liu will present several series of her two-dimensional works, which the artist refers to as “Process Drawings”.

Liu has received numerous awards and prizes, including a National Endowments for the Arts Grant specifically in support of her residency and solo exhibition “Chine” at the Museum of Southeast Texas. Liu was the lead visual artist for a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Artistic Innovation And Collaboration Grant supported public art project “Thirst” at the Lady Bird Lake in Austin Texas. Liu has also received local awards being named “Artist of the Year”, by Austin Visual Art Association in 2009 and the Austin Critics Table Awards in 2011.  Internationally, Sacchi Review, UK named Liu’s solo exhibition “In Between” one of the “Top Ten Exhibitions in Shanghai” in 2009.

Beili Liu now lives and works in Austin, Texas. She is an Associate Professor of Art at The University of Texas at Austin.

For more information about 78704 Gallery, Beili Liu, and other artists that will be featured, visit online:

Online: http://www.78704gallery.com

Or call at: 512-708-4678.

You Are Not Alone ~ Successfully Coping with Anxiety, Depression and Stress Through Self-Care

How you handle stress can affect your overall health.  At one time or another, everyone experiences a difficult passage in life when their coping skills are challenged.  It can be difficult juggling life’s obligations when we become stressed, anxious, worried, angry or depressed. However, these feelings are normal and it is a part of the human experience to mentally and emotionally process our own individual reality.  When we go through a breakup, lose a job, worry about our family, have stress at work, or lose a loved one, our mood is affected.   One thing to keep in mind is each person deals with stress differently and we all have varying levels of resiliency.  What might take one person a few weeks to get through an emotional issue, might take another person months.

Renee Hanson Malone, MA

Renee Hanson Malone, MA

Renee Hanson Malone, MA, Director of Development for the Austin Child Guidance Center provides excellent Health & Wellness insight through her editorial You Are Not Alone ~ Successfully Coping with Anxiety, Depression and Stress Through Self-Care.

We’re pleased to feature this insightful editorial in our March / April 2016 Issue and invite you to read the editorial.

Join Us for Amplify Your World in Support of Austin Child Guidance Center

INVITE ONLY – MUST RSVP TO ATTEND

AMPLIFY YOUR WORLD
The Amplify Austin Watch Party Supporting Austin Child Guidance Center who has been providing children’s mental health services since 1951.

ACGC is kicking off AmplifyATX, a 24-hour online giving campaign that provides a $ match for every $ raised!

~ Featuring ~
KUT’s Michael Crockett spinning World & Latin Grooves

An Arabic Bazaar – 20% of sales (Jewelry, Clothing, etc.) will be donated to ACGC

Live Art Painting By Marlene Jorge

Complimentary Mini Manis Provided By
Wet Canvas Nail & Beauty Bar

Complimentary Bites Provided By
Piranha Killer Sushi
Brass House
Salvation Pizza
Cornucopia
KIND
Dos Lunas

Complimentary Sips Provided By
Texas Tea
South Austin Brewery
Precious Vodka
9 Banded Austin Whiskey

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
6:00 – 9:00pm
Atlassian Austin – 303 Colorado Street, Suite #1600
Street Parking Available
Suggested $10 Donation at the door OR skip the line for VIP check-in with a pre-paid donation HERE

InFluential Magazine is thrilled to be the official Media Sponsor and Master of Ceremonies for the evening is our Publisher, Mr. William Jackson.

Thank you to our host Atlassian Austin and to Sandra Hucker Consulting.

~ We look forward to watching the leaderboard and celebrating the evening with you ~

Featuring InFluential Magazine Contributing Writer Renee Hanson Malone

Renée Hanson Malone serves as the Director of Development of the Austin Child Guidance Center, where she directs all fundraising and communication activities.   Renée received her MA in Latin American Studies and is dedicated to expanding resources for the Hispanic community. She possesses an expertise in raising funds and awareness for mental health, disability services, education, health and the arts. An artist, Renée often shows her paintings within the Austin community and currently serves as a Board Member of the local non-profit Vela, formerly known as Growing Roots.

For the November / December 2015 issue, Renee contributed the feature editorial titled The 2015 Austin Originals Tasting Grove Winners.