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.

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 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.

Center for Child Protection Guardian Angel Society Creates Downtown Buzz

Lesa & Bill Rossick

Lesa & Bill Rossick

The Center for Child Protection recently hosted its annual Spring Guardian Angel Society Reception at The Bowie Residences, honoring current child advocates and  introducing new Austin residents to the Center and their work with Travis County child abuse victims.

Krissy & Steve Harvey

Krissy & Steve Harvey

Karen & Mike Shultz

Karen & Mike Shultz

More than 150 guests mingled while they enjoyed hors d’oeuvres courtesy of Kurant Events and drinks by Drink Slingers, followed by an emotional and impactful presentation by Board Members Lesa Rossick and Dean Leipsner, Interim Austin Police Chief Brian Manley and Center CEO Michael Torres. During the reception,27 attendees pledged to support Travis County child abuse victims through the Guardian Angel Society,a multi-year giving program that provides long-term,sustaining financial support to the Center.

Judy Ulery, Brian Manly,Tama Williamson

Judy Ulery, Brian Manly,Tama Williamson

Elijah & Kristie Whites,and William Jackson

Elijah & Kristie Whites,and William Jackson

Shayla & Alex Galvan

Shayla & Alex Galvan

“For our first downtown reception, the attendance and interest from so many people to become involved is truly an honor,”Shayla Galvan,Center for Child Protection Board Member and Guardian Angel Society Chair,said.“Funds and awareness created through this group of donors provide child victims of abuse an opportunity to be heard and give them a chance to heal in a place free of pain and full of possibility.”

Dean Leipsner, Michael Torres, Lesa Rossick, BS Brian Manly

Dean Leipsner, Michael Torres, Lesa Rossick, and Brian Manly

Lesa Rossick shares a personal story with the distinguished guests.

Event sponsors included Drink Slingers, Kurant Events,Lacey Seymour Photography,Ride Austin and Uptown Valet.

Dean Leipsner

Dean Leipsner

Candace Wilson, Donella Thorpe, Jennifer Todd, Pam McKay,and Tracy Cooper

Candace Wilson, Donella Thorpe, Jennifer Todd, Pam McKay,and Tracy Cooper

About the Center for Child Protection

The Center for Child Protection is a nationally accredited children’s advocacy center and the only nonprofit in Travis County involved in the investigation and prosecution of crimes against children.For more than 25 years, the Center has been the first stop for children in Travis County who are suspected victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse and for children who have witnessed a violent crime. The Center is a child-friendly, specially-equipped facility where children go for recorded forensic interviews,medical exams, counseling and intervention. All services are provided to children and their protective caregivers free of charge and are available in English and Spanish. In 2016, the Center conducted forensic interviews for 1,235 children and provided 10,305 services to children and adults. For more information, visit www.centerforchildprotection.org.

28th Annual Bandana Ball Ronald McDonald House Charities to Host Western Fundraiser

For 28 years, the western-themed Bandana Ball has brought a fresh meaning to fundraisers and this year’s event will deliver as promised. Presented by C.C. Carlton Industries and hosted by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas, 900 Bandana Ball guests will don their best western-wear, including cowboy boots and cowboy hats, on Saturday, April 1 at 6 PM to support families with critically ill or injured children. Tickets are $250 each and the event typically sells out.

Held at the beautiful Wild Onion Ranch, this casual, yet chic event will feature an evening of activities and celebration. Signature cocktails, live entertainment, photos with a Texas longhorn as well as a cigar lounge and boot shining are part of the planned activities. An array of silent auction items and live auction packages including a 6-carat diamond tennis bracelet will be awarded to the highest bidder. The evening rounds out with dinner by 2Dine4Catering and music by the In10City Band.

This year’s event will include a special cake made by Austin’s Sideserf Cake Studio, who is generously donating a unique creation to commemorate the event. The cake reveal will be filmed during the Bandana Ball’s VIP reception that begins at 5 p.m. and will be featured on the Food Network’s, Texas Cake House, in late April.

The Bandana Ball top sponsors include: C.C. Carlton Industries, Ltd., Silicon Labs, Central Texas McDonald’s Owner/Operators, The Wild Onion Ranch, First Trust Portfolios, Frost Bank, St. David’s HealthCare, Paul & Deborah Adams Family Foundation, BGE Inc., Becky and Ken Blaker, Pediatric Cardiology of Austin, ML&R Wealth Management, and Texas Engineering Solutions. As longtime supporters of RMHC CTX, Haley and Ryan Meyer are the 2017 Bandana Ball Chairs.

For more information, please contact Tina Snider at tsnider@rmhc-ctx.org.

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.

The 20th Annual Rockin’ Round Up Raises More Than $225,000

Written by William Jackson, Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential and Teen InFluential

On Saturday, February 25 close to 500 enthusiastic guests entered The Bullock Texas State History Museum in bustling downtown Austin to celebrate the 20th Annual Rockin’ Round Up.  Guests had one shared goal to:  socialize, visit with family and friends, make new friends, and raise a tremendous amount of funds to benefit Any Baby Can, whose Mission it is to help parents raise healthy and happy children.

Guests of the Rockin' Round Up

Guests of the Rockin’ Round Up

With the support of philanthropic guests, the 20th Annual Rockin’ Round Up raised a celebrated $225,000, which will support Any Baby Can in the accomplishment of their Mission.

The Professional Auctioneers

The Professional Auctioneers

At Any Baby Can, an Austin, Texas-based nonprofit organization, they believe all children deserve the chance to be healthy and happy. The organization strengthens parents and their children through in-home therapies (physical, occupational, and speech pathology), medical case management, resource navigation, and family support services.  Services are provided through home-visitation programs, community classes and support groups and include such topics as:

  • Expecting Parents and Parents of Children 0-5
  • Children with Cancer and Special Healthcare Needs
  • Children with Developmental Delays
  • Moms and Dads Seeking Parenting Classes

Extremely Special Guests of the Rockin’ Round Up

Throughout the evening’s program, guests were treated to several personal testimonies from families who’ve benefitted from the services offered by Any Baby Can.  These testimonies not only touched the hearts of guests, but served to reaffirm the value of Any Baby Can and the importance of ensuring it continues its operations for many years to come; as long as it’s needed.

The 2017 Advocate Award was presented to St. David’s Foundation who has been a critical long-term partner in advancing the mission and awareness of Any Baby Can. In addition to supporting their mental health and hearing initiatives, they are an essential advocate.

Hal and Betty Meyer

Hal and Betty Meyer

The 2017 Philanthropist Award was presented to Hal and Betty Meyer, who with their history of supporting Any Baby Can for nearly 20 years, are among the organization’s most generous contributors.  From their first gift in 1998 to their renewed Angel Society pledge in 2016, the Meyers have faithfully provided substantial, long-term support for children and families in Central Texas served by Any Baby Can. Hal served as Board President in 2006.

The Amazing Tameca Jones.

The Amazing Tameca Jones.

There can’t be a Rockin’ Round Up without rockin’ entertainment and this year, the obvious choice, was the powerhouse vocalist Tameca Jones.  Tameca spent years skillfully and tastefully breathing new life into the music of others. She made a name for herself as the “Queen of Austin Soul,” blowing minds with her tasteful and vibrant interpretations of a diverse list of artists that include Tina Turner, Nirvana, Elton John, Jimi Hendrix, and more.  Miss Jones, if you’re nasty, brought the house to the dance floor with her honeyed and powerful voice.

William Jackson, Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential and Teen InFluential and the Marlene Jorge, International Artist.

William Jackson, Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential and Teen InFluential and the Marlene Jorge, International Artist.

Learn more about Any Baby Can and how you can become involved in helping others raise healthy and happy children.  Visit their official website at www.anybabycan.org.