AIDS Services of Austin Presents 30th Annual AIDS Walk Austin on October 29

Annual walk celebrates 30 years of “sole” with a day of entertainment, food and live music to benefit local HIV and AIDS advocacy organizations 

AIDS Services of Austin (ASA) will host the 30th annual AIDS Walk Austin at the newly renovated Republic Square on Sunday, October 29. The day of live music, food and entertainment will raise funds and awareness for 10 local HIV and AIDS advocacy organizations, including AIDS Services of Austin. Highlights of this year’s programming include a live performance by The Nightowls, a DJ set by 97.5 Pride Radio, a pre-walk yoga session hosted by Eastside Yoga and an after-party bar crawl. Interested walkers are encouraged to pledge their support and participation before the event at aidswalkaustin.org.

2015 WALK:  Paul Scott, Mayor Steve Adler, and Wade Davis

2015 WALK: Paul Scott, Mayor Steve Adler, and Wade Davis

“Over the last 30 years, we have taken the steps towards progress and a healthier future for our community,” said Paul Scott, chief executive officer of AIDS Services of Austin. “With the creation of life saving treatments and preventative medicines, we have the tools to build an HIV free generation. However, there is still no cure and until we reach our goal of zero new HIV transmissions, we will keep walking.”

The theme for this year’s AIDS Walk is “celebrating 30 years of sole,” which represents the great strides that HIV/AIDS services in Central Texas have taken over the past few decades. Through quality case management and helping clients access new medications and treatments, ASA has seen a 93 percent reduction in client deaths due to AIDS-related complications since the height of the AIDS epidemic in 1994. The community is invited to do something good for the “sole” and take steps towards raising support for a healthier future for friends and neighbors living with HIV.

AIDS Walk Austin attracts hundreds of people annually for an afternoon of celebration, solidarity and remembrance of those affected by HIV and AIDS. Registration and activities begin at 11:30 a.m. and last until 3:30 p.m. at Republic Square, located at 422 Guadalupe Street.

Participants can enjoy a number of festivities at the park, including food trucks, a live performance by the soul band The Nightowls, and pop ups by a variety of local vendors. In addition to live music, AIDS Walk Austin sponsor 97.5 Pride Radio will be playing music and hosting giveaways on site throughout the day. New to this year, the walk will kick off with a 30 minute stretch and yoga session led by Eastside Yoga instructors. Immediately following, the event will culminate in a 2.5-mile walk routing through downtown that goes past the Capitol.

The fun continues afterwards with a post-walk bar crawl on 4th street. Sellers Underground will create a specialty cocktail with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to ASA. Additional participating bars are to be announced. All bar crawl participants must be 21+.

ASA is the largest HIV and AIDS service organization in Central Texas working to enhance the health and well-being of the community and individuals affected by HIV and AIDS. Created by ASA, AIDS Walk Austin aims to raise funds to directly support education and prevention of HIV and AIDS, with 83 percent of funds raised going to services in Austin. ASA’s goal is to raise $240,000 at the walk this year, continuing the momentum from the 2016 walk that earned more than $241,000 for HIV and AIDS agencies across Austin.

Along with the 30th anniversary of the AIDS Walk, this year ASA is celebrating its 30th anniversary as an organization. The nonprofit recently announced the launch of its clinical capacity project in partnership with The Moody Foundation, which supports the renovation and capital needs of establishing a medical clinic serving HIV-positive and high-risk negative individuals. The medical clinic is planned to open Spring 2018.

Participants can register for the AIDS Walk as individuals or groups and will receive an AIDS Walk Austin t-shirt with an encouraged donation of $25 per person. Dogs on a leash are welcome to attend the walk. Volunteer opportunities are available, and interested groups or individuals can sign up at aidswalkaustin.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.

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.

 

Manos de Cristo Receives Pair of St. David’s Foundation Grants

Manos de Cristo was awarded two grants totaling $550,340 on Tuesday morning by the St. David’s Foundation as part of awards to area agencies totaling nearly $27 million. The grants will support the Manos de Cristo Dental Center, and a new parking lot to provide safe access to clients and visitors and staff who utilize the agency’s education, basic needs, and dental program’s at Manos’ facility on Harmon Avenue.

Manos parking lot rendering.

Manos parking lot rendering.

Manos Executive Director Julie Ballesteros expressed her happiness on the grants awarded to their agency. “Our sincerest gratitude to the St. David’s Foundation for their generous support of our newly-expanded Dental Center and Parking Lot project. Their grant of over $500,000 will allow us to provide dental care to over 5,500 individuals in our community and begin our long awaited parking lot to provide safe access to our campus.”

In 2014, the Manos de Cristo Dental Center provided 13,493 appointments and $2,771,579 in dental services to Austin’s working poor. The expansion of the Dental Center in 2013 has resulted in a dramatic increase in the number of individuals who visit Manos for dental, education and/or basic needs program services.

Founded 27 years ago in 1988, Manos meets the essential needs of the working poor by providing adults and children withlow-fee dental care, educational opportunities, and emergency food and clothing. Manos operates a full service dental center, hosts a wide range of adult education classes, and holds an annual program to prepare young children for school with new clothing and school supplies, and houses a food pantry, a clothes closet.

St. David’s Celebrates 90 Years of Remarkable Service!

Contributed by Renee Hanson Malone-Director of Development at Austin Child Guidance Center

Hundreds of guests poured into the Hyatt Regency’s Zilker Ballroom last week to celebrate St. David’s HealthCare’s 90th Anniversary of service to the Austin community. This collective gathering was a brilliant array of individuals from the non-profit sector, community leaders, the media, St. David’s employees and mentors, as well as local residents whose lives are dramatically elevated because of the care they received at St. David’s Hospitals.

On November 6th, this celebratory party was truly the place to be as the entire ballroom was at full capacity. From the reception, to the dinner and program, everything was exquisitely planned. It was truly an honor to be in the company of a crowd that was so grateful to be in attendance and part of St. David’s impeccable mission of helping Austin to become one of the most healthiest cities in the nation.

Through their generosity, the St. David’s Foundation has improved the quality of life of our city through the $50 million in grants they distribute to agencies like, Austin Child Guidance Center, Manos de Cristo and Easter Seals Central Texas. Not only has the Foundation increased the vitality of the city, but their board and employees are extremely knowledgeable of the health and human services needs of the region. They are a local leader in research and philanthropy who informs the community of gaps in services and creates concrete steps of achievement by working hand and hand with grant partners.

One must sit back and imagine what the fabric of our community would look like without their 90 years of service. Without this pillar, without this leader, the framework and delivery of safety-net services to those in need would be devastating to our most vulnerable residents. So on this monumental year for St. David’s, we applaud their accomplishments and their profound sense of humanity, as we recognize the extraordinary gifts of service that they have provided for so many.

 

St. David’s Dental Program Vans Stationed at Austin Child Guidance Center

Starting, July 22nd, 2013-St. David’s Dental Program Vans will be operating out of Austin Child Guidance Center’s (ACGC) central location on 45th and Lamar.  The vans will be parked adjacent to the agency’s Healing Garden, creating a wonderful environment for dental program clients.  This collaboration will last for a total of 10 weeks, until late September.  The vans will be serving patients enrolled with Volunteer Healthcare Clinic. 

Austin Child Guidance Center appreciates the opportunity to coordinate these efforts with St. David’s Foundation.  By offering this temporary space on-site at 810 W. 45th Street, underserved families will continue to receive the quality dental care they deserve from a central, accessible location.   

St. David’s Foundation has been a long-term supporter of the Austin Child Guidance Center and of mental health services for children.  The Center provides individual, family, and group therapy to children and their families throughout Central Texas, as well as in-depth psychological assessments, parent education and training for mental health care professionals. The Center serves more than 3,000 children and family members every year, regardless of their family’s ability to pay.  Since 1951, the agency has delivered quality mental health services to over 130,000 children and families. 

Many families go without access to mental health and dental care services because they are uninsured or underinsured.  Nevertheless, they both are connected to an individual’s overall health and well-being.  With this collaboration, Austin Child Guidance Center hope’s to increase awareness around the importance of behavioral health and dental healthcare. 

For more information please visit www.austinchildguidance.org

Media Contact:

Renee Hanson- rhanson@austinchildguidance.org
Zack Flores – zflores@austinchildguidance.org
Office- 512-451-2242 Renee’s Cell: 512-905-9112

Austin Child Guidance Centers Sponsors a Community Open House

Austin Child Guidance Center (ACGC) will be hosting a Community Open House to unveil renovations of the facility and a brand-new colorful sign at the prominent corner of 45th Street and North Lamar.  The Repair and Visibility Project improvements to the building were made possible by the generous support of    St. David’s Foundation and Lola Wright Foundation.  ACGC will be having a presentation of thanks to both of the foundations for their support, and a ribbon cutting on the new sign on the corner made possible by the St. David’s Foundation.  

When: Thursday, June 20th
Where: 810 W. 45th St. (Main Office)
Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm
2:00pm-Presentation and ribbon cutting on the corner

Austin Child Guidance Center welcomes all to enjoy:

  • Guided Tours
  • Refreshments and Snacks provided by Tiff’s Treats and Texas Tea

The Austin Child Guidance Center provides individual, family, and group therapy to children and their families throughout Central Texas, as well as in-depth psychological assessments, parent education and training for mental health care professionals. The Center serves more than 3,000 children and family members every year, regardless of their family’s ability to pay.  Since 1951, the agency has delivered quality mental health services to over 130,000 children and families. 

For more information please visit www.austinchildguidance.org

Media Contact:
Renee Hanson- rhanson@austinchildguidance.org
Zack Flores –zflores@austinchildguidance.org
Office- 512-451-2242 Renee’s Cell: 512-905-9112