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.

Austin Gives Announces Finalists for the 2015 GeneroCity Awards

Austin Gives, a community program created to recognize business philanthropy, today announced the finalists for the 2015 GeneroCity Awards. The GeneroCity Awards recognize businesses in the Austin area that have pledged one or more percent of pre-tax earnings toward annual giving through financial contributions; donated products, services or volunteering; and have served as exemplary corporate philanthropists in the Austin community.

“We are thrilled that Austin Gives has reached nearly 300 members in just three years and has actively encouraged the overall growth of business philanthropy in the Austin community ” said Bobby Jenkins, President of ABC Home & Commercial Services and founding member of Austin Gives. “This year’s finalists have made amazing efforts to make Austin a better city by giving back in so many unique ways, and we look forward to honoring all of our members and the winning organizations at the 2015 event.”

The following businesses represent the finalists for the 2015 GeneroCity Awards:

Bold Givers (large businesses of 150 plus employees)

  • 3M: 3M targets contributions in education toward programs that encourage lifelong learning and stimulate curiosity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, by funding hands-on programs like “Project Lead the Way”. In 2014, 3M will award more than $1 million to local organizations. Both employees and retirees of 3M provide thousands of hours of volunteer work in the Austin community. Last year, 3M employees volunteered their services at a value of $18,500 to Central Texas organizations.
  • Silicon Labs: Silicon Labs has donated more than a half million dollars for Central Texas and supported more than 30 nonprofit organizations, each year for the past six years. The company’s passion for education has led them to sponsor KLRU-TV for eight years to promote family science programs. They have also sponsored special events in the community, including the Zilker Kite Festival, the Austin Trail of Lights, Save our Springs Festival and many more. Their support for the community extends to the funding of programs like Habitat for Humanity, Safe Place and Lifeworks.
  • Wells Fargo: Through the efforts of its enthusiastic team member-volunteers and financial contributions, Wells Fargo shares its success by giving back to non-profits and educational institutions that address vital community needs and issues, such as community development, education and human services. In Austin, Wells Fargo supported nonprofits and schools through corporate and foundation giving last year. Also, this year its Employee Giving campaign raised $224,152 for the United Way and other nonprofits. In addition, their team also volunteered 8,500 hours in Austin.

Big Hearts (medium businesses of 26 to 150 employees)

  • Oxford Commercial: Oxford Commercial is committed to enriching the lives of its clients, employees and community through extraordinary service, exceptional results and uncommon generosity. The Oxford Giving Committee is a program that was formed in 2008 and encourages staff and brokers to determine the allocation of charity dollars and volunteer activities for employees. In 2012, Oxford Commercial donated  to over 20 local nonprofits and provided over 100 hours of volunteer work from their 30 volunteers.
  • Sabre Commercial: Sabre Commercial gives back to the Austin community in a number of ways, but its most impactful contribution is through in-kind donations. They have donated preconstruction services for both Mobile Loaves and Fishes and Caritas..Some of their sponsorships for this year include the Camp for Kids BBQ Fundraiser, the Seton Fund’s annual fundraiser, The American Heart Association’s Heart Ball and Boy Scouts of America Capitol Area Council.
  • Yellow Cab Austin: Over the last year, Yellow Cab has donated cash and in-kind support to local nonprofits, schools, after school programs, police/firefighter/military and charitable organizations throughout Central Texas. They focus on serving the needs of the entire Austin community, providing 24/7/365 on-demand service to all community members, with its Access-A-Ride program allowing Capital Metro Access customers–many of whom are disabled–extended service. Their community involvement for this year includes partnering with Dress for Success and E3 Alliance, providing free delivery service for Meals on Wheels and monthly participation at charitable events around the city.

Charitable Champions (small businesses of under 26 employees)

  • Vintage IT Services: Vintage IT Services’ giving program is multi-faceted and is far reaching in the nonprofit community. Giving is a combination of sponsorships, financial donations, authorized discounts and in-kind donations. Specific examples include providing free promotional signage for 20 nonprofits annually via a 15-foot sign that 40,000 cars pass daily, providing discounted rates for IT services for nonprofits and sponsoring special events for The Contemporary Austin, AIDS Services of Austin, Skillpoint Alliance and more.
  • South Texas Money Management, Ltd.: South Texas Money Management (STMM) is a major financial sponsor of many Austin-area nonprofits, including the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, the Long Center for the Performing Arts and Impact Austin. In 2015, they will sponsor an educational event in February for Austin nonprofit leaders, in partnership with Greenlights for Nonprofits. They also frequently provide speakers on money management, investment options, and the economic outlook to local and statewide nonprofit organizations.
  • Agents for Change Real Estate: Ten percent of Agents for Change Real Estate’s net agent fees will be donated to a (501(c)(3))organization of their choice at the closing of each client’s property. Since beginning this giving model, Agents for Change Real Estate has helped raise money for various local nonprofits. The company is also a Steward supporter of The Amala Foundation.

Winners in each category will be announced at the GeneroCity Awards luncheon, taking place at 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 8, 2015 at the Hilton Austin, featuring keynote speaker, accomplished musician and local philanthropist, Ray Benson.  To be a table sponsor for the 2015 GeneroCity Awards, please visit http://conta.cc/1F0K6ZM. Individual tickets for the awards ceremony can also be purchased at http://conta.cc/11q1Azx.

About Austin Gives

Austin Gives is a community program committed to encouraging and recognizing business philanthropy in Austin, Texas. In addition to hosting year-round education workshops to encourage participation in local philanthropic giving among business leaders, Austin Gives recognizes its members at its annual awards ceremony, the GeneroCity Awards. Member recognition also takes place throughout the year through traditional and social media. Businesses of all sizes that commit to giving one or more percent of pre-tax earnings toward annual financial contributions, donated products or services or volunteering, are invited to join Austin Gives at no charge. The organization’s founding members include the Austin Chamber of Commerce, Entrepreneurs Foundation of Central Texas and United Way for Greater Austin.

To learn more information about Austin Gives or to join the organization at no charge, visit www.austingives.net.

The Dress by CandleLight Is the Most Successful Yet

Photography by Paul Erickson of Erickson Photography.

This year’s Dress by Candlelight was Candlelight Ranch’s most successful fundraiser to date thanks to the support and hard work of many. Presented by Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC on Wednesday, October 22, the event was held at Brazos Hall in downtown Austin and began with an amazing VIP pre-party on the rooftop deck.

William Jackson and Leonardo D'Almagro.

William Jackson and Leonardo D’Almagro.

The 400+ guests were dazzled by our most successful live and silent auctions ever which included a first-ever moonlight zip line package, an in-home dinner party with private concert by Suzanna Choffel, and a stunning diamond tennis bracelet from Cedar Park Jewelers.

Harriett Kirsh Pozen and Shannon Riemer.

Harriett Kirsh Pozen and Shannon Riemer.

Ranch supporters enjoyed a fashion show produced by Julian Gold featuring pieces by acclaimed designer Austin Scarlett. Matt Wayne of Audience Generation surprised the audience with a special tribute to CLR’s hard working volunteers and trendy #DxC t-shirts.

The scrumptious food was provided by Black’s Barbecue, Jack Allen’s Kitchen, Odd Duck and Quality Seafood along with a host of other food purveyors. Cocktails featuring signature splashes from Dripping Springs Vodka and Jameson Whiskey kept whistles wet all evening long.

Designer Austin Scarlett

Designer Austin Scarlett

Dress by Candlelight is possible because of the tremendous generosity of many, including our sponsors, volunteers, supporters and partners, all of who come together to make good things happen for the children we serve. We are deeply grateful to everyone that contributed to our record-breaking gala.

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