Once in a Lifetime Opportunity to Dine with Dame Vivienne Westwood Up for Auction on Charitystarts.com

London, United Kingdom - 23 October, 2017 – Charitystars.com has a very special auction that is currently online: the unique opportunity to dine with fashion royalty, Dame Vivienne Westwood.


The highest bidder and a guest will join Vivienne Westwood and up to 24 of her highly influential friends at SUSHISAMBA in London on Tuesday 7 November. The exclusive dinner will be created by corporate chef Claudio Cardoso, featuring dishes using ingredients sourced from the rainforest in the Peruvian Amazon.

Vivienne Westwood is a world renowned British fashion designer and businesswoman. She has donated this experience to support Cool Earth, a charity for which she is an ambassador and has already given more than £1 million to support the charity’s actions.

Cool Earth works alongside indigenous villages to halt rainforest destruction. It aims to put local people back in control, providing the resources they need to keep their forest intact.

This auction closes on 26 October 2017. For more information and to bid please visit: https://www.charitystars.com/viviennewestwood

Where possible, please link CharityStars.com to http://www.charitystars.com to help direct donors to the website and help raise as much money as possible for well-deserving causes. 

For all press releases it would be good for CharityStars to be written as CharityStars.com throughout and for the first mention to be hyperlinked to the homepage.


CharityStars.com was founded in 2014 with a passion and aim to change the non-profit sector and continue its mission to help charities raise money. Since launching, more than 1000 global celebrities and brands have chosen to work with CharityStars.com including Andy Murray, Lionel Messi, Jessie J, Joss Stone, David Coulthard and Sir Bobby Charlton, plus over 400 non-for-profit organisations, such as Save the Children and Oxfam. Last year Berkeley University named the company as one of the most “impacting Social Enterprises globally”.

For further information, please contact:

Carla McAlpine - carla@mediaticaworld.com - +44 7584 037 687

Anthony Peacock - anthony@mediaticaworld.com - +44 7765 896 930

Eight Outstanding Austin Philanthropists to be Honored at Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon on February 8, 2018

On Tuesday, October 10, eight outstanding philanthropists who have LET GOOD GROW throughout the Central Texas community were announced at the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Austin Chapter’s annual Reveal Reception at Hotel Van Zandt.

The honorees will be celebrated at AFP’s annual Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon on February 8, 2018 at the JW Marriott in Austin. More than 1,000 people are expected to attend the highly anticipated luncheon to congratulate the honorees.  The reveal reception was generously sponsored by the Austin American Statesman and the luncheon’s presenting sponsor is South Texas Money Management.

The honorees include:

Outstanding Philanthropists:
Nominated by Seton Foundation, Dell Children’s Medical Center Foundation

Outstanding Philanthropic Large Corporation:
Nominated by Breakthrough Central Texas

Outstanding Philanthropic Small or Medium Corporation:
Nominated by Seton Foundation, Miracle Foundation

Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation/Organization:
Nominated by YMCA of Austin, AGE of Central Texas

Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser:
Nominated by KIPP Austin Public Schools

Kelly Davidson Memorial Outstanding Philanthropic Youth:
Nominated by The LIVESTRONG Foundation, Cyclists Combating Cancer

Outstanding Fundraising Professional:
Nominated by Christie Bybee, ABE Charitable Foundation Inc.

Special Recognition:
 Nominated by The Christi Center

Nominations were submitted from nonprofits and the general public throughout the greater Austin community to acknowledge the outstanding achievements by individuals, corporations, foundations, youth and nonprofit organizations whose contributions made an impact on our community. All honorees were chosen by a volunteer awards selection committee comprised of previous winners and selected community leaders..

For more information about the Philanthropy Day Luncheon, please visit www.afpaustin.org.

Published originally by:

Tina Snider
Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Austin Chapter
Marketing & Communications Chair

PGA Tour Pros JJ Henry and Shaun Micheel highlight Shootout weekend at Horseshoe Bay Resort

Golf Tour Veterans Wes Short Jr. and Omar Uresti round out interactive golf weekend in Texas

Horseshoe Bay Resort, home to three award-winning Robert Trent Jones, Sr. golf courses and the famed Whitewater Bermuda Grass putting course, is hosting the third annual Shootout at Horseshoe Bay Resort on Sunday, October 1st at the resort’s famed Slick Rock golf course.

PGA Tour professionals JJ Henry and PGA Championship winner Shaun Micheel will team up with Tour professionals Wes Short Jr. and Omar Uresti in this annual match play event competition.

On Saturday during the weekend, guests will enjoy Dinner With The PROS, an intimate chance to talk about the game of golf with these four golf tour veterans while enjoying a Texas BBQ themed buffet dinner from resort executive chef Jay Hunter.

Sunday will be highlighted by the Shootout at Horseshoe Bay Resort, a two-team match play event where guests can walk “inside the ropes” with the tour pros as they tackle Horseshoe Bay Resort’s famed Slick Rock Golf Course.

Weekend hotel packages include the tour dinner and grounds admission to the Shootout are available online at hsbresort.com or by calling the resort directly at 877-611-0112.

“We’re excited about some of the top names in golf playing at Horseshoe Bay Resort,” Chief Sales and Marketing Office Bryan Woodward said. “This is a wonderful weekend where golf fans get to interact and dine with some of the best golfers in the world.”

Micheel is best known for his 2003 victory at the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club. That season he finished 32nd on the money list. In 2006, he finished runner up to Tiger Woods at the PGA Championship at Medinah Country Club.  Overall, Micheel has started in nearly 392 PGA Tour events amassing more than nine million in prize money in his career.

Henry is a three-time winner on the PGA tour with victories at the Buick Championship (2006), Reno-Tahoe Open (2012) and most recently at the Barracuda Championship (2015).  Henry was a member of the 2006 Ryder Cup team. This season he has earned two top 10 finishes at the Barracuda Championship and the John Deere Classic.

Short Jr. is having a successful year on the Champions Tour and is currently 39th in the Charles Schwab Cup standings after two top 10 finishes this year. He is a two-time winner with victories on the PGA tour at the Michelin Championship in Las Vegas (2005) and most recently on the Champions Tour at the Quebec Championship (2014).

With over 350 PGA Tour starts, Uresti is a veteran tour professional with 6 professional victories on various tours. This year, he made the cut at the PGA Championship, tying for 73rd place. He is a graduate of the University of Texas.

Hill Country Galleria Hosts Annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

Hill Country Galleria Hosts Annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

Bee Cave Police and Lake Travis Fire Rescue to Climb Equivalent of 110 Stories to Pay Tribute to Fallen FDNY Firefighters of 9/11

Hill Country Galleria, premier lifestyle center located west of downtown Austin in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, is thrilled to announce it will host and sponsor the annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb in Bee Cave. Bee Cave Police and Lake Travis Fire Rescue will climb the equivalent of 110 stories of the World Trade Center to pay tribute to the fallen FDNY firefighters of September 11.

The 2017 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb will take place on Monday, September 11, beginning at 7:45 a.m. at Hill Country Galleria’s Parking Garage A (garage nearest Dillard’s). The public is welcome to attend the event to support and cheer on the Bee Cave Police and Lake Travis Fire Rescue as they endure this challenge. 9/11 Memorial Stair Climbs are not timed race events, but a way for firefighters and police to honor and remember the first responders who selflessly gave their lives so that others might live.

Monday, September 11

Beginning at 7:45 a.m.

Parking Garage A (garage nearest Dillard’s)

Hill Country Galleria

12700 Hill Country Blvd

Bee Cave, TX 78738

Twin Liquors Matching Donations For Hurricane Harvey Relief

Fine Wine and Spirits Retailer to Match Up to $20,000 of Customer Donations

Twin Liquors, Central Texas’s fine wine and spirits retailer, today announced it will hold a flood relief campaign in support of those displaced or affected by Hurricane Harvey. From Wednesday, Aug. 30 to Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, the retailer is accepting donations and offering to match customer donations up to $20,000.

“It’s very important for us to support those in need and we want to do everything we can to provide relief to the storm-torn communities and families of Texas,” said Margaret Jabour, Vice President of Twin Liquors. “We encourage customers to come out and support those affected by this devastating hurricane.”

 From Wednesday, Aug. 30 through Saturday, Sept. 9, any of the 80+ Twin Liquors neighborhood locations will be accepting donations in quantities of $1.00, $3.00, $5.00 or more in an effort to support flood victims. 100 percent of all donations will go to the American Red Cross to help the affected Texas neighborhoods. In addition to customer contributions, Twin Liquors will match up to $20,000.

“We launched a matching campaign after the 2015 Memorial Day floods and saw an overwhelming customer response. It is humbling to see our customers and neighborhoods take care of each other,” said David Jabour, President of Twin Liquors. “It allowed us as a community to donate $20,000. We are confident that once again we can reach our goal as a community to support our Texans in the next few weeks.”

For more information on Twin Liquors, visit twinliquors.com. Follow on Facebook at @TwinLiquorsFan and on Instagram @TwinLiquors.

The Ice Ball 2017 Host Committee: Having A Ball

Written By Big Brothers Big Sisters

Christine and Blake Absher, Ice Ball 2017 Event Chairs

Christine and Blake Absher, Ice Ball 2017 Event Chairs

As the Texas summer heats up, there’s one cool thing you can count on – Big Brothers Big Sisters’ 2017 Ice Ball gala set for August 26 at the J.W. Marriott in downtown Austin. The Ice Ball Host Committee has been hard at work making plans and preparations for this major event – one of the largest fundraisers for the organization.

Christine and Blake Absher are chairing this year’s Ice Ball gala and have been involved with the organization off and on since 2008. “Our connection with BBBS began in Austin when I was a Big Brother for about 4 years,” said Blake, Austin market president of BB&T, the Diamond sponsor of this year’s event. “We moved to Houston for a few years, and then, when we returned to Austin, we knew we wanted to be involved with BBBS in some way. The Ice Ball Host Committee sounded interesting, and we’d never done anything like that before.”

Now, having been involved with Ice Ball for several years, Christine and Blake felt the moment was right to become even more involved in the event. “2017 is a great time to be event chairs,” Blake continued. “The agency has great momentum, the organization’s program metrics are at an all-time high, and we’ve been groomed for the last couple of years to further carry the Ice Ball baton.”

In accepting the leadership role, they’ve found themselves working with a great team. “The Ice Ball Host Committee is made up of an extraordinary group of people,” said Christine. “And they’ve become family. They are creative and selfless, giving out of the goodness of their hearts. They’ve been so inspiring and their enthusiasm is contagious. For many of them, this is their first connection with Big Brothers Big Sisters. They are raising money for a cause they’ve just come to care about, and they’re doing it so well.”

Team members heartily agree. “The members of the committee are focused, engaged and eager to contribute to the success of this year’s event,” said Connie Nelson. She and her husband Bill have been a Big Couple since 2011, worked as bid spotters for the Ice Ball that year, and subsequently served as Ice Ball Chairs in 2014 and 2015.

“Bill and I are honored to be serving on this year’s Ice Ball Host Committee,” Connie remarked. “The Ice Ball is SO important! It’s the largest BBBS fundraiser and monies raised help get kids off the waiting list and into the life-changing mentoring relationships they deserve. Guests attending the Ice Ball walk away with greater appreciation for everything BBBS does for Central Texas’ youth. Our 2017 chairs, Blake and Christine, are natural leaders with a passion for BBBS.”

Lauren Petrowski, news anchor for Fox 7, shares that passion for the agency and the event as well. “I look forward to the Host Committee meetings, seeing the other committee members, and knowing we’re making great things happen,” she said.

Lauren served as a Big Sister for 5 years and is still in contact with her Little Sister. “I was fortunate to have two loving, supportive parents growing up. Not every child has that, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have the same opportunities to be happy and successful in life. Even with two parents, many kids can benefit from having additional positive influences in their lives. That’s what BBBS provides through mentorships, and I’m honored to help support an organization that does that.”

“As part of the Ice Ball Host Committee, it is also incredible to see the community and local businesses stepping up to help BBBS.”

Joanna Just of RSM, a Gold sponsor for the event, adds, “Ice Ball is a signature event that has grown over the years. To see where the event started and what it has become, is astonishing.  Ice Ball supports the wonderful things that BBBS does for children in our community.”

Not only is the team working to raise more dollars, new community connections are being made as well. “There are a lot of new people involved in this year’s event,” Christine continued. Blake agreed, adding, “We have a significant number of new donors. We are grateful for donors who’ve supported this event for years. It’s also a testament to the 2017 Host Committee members’ efforts that they have reached out to their own personal networks and friends to establish new relationships on behalf of the gala and BBBS.”

“I appreciate how the committee members have come together to support this event personally because of their dedication to Big Brothers Big Sisters’ work,” Joanna added.

This year’s Ice Ball not only has new sponsors, it also has a new location at the J.W. Marriott. “There’s an excitement and a freshness with the new venue and the move downtown,” Christine said. There are also new live auction packages and new programming.

And make no mistake, it is a fun night for all involved. “It is such a fabulous night. Without a doubt, you’re going to have a good time,” Lauren said. “But for me, I love to see the room full of hundreds of people all coming together because they care about kids in our community having the best opportunities, and the brightest futures, possible.”

“The Ice Ball is the coolest place to be in August,” Connie added. “Great food, entertainment, incredible silent and live auction packages, and so much more. Bill and I love seeing friends at the Ice Ball year after year, and meeting new people who will enjoy a wonderful evening and learn more about BBBS!”

How does the Ice Ball differ from other galas around town? “Every dollar raised impacts children and families here in our community,” said Christine. “The fundraising is so local.” “It’s all about supporting underprivileged youth, having a positive impact on children’s lives, and educating people about BBBS” Blake added.

After months of planning and preparation, the night itself is a culminating celebration. “The event is a crescendo of a lot of work,” Blake said. “At the gala itself you reminisce about what everyone has done to make the event happen. I enjoy visiting with all of these amazing people and sharing what we’ve done collectively. It’s like going and seeing 800 of your closest friends,” he laughed.

In a word…

“Ice Ball is unforgettable,” said Lauren.

“It’s amazing,” said Joanna.

“It’s inspiring,” said Connie.

Don’t miss this cool, spectacular, life-changing event set for August 26, 2017 at the J.W. Marriott.

Ice Ball 2017 – Night of Event Information #1!


The big night is just around the corner! Here is the information you’ll need for a night of fun!

Saturday, August 26 // 6 p.m.

JW Marriott, 3rd Floor Registration

110 East 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701

Dress: Black Tie Optional


The JW Marriott is offering discounted valet parking for $25 and discounted self-parking in the JW Marriott garage on Brazos for $15. Both allow for easy access to the JW Grand Ballroom.  We suggest using ride shares (Uber, Lyft, Ride Austin) to bypass the wait and ensure you arrive on time.


Pride Parade kicks off at 8 p.m. from the Capitol, proceeds down Congress and then marches through the Warehouse District on 4th Street/Bettie Naylor to Republic Square Park. So leave early and ride share to avoid delays.

BIG Board live bidding starts at 7 p.m. and you must be present to bid.  BIG Board is a mini live auction located in the silent auction area.  You won’t want to miss this!


Be sure to visit the registration tables on the 3rd floor to receive your table assignment and Bidder Number.  Don’t forget to Express Pay at registration! Express Pay is like opening a tab at a restaurant and the best part is you don’t have to wait in line at the end of the night to check out.

Also, if you want to buy Heads or Tails cards, Kendra Scott Mystery boxes or Diamonds Direct raffle tickets (and you will definitely want to do that), you will need to Express Pay or pay cash.


Patty Morton

512-807-3615 or


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.

Pay It Forward With Daniel Curtis Benefit Returns On Thursday, August 3

Experience an Unforgettable Night Benefitting the Lone Star Paralysis Foundation with Austin’s Most Celebrated Chefs

The AT&T Hotel and Conference Center is excited to host the seventh annual Pay It Forward with Daniel Curtis benefitting the Lone Star Paralysis Foundation and Easter Seals of Central Texas on Thursday, August 3 from 6 to 10 p.m. In addition to raising awareness and funds for those with spinal cord injuries, this event promises to be a fun-filled night with an open bar and food from some of Austin’s most celebrated restaurants, including The Carillon, Jack Allen’s Kitchen, Odd Duck, Salty Sow, Olive & June, Jason Dady Restaurant Group San Antonio, and more. In addition to the dynamic lineup of Austin’s top culinary talent, Rotel and The Hot Tomatoes, a popular cover band named one of the top ten party bands in the United States by Harper’s Bazaar magazine, will perform your favorite songs from the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s.

The first Pay It Forward event took place after Daniel Curtis became paralyzed in a diving accident in May 2011. Curtis’ family, friends, and coworkers in the food and beverage industry teamed up with the Lone Star Paralysis Foundation and the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center to raise more than $65,000 to help alleviate his high medical costs. After the support he received from the Lone Star Paralysis Foundation and the spinal cord injury community that year, he wanted to continue the tradition by raising funds to support the foundation at this yearly event. Following five successful years, Daniel and the Lone Star Paralysis Foundation return with this year’s Pay It Forward event to continue raising awareness about the spinal cord injury community and helping those in need of medical assistance.

“It’s incredible to think about how resilient we as humans can be… Every morning I wake up with paralysis, yet every new day feels better than its predecessor. It’s been six years since I became a quadriplegic, and my life has so much more meaning and purpose now than it did before that day in May. I was incredibly fortunate to be on the receiving end of such kindness, love, and generosity. I’ll be forever indebted to the many individuals who supported me after such a trauma and can only continue that work in helping others who unfortunately find themselves facing a similar feat. Thanks to the profound power of our community, my life is full. Please help me realize this potential for others by paying it forward and supporting such a momentous cause.”

The event will feature some of Austin’s top culinary talent from Texas’ best restaurants, including The Carillon, Barley Swine and Odd Duck, Café Blue, Copper Restaurant, Jack Allen’s Kitchen, Jason Dady Restaurant Group San Antonio, Mongers Market & Kitchen, Olive & June, Salt Traders, Salty Sow, Swift’s Attic, The Bonneville, The Noble Sandwich Co., The Restaurant at Treaty Oak, Uchi, and Vox Table, along with treats from Austin Cake Ball and Casa Brasil.

Guests will also be able to enjoy an open bar featuring beer, wine, and specialty cocktails from Treaty Oak Distilling, Patrón Spirits, American Born Whiskey, and Glazers, all curated by The Tipsy Texan, David Alan. In addition to signature drinks, lively music, and tasty cuisine, Pay It Forward will feature an exciting live auction during the night’s event, along with a silent auction in the foyer of the ballroom. Pay It Forward is sponsored by TIRR Foundation, Austin Chiropractic, Parking and Transportation Services, Jr. & Medical, Extraco Banks, Mobility Works, Treaty Oak Distillery, American Born Bourbon, The Patrón Spirits Company, and the Shumaker Family.

Guests at Pay It Forward will enjoy a festive evening for a great cause that will help Daniel give back to the original fundraiser that gave him so much. Tickets are now available, with all proceeds from the event benefitting Lone Star Paralysis Foundation, for $125 per person for VIP access that includes early entry into the benefit at 6 p.m. and $75 per person for general admission with entry at 7 p.m.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.pifdaniel.com.


The Lone Star Paralysis Foundation (LSPF) was founded in 2001 with the mission of finding a cure for spinal cord injuries through funding research, advanced recovery therapy and adapted recreation. In addition, LSPF provides funding on a limited basis for specific needs of injured people through the Kent Waldrep Scholarship Program. LSPF is funding or has funded research at The University Of Texas, University of Colorado Denver, Rutgers University, UT Southwestern, and The Recovery Center at The Brain and Spine Center at UMCB Brackenridge. For more information, please visit www.lonestarparalysis.org.


The AT&T Hotel and Conference Center sits on The University of Texas at Austin campus and offers travelers the highest in service, dining, and conveniences. The AAA Four Diamond and Pinnacle Award-winning hotel is equipped with 297 guest rooms and suites and features inspiring views of the University’s Main Building Tower, the state Capitol, and a serene central courtyard. Three on-site dining options focus on sustainable, in-season ingredients and range from upscale to casual, giving travelers what they need, no matter the reason for their stay. For more information, please visit http://www.meetattexas.com.

Manos de Cristo Serving 2,000 Low-Income Children with School Supplies and Free Dental Screenings for Parents 

Austin nonprofit agency Manos de Cristo is set to help thousands of Central Texas children, Pre-K through 5th grades with their annual Back-to-School program July 24-28. The program prepares low-income students for the school year by providing each child with two sets of new clothing, socks, underwear, and a brand new backpack filled with school supplies. The Back-to-School program will serve the whole family by offering free visual dental screenings for the parents of participating children. Children may also be screened, but Manos de Cristo realizes there are fewer dental resources for adults.

WHEN:       July 24-28, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday, and 8:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Friday (while supplies last). 

WHERE:    Allan Center, 4900 Gonzales St., Austin, TX 78702 (Bus options: #4-Montopolis or #350-Airport Blvd.).

WHAT:       Families in need are encouraged to arrive early for the first come, first served, back to school clothing, supplies and dental screenings. Community volunteers will help serve 400 children each day through the program.

For approximately 21 years, the Back-to-School program has made a positive impact on children and families in need in the Austin area. Back-to-School takes place over five days, July 24-28, with the help of nearly 500 volunteers, at the Allan Center, 4900 Gonzales St.

Manos de Cristo will serve approximately 400 children per day. Parents and guardians are encouraged to arrive early in order to participate in the program. The Manos Back-to-School program is unique as it allows children to “shop” with volunteers and choose their own backpacks, clothing, and two books. Each child will also receive grade appropriate school supplies. Participating children will arrive on their first day of school prepared, ready to learn, and with the same supplies and clothing as their peers.

One mother of four children said, “This program makes my kids happy. They get excited over the new clothes and especially the books. Without the help from Manos they would have to wear old clothes from last year. I can’t afford new things every year.”

Children must be present to receive their clothing and supplies. Parents/guardians must bring a photo ID.

The program is sponsored in part by the Maximus Foundation, Cross Texas Transmission, Target, Sendero Health Care, RBFCU, Dell Children’s Health Plan, Little Engine Homecare, Home Health Ageless Living, and many other generous donors. The cost for the agency to provide this service is $60 per child and increases each year. We cannot continue the program without support from the community. Anyone wishing to support the Back-to-School Program, by underwriting the cost of a child’s clothing and supplies, is encouraged to visit www.manosdecristo.org. 

About Manos de Cristo: Founded 29 years ago, Manos meets the essential needs of the working poor by providing adults and children with alow-cost dental care, adult educational opportunities, and emergency food and clothing through its full service Dental Center, Education Program, annual Back-to-School program, and Basic Needs Food Pantry and Clothes Closet.