Your Invitation to the 7th Annual Austin Originals Benefit Concert and Live Stream

We invite you to be a guest at the 7th Annual Austin Originals Benefit Concert and Live Stream benefiting Austin Child Guidance Center.

Austin Originals Benefit Concert
Ticket Options:

Mezzanine Seat – $150

VIP Ticket – $300

Duet Table – $400

Emerging Donor – $500

ACL Balcony – $25-$35

The Austin Originals Benefit Concert at ACL Live at the Moody Theater is an annual fundraiser that brings together community leaders and supporters of Austin Child Guidance Center (ACGC) to raise money for children’s mental health services.

This year Bob Schneider will take the stage as the headlining act for the 7th Annual Austin Originals Benefit Concert & Live Stream on August 18th, 2018 at ACL Live at the Moody Theater.

The evening will feature an Austin Originals Tasting Grove reception area with food bites from local Austin favorites including The Steeping Room, Uchiko, The Austin Artisan, Bufaline Due, Gregorio’s, Gusto, Roaring Fork, Kellie’s Baking Co., Fixe, Max’s Wine Dive, and Juliet; live and silent auctions; and additional musical performances by Casey McPherson, Nakia, and James Junius.

This year’s emcee is Terry Lickona and event co-chairs are Andrea Ames of A&D Insurance Advisors and Madeline Hollern of Austin Monthly Magazine.

During the show, the Phyllis Richards Austin Icon for Children Award will be presented to two outstanding individuals dedicated to improving outcomes for children. Read more about Award Finalists.

Phyllis Richards Austin Icon for Children Award

Phyllis Richards, Ph.D.

Phyllis Richards, Ph.D.

Do you know someone who exemplifies excellence in improving outcomes for children? Austin Child Guidance Center is accepting nominations for the 7th Annual Phyllis Richards Austin Icon for Children Award. Please nominate deserving individuals under the following categories:

Two Categories for Nomination

Community Activist category is for an individual who is dedicated to positive outcomes for children through volunteerism and/or philanthropy.

Community Professional category is for an individual who is dedicated to positive outcomes for children through exemplifying excellence in their profession.

Nomination criteria: In 500 words, tell us about someone who has made great strides in improving the quality of life for children locally and/or nationally within any of the following fields: mental health, child development, education, primary health, basic needs, art and/or advocacy. Your recommendation should give testimony to the individual’s commitment to public service for children. Along with your recommendation, please attach articles, awards or other documentation of the nominee’s accomplishments and charitable works. When writing, please consider the following service areas: impact of work, degree of difficulty, obstacles encountered within the field during time of service, imagination, innovation, number of lives touched and length of service.

Nominee Must be Present to Win on August 18, 2018

At the Austin Originals Benefit Concert at ACL Live at the Moody Theater

Please confirm availability of the nominee before nominating.

Dr. Phyllis Richards has over 60 years of dedicated service in child development and shaping service delivery to children. Her commitment to ensuring that all children have access to quality early childhood education and mental health services has created long-term impacts for thousands of children. She served as a faculty member for The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Human Ecology Division of Human Development and Family Sciences for forty years. She was a visionary leader and researcher in the field of early childhood education and development, and worked vigorously to help establish the Head Start program on a national level. In her five years of service on the Austin Child Guidance Center’s Board of Directors, she was influential in helping the Center become the first site in Central Texas to provide mental health services to children who were victims of sexual abuse.

Selection Process: The Austin Child Guidance Center’s Board of Directors will select three finalists per category. The Center will publicly announce Award Finalists and accomplishments prior to the event. All Finalists will receive two complimentary tickets to attend the event. The Award Winners will be revealed on stage at the event. During the event program, each finalist and award winner will be recognized for his or her dedication to improving future outcomes for children. For more info about the event, please visit: www.austinchildguidance.org
NOMINEE INFORMATION:
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The mission of Austin Child Guidance Center, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, founded in 1951, is to improve the mental health of children and their families through early intervention, diagnosis and treatment to help them develop the emotional skills for meeting life’s challenges.

Nominations are due: Friday, April 6, 2018. Please fill out the information above and send it, along with your letter of recommendation (500 words max), and any additional documentation (articles/awards) of your nomination to Kaitlyn Haney, Development Specialist at khaney@austinchildguidance.org or by mail to:

Austin Child Guidance Center
Attention: Kaitlyn Haney
810 West 45th Street
Austin, TX 78751

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” –Mahatma Gandhi

Join Us for the Austin Originals 6th Annual Benefit Concert on August 19

Austin Child Guidance Center (ACGC) is proud to present the 6th Annual Austin Originals Benefit Concert and Live Stream on Saturday, August 19, 2017 featuring ten time Grammy Award winners, Asleep at the Wheel. We are proud to announce that our emcee for the evening will be Terry Lickona, Executive Producer of Austin City Limits.

Guests will enjoy the Austin Originals Tasting Grove presented by Lexus of Austin & Lexus of Lakeway and an open bar during the reception.  The Austin Originals Tasting Grove features: The Austin Artisan, Chez Zee, Café Blue, Cojo Unlimited Catering, Roaring Fork, Gregorio’s Catering, Winflo Osteria, Gusto’s Italian Kitchen, Kellie’s Baking Co., and The Capital Grille.

We will present the 6th Annual Phyllis Richards Austin Icon for Children Awards to Ryan Therrell in the Community Activist category and Dr. Libby Doggett in the Community Professional category.

Special Thanks to the events Honorary Co-Chairs, Colin Pope and Heather McKissick!

Click HERE to purchase tickets for the Mezzanine and Floor Sponsorships.

Please visit ACL Live Calendar for balcony tickets-which only includes entrance for the music portion of the event. Doors open for balcony tickets at 8:30pm. All proceeds from balcony tickets go directly to ACGC.

For sponsorship opportunities or more information contact ACGC’s Director of Development, Renee Hanson Malone.

When St. David’s Foundation Hosts a Luncheon, You’d Want to be on the Guest List.

Written by William Jackson, Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine and Board Member of Austin Child Guidance Center

Photography courtesy of Robert Godwin.

On Wednesday, March 29, a record breaking 86 distinguished guests convened at St. David’s Foundation for its annual lunch during which they present $1 million in matching funds to over 50 St. David’s Foundation nonprofit grant partners who participated in Amplify Austin Day 2017.

Julie Ballesteros (Manos de Cristo), Rennie Collins (HAAM)

Julie Ballesteros (Manos de Cristo), Rennie Collins (HAAM)

This year’s Austin Amplify Day was the most successful fundraising event to date. Austin Amplify Day beat this year’s fundraising goal of $9 million by raising more than $9.8 million over 24 hours. A big part of this fundraising effort was led by St. David’s Foundation as their grant partners went on to raise $4+ million during the 24-hour period on March 2-3, 2017.

illiam  Jackson (Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine and Board Member of the Austin Child Guidance Center), Renee Hanson Malone (Austin Child Guidance Center), Russell Smith (Austin Child Guidance Center)

William Jackson (Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine and Board Member of Austin Child Guidance Center), Renee Hanson Malone (Director of Development, Austin Child Guidance Center), Russell Smith (Executive Director, Austin Child Guidance Center)

Guests enjoyed a delicious lunch and engaging conversation with fellow table guests as a prelude to the presentation of checks.  Earl Maxwell, Chief Executive Officer of St. David’s Foundation, presented checks to each grantee and shared additional grantee Amplify Austin Day results.

Kelly Sampley (Spirit Reins), Gaylen Kimbell (Spirit Reins)

Kelly Sampley (Spirit Reins), Gaylen Kimbell (Spirit Reins)

Maxwell extended special thanks to Todd Waldron, MS, Director of Information Technology and Shannon Hartigan Contreras, Communications Manager, both of St. David’s Foundation, for their unswerving support during the thrilling Amplify Austin Day 2017.  A warm acknowledgement was given to Bobbie Barker, MPA, Executive Vice President of Community Investments for St. David’s Foundation, who is planning to retire at the end of April.

Vanessa Maldonado (Easter Seals of Central Texas), Tod Marvin (Easter Seals of Central Texas)

Vanessa Maldonado (Easter Seals of Central Texas), Tod Marvin (Easter Seals of Central Texas)

The luncheon concluded with hearty words of appreciation from Celeste Flores, Executive Director, I Live Here, I Give Here, who impressed upon the audience the importance of giving and the support it provides to fostering growth and improvements throughout our communities.  And she emphasized further, the importance of having the collaborative partnership of the nonprofit community and gracious leaders such as the St. David’s Foundation.

Patsy Woods Martin (ILHIGH), Erica Saenz (ILHIGH), Christine Herlin (ILHIGH), Lindsey Muse (ILHIGH), Earl Maxwell (St. David’s Foundation), Celeste Flores (ILHIGH), Amy Morris (ILHIGH)

Patsy Woods Martin (ILHIGH), Erica Saenz (ILHIGH), Christine Herlin (ILHIGH), Lindsey Muse (ILHIGH), Earl Maxwell (St. David’s Foundation), Celeste Flores (ILHIGH), Amy Morris (ILHIGH)

From all of us at the InFluential Family, congratulations to all of the award recipients and loud applause to St. David’s Foundation for its large display of philanthropy, generosity and support.

St. David’s Foundation to Present $1 Million in Amplify Austin Day Matching Funds at Annual Luncheon

St. David’s Foundation to present $1 million in matching funds to over 50 St. David’s Foundation nonprofit grant partners that participated in Amplify Austin Day 2017 at the annual luncheon on Wednesday, March 29 at noon. Grant partners raised over $4 million during the 24-hour period on March 2-3, 2017.

Earl Maxwell, Chief Executive Officer of St. David’s Foundation, will present checks to each grantee and share additional grantee Amplify Austin Day results. This year’s funds will be distributed on a prorated basis. This brings the total matching contributions by St. David’s Foundation to more than $4.3 million since Amplify Austin’s inception in 2013.

CEOs, directors, and other representatives of the various grantee organizations will be in attendance, along with St. David’s Foundation’s Chief Executive Officer Earl Maxwell and I Live Here I Give Here’s Executive Director Celeste Flores.

Wednesday, March 29
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. CT
St. David’s Foundation
1303 San Antonio Street, Suite 500
Austin, TX 78701

2017 Grantees
AGE of Central Texas
AIDS Services of Austin
Any Baby Can
Austin Child Guidance Center
Austin Clubhouse
Austin Parks Foundation
Austin Public Ed Fund
Austin Recovery
Austin Speech Labs
Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry & Support Center
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area
Breast Cancer Resource Center
Capital IDEA
Care Communities
Center for Child Protection
Central Texas Food Bank
Coalition of Texans with Disabilities
Communities In Schools of Central Texas
Council on At-Risk Youth (CARY)
Drive a Senior Network
Easter Seals
El Buen Samaritano Episcopal Mission
Family Crisis Center
Family Eldercare
Foundation Communities
H.A.N.D, Helping the Aging, Needy and Disabled
Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center
Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM)
Hope Alliance
Hospice Austin
Interagency Support Council of Eastern Williamson County
LifeWorks
Lone Star Circle of Care
Manos de Cristo
Marathon Kids
Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute
Meals on Wheels Central Texas
Mobile Loaves & Fishes
Mothers’ Milk Bank of Austin
Opportunities for Williamson & Burnet Counties
People’s Community Clinic
Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas
Round Rock Area Serving Center
SAFE Alliance
Samaritan Center For Counseling and Pastoral Care
Samaritan Health Ministries
SIMS Foundation
Spirit Reins
Sustainable Food Center
Texas Ramp Project – Austin Region
Volunteer Healthcare Clinic
Waterloo Counseling
We Are Blood
YMCA of Austin
YMCA of Greater Williamson County

Amplify Austin is our community’s annual day of online giving. The 24-hour period provides an easy and fun way for our entire community to give together while helping local nonprofits. Over the past five years, Amplify Austin has raised $35 million for hundreds of local organizations. In 2017, 39 percent of all gifts given were new gifts to organizations. Amplify Austin is produced by I Live Here, I Give Here, whose mission is to cultivate the power of giving back. Programs such as Amplify Austin, See Jane Give, Give Back Jack and Austin Involved are designed to encourage participants to find the issue they care most about and take action to become part of the solution. For more information, visit ILiveHereIGiveHere.org.

St. David’s Foundation believes good health returns great benefits to the community. Through a unique partnership, the Foundation reinvests proceeds from St. David’s HealthCare to help build the healthiest community in the world. The Foundation helps people in every corner of the community through signature programs and collaborations with more than 50 nonprofit partners. In 2017, the Foundation’s goal is to invest up to $70 million to connect thousands of low-income people to a full range of health services. Foundation signature programs include the largest scholarship program in Texas for aspiring health professionals, and the largest mobile dental program in the country. Other focus areas include safety net clinics, agencies serving older adults, mental health initiatives, and support for healthy living initiatives. For more information on St. David’s Foundation, visit stdavidsfoundation.org.

 

Trauma Conference Brings Solutions to Helping Children Recover from Adversity

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

Seanna Crosbie

Seanna Crosbie, LCSW-S

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

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

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

Dan Siegel, M.D.

Dan Siegel, M.D.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Amplify Austin is our city’s annual community-wide day of online giving. The 24-hour period provides an easy and fun way for our entire community to give together while helping local nonprofits. Over the past four years, Amplify Austin has raised $25 million for hundreds of local organizations. In 2016, 41 percent of all gifts given were new gifts to organizations. Amplify Austin is produced by I Live Here, I Give Here, whose mission is to cultivate the power of giving back. Programs such as Amplify Austin, See Jane Give, Give Back Jack and Austin Involved are designed to encourage participants to find the issue they care most about and take action to become part of the solution. For more information, visit ILiveHereIGiveHere.org.

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

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

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

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

78704 Gallery Exhibit Opening Featuring Beili Liu

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Online: http://www.78704gallery.com

Or call at: 512-708-4678.

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

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

Renee Hanson Malone, MA

Renee Hanson Malone, MA

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

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