8th Annual Austin Originals Benefit Concert & Live Stream Featuring Wild Child

The Austin Originals Benefit Concert (AOBC) is Austin Child Guidance Center’s annual fundraising gala at ACL Live at the Moody Theater to be held this year on August 24, 2019 featuring Wild Child.  Each year, the event brings together community supporters, local businesses, musicians, and mental health advocates to raise money for children’s mental health services and concludes with a concert.

2019 Austin Originals Benefit Concert

The event also features live and silent auctions; the Austin Originals Tasting Grove with food bites from local Austin favorites; an exclusive VIP reception; and the annual Phyllis Richards Austin Icon for Children Award presented to two individuals making exemplary strides in improving outcomes for children (list of this year’s finalists and nominees found here.)

With your help, each year the Austin Originals Benefit Concert raises thousands of dollars in support of children’s mental health.

For sponsorship and ticket inquiries please reach out to the Development Team.

Join Big Brothers Big Sisters for, Ice Ball 2019, Austin’s Brightest Gem

ICE BALL 2019

Saturday, August 24th

6 PM – Midnight

Fairmont Austin Hotel

Join Big Brothers Big Sisters for Austin’s brightest gem, the Ice Ball gala. Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, seated dinner, live and silent auctions, live music, dancing and more! Tickets to Ice Ball  include admission to The BIG After, Ice Ball’s official after-party. Visit https://www.bigmentoring.org/ice-ball for all the juicy details.  

Your Invite to the Big Brothers Big Sisters Ice Ball 2019

ICE BALL 2019
Saturday, August 24th
6 PM – Midnight
Fairmont Austin Hotel
Join Big Brothers Big Sisters for Austin’s brightest gem, the Ice Ball gala. Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, seated dinner, live and silent auctions, live music, dancing and more! Tickets to Ice Ball include admission to The BIG After, Ice Ball’s official after-party.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas Invests Almost $1M in the Educational Futures of Area Students

Photography courtesy of Anthony Johnson Photography.

Little Brother Harold receives his scholarship certificate

Little Brother Harold receives his scholarship certificate

On Saturday, June 15th, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas held its 33rd annual ‘Promising Futures’ scholarship ceremony to recognize and celebrate the educational achievements of nearly 200 students in Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring program.

$403,000 in scholarship funds were made available to 124 of the agency’s graduating seniors, and $539,500 in scholarship funds were committed to 166 newly eligible Littles, to be made available when they graduate high school.

Alejandrina Guzman, 2017 – 2018 University of Texas Student Body President, was the keynote speaker for the event, which was held at the For the City Center in East Austin. Alejandrina was the first Latina Student Body President at UT Austin, and the first physically differently-abled Student Body President in the Big XII Conference.

“You are capable,” Alejandrina told BBBS’ students. “Your stories of immigrant parents who sacrificed everything for a better life, of the siblings you inspire, of all the beautiful moments you have shared with your Big Brothers and Big Sisters… these stories make up your strength. You have already overcome challenges in your lives, and we’re here to celebrate not only what you’ve accomplished so far, but what you’re capable of achieving.”

BBBS’ Promisees and graduates alike crossed the stage to receive their promise medals and scholarship certificates as their families, friends, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, and BBBS staff cheered from the audience.

Jamie Avila, a member of BBBS’ Executive Board, Foundation Board and a former Big Brother, presented the awards to each student. Lauren Petrowski, former news anchor for Fox 7 Austin and a former Big Sister, was the emcee for the event. Speeches were given by Alejandrina Guzman, and BBBS of Central Texas CEO Brent Fields.

“This scholarship means a new future,” said Little Sister Carolina. “I’m looking forward to getting out there and living life.” Carolina is planning on studying web development and computer programming. Her Big Sister Anna attended the ceremony with her.

“The scholarship ceremony is one of my favorite days of the year,” said Brent Fields, “because it so clearly reflects our investment in the power of mentoring. It is such an honor to partner with these amazing families, volunteers and young people. We can’t wait to see where they go, and what they do next.”

“Thanks to our unique BBBS Scholarship Foundation – founded back in 1986, as a powerful incentive for students in our program to graduate high school and pursue higher education – we are able to help lots of young people think differently about their futures and offer some practical, direct financial assistance to help them.”

Since the Scholarship Program’s inception Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas has promised and awarded more than $5 million dollars in scholarship support to over 2,500 students. In addition, 10 schools in Texas now generously match the agency’s scholarship dollars for BBBS Littles.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texaswww.BigMentoring.org • 4800 Manor Road • Austin, Texas 78723 • 512.472.5437

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas serves nearly 1,000 children in Central Texas every day. For over 48 years, we’ve matched children, ages 6 – 16, with caring adult mentors who offer encouragement and support to each child. It is our vision that all youth achieve their biggest possible futures. To that end, BBBS’ mission is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.

Join Us for the Wonders & Worries Unmasked Gala on Friday, February 22, 2019

Join your friends and colleagues on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 for the 5th Annual Wonders & Worries Unmasked Gala! Enjoy the mystery and celebration of a Venetian Carnival. Masks encouraged.

Proceeds provide professional mental health support for children and teenagers in central Texas who are coping with a parent’s serious illness.

Questions about tickets, tables or sponsorship?
Contact Rachelle Shuttlesworth at 512-329-5757, Ext. 107 or rachelle@wondersandworries.org.

You’re Invited to the 5th Annual Wonders & Worries Unmasked Gala!

Join your friends and colleagues on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 for the 5th Annual Wonders & Worries Unmasked Gala! Enjoy the mystery and celebration of a Venetian Carnival. Masks encouraged.

Proceeds provide professional mental health support for children and teenagers in central Texas who are coping with a parent’s serious illness.

Big Brothers Big Sisters to Host a 3-Generation Match Reunion

BBBS

January is National Mentoring Month. On Monday, January 14th, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas is hosting a very special match reunion at the Bennett-Rathgeber Mentoring Center on Manor Rd. that will bring 3 generations of Big and Little Sisters together.

We are hosting a reunion and presentation where Pat, Lisa and Maryah will be sharing their story and talking about the power of mentoring and the impacts their relationships have had on their lives. 

3-generation match reunion

Big Brothers Big Sisters Bennett-Rathgeber Mentoring Center

4800 Manor Rd., Building K, Austin, TX  78723

Monday, January 14th,, 2019

3:30 p.m. – Facilitated interview and story share

Background:

Pat O’Neil became a Little Sister when she was 14 years old. After several years, her Big Sister, Lisa, moved to California for work.  Because of the impact their mentoring relationship had on her, Pat knew that she wanted to become a Big Sister herself. As an adult, she went into the military. Her career brought her to Bergstrom Airforce Base. When she settled in Austin, she became a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas and she was matched with her own Little Sister, Maryah, in the 1980s.  

Having recently retired, Pat has reconnected with her original Big Sister.  Her Big Sister Lisa has come to visit her for the first time in Austin, and Pat is excited to see her and to introduce her to her very own Little Sister.  This will be the first meeting Lisa and Pat have had in more than 40 years, and it will be the first time that Lisa and Maryah have met.

Pat has been matched with her Big Sister, Lisa, for 52 years, and with her Little Sister, Maryah, for 32 years.  The three are very excited to get to know each other and to spend time together. 

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas serves nearly 1,000 children in Central Texas every day. For over 47 years, we’ve matched children, ages 6–16, with caring adult mentors who offer encouragement and support to each child. BBBS depends on donations to recruit, screen and train volunteers, and to provide on-going support for children, families and volunteers as they build and sustain long-lasting relationships. Last year, more than 98 percent of the children served by BBBS remained in school and avoided early parenting.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texaswww.BigMentoring.org • 4800 Manor Road • Austin, Texas 78723 • 512.472.5437

5 Ways to Support Your Community this Festive Season

Each year, the true spirit of the festive season can seem to get buried further beneath mountains of wrapping paper and drowned out by commercialism.

However, when it comes to the festive season, gifts don’t have to come in glossy paper with crisp edges and hidden tape (though those are nice, too). For example, author Carol Lavin Bernick recommends focusing on gifts that make an impact, such as giving back within your community.

The former chairman of beauty conglomerate Alberto Culver, Bernick published “Gather As You Go,”a book sharing insights she’s learned through her many roles: corporate leader, working mother, philanthropist and founder of the nonprofit organization Enchanted Backpack.

Consider these tips from Bernick for making a difference without breaking the bank.

  1. It’s About More Than Just Dollars

    Instead of measuring your support by how much money you give, focus on the many ways you can support organizations near and dear to you by spreading the word online and in-person while recruiting new supporters. Alternatively, you can find an organization that puts your knowledge and skills to work. For example, if you’re an artist or IT specialist, find a charity that needs your skill set.

  1. Think Long-Term

    When you’re working with an organization, consider how you can help it find a long-term solution to problems. For example, if you’re interested in helping young girls excel in science and math, work with your local elementary or junior high school to establish or support an after-school STEM program.

  1. Start at Home

    Teach your children the importance of giving back by donating gifts to those in need through charitable programs, volunteering at a food pantry or fundraising through a bake sale.

  1. Shop with Purpose

    This year, you can make an impact with your holiday shopping by buying gifts that give back. For instance, all proceeds from “Gather As You Go”directly benefit Enchanted Backpack.

  1. Focus on Your Passions

    Define your focus and make a difference by dedicating yourself to one or two causes that excite you the most. Find your passion and pursue it.

Find more inspiration to give back at gatherasyougo.com. (Family Features)

SOURCE:
Gather As You Go

Iconic Restaurant, Serendipity 3, Unveils a Sundae that is “Born This Way”!

Serendipity 3, the home of the Frrrozen Hot Chocolate located at 225 East 60th Street in New York, presents a new dessert that is individual to each and every person. Created for Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation, the sundae features 3 scoops of your favorite ice cream served deconstructed with 12 bowls of topping and candies, including gummy “little monsters” and rainbow ribbons, to create a dessert totally unique to you – just as you were Born This Way!

Led by Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, Born This Way Foundation was founded in 2012 to support the wellness of young people and empower them to create a kinder and braver world. To achieve these goals, Born This Way Foundation leverages evidence-based programming and authentic partnerships in order to provide young people with kinder communities and improved mental resources.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the Born This Way Sundae go to the Born This Way Foundation. The sundae retails for $24.95 and is available for a limited time only.

Are You Ready for the Ice Ball 2018?

Ice Ball 2018

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas’ brightest gem, the Ice Ball Gala, includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, seated dinner, auctions and live music in downtown Austin. This annual event allows the organization to raise funds to create life-changing mentoring relationships for children and families in Central Texas.

The 2018 gala will take place at the Fairmont Austin hotel on August 25, 2018.

Visit www.AustinIceBall.org to learn more!