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!

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.

The Piazza Center Plans to Raise over $10,000 for Breast Cancer Resource Centers | May 10

On May 10, 2018, Dr. Rocco Piazza of the Piazza Center for Plastic Surgery will be hosting the fifth annual Cocktails & Curiosity Gala to raise funds for the Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas (BCRC).

An avid supporter since 2010, Dr. Piazza has seen firsthand, the life changing services the BCRC provides to those with a breast cancer diagnoses. Staffed by breast cancer survivors, the non-profit aims to reduce mortality rates from breast cancer, and to become a centralized resource for information, education, and support, empowering those with a breast cancer diagnosis to become knowledgeable participants in their healthcare.

The event will take place on May 10th at the scenic Headwaters Central in Dripping Springs from 5:30-8:30pm. Guests can expect lovely cocktails, bites from Rocco’s Grill and entertainment by jazz crooner, Ken Slavin, along with over $10,000 in raffle prizes and a chance to meet and learn from BCRC representatives. Tickets start at $40 and can be purchased here.  All event proceeds and additional monies raised will go to support the great work of the BCRC.

The Austin Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Inc. is Hosting the 24th Biennial Beautillion Ball

The Austin Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Inc. is hosting the 24th Biennial Beautillion Ball. Please add the following information to your Events on your website and radio stations.

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The 24th Biennial Beautillion Ball culminates an intensive, seven-month program that provides mentoring, education, and social enrichment for college bound African-American males from the Greater Austin area.The purpose of the Beautillion Ball is to showcase the achievements of these young men and to reward them with scholarships and a technology package. These distinguished “Beaux” pay tribute to the community and to their mothers with a breathtaking waltz. The night is made even more enchanting by the lovely “Belle” who escorts each “Beaux”.

The entire Greater Austin community is invited to support these young men and their families! Proceeds from the Beautillion Ball support local and national 501(c)(3) charitable organizations in the Greater Austin community.

The Austin Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Inc. was chartered in June 1953. Throughout its fifty plus years, the Austin Chapter has worked to fulfill its service mission to the community through group activities as well as chapter projects. The Beautillion Ball, begun in 1972 and presented biennially, has become our signature event in the Austin community. It is also our main fundraiser that has, over the past 35 years, raised funds for the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), the George Washington Carver Library & Museum, the Austin Children’s Museum, and the Jack & Jill Foundation.

You can support the Beautillion by purchasing tickets to the event and/or by purchasing advertising in the program book.

Ball tickets cost $85.00 each. Ball tickets cost $85.00 each. Tickets can be purchased from this page ($6.79 processing fee will be added) or may be purchased by check or money order, payable to “Austin Chapter, Jack and Jill of America, Inc.” and mailed to P. O. Box 6059, Austin, TX 78762-6059. Tickets purchased by check do not include a processing fee. All ball tickets must be purchased by May 31, 2018.

To learn more about the Beautillion or to become a corporate sponsor go to our website at https://jackandjillofaustin.org/.​​

Saturday, June 16, 2018
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM CDT

​​Austin Hilton, Governor’s Ballroom, Fourth Floor

500 E 4th Street

Austin, TX 78701​​

Tickets:
$85 

Eventbrite Link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/24th-biennial-beautillion-ball-tickets-42598204376?aff=es2 

Diamonds Direct Raises $100,000 for Komen Austin at Big PINK Give Event

Diamond Direct’s Custom-Designed Breast Cancer Pendants Raise the Stakes in Silent Auction, Greatly Increasing Funds Raised for Breast Cancer Awareness and Research

Diamonds Direct, one of America’s largest and most successful jewelry companies, Tuesday announced it raised $100,000 for the Susan G. Komen Big PINK Give event held April 6 at Hotel Granduca in Austin. The event raised more than $300,000.

“This is the fourth year we have been honored to sponsor this inspiring breast cancer awareness and fundraising event,” said Diamonds Direct Vice President Anat Adi-Atias. “We have all been touched by cancer in some way, and it is deeply rewarding to have an opportunity to contribute to the vital work Komen Austin is doing to make a lasting impact on the Austin breast cancer community.”

About 200 guests attended the Big PINK Give, a sold-out gala that began with a champagne reception under the stars, followed by dinner and a program featuring inspiring remarks by individuals directly impacted by breast cancer. The evening culminated with an opportunity to give by participating in a live auction.

Diamonds Direct has been a sponsor of the event for the past four years and this is the second year for them to create two custom-designed breast cancer ribbon pendants encrusted with diamonds and pink sapphires, each weighing more than 2.5 total carats, to be auctioned to the highest bidder. In concept, the winner would receive both pendants, keep one and give the other to a survivor at Komen’s “Race for the Cure” event in September. Last year, following the same concept, Diamonds Direct raised $30,000 for Komen, and the winner gave them both to survivors at the September race.

At this year’s Big PINK Give, the contest for the pendants reached a fever pitch, with two bidders each offering $50,000. Encouraged and cajoled by the inimitable Cowboys Auctioneer, Health Hale, they each decided to purchase one pendant for $50,000, doubling the amount of funds raised to $100,000. Both bidders generously decided to forego taking a pendant home and will donate them both to survivors at this year’s “Race for the Cure.”

“This incredible event was made possible by our partners, and Diamonds Direct stepped up once again, creating two breathtaking pieces that brought an astounding $100,000 to our cause,” said Suzanne Stone, executive director of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. “We are so grateful to our guests and our generous bidders, as well as to event chairs Amber Gonzales and Jennifer Elliott. We also want to thank Heath Hale of Heath Hale Auctioneers in Lakeway for the masterful way in which he handled the auction, greatly increasing the funds we raised that evening.”

About Diamonds Direct

Diamonds Direct is one of America’s largest and most successful jewelry companies with 15 locations in the U.S. Each location offers loose and mounted diamonds, a multitude of engagement ring mountings by America’s top designers, diamond and gemstone fashion jewelry, wedding bands, pearls and much more. The company backs its products with industry-leading guarantees and warranties, including their unprecedented 110% lifetime upgrade. Diamonds Direct is a socially responsible company that thinks globally and acts locally. The company ensures all diamonds are ethically sourced via the Kimberly Process and is responsible for hundreds of thousands of dollars raised for local philanthropies and cultural organizations that are critical to the communities Diamonds Direct calls home. For more information, visit https://www.DiamondsDirect.com.

About Komen Austin

Susan G. Komen® Austin is an Austin-based nonprofit committed to saving lives locally and fighting breast cancer globally. Komen Austin is the only local breast cancer organization attacking the disease on all fronts – education, screening, treatment, follow-up care, survivorship support, advocacy and research. The organization serves the women and men in the city’s five-county area battling breast cancer by removing barriers to care for the uninsured and underinsured. Of the funds raised annually, Komen Austin invests 75 percent in local community health grants and educational initiatives, and 25 percent in global research studies to find cures for breast cancer. Since 1999, Komen Austin has invested more than $11.7 million in breast health services and educational efforts in Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties. Additionally, it has given more than $5.4 million to fund global research studies to find cures for breast cancer. Komen Austin encourages the local community to help save lives and end breast cancer forever by participating in year-round fundraising efforts and our signature events – the Susan G. Komen® Austin Race for the Cure and the Big PINK Give. For more information, visit https://KomenAustin.org.

Breakthrough Students Inspire Incredible Generosity at Champions Celebration!

 Rhiannon and her family "I don’t think I would have graduated college without Breakthrough. Even more importantly, I don’t think I’d know who I was meant to be. Their unwavering kindness has helped me find my calling. This spring, I am applying to graduate programs to become an Occupational Therapist so I can give back and help others who have been devastated by disabilities and illness." - Rhiannon, Breakthrough College Graduate


Rhiannon and her family
“I don’t think I would have graduated college without Breakthrough. Even more importantly, I don’t think I’d know who I was meant to be. Their unwavering kindness has helped me find my calling. This spring, I am applying to graduate programs to become an Occupational Therapist so I can give back and help others who have been devastated by disabilities and illness.”
- Rhiannon, Breakthrough College Graduate

On the evening of Tuesday, April 10, nearly 300 Austinites gathered at Austin’s New Central Public Library for Breakthrough’s 13th Annual Champions Celebration. Our hearts are filled with gratitude for our event chairs, Karey and Chris Oddo, the outreach committee and everyone who attended, donated, and shared in our celebration of Breakthrough’s mission and our trailblazing students and families.With the help of matching gifts from long-time supporters Neil Webber and the Topfer Family Foundation, together, we raised $246,000 of our $250,000 goal to support this year’s 1,600 Breakthrough students on their path to becoming first-generation college graduates!

A special thanks to our wonderful speakers— Breakthrough college graduate, Rhiannon Aleman, and Breakthrough Board Trustee Ricky Green, for sharing their inspirational journeys of defying adversity to pursue their dreams of a college education and a better life.

 

Want to learn more about Breakthrough? Meet alumni and program leadership who are on the front line changing lives and see what makes the program tick at our upcoming Breakthrough Behind The Scenes Tour on April 27 at 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM at our East Austin headquarter.Visit www.breakthroughctx.org to learn more about Breakthrough Austin.

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:
Nominee Name: ________________________________________________________________
Nominating for which Award Category: Community Activist or Community Professional
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City: _________________________State:_________________Zip: __________
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Email: _____________________Website: _____________________________
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NOMINATOR INFORMATION:
Nominator’s name and title: _________________________________________
Organization (if applicable): __________________________________________
Address: ________________________________________________________
City: _________________________State:_________________Zip: ________
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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