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Connect2Good Spring Cleaning Donation Drive

Connect2Good customizes online giving with Spring Cleaning Donation Drive


Austin, TX  - Connect2Good is hosting an online, in-kind donations drive Friday, April 25th through Saturday, May 31st, 2014. The Spring Cleaning Donation Drive offers Austin residents the opportunity to support local non-profit organizations from the comfort of their home.


Austin residents will donate their excess items directly to the nonprofits of their choosing simply by visiting www.connect2good.com at any time during the event. Items such as clothes, furniture, school supplies, and food are received by organizations that have specifically requested them. A one-stop-shop for community giving, Connect2Good’s search engine matches any in-kind donation with the area non-profits that need them the most.


Spring cleaning is the perfect time to turn nothing into something for the community. No registration is required. For more information about this event, please contact Joshua Vaughan at josh@connect2good.com.

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Dog Leg Classic Golf Tournament


Texas Humane Heroes Hosts 9th Annual Golf Tournament Benefitting Central Texas Homeless Animals


Texas Humane Heroes invites community members to join in the fun at the 9th annual “Dog Leg Classic” Golf Tournament fundraising event on Monday, April 28, 2014 at the renowned Teravista Golf Club in Round Rock, TX. This year’s goal is to raise $40,000 in an effort to make Central Texas a No Kill community for homeless dogs and cats.


Golfers can register in advance for 4-person scramble teams at $125/person www.TexasHumaneHeroes.org/golf. Registration includes breakfast, golf, lunch, prizes/awards, and much more. A silent auction will also be hosted at the event for more fundraising opportunities. The Dog Leg Classic will get off to a shotgun start at 8:30am on Monday, April 28th, with check-in beginning at 7:30am.


“The Dog Leg Classic is one of Texas Humane Heroes’ largest fundraising events of the year and continues to be a growing success for the organization thanks to our golfers and fabulous sponsors!” said Eran Fehily, Development Director for Texas Humane Heroes. “This event is always so much fun and scheduled at the perfect time of year to enjoy a relaxing game of golf and support a great cause! We have incredible support from our sponsors, such as Advanced Wealth Management Strategies, Zoot Pet Hospital, P& R Propane and many others! However, there are many opportunities for other businesses to get involved. It’s really a win-win for everyone – great golf, great business exposure, and a great cause!” Additional sponsorship opportunities are available for businesses seeking increased exposure and marketing opportunities.


“Our partnership with Texas Humane Heroes has been an important one for our business,” said Jim Root, President/Co-Owner of Zoot Pet Hospital & Luxury Boarding. “As a sponsor of the Dog Leg Classic, Texas Humane Heroes does a terrific job acknowledging the contributions of event sponsors through professional signage at the event, website features, and on-site gratitude.”


For further information on the 9th Annual Dog Leg Classic held on April 28,2014, to register for the golf tournament, or for sponsorship opportunities, please visitwww.TexasHumaneHeroes.org/golf.


Texas Humane Heroes Background Information

The mission of Texas Humane Heroes is to provide innovative programs & services to eliminate pet homelessness and to improve the lives of pets & people throughout Central Texas. Texas Humane Heroes operates adoption centers in Central Texas, located in the greater Austin metropolitan area and the Fort Hood/Killeen area. Texas Humane Heroes is 100% funded by donations, grants, and modest fees for services and receives no government funding. Texas Humane Heroes, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is a DBA of Williamson County Humane Society. The corporate office is located at 10930 E. Crystal Falls Parkway, Leander, Texas. For more information, please visit www.TexasHumaneHeroes.org.

INFO 7:30a, at Teravista Golf Club

7th Annual ACVO® National Service Animal Eye Exam Event



The 7th Annual ACVO® National Service Animal Eye Exam Event brings together

veterinary ophthalmologists and thousands of service animals for free eye exams

Registration is April 1st-30th, for May 2014 event


Guide dogs, handicapped assistance animals, detection dogs, therapy animals, and search and rescue dogs selflessly serve the public. To honor these animals and their work, the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) is launching the 7th Annual ACVO National Service Animal Eye Exam Event in the month of May, to screen service animals who dedicate their lives to serving the public.  Dr. Laura Barnes, Diplomate ACVO of Central Texas Veterinary Eye Care along with more than 250 board certified veterinary ophthalmologists throughout the U.S., as well as Canada and Puerto Rico,  will be donating their time and resources to provide free, sight-saving eye exams to thousands of eligible service animals.  Registration for service animal owners and handlers runs from April 1 - 30, 2014 at www.ACVOeyeexam.org


Since the program launched in 2008, nearly 22,700 service animals have been examinedIn addition to dogs, other service animals including horses and even a service donkey named Henry have received free sight saving exams. 


Ben, is a black American Field Labrador who can climb a three story ladder, unassisted.  Ben’s eyesight is vital to his job.  He is a search and rescue dog from Ventura, CA, that can be called upon at any time to rescue someone who is alive, during a disaster.  Ben’s handler, Eric Darling, has brought Ben to participate in the ACVO/Merial National Service Dog Eye Exam Event for two years in a row.  “Catching something early is huge!” says Eric. “This event ensures that we have the opportunity to get this exam done, with no excuses.”


Quincy, an 8-year-old Golden Retriever, is a mobility service dog.  Quincy assists Sandra Ball of Beltsville, MD a number of different ways, including:  helping Sandra up and down the stairs, opening doors, taking off shoes, pushing buttons and fetching the telephone.  Sandra has brought Quincy to the ACVO/Merial National Service Dog Eye Exam Event since 2009.  During an eye exam, it was discovered that Quincy had Golden Retriever Uveitis, a serious condition that can result in vision loss.  Signs of the disease are not always obvious to the owner, so it can often progress to an advanced stage before affected animals are presented to a veterinary ophthalmologist.  “If it were not for this program, I wouldn’t have taken Quincy to an eye exam to begin with,” says Sandra. “This exam meant possibly saving Quincy’s sight!”


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Lemonade Day Austin 2014


Lemonade Day Austin 2014




Lemonade Day is a FREE, fun, experiential learning program that teaches youth how to start, own, and operate their own business using a lemonade stand as the teaching tool. Each child who registers receives a backpack with an Entrepreneur Workbook that teaches them the 14 lessons of Lemonade Day like creating budgets, setting profit-making goals, serving customers, repaying investors, and giving back to the community. Along the way, they acquire skills in goal-setting, problem solving, and gain self-esteem critical for future success. On May 4, kids all over Austin will launch their lemonade stands. They keep all the money they make and are encouraged to spend some, save some, and share some. To register or for more information, visit austin.lemonadeday.org



May 4, 2014 (all day event)



Locations all over Austin






Allison Baron





Free and open to the public

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INK’s Spring Brunch

Young professional group INK raises HIV/AIDS funds, awareness


INK, a newly-formed group dedicated to uniting young professionals, advancing the Paul Kirby Emergency Assistance Fund at AIDS Services of Austin, and promoting safe sex, invites you to its inaugural event, INK’s Spring Brunch, May 4, 2014, 11 to 2 p.m. at the Hummingbird House, 12805 Arroyo Doble Dr., Manchaca, Texas 78652.  Every single penny raised at this — and every INK event — will go directly to the Paul Kirby Emergency Assistance Fund, which serves as a cash fund of last resort for clients of AIDS Services of Austin.


Don’t miss our kick-off event; only 50 tickets will be available!  Tickets are on sale now for $35 at http://bit.ly/1oMDIAD.


INK’s Spring Brunch’s menu will be designed and prepared by renowned Austin chef Zach Teegardin.  Currently a chef at Perry’s Steakhouse in Downtown Austin, Teegardin previously was a chef at Sway restaurant.  Brunch will also include mimosas, a bloody Mary bar, a selection of juices, and coffee — all set in the beautiful grounds of the Hummingbird House.


INK’s mission is to educate Austin’s diverse population of young people about the Paul Kirby Emergency Fund at AIDS Services of Austin, provide young people with an economically viable way to contribute to the Fund, and to promote safe sex.


INK is a spinoff of the Octopus Club, a grassroots all-volunteer organization dedicated to raising funds for and awareness of the Fund through annual events and parties. The Octopus Club has raised more than $2 million for the fund. INK is excited to continue the Octopus Club’s strong tradition of fundraising by introducing the Fund to Austin’s next generation of leaders and philanthropists.


To purchase tickets, visit http://bit.ly/1oMDIAD.


What: INK’s Spring Brunch

When: Sunday, May 4, 2014; 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Where: Hummingbird House, 12805 Arroyo Doble Dr., Manchaca, Texas 78652. (Map: https://goo.gl/maps/lviIX)

Donation: $35 at http://bit.ly/1oMDIAD. Buy tickets now; seating is limited!



INFO 11a - 2p, at Hummingbird House

3rd Annual Mother & Me Tea

Saint Louise House to Host Mother’s Day Weekend Event at Green Pastures

3rd Annual Mother & Me Tea to Honor Mothers and Women


Saint Louise House will host its Mother and Me Tea on Saturday, May 10th at Green Pastures from 12:30pm-3:00pm. Now in its third year, the Tea welcomes guests of all ages to celebrate the accomplishments of mothers while supporting Saint Louise House’s mission of helping families overcome homelessness. More than 250 supporters are expected to gather for the Mother’s Day weekend celebration.


Guests will enjoy games, children’s activities, refreshments, a raffle, and more during this afternoon event. Saint Louise House also welcomes Kristin Armstrong as the Tea’s Honorary Chairperson. “The Tea is a vibrant celebration of mothers – and all of the special women in our lives,” says Sharon Bieser, Executive Director. “Around the world and within our community, we recognize the struggles that so many mothers overcome to ensure their children’s happiness, safety and success.” Chelsea Allman Kumler, long-time volunteer and realtor at Turnquist Partners, is the Chairperson of the Tea. She adds, “The Mother & Me Tea is quickly becoming one of the premiere events for mothers and children in Austin. I can’t imagine a more worthy cause or a better way to spend Mother’s Day weekend.”

The Mother & Me Tea serves as the signature fundraising event for Saint Louise House, which provides housing and supportive services to formerly homeless mothers with children. Since 2000, the organization has served more than 144 families and 292 children.


Tickets are available online for $50 per adult and $35 per child. Corporate sponsorship opportunities are available beginning at $500. Additional information can be found at www.saintlouisehouse.org/tea.


About Saint Louise House

Founded in 2000, Saint Louise House provides housing and comprehensive supportive services for homeless women with children in Central Texas. Licensed social workers and case managers work intensively with families, helping them develop long-term stability and achieve economic self-sufficiency. Saint Louise House has grown from five apartments in 2001 to two 24-unit apartment complexes and the capacity to serve 46 families. To learn more, visit www.saintlouisehouse.org


INFO 12:30 - 3:30p, at Green Pastures

16th Annual Mighty Texas Dog Walk - 2014

16th Annual Mighty Texas Dog Walk - 2014


The 16th Annual Mighty Texas Dog Walk’s  WAG & SWAG is moving indoors! Join us on May 16th for a stroll around the beautiful Palmer Events Center overlooking Auditorium Shores and lots of exciting entertainment, giveaways, games and the chance for your dog to be a STAR…all inside!  Help us fetch even more Guinness World Records, including the return of our Guinness World Record Holding Fur Ball.

Participating pooches will enjoy the latest in dog food samples, advice from top veterinarians, games of canine skill and even a doggie psychic.

100% of the proceeds benefit Service Dogs, Inc. celebrating its 25th anniversary of transforming shelter dogs into assistants for disabled individuals free of charge. 

 Take advantage of early bird discounts by registering online at servicedogs.org.

INFO See Website, at Palmer Events Center

2014 Golden Hat Walk for Autism

2014 Golden Hat Walk for Autism

Date/Time: Saturday, May 17, 9:00 AM

Location: Dell Diamond

Contact Lead: Bethany Gartin

Email: bethany.gartin@goldenhatfoundation.org

Website: www.GoldenWalkforAutism.com/2014

Cost: Children 12 and under and those with an autism diagnosis are FREE, General Registration is $25.

Description: Join us for the second annual Golden Hat Walk for Autism, a fun family-friendly and gold-themed parade and celebration around the Dell Diamond! This unique community event will  include live music, a resource fair, festival games and kids' activities, and more. Even better? The event is designed to spread awareness and celebrate the intellectual capabilities of individuals on the autism spectrum, increase cohesion and support, share resources, and raise vital funds that will fuel the Golden Hat Foundation’s mission and goals.

INFO 9a, at Dell Diamond

Texas School for the Deaf’s 2014 Ranger Triathlon



May 18, 2014


Austin, Texas – May 18, 2014 A great event for kids and beginners, Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) hosts its 7th Annual Ranger Triathlon at the school’s south Austin campus – 1102 South Congress Avenue.

This unique event offers something for everyone.

The school’s gated campus provides a safe, closed course with an indoor pool and mixed-terrain running course utilizing, stairs, sidewalks, grass and TSD’s track; with prizes and course distances for three age groups: Juniors (ages 7-10), Seniors (ages 11-14) and Adults (ages 15+).

Hosted annually at the Texas School for the Deaf (TSD) benefitting the school’s physical education programs, the Ranger Triathlon is a USAT sanctioned event, and open to the community.

Participants and volunteers will find registration and complete details at www.rangertri.com.


WHAT:                    Texas School for the Deaf’s 2014 Ranger Triathlon


WHEN:                    May 18, 2014


WHERE:                Texas School for the Deaf

1102 South Congress Avenue

Austin, Texas 78704


MORE:                    Registration:

Online: (Preferred) www.rangertri.com

By mail: Must be received no later than May 15

In person: At packet pick-up – May 16 & 17


Packet Pick-up: **All participants must sign a release of liability, in person, and cannot pick up another participant’s packet

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Komen Austin’s 3rd Annual Perfectly Pink Party!

Komen Austin’s 3rd Annual Perfectly Pink Party!

Join us for Komen Austin’s 3rd annual Perfectly Pink Party on Saturday May 31, 2014 at Brazos Hall. This event presented by Texas Oncology & Texas Breast Specialists includes complementary valet parking experience, scrumptious food and drinks by Sterling Affairs, Club Pink after-party with entertainment by DJ Johnny Bravvo and our signature Pink & Pizzazz giveaways.

 5:30 - 6:45 P.M. VIPink Cocktail Reception sponsored by Lexus of Austin (Access to VIPink Cocktail Reception included in all inclusive ticket - only 150 available)

7:00 P.M. Pink Party

9:00 P.M. Club Pink After-Party with DJ Johnny Bravvo 

Our Pink Diamond Award ceremony will also take place during the event to recognize individuals and corporate partners who are passionate about supporting our Austin community in finding a cure! 

Purchase your ticket today at www.komenaustin.org/perfectlypinkparty or call 512-473-0900.  Attire is Austin chic and no tie is required unless it's pink, of course!

75% of the proceeds from this event will support men and women in our LOCAL community affected by breast cancer and the remaining 25% will be entirely dedicated to fund research. Next to the US federal government, Susan G. Komen is ranked #2 as the largest funder of breast cancer research in the world. Thank you for helping us make an IMPACT!

INFO 7p, at Brazos Hall

House Party

Name: House Party 2014 hosted by Friends of the House 

When: Saturday, June 14, 2014, 7 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Where: Wanderlust Live, 206 East 31st Street 

Description: Get down and give back with Friends of the House on June 14, from 7 – 10:30 p.m. at Wanderlust Live on 206 East 4th St., for the third annual House Party.  Join more than 200 of Austin’s most vibrant young professionals as they come together for a great party to support families served by  Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas.


Trey the DJ will set the mood with fun music, while stylishly attired party-goers enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres by Emily’s Catering, and fabulous drinks by Live Soda, Treaty Oak Distillery Co., Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association, and the Beer Alliance. The evening will also feature an array of enticing, unique silent auction items. Tickets can be purchased online for $65 each or $200 for four. All ticket prices will increase to $75 each on the day of the event.  For more information about the event, please visit http://www.rmhc-austin.org/House-Party.


INFO 7-10:30p, at Wanderlust Live

2014 American Freestyle Open Flying Disc Championships

Austin Freestyle Club will Host the 2014 American Freestyle Open Flying Disc Championships

The Austin Freestyle Club is pleased to announce that it has been selected by the Freestyle Players Association to host the 2014 American Freestyle Open Flying Disc Championships on November 14-16 at Zilker Park Rugby Field, in Austin.

The Austin Freestyle Club, home to several World Champion Freestylers, plans to welcome over 75 top Freestyle players from around the globe, who will participate in both Open Pairs and Co-op Freestyle Competitions during the championship.

“We’re very happy that our Austin chapter has been selected to host this year’s championship, and believe that the event will complement our community’s rich live music culture,” said Chris Baker, Event Co-Director and Promoter. “Freestyle competition features 2 or 3 players performing 4-5 minute routines, all set to popular music,” he continued.

During the competition, players will be judged based on difficulty, execution, and artistic impression as they make unusual throws, athletic gyrations, trick catches and gymnastic-like moves. “Of all the Frisbee sports, Freestyle is probably the most ‘crowd-pleasing’ event,” Baker said.

The 2014 American Freestyle Open Championships will feature World Champion Freestylists, including local Austinites, James Wiseman the current top-ranked player and 2012 World Co-op Freestyle Champion; and Dan Yarnell, a 3-time former World Champion.

The championship event is open to the public and admission is free.

For more details, please visit www.americanfreestyleopen.com



INFO See Website, at Zilker Park