Valor y Sueños Luncheon 2017
Becoming a Legacy Giving Circle major donor is an investment in the future of hundreds of low-income children under the age of three and their parents. The Legacy Giving Circle provides a sustaining stream of revenue to support the mission of AVANCE to unlock America’s potential by strengthening families with very young children living in at risk communities with a dual generation approach. Gifts from donors in the Legacy Giving Circle enable the agency to transform, sustain, and scale our programs to address root causes of trans-generational poverty and make a significant social impact in our community.
Special thanks to our current Legacy Giving Circle Members:
Danna & J.H. “Crutch” Crutchfield
Balie & Beverly Griffith
Robbie & Tom Ausley
Rosie & Richard Mendoza
Areli and Lily are a beloved mother-and-daughter team here at AVANCE-Austin. Areli is a quiet, affectionate and determined mother who saw AVANCE’s program as a rich educational opportunity for her vivacious, effervescent toddler, Lily, and herself.
Areli initially decided to enroll in AVANCE because she feared Lily was too isolated. Areli works long shifts and was concerned about Lily’s shyness and lack of socialization with children her own age. During AVANCE’s program, she was overjoyed to see how Lily flourished. Now, Lily socializes easily with her peers and adults, and her communication capabilities have vastly improved.
Witnessing the positive change in Lily served as the motivating force behind her weekly decision to attend class. Areli would finish her late-night shift at a restaurant, squeeze in a few hours of rest before waking before dawn to take her oldest daughter to school, and then commute from the far north side of town to AVANCE’s eastside campus.
The significant commute and lack of rest was worth it to Areli. AVANCE’s emphasis on incorporating play into a home routine has drastically bettered her relationship with Lily. She admitted to not playing with Lily when she was younger, mostly because she was exhausted from work. Now, no matter how tired she is, she makes time to engage in play with her daughter because she understands how precious and valuable this early time is for her child. She seizes every opportunity – even those few minutes of play – to encourage and embolden her daughter to succeed.
Lily will continue to succeed because she has a mother who, despite a busy work schedule, and the challenges of single-parenting, made her daughter’s optimal rise her priority, and this act of selfless love affirms Areli to be the best teacher and life-model for her daughter.
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The Austin area is truly a community that honors the Courage it Takes to Dream! On November 1st, we nurtured and celebrated this welcoming philosophy. Our deepest thanks to the over 400 guests who took part in our 2017 Valor y Sueños Luncheon and helped make it a great success! With your help, we raised a record-breaking $164,000 to ensure that very young children and their parents have the chance to thrive in our community.
Our afternoon included special features from Invocation Speaker Rev. Laura Brewster of Northwest Hills United Methodist Church, Valor y Sueños Co-Chairs Blanca Zamora Garcia & Rosie Mendoza, Legacy Donors Balie Griffith & John “Crutch” Crutchfield, and more. Special thanks to Joy Diaz, our vibrant Master of Ceremonies, for keeping us energized and empowered!
We were pleased to recognize this year’s special AVANCE Heroes!
There’s still time to give!
Mil gracias to the dozens of AVANCE-Austin graduates who visited with our guests and illuminated the role that YOU play in their unique stories of success. Thank you for providing a welcoming space for everyone, both at our luncheon and in our community.
Our thanks to Vaughn Luciano for the beautiful photos!
Dell EMC Channel
Joe & Janis Pinnelli
Beverly & Balie Griffith
Casa Blanca Realty
Cristina Valdés, REALTOR®
Daphne A. Calderon / Yvonne K. Puig
Elma & James Aldrete
Evans Family Law Group
Heather Neville & Julie Wiley / “The Poker Girls”
Mr. John Donisi & The Honorable Gina Hinojosa
The Long Foundation
Maria Cantu-Hexsel / Kristin Benton-Haddican / Melissa Caro-Preston
R. Mendoza & Company, P.C.
Texas Gas Service
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
Austin Junior Forum
Austin Pets Alive!
Cowgirls & Valley Girls
Dr. Emma Lou Linn
The Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation
The Honorable Lloyd Doggett & Mrs. Libby Doggett
Marie Felan & Rachael Felan
Pat Crow & Barbara Rush Fan Club
Sheryl Cole & Associates
Dr. Stacey Shackelford
Travis County Judges
Travis County Women Judges
University of Texas Steve Hicks School of Social Work
i2i Group Media Design
Judge John Lipscombe & Judge Jan Breland
JW Marriott Austin
Markey’s Rental & Staging
Oliveira Public Communications
Judge Nancy Hohengarten
New York Life
Café y Cuentos (Coffee and Stories) is our monthly tour open to the public for a behind-the-scenes look of our Parent-Child Education Program. While you enjoy a light complementary breakfast, you’ll hear more about AVANCE-Austin’s unique dual-generation services while meeting our remarkable families. Learn how children are getting school ready and how parents are preparing for their successful futures together.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 9:00-10:00AM
Please register here.
For questions or more information, please contact Melinda Gonzales Boe.
On October 19, AVANCE-Austin held its 9th Annual Luncheon at the Four Seasons Hotel. The event, co-sponsored by H-E-B and Seton Ascension featured the Emmy-award winning television journalist, John Quiñones as our inspiring keynote speaker.
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October 19, 2016
11:30 – 1:00 PM
At the Four Seasons Hotel
|Elma Cantú Aldrete||Kathy Vale Castillo|
|Keynote Speaker, John Quiñones||Master of Ceremonies, Olga Campos|
Griffith Family Legacy Award:
Danna and “Crutch” Crutchfield
Corporate Hero Award:
Individual Hero(es) Award:
John Donisi and Hon. Gina Hinojosa
Partner Hero Award:
United Way of Greater Austin
Annual Luncheon (October 19)
Our biggest fundraising event of the year. Every October, we honor an individual, community and/or corporate partner who have made a significant contribution to dual generational and early childhood education in the Austin area. In 2015, we raised over $126,000.
Holiday Party (December)
300 of our children and families celebrate the holidays with volunteers serving a warm lunch, and enjoying fun festivities. Blue Santa donates gifts to all of our families in need.
Amplify Austin (Early March)
During this 24-hour community-wide event of online giving, AVANCE-Austin is participating among hundreds of non-profits in the Austin community to raise millions of dollars together while promoting dual-generation education.
Día de los niños/Day of the Child (April 30)
Held on a Saturday in April during the International Day of the Child, AVANCE families and children gather for a picnic, entertainment, games, educational activities while volunteers read and pass out books.
Graduation (May 26)
The culmination of AVANCE’s signature Parent-Child Education Program. 300 families and children every year walk the stage in their cap and gown to receive their diploma. Volunteers are always needed to sign in special guests and families.
Host your own event
Have an idea to Unlock America’s Potential? In the past, we’ve had cocktail parties, hosted at the Kendra Scott Gives Back event. Please contact Marie Felan at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started!
Interested in volunteering? We’re always looking for individuals, corporate and civic groups, and businesses to donate their time and skills.
Please contact 512-414-6127 for more information.