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HRC Austin announces honorees for 2016 Gala 

Austin’s first transgender police officer Gregory Abbink to receive Visibility Award; Scandal’s Guillermo Diaz to be honored

Gregory AbbinkCelebrating its 21st year, the Human Rights Campaign Austin’s annual Gala has been one of the most successful in the country, raising record funding to support civil rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people, and receiving national recognition. The black-tie event will be held at the J.W. Marriott on Saturday, January 30th, at 7 p.m., with approximately 700 people expected to attend.

This year’s theme, On the Shoulders of Giants, is intended to recognize every person who helped make 2015 a banner year for LGBT equality, according to co-chairs Lyn
n Currie and Matt Smith.
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Pet lovers and foodies to support Emancipet by staying home, enjoying local treats

 

Emancipet’s popular Sit Stay Day returns; Valentine’s-inspired kits now available to order!

Animal lovers and foodies, rejoice! Emancipet’s sixth annual Sit Stay Day, a unique fundraiser that lets pets and their humans stay in and enjoy homegrown Austin treats while raising money for pets in need, returns for 2016.

Dozens of local businesses donate gourmet food and drink items, gift cards, and other goodies that are assembled into 250 kits and delivered to homes and offices before Valentine’s Day. Read more

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Emancipet Houston hires new leader; Six-month-old nonprofit seeking first brick and mortar location

Emancipet Houston, the nonprofit, low-cost veterinary services provider which opened last June, has hired a vice president to lead the expanding organization, which is also in the process of seeking its first brick-and-mortar location.

Kelly McCann comes to Emancipet from the Alzheimer’s Association, where she was chief program officer for four years. Previously, she worked in government relations for Gilead Sciences, and as chief executive officer of the AIDS Foundation of Houston. McCann has a bachelor’s of science in psychology from Sam Houston State University and has done graduate work in psychology at Texas A&M and Sam Houston universities. Read more

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ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot raises $295K; cumulative donation to Caritas nearly $3 million

The owners of ThunderCloud Subs recently presented Caritas of Austin with a check for $295,000, the entirety of the proceeds from the 25th anniversary ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot. This year’s check brings the Trot’s cumulative 25-year donation to nearly $3 million—$2,783,375, to be exact. Read more

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Twice in a half-century! Petticoat Fair’s second clearance sale

Petticoat Fair’s 2015 fashion and swim items are on clearance all January

Recognized as one of the top lingerie stores in the nation, Austin original Petticoat Fair will host a rare clearance sale for its 2015 fashion and swim items during the entire month of January to make room for new inventory. This is the second time the store has held a sale of this magnitude in its 51-year history.

Located in Northcross Center, Petticoat Fair will have a large designated clearance sale area with bins and racks of trendy and high-quality bras, shapewear, swimwear, sleepwear, and undergarments in a wide range of sizes and styles, all at bargain prices. Read more