Bernstein100Austin gives grants to 31 nonprofit collaborators

Merick Strategies-produced production of MASS the largest arts event in Austin history

The unprecedented, beyond-expectations success of Bernstein100Austin, the groundbreaking Austin production of Leonard Bernstein’s MASS: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players, and Dancers more than two years in the making, has made it possible for the producers to give grants from the proceeds to 31 of the nonprofit collaborators, producers Merick Strategies announced today.

The production was the largest arts collaboration in the city’s history, involving more than 300 local performing artists and production experts, a year of events (in Austin, around the country, and as far away as Australia), hundreds of sponsors and donors, a thousand students and family members (who attended a special dress rehearsal), and nearly 5,000 people who packed the Long Center for two nights of sold-out performances June 29 and 30. Read more

Two clients win Austin ‘Best of the Best’ Awards; three are finalists

The Austin American-Statesman announced the winners of its inaugural “Best of the Best” Awards, and we’re thrilled to announce two of our clients won first place in their categories. Congratulations Dr. Michael C. Bell, DDS, PC on winning Best Dentist, and to ThunderCloud Subs on winning Best Sandwich Shop!

We’d also like to commend our clients who were selected as top three finalists for the Best of the Best Awards including Belmont Village Senior Living (nominated for Best Assisted Living Facility and Best Retirement Community), Emancipet (nominated for Best Veterinarian), and The Trail Foundation (nominated for Best Nonprofit).

To read the Austin American-Statesman insert listing the winners and nominees in each category, go to http://statesmanmedia.com/epaper/bestofthebest/2018/. Photos from the event can also be viewed at https://www.statesman.com/photogallery/TX/20180928/NEWS/928009997/PH/1. Read more

Trail Foundation installs new benches on Boardwalk

The Trail Foundation (TTF) has installed nine new seating areas on the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at various overlook points along its 1.2-mile Boardwalk, the Foundation’s most acclaimed project to date, as part of TTF’s new “Adopt a Bench” program. Once completed, the project will consist of 20 benches total.

Designed by Studio Balcones and brought to life by Hatch Workshop, the seating areas are made from native trees removed within Austin that were reclaimed and reimagined as custom-designed benches. Each bench has a plaque that shows the species name of the tree and the zip code from which it was removed. Read more

Twilight on the Trail benefiting The Trail Foundation, Oct. 28

The Trail Foundation will host a one-time special event called “Twilight on the Trail” on Sunday, Oct. 28 from 5-8 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel to close out its 15th anniversary celebrations and help raise critical funds for projects on the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail. Read more

Freedom Solar ramps up in Houston, offers Tesla battery

Freedom Solar has ramped up its presence in Houston and introduced a new energy solution to protect homeowners and businesses from losing power during outages: SunPower solar systems combined with the Tesla Powerwall 2 home battery.

Battery backup is an ideal solution for power outages caused by hurricanes, and Freedom Solar Power is the largest distributor of Tesla Powerwall batteries in Texas. Read more

UMLAUF Prize winner exhibition begins Sept. 6

The UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum is proud to announce the 2018 UMLAUF Prize winner, French Canadian sculptor and multimedia artist Shanie Tomassini. Prize juror Sedrick Huckaby selected Tomassini, one of 12 outstanding candidates, to receive a full-scale UMLAUF exhibition of her work.  Read more

Travelers who book pet-friendly homes with HomeAway benefit Emancipet

​HomeAway® recently launched a new travel website of pet-friendly vacation homes, cabins, and condos. To celebrate, the company will donate $100 to Emancipet for every vacation home booked now through Dec. 31 on hmwy.co/pet-travel to help subsidize veterinary care for pets in need.

Check out Liz Parker of Emancipet’s interview on FOX-7’s Good Day Austin at http://www.fox7austin.com/good-day/travel-tuesday-traveling-with-your-pet, and scroll down to learn more about the partnership and see some adorable photos.  Read more

ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot unveils 2018 artwork, launches registration

Early bird registration for the 2018 ThunderCloud Subs Turkey Trot is now open with reduced pricing, and the winner of the annual Art Contest has been selected. Local artist Mila Sketch won 365 free ThunderCloud sub vouchers for her original design depicting a large turkey gazing over the Austin skyline. Read more

Emancipet’s new Central Austin site featured in Interior Design

Emancipet’s state-of-the-art Central Austin clinic, which opened its doors earlier this year at 1030 Norwood Park Blvd., is featured in the July 2018 issue of Interior Design.

Designed by Perkins + Will, Emancipet’s new 3,900-square-foot clinic was the nonprofit’s first purpose-built clinic. It’s the largest, most efficient, and offers the most amenities for Emancipet’s clients and will serve as a model for all new clinics going forward. Read more

Brown Distributing goes solar with Freedom

First for Texas: renowned beverage distributor goes solar

Brown Distributing Company teamed up with Freedom Solar Power to install a massive 481-kilowatt roof-mount system on its facility, making Brown the first beverage distribution company in Texas to “go green” with solar panels.

Comprised of 1,458 high-efficiency SunPower® panels, Brown Distributing’s new solar array will pay for itself within four and a half years, save the company nearly $2 million over the next 25 years, and slash utility bills by an average of $4,300 per month. Read more