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The Trail Foundation receives $1.1 million gift to seed all future projects

Corgan Canopy Fund to greatly impact TTF’s ability to improve the Trail

 The Trail Foundation has received a major gift, $1.1 million, to seed all of its new projects to protect, enhance, and connect the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail.

Colin Corgan, retired partner with Goldman Sachs, is the donor, and the Foundation’s Canopy Fund will be named in his honor. The Fund will serve as a reserve of dollars for trail projects already in the pipeline, and will be replenished by community fundraising. 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

Maudie’s Moonlight Margarita Run and Party benefiting The Trail Foundation June 7

The 15th anniversary Maudie’s Moonlight Margarita Run and Party benefiting The Trail Foundation is June 7, and registration is now open with early bird ticket prices through April 15. All proceeds benefit The Trail Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and enhancing the Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail. The Run and the Party are separate ticketed events, both beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets and more info are available at https://thetrailfoundation.org/MMR. Read more

The Trail Foundation breaks ground on new Trail Bridge at Congress

A big thank you to Fit City columnist Pamela LeBlanc and the Austin American-Statesman for this story on The Trail Foundation‘s much-anticipated and needed Trail Bridge at Congress Avenue, scheduled for completion this summer. The story appeared on the front page of the Metro & State section, and the entire article can be read online here.

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The Trail Foundation to host three public events to celebrate its 15th anniversary

This year marks our client The Trail Foundation’s 15th anniversary of protecting and enhancing the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail, the 10-mile urban path and 199 acres of green space in the heart of Austin.

To celebrate, the organization will host three public events throughout the year− a TTF Birthday Party on April 7, Maudie’s Moonlight Margarita Run and Party on June 7, and Twilight on the Trail on October 28. Event details are outlined below, and of course the best way to keep up with TTF’s events and latest news is to sign up for the newsletter or follow them on Facebook! Read more

Michael Barnes tells the story of The Trail Foundation’s legacy

It took vision, hard work, and political will to make Austin’s beloved Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail a reality. And for 15 years, The Trail Foundation has worked to enhance and preserve the heart and soul of Austin. Read more

The Trail Foundation announces 15 new projects for the next five years

State of the Trail previews TTF’s 15th anniversary in 2018

At The Trail Foundation’s annual State of the Trail address on Dec. 8, TTF’s executive director Heidi Anderson (formerly Cohn) announced 15 new projects in honor of TTF’s 15th anniversary next year. Slated for completion on the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail over the next five years, the projects range from new trailheads and bathrooms to new water access points and playgrounds.

To pay for the 15 projects, The Trail Foundation also announced the creation of the Canopy Fund, in which donations will be dedicated to finance the initial phases of each future project. Nine projects are on the east side of the Trail, four on the west, and two along the entirety of the 10-mile Trail. Read more

The Trail Foundation receives $8K donation for ecological restoration efforts

The Trail Foundation‘s longtime partner Patagonia generously donated $8K to fund its work with Texas Conservation Corps at American YouthWorks. These funds can be tied to much of the recent ecological restoration work TTF has been doing along the entirety of the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail. For more details, visit http://bit.ly/2AQ1QKM. Read more