Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Love Austin Week - A great success!

We had a great time working with all the groups in and around Austin for Love Austin Week. We couldn't have done it alone. Our friends at Fiat and Sony who supported us throughout the week. Fiat of Austin provided us with the SnoMobile for the whole week. The Fiat 500 Sport fully equipped with a roll away roof and decked out with our Snoball and Love Austin Week logos. Their dealership is not far from our office. Next week is their one year anniversary and they have already become the #1 Fiat dealer in the US. Take a look at our sweet ride!


Last month while at the Consumer Electronic Show, Sukhjit Ghag, our friend at Sony was kind enough to give us a Sony Bloggie Live to use for our Love Austin Week. This is an awesome video and still camera. It can shoot video and send it strait to YouTube or even broadcast live with it's built in wifi. We used it for most of the pictures you see here. If you want to learn more about it, or buy your own click the picture below.
Photo courtesy of Sony
Over this past week we accomplished a lot, and have been stunned of the outpour of support the Austin community has given. For our kick off event Austin Pets Alive, many companies helped us sell dog biscuits. We want to thank Zen, Jo’s, Frank, Austin Java, Progress Coffee, Uncle Billy’s Barbecue, Ski Shores Cafe, Snack Bar, Hey Cupcake, and ShortBus Subs for the amazing help. There were over 100 biscuits sold in less than a week, but that's only half the story. Many locations have asked to keep selling the treats indefinably. This will provide a continuous source of funding for the APA. What a great start to the week and a legacy that will last for years to come.

That really got us pumped for our second event for the Trail Foundation. We called it The World’s Shortest Long Distance Run. It sounds big, and it was. No we didn't get certified by Guinness, but it felt pretty short to us. Helping and joining us was ActiveLife / It's Time Texas, Gilbert Tuhabonye / Gilbert's Gazelles, Run Tex, Luke's Locker, Power Bar, Hot Britches!, El Alma, Austin City Hall, The Y- Austin, Marathon Kids, and Space 12. Check out the pictures below. We sure did have fun, and were able to add several new members to the Trail Foundation's membership roster.


Our next event took a lot of elbow grease. We went to Overton Elementary school removed weeds, and there were a lot of weeds. No big sponsors for this event, just had volunteers from the community to help us with all the work. To keep the grounds looking great we had students from two class rooms assist us in spreading mulch onto the rehabbed area. As you can see from the pictures, the teachers couldn't help but join in the fun.


Like all good things Love Austin Week came to an end. We had a happy hour for all the Austin area nonprofits, and you all loved us back. Great turn out, great food and great drinks was a great conclusion to our group hug to the city of Austin. We met so many people that are doing good work everyday. We all left feeing good about our little part to celebrate those that help others. Thank you Center61 for hosting us, and Tito's, Austin BeerWorks, Chuy's, and Newk's for providing the food and beverages.


So now that the week is over we want to know what you think. Did you participate in one of our events? Where you one of the sponsored nonprofits, or did you come to our happy hour? Did you have fun? We want to know everything! If you want to join in next year, we want to know that too. Please leave your comments below. 


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  2. Congrats on the new ride Claire! We love Fiat - great people and a great car. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!!

  3. Amazing gear and awesome car!
    Congratulations and thank you for your work!

    Converting MOV to AVI