6 Days Away From Making History!


What’s happenin’, Austinites? The weather’s back on our side, thankfully! Let’s hope it stays this way as we continue to gear up for Amplify Austin, our 24-hour community-wide online giving event!

Several of us here at I Live Here, I Give Here were lucky enough to attend Austin Gives inaugural GeneroCity awards luncheon. Austin Gives is a community program recognizing and encourage business philanthropy in metropolitan Austin.

Our favorite part of the luncheon was listening to Roy Spence of GSD&M give an incredibly inspirational/motivational speech about philanthropy, giving and charity.

We here at I Live Here, I Give Here are so blessed by the generous sponsors who have signed on to help Amplify Austin be, well, AMPLIFIED! And while Austin Gives focuses on business philanthropy, we are absolutely thrilled to see individuals getting involved in giving back to our beloved ATX!

Today’s three $1,000 Bass Booster sponsors are Chris & Arron Hester as well as the local owned and operated companies Vintage IT Services and Fox Service Company.

In 2003, Chris Hester founded Kinnser Software from scratch. Today, it boasts over 100 employees who help develop web-based software for home health agencies. In 2011, Kinnser Software was able to donate $225,000 to the ACC Foundation to sponsor 90 scholarships over five years.  In 2012, Hester served as a guest speaker for the Young Men’s Business League of Austin

Amplify Austin is just the latest philanthropic endeavor has supported. Recognizing the fact that they are a local owned and operated business, Vintage IT Services upholds their commitment to give back to the community. In recent years, they have partnered or sponsored Austin Museum of Art (AMOA), Ballet Austin Spotlight Theatre, Paramount Theatre, The Wine & Food Foundation, The BeHive (Heart House), French Legation Museum, Skillpoint Alliance, SafePlace, Austin Partners in Education and Texas Health Institute. We are so thankful that they believe in our mission so much that they’ve agreed to sign on as a $1,000 Bass Booster sponsor.

Today’s last sponsor, Fox Service Company, has been locally owned and operated since 1972. Founded by Curt Fox with a vision of building an air-conditioning service company that places the needs of customers first, Fox Services Company today is the largest, multi-trade service provider in Central Texas. While the company commits to exceed customer expectations, we have to say our own expectations were blown out of the water after they agreed to be a Bass Booster sponsor as well! 

With one week left until the big show, be sure to check our blog, Facebook, and Twitter for the latest info on Amplify Austin!

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