HEALTH 1: Becky Beaver started the happy hullabaloo. It is the custom at the “No Such Thing as a Free Lunch” benefit for People’s Community Clinic to place one’s pledge envelope in a metal lunchbox located at the center of one’s shared table. The Austin attorney thought ahead. Beaver urged guests at Table No. 17 to pledge early, so when the emcee indicated it was time, her gang yelled out “17”! Every other table at the Four Seasons Hotel lunch followed suit, inciting glorious cacophony. At least one guy must have been a yell leader in a former life. Other highlights: Meeting Olympic gold medalist Shaun Jordan; hearing radio cut-ups Bob Duke and Art Markman chatting about brain functions in a community setting, and hearing that, once it opens a much larger outlet in Northeast Austin, the clinic will hold onto its current central location to specialize in women’s health and prenatal care. Milton Hime of Studio 8 Architects was honored at this function for his free or reduced-fee consulting on these projects.
HEALTH 2: Christann Vasquez is changing Austin’s health care. Taken from my story in the Statesman: Christann Vasquez has seen close-up what happens when people don’t have health insurance. Her father, Benny Barreto, an air-conditioning repairman in Chicago, passed away at age 42. Her mother, Lucy Gonzalez Barreto, who raised five children, lived to age 53. “They both had a chronic disease and no access to regular care,” says the president of the under-construction Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas and, at the same time, chief of University Medical Center Brackenridge, which the teaching hospital will replace. “My parents could have still been here if they had had access to care.” That is why catchphrases such as “human care,” which the Seton Healthcare Family employs regularly these days, mean more than just hospital rebranding for Vasquez.” http://www.mystatesman.com/news/lifestyles/christann-vasquez-part-of-radical-change-in-health/nkjYD/#7ec6dfde.257351.735695
HISTORY: Hal Weiner is mad about mapmaking. Taken from my story in the Statesman: “For almost 30 years, Hal Weiner, a trained graphic artist who landed in the Austin real-estate business, has taught an informal class called “Homebuyers 101.” Early on, a student asked why there wasn’t a readily available map that showed all the region’s subdivisions. Weiner, fascinated by maps since childhood, drafted one on a small scale, showing Austin from U.S. 183 to William Cannon Drive west to Lake Travis, on legal-sized paper. “I just kept improving it,” Weiner says from his office overlooking Northwest Hills, where he now lives. “Five years ago, I did a larger one — marking out 700 subdivisions — and handed them out in class.” Business colleagues got interested, so Weiner, 65, started selling them for $5 on the City Properties website and $10 at the Austin Board of Realtors store. He’s sold 3,000 so far. A third edition is slated to come out by the end of the year. This modest success stoked his old obsession with mapmaking.” http://www.mystatesman.com/news/entertainment/hal-weiner-is-mad-for-mapmaking/nkkDw/