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Michael Barnes

The Big Give, Hookem.com, Austin Pride and more

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Mark Chavez and Renee Hanson Malone at the Big Give

Mark Chavez and Renee Hanson Malone at the Big Give

CHARITY: Why the Big Give? Because we never thank folks who help other folks in our city enough. I Live Here I Give Here, which recently promoted Celeste Flores from its ranks, is positioned to do just that. The group is better known these days for Amplify Austin, the event that raised more than $7 million for local nonprofits last year. Prior to that, the Big Give, which recognizes one person and one group for philanthropy, was its biggest deal. It’s still big. Last night at the Hyatt Regency, during a game-filled evening, legal service volunteer, David B. Weaver, won the Patsy Woods Martin Award, named after the I Live Here’s founder. ACE: A Community for Education took the Retail Me Not Nonprofit Award. I spent a good deal of time talking to Rachel Wyatt and Laura Bosworth, supporters of SafePlace, not only about that group, but also about Bosworth’s El Paso background.

5- University of Texas Longhorns players Chiaka Ogbogu (11) and Amy Neal (9) during the home opener for the University of Texas Longhorns against the Rice Owls in the TexasAmerican Campus Classic. (Erich Schlegel/Special Contributor)

5- University of Texas Longhorns players Chiaka Ogbogu (11) and Amy Neal (9) during the home opener for the University of Texas Longhorns against the Rice Owls in the TexasAmerican Campus Classic. (Erich Schlegel/Special Contributor)

SPORTS: Want more burnt orange? From the American-Statesman: “We are delighted to introduce you to Hookem.com, the Austin American-Statesman’s new home for Texas Longhorns coverage. It’s our hope you will make this a daily stop for the most complete and comprehensive coverage of everything burnt orange. Hookem.com features all the updated UT news, analysis, photos and video you’ve come to expect from the award-winning American-Statesman staff. This platform is optimized for a mobile experience, videos, more photo galleries, social sharing and an overall in-depth web presentation.”

jwj-pride-427LAW: Want more rainbows? Sample taken from my story in the American-Statesman: “The 2014 Austin Pride Parade filed down Congress Avenue with the usual pomp, purpose and playfulness that observers have come to expect since such expressions of LGBT support were launched nationally during the early 1970s.  Then, without warning, around the corner came a buoyant army of people in bright white T-shirts bearing a potent symbol of the 21st century: Apple.  “Our family walked with our daughter, and all 3,000 or so of her fellow Apple folks,” said Austin’s Sally Fly. “It was an amazing, love-filled evening for all of us! We’ll be there again if they’ll have us.”