Any Baby Can grows while it grows up.
The Austin-based nonprofit that strengthens families through education, therapy and family support services not so long ago hired a new executive director and occupied spacious new digs on U.S. 290. It is handling more programs and cases than ever before.
Its Rockin’ Round Up event picked up its name from the game ranch that hosted early benefits. This year, after hitting a few other spots, the party moved to the Bullock Texas State History Museum, which provides soaring spaces, generous room to mingle and a ceremonial feel for dining.
And look who I ran into: Toni Alfau, who retired from the Ransom Center, where we both worked, and now teaches Spanish part-time at Texas State University. Wonder of wonders: His wife is Alexandra Alfau, the early childhood education expert whom I profiled in 2014 in the American-Statesman.
Our table — No. 3 — brimmed with conversation. We were lucky enough to share it with State Rep. Donna Howard, who won Any Baby Can’s advocacy award. She has pushed the efficient and effective Nurse-Family Partnership Program, which supports home visits, so crucial to families in need.
The lifetime philanthropist award went to Kathey Bailey, whose $100,000 gift to Any Baby Can has led to a total of $500,000 in charitable donations. She’s also been instrumental in the success of Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance.