Open Door Preschools presents
~ The 2018 Fall Fête ~

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Saturday, September 29th at 7pm
Thinkery — 1830 Simond Ave. — Austin, Texas

Join us in celebrating all things Austin at Thinkery on Saturday, September 29.  The 2018 Fall Fête: Keep Austin Open
takes inspiration from our city’s sites and sounds, featuring Austin’s favorite bites and beverages by Pearl Snap and Sourced, live music by Dysfunkshun Junkshun, the Open Austin Raffle, and more!

2018 Fall Fête Honorees

Lack Family Visionary Volunteer Award: Michelle Mann Adams
Former Open Door Board Chair who brought our fundraising into the present.

Opening New Doors Award: Susan Eason
Longtime Executive Director of the Arc of the Capital Area.

The Open Austin RAFFLE — Choose from 5 great packages!

Whether you can join us at this year's Fall Fête or not, you can play the odds and support the programs, teachers, and students at Open Door Preschools. Simply purchase your tickets one at a time or increase your value and pick up a package of five. If you are attending the Fête, we will have your tickets waiting for you at registration.

If you can't come, we will miss you, but you can still play! After you purchase your "not attending" tickets, you will receive an email asking which package(s) you want to try for. Let us know, an your tickets will be printed and entered for you.

  • Wine & Dine - Enjoy date nights in style at several of Austin's most delicious eateries then sit down and enjoy a glass of fine wine. Included are Juniper, Uchi/Uchiko, Wink, Jack Allen, and more with a case of fine wine to enjoy. (value: $1,100+)

  • Austin Chic - update any wardrobe with a designer Devi Kroell Italian handbag and private Kendra Scott Colorbar party, including a $500 gift card. (value: $4,600)

  • ACL Weekend - Have a blast at one of Austin's greatest weekends of the year with 2 3-Day wristbands (winner’s choice of first or second weekend), gift cards to Bennu and Gibson Street Bar, Tito’s vodka, and more (value: $800)

  • Self-Care - We all love it and don't get enough of it. Care for yourself with gift certificates to Kelia Skincare, Only by Nina Fitzgerald, Soul Cycle, Volume Salon, Urban Betty, Castle Hill Fitness and more. (value: $1,100+)

  • Staycation - Overnight stays at the Hotel Van Zandt and the Omni, as well as dinner at Emmer and Rye and a hang-gliding adventure! (value: $1,100+)

    Click here for event and raffle tickets!

    Fall Fête Sponsorships are still available. Select your level below:

$10,000 Wide Open Sponsorship

  • Event will be entitled “Open Door Preschools 2018 Fall Fête Presented by (your name/logo)”

  • 10 tickets to the Fête

  • Special listing with logo on invitation, program, website and all three Open Door Preschools campuses

  • Social media spotlight option with logo leading up to the event

  • Special Presenting Sponsor recognition from the stage at the event

  • Custom crafted art piece by Open Door students, presented to you at the event

$5,000 Open to All Sponsorship

  • 8 tickets to the Fête

  • Special recognition at event stations

  • Special listing with logo on invitation, program, website and all three Open Door Preschools campuses

  • Social media spotlight option with logo leading up to the event

$2,500 Open Hearts Sponsorship

  • 6 tickets to the Fête

  • Special listing with logo on invitation, program, website and all three Open Door Preschool campuses

  • Social media spotlight option with logo leading up to the event

$1,000 Open Minds Sponsorship

  • 4 tickets to the Fete

  • Special recognition on invitation, program, website and all three Open Door Preschool campuses

  • Social media spotlight option leading up to the event

$500 Open Arms Sponsorship

  • 2 tickets to the Fête

  • Special recognition on invitation, program, website and all three Open Door Preschool campuses

$250 Open Door Sponsorship

  • 2 tickets to the Fête

  • Special recognition on invitation, program and Open Door Preschools website

    Open Door Preschools is a 501(c)(3) organization.  All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.


April 19, 2018:  Community event

When Young Children Explore their Gender Identity

Open Door Preschools and Out Youth co-hosted a panel discussion for parents, educators, and all who want to support and empower the gender-creative children in their lives.  The 90 minute panel discussion addressed common questions and issues encountered by parents, schools, and the transgender community, and shared resources to help navigate challenges and concerns.  Afterwards, panelists and guests mingled informally, asking additional questions, networking, and socializing. 

Panelist: Cassidy Laminack, LMFT-A (moderator); Greg Bonetti, M.A., Ph.D. candidate, UC Berkeley; Rev. Carmarion Anderson, Executive Director at Black Transwomen International; Kathryn Gonzales, M.B.A., Operations & Programs Director at Out Youth; Rachel Gonzales, parent and Education and Resource Coodinator at Equality Texas; Diana Peyton, M.A., M.S.W., Child Development and Family Consultant.


March 3, 2018

43rd Birthday Celebration and Taco Takedown
at Threadgill's World Headquarters

What a wonderful day to be outside, having fun at Open Door's 43rd birthday!  Free admission and Dr. Seuss -themed games and activities for the kids -- including face-painting, an arts-and-crafts table, free Dr. Seuss books, and much more!  We also celebrated and honored this year's teacher-recipients of the Nira Changwatchai Living the Mission Award: Catherine Knowles (Central), Samra Butt (East), and LaToya Payne (M Station).  Don't forget the delicious cakes for winners of the cake-walk!  Plenty of eats for purchase, along with music, song, and dance by kid's rap artist Big Don and his hip-hop take on classic kid's songs.  And, of course, BIRTHDAY CAKE and the not-to-be-missed Taco Takedown contest!  In addition to donations at the party before/during the TakeDown, each school's Taco Team also raised funds March 1-2 through Amplify Austin -- Thank you to everyone who supported their favorite team(s) and team mebers: Central: Oh, The Places You'll TACO!; East: The 3 Amigos + 1!; and M Station: The Taco Terminators!

And a great big Thank You! to everyone who joined us for the festivities.  Here are a few pics of the party -- more will be added.

Taco TakeDown competition -- three schools, three teams
Oh, The Places You'll TACO! (Central).   The 3 Amigos + 1! (East).   The Taco Terminators! (M Station)


March 1-2, 2018

Amplify Austin 2018: 24 Hours of Giving

Thank you to everyone who helped make Amplify Austin such a success.  Your generosity enables Open Door to remain Open to ALL,  providing inclusive and accessible high quality early childhood education to children from a variety of backgrounds and with diverse needs.  This year's Amplify Day was also tied in with our Birthday Party and Taco Takedown, with pages for each school's taco team!

Donations can still be made via
Open Door Preschools' Amplify AUSTIN PAGE:
https://amplifyatx.ilivehereigivehere.org/OPENDOORPRESCHOOLS

The 2018 Taco Takedown Teams did fundraising through Amplify Austin, as well:
Central: Oh, The Places You'lL TACO!
East: THE 3 Amigos + 1! 
M Station: THE TacO Terminators!

Many thanks to individual Fundraisers: Meghan Alexander; Cherelle and Ryleigh, Tony Clark, Larry Elsner, Laura Gold, Glenn Goodrich, Hayden & Ancely, Kirsten Ingram, Cathy McHorse, Cherisse Robison, Victoria Vlach


2017
Fall Fête at The Thinkery, September 16

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For forty-two years, Open Door Preschools has -- with the generous support of our community sponsors -- transformed the ideal of inclusion into a beautiful reality.  Over the years, we have also learned how to throw a really great party, and the 2017 Fall Fête: What a Colorful World, at the Thinkery, was no exception! Great friends and community supporters, fabulous food and drink, rockin' music, fun activities, and lively camaraderie created a wonderful time for all!

~~ Congratulations to our 2017 Honorees ~~

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LACK FAMILY VISIONARY VOLUNTEER AWARD

3M

~~ If you ever need to get something done,
round up a dedicated group of engineers with their own tools ~~

Mary Carlson, Manufacturing Director of 3M's Communications Markets Division, accepts the Lack Family Visionary Volunteer Award
on behalf of 3M

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OPENING NEW DOORS AWARD

THE HONORABLE SARAH ECKHARDT

Former Open Door parent who carries the torch for social justice as Travis County Judge

Judge Eckhardt receives the Opening New Doors Award
from Executive Director Larry Elsner

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OPENING NEW DOORS AWARD

LEE MANFORD
AND
CASEY BLASS

AIDS activists whose generosity to Open Door and many other local nonprofits has made Austin a better, more caring community.

Lee (L) and Casey (R) share a few words about their experience and work as activists, and their love for the Austin community.

 

MANY THANKS to our Fall Fête SPONSORS

 James M. Campbell * The Eppler Charitable Trust * Lee Manford and Casey Blass * Samsung Austin Semiconductor * Tisch Scott * 3M

James M. Campbell * The Eppler Charitable Trust * Lee Manford and Casey Blass * Samsung Austin Semiconductor * Tisch Scott * 3M

 Jackson Walker LLP * Jarrell and Shirley Rubinett Family Foundation * Chris Long and David C. Smith *  Maxwell Locke and Ritter LLP * John and Denise McGlothlin * Ed and Cathy McHorse * Norton Rose Fullbright

Jackson Walker LLP * Jarrell and Shirley Rubinett Family Foundation * Chris Long and David C. Smith *
Maxwell Locke and Ritter LLP * John and Denise McGlothlin * Ed and Cathy McHorse * Norton Rose Fullbright

 Alexander Law Firm * Austin Area Chevy Dealers * Paul Carapetyan and Julia Spann * Tony and Kate Clark *  Dr. Beverly Dale * William Dickson * Martin and Darci Dies * Larry Elsner and Benita Rubinett * Goodtime Bingo * Charlotte and Bill Hale * Pradeep and Rushmi Kumar * Marco and Tracey Matchefts * Tom and Kay McHorse * Mike Nellis and Cherisse Robison * Drew and Piper Stege Nelson * Public Consulting Group, Inc. * Josh and April Romero * Seton Healthcare Family * Whole Foods Market

Alexander Law Firm * Austin Area Chevy Dealers * Paul Carapetyan and Julia Spann * Tony and Kate Clark *
Dr. Beverly Dale * William Dickson * Martin and Darci Dies * Larry Elsner and Benita Rubinett * Goodtime Bingo * Charlotte and Bill Hale * Pradeep and Rushmi Kumar * Marco and Tracey Matchefts * Tom and Kay McHorse * Mike Nellis and Cherisse Robison * Drew and Piper Stege Nelson * Public Consulting Group, Inc. * Josh and April Romero * Seton Healthcare Family * Whole Foods Market

 Wayne Bockmon and Chris Jimmerson * David Borden and Tamara Atkinson * Char Dison * Lloyd and Libby Doggett * Pam Chandler and Patrick Ousey, FAB Architecture * Frost Bank * Marilyn Gibb * Lynn Hailstone * Janey and Melvin Lack * Coleen Linden * Joe and Janis Pinnelli * Rodney and Gail Susholtz * Emily Yeager

Wayne Bockmon and Chris Jimmerson * David Borden and Tamara Atkinson * Char Dison * Lloyd and Libby Doggett * Pam Chandler and Patrick Ousey, FAB Architecture * Frost Bank * Marilyn Gibb * Lynn Hailstone * Janey and Melvin Lack * Coleen Linden * Joe and Janis Pinnelli * Rodney and Gail Susholtz * Emily Yeager

 Carol and Chris Adams * Michelle and R.J. Adams * Gregory Barbutti * Buddy Beger * Linda Biderman * Donna Bueche * Sue Carpenter and Mark Schnug * Covert Chevrolet-Buick-GMC, Inc. * Rebecca and Mark Davis * Dell Direct Giving Campaign * James Dunnam and Tracey Tisdale * Jean Elsner * Jennifer Walker Gates * Laura Gold * Glenn and Jennifer Goodrich * Laura Griebel * Catherine and Clarke Heidrick * Kirsten and Wally Ingram * Mary Kahle * Christopher King and Cody Brady * Law Office of Robert Daniel * Emily Little * Everett and Tracy McKinley * Mrs. Meredith Murray * Elliott Naishtat * Dan and Susan Pruett * Lynn Rubinett and Rick Levy * Scott and Donna Samuelson * Ben Sargent and Diane Holloway * Krisinda Smith * TexStar Chiropractic Clinics * Andrea Torres and Lawrence Lyman * Tim Trickey and Jenny Whitten * Will Tung * Colin and Michelle Wallis * Linda and Jim Welsh * Marilyn and Matthew Willson * Elaine Xu

Carol and Chris Adams * Michelle and R.J. Adams * Gregory Barbutti * Buddy Beger * Linda Biderman * Donna Bueche * Sue Carpenter and Mark Schnug * Covert Chevrolet-Buick-GMC, Inc. * Rebecca and Mark Davis * Dell Direct Giving Campaign * James Dunnam and Tracey Tisdale * Jean Elsner * Jennifer Walker Gates * Laura Gold * Glenn and Jennifer Goodrich * Laura Griebel * Catherine and Clarke Heidrick * Kirsten and Wally Ingram * Mary Kahle * Christopher King and Cody Brady * Law Office of Robert Daniel * Emily Little * Everett and Tracy McKinley * Mrs. Meredith Murray * Elliott Naishtat * Dan and Susan Pruett * Lynn Rubinett and Rick Levy * Scott and Donna Samuelson * Ben Sargent and Diane Holloway * Krisinda Smith * TexStar Chiropractic Clinics * Andrea Torres and Lawrence Lyman * Tim Trickey and Jenny Whitten * Will Tung * Colin and Michelle Wallis * Linda and Jim Welsh * Marilyn and Matthew Willson * Elaine Xu

Thank you to everyone for helping us build
a more wonderful, colorful world, one child at a time.


 Celebrating 42 Years!

Celebrating 42 Years!

Open Door's 42nd Birthday Party
and Taco Takedown

April 29, 2017

What a Fabulous celebration we had at Threadgill's on Riverside, with Live Music, Cakewalks, Games, the Taco Takedown, and Teacher of the Year Awards!

 

Thank You to our Birthday Party Sponsors

Cakewalk Sponsor: Shirley Rubinett
Party Hat Sponsors: Alexander Law Firm; Carol Corley Nelson; Janis and Joe Pinnelli
Balloon Sponsors: Ada Belle Fudell; Ed and Cathy McHorse; Kate Graham and Mike London; Diane Holloway; Cecilia Lynch; Brooks, Edythe, and Alberta Wright
Party Games Sponsors: Nathan Eakle; William and Janet Krejci; Richard and Cahterine Nathan; Mr. and Mrs. Joe T. Seibold

Teacher of the Year Awards

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Stephanie Cruz (M Station),
Kirby Delgado (Central),
and Sarah Boas (East)
were recognized
as Teachers of the Year and received the Nira Changwatchai Living the Mission award.


Amplify Austin Day March 2-3, 2017

Open Door Preschools raised nearly $19,000 plus $10,000 in matching funds during this year's Amplify Austin Day!
Thank you for your generous support!

 

How to Talk to Our Kids When times are Tough

An OPEN DOOR COMMUNITY EVENT with Diane Hoffman, LPC

February 23, 2017

 
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Open Door Celebrates Teacher Excellence

the Austin Association for the Education of Young Children (AAEYC) recognized two Open Door Teachers for their outstanding work with children -- Congratulations Chantal and Brandy!
Read the whole article here

February 21, 2017