Open Door's Past Events


Since 1975, Open Door Preschools has been inspired by love for, and from, the Austin community.  And so it is quite fitting that the theme for this year’s Fall Fête was All You Need Is Love… Featuring Beatlemania64 on September 24, 2016.  * Fall Fête is our annual fundraiser and grown up party where we celebrate Open Door’s unique, nationally-accredited model of special needs inclusion and economic diversity. 

We were delighted to present the Opening New Doors Award to two outstanding individuals who exemplify and promote social justice and inclusion in the Austin community: State Representative Elliott Naishtat, and Jennifer Long, Executive Director of Casa Marianella.  Additionally, we presented former Open Door Board Chair Tamara Atkinson with the Visionary Volunteer Award for the deep and lasting impact her contributions have made on Open Door.  Good Shepherd Episcopal Church and Good Shepherd on the Hill received the HELP! Award for hosting our Central School during the flooding repairs.

We were amazed at the generosity of our sponsors and guests to* Help! honor these pillars of the Austin community on September 24 as we Came Together at Trinity Hall with music by the amazing Beatlemania64, catering by Word of Mouth, cocktails by Tito’s, and a silent auction focused on Life, Music, and Art… Fall Fête just keeps Getting Better All The Time. 

If, in fact, all we needed was love, Open Door would have an incredible balance sheet.  But that is hardly the case.  Open Door has been able to succeed over the years only because of A Little Help From (our) Friends.  We celebrate our 2016 Fall Fête sponsors who helped ensure we can continue to make our program accessible to families of all income levels and children of diverse needs and backgrounds:

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE Sponsor  --  Eppler Charitable Remainder Trust


3M; Anonymous; Annonymous; Jackson Walker LLP; Rushmi & Pradeep Kumar; Maxwell Locke & Ritter; Cathy & Ed McHorse; Norton Rose Fulbright; Rubinett Family Foundation

TWIST & SHOUT Sponsors
Alexander Law Firm; Tamara Atkinson & David Borden; Larry Elsner & Benita Rubinett; Frost Bank; Lee Manford & Casey Blass; Tracey & Marco Matchefts; Denise & John McGlothlin; Miller Digital & Imaging Solutions; Catherine & Kevin Morse; April & Josh Romero; Tisch Scott; Julia Spann & Paul Carapetyan; Texas Capital Bank

LET IT BE Sponsors
Michelle & RJ Adams; Dr. Bill & Aleta Atkinson; Fayruz Benyousef Consulting; Kate & Kane Burns; Tony & Kate Clark; Covert Chevrolet Buick GMC; Robin Gose & Chris Mosier; Hailstone Insurance; The Kahle Family; Kay & Tom McHorse; Janis & Joe Pinnelli; David Smith & Chris Long; Suzanne McFayden-Smith; Gail & Rodney Susholtz; Walker Gates Vela Law; Linda & Jim Welsh; Melba & Ted Whatley; Helen Whitcraft & Jeff Hahn

LOVE ME DO Sponsors
Alterstudio Architecture; Ginny Barr & Tony Wallette; Linda Biderman; Sue Carpenter & Marck Schnug; Pam Chandler & Patrick Ousey; Debbie & Tim Cooper; Rebecca & Mark Davis; Char Dison; Jean Elsner; Laura & Russell Gold; Health Care Therapies; Kirsten & Wally Ingram; Caroline Jones; Michele King Consulting; Sharon & Marvin King; Melvin & Janey Lack; The Levy-Rubinett Family; Coleen Linden; Lawrence Lyman & Andrea Torres; Meals on Wheels & More; Mike Midgley; Carol Corley Nelson; Helen Ragsdale, DDS; Nicole Roberts & Sara Rubinett; Donna & Scott Samuelson; Jason Segna; Randi Shade & Kayla Shell; Suzy & Tom Stege; Donna Thayer; Elliot Trester & Barbara Wilson; Tim Trickey & Jenny Whitten; Will Tung; Suzanne & Marc Winkelman; Elaine Xu; Edna Yang & Wayne Krause Yang; Emily Yeager

Happy Birthday, open Door Preschools!
2016 Birthday Party & Taco Takedown!

Open Door Class of 1975!

Open Door Class of 1975!

The Open Door community celebrated it's 41st birthday at Threadgill's on April 30th with cakewalks, games, and a performance by the Que Pastas. The highlight of the day was the annual Taco Takedown competition featuring a team competition between our 3 locations.
* The Taconators of the Central School were the winning team, raising $2,593!  M Station was a very close second with a total of $2,487. And, a very significant $1,048 was brought in by the East Team. 
The coveted custom-designed Taco Takedown trophy was earned the hard way—with 18 tacos consumed in 10 minutes—by M Station parent Michael Garcia.
Each schools' Teacher of the Year was recognized in a special presentation as well. Congratulations to LaTrice Jone (East), Christal Fox (M Station) and Patti Ruiz (Central)! 
* Event proceeds support Open Door's inclusive, high-quality programs—including tuition support for families facing financial challenges and optimal services for children with special needs.

Special thanks to our amazing event host -  Threadgill's,  lead sponsor -  Whole Foods Market, and to volunteers from The Junior League of Austin and Kerbey Lane Cafe! 
And a Special Thanks To Our Sponsors…
THREADGILL’S; Whole Foods Market; Rubinett Family Foundation; Libby & Lloyd Doggett; Lynn Rubinett & Rick Levy; Joe & Janis Pinnelli; John Sheafe; Larry Elsner & Benita Rubinett; Joe & Elaine Seibold; Richard Micheletti; Marc & Phyllis Worob; Cathy & Ed McHorse; Katherine Graham & Mike London; Helen & Robert Lightfoot; Jean Elsner; Ada Belle Fudell; Nathan Eakle; Yost Motors; Mireya Alvaro; Aletha Huston; Krejci Family Trust; Susan Skyler; Bob & Diane Stonecipher; Tim Trickey & Jenny Whitten


To celebrate Austin nonprofit Open Door Preschools’ 40th Anniversary, Fair Market, an event site on the east side of downtown Austin, was transformed into Rick’s Café Américain from Casablanca. Moroccan-patterned lighting effects, candles and palm trees transformed the raw space with a dramatic nod to the 1940s film and old Morocco. Music from Open Door parent Elizabeth McQueen and her Trio added lively spirit to the event. A Moroccan buffet by Whole Foods Market Catering, signature cocktails, and diversions by Typewriter Rodeo and Quick Draw Photo Booth ensured a good time for all.

The evening centered around three guests of honor, each of whom have lived Open Door’s values: Brandon Lack, an artist, Open Door volunteer and alumnus with Down syndrome. In 1975, Brandon’s mother was inspired to start Open Door so that he and his sister would be able to attend preschool together, at a time when inclusion was not widely embraced or available; Shirley Rubinett, who has supported Open Door’s mission for over 25 years, was joined by four Open Door alumni: her grandchildren; and MariBen Ramsey, whose broad and deep service to the Austin non-profit community exemplifies the Open Door values of social justice and inclusion.

In all, the event was a great success, netting more than $90,000 for the organization. Fall Fete Co-chairs Rushmi Kumar and Cathy McHorse noted that, “The event brought together people from various walks of life to celebrate, in one charming evening, the values that Open Door instills in its children everyday. The funds raised will be invested in building on this 40 year history to nurture and inspire Austin’s young children.”

Special Thanks to our 2015 FALL FETE SPONSORS

2015 Fall Fete Presented by:  ACES (Comprehensive Educational Services, Inc.)

Entertainment Presented by:  MRM, MMA, RJA & JBM, DDM, SML; Samsung Austin Semiconductor

Children’s Art Gallery Presented by:  Lee & Paula Aaronson; Anonymous; Bank of America; The DeRoeck Family; Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody; Cathy & Ed McHorse; Matthew & Rita Ramsey Kreisle; Maxwell Locke & Ritter; Norton Rose Fulbright; MariBen Ramsey & Karen Kahan; Rubinett Family Foundation; Tisch Scott; Marc & Jeri Shapiro

3M; Michelle & RJ Adams; Alexander Law Firm; Austin Asset Management; Philip & Donna Berber; Capital Chevrolet; Frost Bank; Paula & Dan Herd; Jackson Walker LLP; Caroline Clarkson Jones; Sharon & Marvin King/Jenny King & Chris Thompson; Rushmi & Pradeep Kumar; The Jay Lack Family; Jeffrey & Cinda Lack; Melvin & Janey Lack; Lee Manford & Casey Blass; Tracey & Marco Matchefts; Denise & John McGlothlin; Miller Imaging & Digital Solutions; Piper & Drew Nelson; Julia Spann & Paul Carapetyan; Gail & Rodney Susholtz; Whole Foods Market

Karen Bartoletti; Fayruz Benyousef Consulting; Linda Biderman; Jason & Nalini Brandt; Camelot Roofing/Devon Smith; Bill Dickson; Larry Elsner & Benita Rubinett; Stefani & Andrew Golub; Dealey & David Herndon; Jill & Mike Klucher; Cindy & Greg Kozmetsky; Meagan & Bill Longley; Lawson & Rebecca Lack Massey; Kay & Tom McHorse; Janis & Joe Pinelli; George & Fran Ramsey; Josh & April Romero; Gordon & Susan Rubinett; Lynn Rubinett & Rick Levy; Lynn & Armand Shapiro; John Sheafe; St. David’s Foundation; Jenny Whitten & Tim Trickey; Emily Yeager

Micah & Charla Adams; Alterstudio Architecture, LLP; Tamara Atkinson & David Borden; Buddy & Robin Beger; Kate & Kane Burns; Pat Carnes; Tony & Kate Clark; Joe & Marsha Cohen; Tim & Debbie Cooper; Neesha Dave & Jeff Rotkoff; Char Dison; Jean Elsner; Randy & Elyse Frapart; Richard & Susan Frapart; Sandra & Buddy Freed; Michael Garcia & Amy Stonecipher; Jeffrey & Lisa Atlas Genocov; Laura & Russell Gold; David & Cooky Goldblatt; Health Care Therapies; Charles & Christy Heimsath; Sharon & Ken Herman; Erika & Bryan Herndon; Vicki & Charlie Hutson; Kirsten & Wally Ingram; Ann Jinkins & Staci Hubbard; Tara Kirkland; Mike London & Katherine Graham; Leah & Tommy Meunier; Michele King Consulting; Dr. Hillary Miller & Neena Husid; Personal Administrators/Patti O’Meara; Suzy Ranney; Pam Reed; Nicole Roberts & Sara Rubinett; Donna & Scott Samuelson; Steve Saunders & Cookie Phillips; Randi Shade & Kayla Shell; Irene & Byron Smith; Thomas & Suzy Stege; Elliot Trester & Barbara Wilson; Ginny & Tony Wallette; Will Tung; Walker Gates Vela; Paul Warnke & Bill Gardner; Marc & Suzanne Winkelman; Kelly White; Elaine Xu; Nancy & Bruce Zimmerman

ACL Live; ACL Festival; Jack Allen's Kitchen; Barley Swine; Barlata; C3: Cat Mattingly Photography; Dart Bowl; Dell, Inc.; The Driskill; East Side Cafe; Fork & Vine; Hopdoddy's Burger Bar; Hyatt Regency; Jack Allen’s Kitchen; KPG Hospitality; Matt's El Rancho; Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill; P. Terry's Burger Stands; Polvo’s Restaurant & Bar; Republic National Distributing; StoryHouse; SXSW; The Driskill; Thinkery; TITO’s Vodka; Total Wine & More; Wenmoh's Ranch; Wink; Ziem Photography

Additional thanks to the following individuals:  Luis Abreux; Helen Green; Jessica Braun; Ali Khataw; and the Buchholtz Family.