GWIL2014 campaign kicks off for local nonprofits Reply

GWIL2014 Campaign logo

GWIL2014 Campaign logo

The Dripping Springs Community Foundation kicked off its 2nd annual Givin’ Where I’m Livin’ (GWIL) campaign at The Terrace Club in Dripping Springs on Thursday evening. Despite winter storm warnings, enthusiastic representatives turned out from 8 of the 14 local non-profits registered for the campaign. Their efforts were rewarded with a food and refreshments spread, followed by an overview presentation of the campaign by several members of the DSCF board. Attendees also received a GWIL2014 “Tool Kit” bag that contained a 2014 Dripping Springs Non-Profit Organizations & Clubs Directory, a GWIL2014 logo window cling, and a computer thumb drive preloaded with documents and images created for them to use to promote the campaign to their donors.

“We enjoyed getting to network with the other non profits that braved the cold,” said Friends Foundation board member, Kathy Carriker. “The presentation was excellent, and the GWIL 2014 Tool Kit materials are well-organized and provide valuable aids in getting our message out.”
GWIL2014 KICKOFF SUSAN

DSCF board president Susan Santamaria explains GWIL2014 at the campaign kickoff event.

Representatives from the participating organizations were not the only ones enthusiastic about the campaign and the kickoff event. “The DSCF board is really excited about the 2014 GWIL campaign,” board president, Susan Santamaria said. “The Terrace Club is a beautiful venue, we had a great turnout despite the storm, and there was a lot of enthusiasm in the room.”

Ten DSCF board members were in attendance, including two founding members, Bob and Susan Richardson. GWIL2014 participating organizations represented at the campaign kickoff event were Friendships for Life, Helping Hands, Burke Center for Youth, RED Arena, United Way of Hays County, American Cancer Society (Relay for Life), Thundering Paws Animal Sanctuary, and The Friends Foundation. Local organizations registered for the campaign but unable to attend included Service Dogs, Friends of the Dripping Springs Library, Young Life Dripping Springs, Dripping Springs Youth Activity Fund, and Friends of the Pound House Foundation.

The non-profit Dripping Springs Community Foundation launched the Givin' Where I'm Livin' campaign in 2013.

The non-profit Dripping Springs Community Foundation launched the Givin’ Where I’m Livin’ campaign in 2013.

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Mercer Street Block Party Reply

The Dripping Springs Community is invited to come to the Mercer Street Block Party this Saturday, October 27, from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Bring the family, friends, neighbors, and lawn chairs for a FUN afternoon of food, live music, and activities for all to enjoy!

The City of Dripping Springs,the Dripping Springs Community Foundation and the Barber Shop Bar are working together to bring awareness to the Mercer Street Improvement Project that begins next year. The history and future of the Dripping Springs area will be highlighted at this event and the proceeds will benefit the Mercer Street Revitalization Project.

Illustrations of the Mercer Street Improvement Project will be on display with opportunities to provide your input by filling out an exhibit tent questionnaire.  Also available to review are a project to digitize the Dripping Springs Historical Downtown Walking Tour by Girl Scout Troop 523, and the nominations of Dripping Springs properties to the National Register of Historic Places. Come meet the author of the pictorial history book Around Dripping Springs, and see the concept for a potential Longhorn & Trail Drivers Museum in downtown Dripping Springs!

LIVE MUSIC will be provided by Homer Whisenant playing from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Alex Dormont and The Hot Texas Swing Band from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. FOOD AND DRINKS will be available for purchase from the Dripping Springs Cook off Club, New World Bakery, Big Drip Ice Cream, The Barber Shop and Dudley’s Wine Bar &Tap Room.

CHILDREN’S AREAS will include: Bounce house and obstacle course provided by the Hill Country Bible Church, Face painting provided by Girl Scout Troop 523, and Pioneer dress-up with free “Little Pioneers” souvenir photos and candy treat bags, provided by Trudy’s Four Star Restaurant and the Dripping Springs Heritage Circle. Glitter tattoos will be available from Sophie’s Garden. But wait! There’s more! How about a Halloween-themed coloring contest for 12 and under with prizes for winners provided by Lonestar Gifts, and a  Healthy At H-E-B Community Challenge with Hula hoop and jump rope contests. H-E-B will also provide pumpkins for pumpkin decorating. Sign-up at the H-E-B tent.

Finally, there will be a Halloween costume parade. Meet at the H-E-B tent at More…