Texas Essentials: Musician Christine Albert, Swan Songs Founder 

by Lisa Davis on October 15, 2019

Swan Songs gives the gift of music to terminally ill Texans as a final farewell before transitioning. Austin-based musician Christine Albert has made a living  for more than four decades as a singer and songwriter,...

Five Minutes With Caroline Kraddick, Singer & Kidd’s Kids Chief Happiness Officer

by Lisa Davis on October 3, 2019

Caroline Kraddick’s love of music and heart for philanthropy help keep her father’s legacy alive. As the daughter of Dallas-based radio DJ Kidd Kraddick and named after Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” Kraddick grew up surrounded...

Five Minutes With Cami Hawkins, Marathon Kids’ CEO

by Lisa Davis on September 12, 2019

With youth inactivity reaching epic levels, Cami Hawkins, CEO of Marathon Kids is on a mission to get kids moving.  Hawkins wears many different hats---healthcare professional, philanthropist, fitness enthusiast, CEO, volunteer and mom. Hawkins is...

Five Minutes With William Lee Martin, Comedian & Philanthropist

by Lisa Davis on September 5, 2019

“What we believe is there is nothing more precious than a child’s smile,” says William Lee Martin.  Growing up in Blue Mound, Texas, Martin was a skinny, buck-toothed kid who was painfully afraid of speaking...

Five Minutes With Judith Knotts, Friend & Advocate for Austin’s Homeless Community

by Cullen Parker on August 21, 2019

Most people wouldn’t jump at the idea of living on the streets for three days. However, when Judith Knotts was given the opportunity in 2003, she took on the challenge without hesitation.  Following that experience,...

Austin Restaurant Weeks, Feeding Central Texans

by Lisa Davis on August 12, 2019

One in seven Central Texans suffer food insecurity. The Central Texas Food Bank serves almost 46,000 people every week in 21 Central Texas counties. That’s the reason Austin restaurants, breweries and bars are banning together...

Five Minutes With Andra Liemandt, CEO of The Kindness Campaign & The Mrs. Drummer

by Lisa Davis on August 12, 2019

I am enough. These three words are the foundation of Andra Liemandt’s The Kindness Campaign (TKC), which is aimed at normalizing emotional health.  Liemandt was dealt a devastating blow when her close friend’s 12-year-old daughter,...

Five Minutes With Brooke Waupsh, Swoovy Dating App Co-Founder, CEO

by Lisa Davis on July 1, 2019

Brooke Waupsh has discovered a new way for singles to meet without swiping right or left. The result? People stay together. Sound good? Read on! Austin-based Waupsh’s dating app, Swoovy, encourages singles to get to...