Thursday | September 29, 2022
The Long Center for the Performing Arts | H-E-B Terrace and Lawn
Co-Chairs: Beth Levy Cohen, Marcia Levy, and Sara Levy Sherizen
Doors Open and Livestream Begins at 5:30PM
Opening Performance by Ley Line at 6:00PM
Program Begins at 7:00PM
Headline Performance by Jackie Venson at 8:00PM
Our evening together in front of the Austin skyline will feature mission-focused inspiration, education, and fun entertainment featuring Jackie Venson and Ley Line! In addition, we're honored to be awarding the Austin Community Foundation with the 2022 Robbie and Tom Ausley Leadership Award for their outstanding leadership role in supporting women's reproductive health.
Whether you plan to attend in person or virtually, we look forward to being together again as a community of passionate Planned Parenthood supporters.
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We are thrilled to welcome, local Austinite, Jackie Venson, as our event headliner. Jackie is a multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter known far and wide for her complexly beautiful music and blazing guitar skills. Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Jackie has traveled the world playing to massive crowds both as a headliner and as support for major acts such as Gary Clark Jr, Melissa Etheridge, Aloe Blacc, Citizen Cope to name a few. With the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic, the cancellation of her entire tour schedule, and the wave of social change sweeping across the country in 2020, Jackie committed herself to releasing more music than ever before, connecting with her fans directly and speaking up about the change she wanted to see in her city and country. Since then, Jackie has released 2 studio albums, 2 live albums under her name and several electronic albums under her side project titled jackie the robot. During the pandemic, Jackie Venson also made her National TV Performance Debut on Austin City Limits 46th season, a huge honor for the native Austinite. Venson's most recent release, "Love Transcends", Venson firmly established herself as a sonic force to be reckoned with out of Austin, Texas.
Our opening act is composed of four voices coalesce, rooted in rhythm. Raised on the North American traditions of blues, folk, and soul and inspired by their world travels, the four women of Ley Line transcend genres and languages. Ley Line creates a global soundscape; blending influences from Brazil, Latin America and West Aftrica.
Dynamic harmonies run like a current through textures of stand up bass, guitar, ukulele, and world percussion. With strong ties to the world folklore traditions, Ley Line's multilingual compositions evoke the beauty of the human experience through our connection to nature and each other. Ley line is acknowledged by their hometown of Austin, Texas as nominees for the Austin chronicle's 2020 Band of the Year. In 2019 they won a major grant through the artist development program Black Fret and have been featured as "artist of the month" on KUTX.
THE 2022 ROBBIE AND TOM AUSLEY LEADERSHIP AWARD RECIPIENT
AUSTIN COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
Austin Community Foundation is a catalyst for generosity by bringing together philanthropists, dollars and ideas to make Austin a better place for everyone. The Foundation’s work and leadership is focused on closing the opportunity gap through advancing economic security and affordable housing. They do this by commissioning research to understand the region’s greatest needs, convening conversations, and mobilizing and investing charitable resources in the community. Since its founding in 1977, Austin Community Foundation has granted more than $450 million in Central Texas and beyond, mostly through donor advised funds.
Austin Community Foundation has several strategic programs geared towards creating a stronger, more equitable Central Texas. Among these programs is the Women’s Fund, a giving network driven by data and community voice that exists to support the economic security of women and children. The Women’s Fund grantmaking is guided by five strategy areas: childcare, education, housing, unintended pregnancy prevention and women’s health. Since its establishment in 2004, the Women’s Fund has partnered with individuals and business to multiply its impact and infuse more than $2 million in funding to local nonprofits.
SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER: WENDY DAVIS
Wendy Davis was once a teen mom living in poverty who went on to graduate from Harvard Law School (after getting her higher education start at Tarrant County Community College). She has long been an advocate for creating a more fair, just and equal world in which we all can thrive.
Wendy served in the Texas Senate for 6 years after beating a 16 year incumbent in a Republican district. Prior to that she served for 9 years on the Fort Worth City Council.
After conducting a filibuster in the Texas Senate in 2011 to stop $5.4B in cuts to our public schools, Wendy rose to prominence when she stood for 13 hours in her pink sneakers two years later, filibustering a law that threatened to close almost all abortion clinics in Texas. After attempting to become Texas’ first Democratic governor in decades in 2014, Wendy later founded the non-profit, Deeds Not Words (a phrase borrowed from the suffragette movement), to activate young women as advocates for gender equity because she has always believed that “talk is cheap” and that only through our concerted efforts and actions will we create the gender equal world that our daughters and granddaughters deserve. Wendy recently sued the state of Texas to block civil and criminal penalties of individuals and organizations working to provide access to abortion care in the post-Roe landscape, and she started a fund to support the civil and criminal penalties that they might incur - www.DefendTheFrontline.Org.
SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER: OLIVIA JULIANNA
Olivia Julianna is a queer Mexican-American activist, Political Strategist, and Digital Marketing Specialist from Houston, Texas. She currently works as the Political Strategy Specialist at Gen-Z for Change a 501c4 who push for civic engagement and progressive change amongst Gen-Z utilizing digital tools and social media. Her advocacy work is heavily focused on abortion rights and reproductive health-- highlighted her initiation of the successful takedown of a whistleblower website launched in Texas to target people who have had abortions, and a for raising $2.2 million in funds for abortion access following disparaging remarks from Congressmen Matt Gaetz. Her content across platforms covers a wide range of topics, including Texas Politics, education reform, immigration rights, socio-econmic justice, and disability awareness. She has grown her audience, across platforms, to over 800K and closely works with politicians and campaigns across the country.
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