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Our Spring Fundraiser: Chef Martin “Heartburn” Eason of Desire Catering 1st Annual Kickback Charity Crawfish Boil Benefiting The BLF Foundation

Welcome to the Inaugural Crawfish Boil benefit, hosted by Desire Catering!

Each year Desire Catering will host a charity cooking event that will benefit a local nonprofit. This year Desire Catering has partnered with the BLF Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to the retention, development, and graduation of minority college students in Central Texas. Come enjoy a taste of Chef Heartburn’s culinary skills.

Desire Catering aims to create an authentic experience that can’t be felt anywhere!

In addition to providing amazing food, we will also be taking donations to be entered in the raffle. Ticket purchases will also contribute to the overall donation to the BLF Foundation. The prize for the raffle will be dinner for 4 people at home catered by Desire Catering. Winner will have a choice of 1 of 3 planned menu ideas at their home.

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BLF Foundation is now a Part of Compass For Your Cause

The BLF Foundation has joined BBVA Compass’ Compass for  Cause Program, which enables you to help us support countless college students through our programs. With your every day spending through your checking account, proceeds will go back to the BLF Foundation.  To join the program, the steps are as followed:

  1. Open a new BBVA Compass checking account* and tell your BBVA Compass Banker to apply our organization code listed below. BBVA Compass will pay the BLF Foundation a $50 royalty for opening your account.
  2. Opt for for a BBVA Compass Visa Debit Card tied to your account. BBVA Compass will pay us a royalty of 0.25% of the purchase amount of every signature-based purchase you make with your card.* You can even show your support every time you use your check card by customizing the card with our logo!

Already a customer at BBVA?

If you are already a BBVA Compass customer, simply tell your banker to update your account to include the BLF Foundation’s code. You can also do this by calling 1-800-COMPASS or at any BBVA Compass Banking Center. When you participate in the program you will also be eligible for the Compass Bonus BankingSM program which offers you opportunities to save more on all your banking needs. Make sure you ask your BBVA Compass representative about the program.

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KXAN Segment: STEM panel at SXSW empowering youth to reach goals

Supporting our youth by providing insight and inspiration while giving back to support organizations who are enriching lives in Austin such as the BLF Foundation and Boys and Girl’s Club of Austin was the focus of Create + Innovate Panel Discussion during the SXSW conference.

On Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 8:00 am, KXAN News aired a segment with the event organizers, including Jason Mayden, CEO/Founder of Superheroic, Donica Williams, Head of Marketing for The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business, and Brian Fontenot, CEO/Founder of the BLF Foundation. You can see this segment by clicking the link below.

The BLF Foundation is still collecting donations for the Foundation and also the Boys and Girls Club of Austin, TX. The donation amount is a suggested donation but you can also make your own donation amount. Click the links below to support organizations that are investing in our future leaders and problems solvers to have great access to resources to aid their success.

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L.ove I.nspires T.ogetherness Initiative: Holiday Edition

Through the collaboration of The Great Ones, Encore ATX, BLF Foundation, and Black Alumni Austin, we present the LIT Initiative. LIT stands for “love inspires togetherness.” We seek to unify the community through acts of love. This holiday season, we will focus on giving back to the homeless community located in Downtown Austin.
 
As we end another blessed year, we want to give back to those who are less fortunate. We will be preparing lunch bags with sandwiches, chips, water, and a letter of inspiration for the homeless.
 
The event will take place on Saturday, November 18th from 12PM – 4PM at Huston-Tillotson University in the Dickey Lawless Auditorium. We need your help packing the lunch bags and handing them out. Our goal is to provide 200 lunch bags for the homeless.
 
12PM – 2PM: We will be making the lunch bags at HT University in the Dickey Lawless Auditorium.
 
2PM – 12PM: We will make our way towards downtown Austin and begin handing out the lunch bags.
 
Light refreshments will be provided for the volunteers. You will also be able to learn more about each of our organizations.
 
We also need your help with donations. The items we need to be donated are bread, lunch meat, individually wrapped chips, and water. If you wish to donate, please sign up here https://goo.gl/o86APx.
 
If you wish to donate but can’t make the event, please contact Brandon Boone for a pick-up at 318-415-9928 or Brandon@WetheGreatOnes.com. You can also contact Brandon if you have any questions or concerns.
You can also donate online by clicking on the product below.
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Second Friday of the BLF Foundation Donation Drive

Thanks to everyone who has donated so far to the BLF Foundation, Young Black Austin, The Great Ones, Encore ATX, and Black Alumni Austin efforts to help those in need due to Houston Harvey Storm Relief Drive.

For the Second Friday morning of our relief drive, we dropped off over $600 worth of items for those affected! Please continue to donate to BLF Foundation if you cannot donate items during Encore ATX events. Every Friday, we are making tax free purchases that every dollar turns into donations.

We were interviewed by the Baytown Sun for a last drop off in Baytown, TX, regarding our relief drive efforts. Look for more information to come soon!

Feel free to donate below. Thank you so much for your partnership!

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First Friday of the BLF Foundation Donation Drive

Thanks to everyone who has donated so far to the BLF Foundation, Young Black Austin, The Great Ones, Encore ATX, and Black Alumni Austin efforts to help those in need due to Houston Harvey Storm Relief Drive.

For the first Friday morning of our relief drive, we dropped off over $230 worth of items for those affected! Please continue to donate to BLF Foundation if you cannot donate items during Encore ATX events. Every Friday, we are making tax free purchases that every dollar turns into donations.

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Join us August 20th for a Live Music and Poetry Fundraiser!!

The BLF Foundation is celebrating over a year of supporting the development of countless college students, through our annual scholarship program and our yearly mentorship program. Join us on August 20th as BLF Foundation, Kickback Brunch Group, and Encore ATX host a afternoon of live music and poetry!

DJ A/C and DJ Kay Cali on the 1s and 2s, hosted by National Poet Brandon Thornton with Ash The Floet performing original pieces, with sweet sounds by Singer Javae and live music from Jon Keyz and the Keyz Street Band.

Doors open at 1, program starts at 2:30 pm.

Each ticket’s proceeds will go towards the BLF Foundation’s Developing Future Leaders Mentorship Program and Annual Scholarship Program and include Hour D’eourves, Catered by Chef Gil Catering.

To learn more about the Developing Future Leaders Mentorship program, please visit blffoundation.org/mentorship. To learn more about the Richard Fontenot and Susan Moore-Fontenot Honorary Annual Scholarships, please visit blfoundation.org/scholarship.

All Sponsorship Inquires can be directed to contactus@blffoundation.org

Look forward to seeing you there!

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Amazon Smile Fundraiser

You shop. Amazon gives.

Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. Support us by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com.

Click on this link to associate your Amazon Shopping with our foundation. Amazon will remind you each time you visit amazon.com to go to the smile website so that every purchase credits to our fundraiser.

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FireFan Fundraiser

Play. Predict. Win.
Play along with live sports – predict the outcome, win points & bragging rights.

FireFan enables sports enthusiasts to connect, discuss their favorite teams & events, and play against each other in real time by competing to predict the outcome of live sporting events. FireFan unites friends, family, fans, and superstars around their passion for sports through live interaction. Help us raise funds by joining the app. Every token you earn will lead to dollars being donated to the BLF Foundation’s Scholarship Fund.

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Help us reach more students.

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Scholarship Fundraiser Weekend

Help the BLF Foundation and Brian Fontenot celebrate two scholarship fundraiser events:

Foundations Day Party at RIO with DJ Hella Yella and an OPEN BAR all day | 2 pm – 7 pm on Saturday, August 20th

Sunday Brunch at the Tap Room with DJ A/C, catered by Chef Gil Catering with a Buffet | 1 am – 4 pm on Sunday, August 21st

There is a $20 pre-sell for each event or you can take advantage of a $40 pre-sell for the whole weekend. Pre-sell tickets end on August 6, 2016.

The BLF Foundation is a 501(c)-3 non profit, providing minority college students with mentorship and scholarship opportunities in an effort to help advance our future leaders. More information can be found at: https://blffoundation.org/

100% of your ticket price goes to the scholarship fund.

Please help us to be able to support this scholarship fund! Thank you for supporting this weekend and help the BLF Foundation changes lives in the process. #PartyWithAPurpose

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