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US Open Champion Andy Roddick to Keynote Austin Gives Annual Luncheon

Posted By Greater Austin Chamber | Oct 15, 2015
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AUSTIN, Texas – Oct. 15, 2015 - Austin Gives, a program of the Austin Chamber of Commerce, announced today that tennis superstar and philanthropist Andy Roddick will be the featured speaker at the annual Austin Gives Generous Business Awards luncheon scheduled for March 3, 2016 at the Four Seasons.

Roddick plans to share new details of the work he is doing to help close the learning gap for young people in the Greater Austin community through his charity, the Andy Roddick Foundation. He will also be joined by Richard Tagle, the Foundation’s CEO, who will talk about the goals to expand the Foundation’s school partnerships and support to other high-quality, out-of-school time programs to benefit more young people in the Austin region.

“We are excited to be part of an event that brings more attention to the hundreds of Austin Gives businesses who understand the importance and benefits of giving back to our local community,” said Roddick. “At the Foundation, we share a belief that talent is universal but opportunity is not. By focusing on providing high-quality learning opportunities during those times when children are not in classrooms, I know that the Foundation is helping close opportunity gaps especially in underserved neighborhoods of our city.”

Businesses in Austin Gives, a voluntary program with no costs to participants, donate one percent or more of their pre-tax earnings to the local community. This includes giving back through cash donations, volunteering and donations of products and services that strengthen the nonprofit sector. In August, Austin Gives surpassed the 300 company milestone, making it one of the most successful programs of its kind in the country.

“Andy is well known for his humanitarian efforts and he truly cares about the local community. Our team is thrilled to have him keynote our program as we shine the light on businesses that strengthen our communities,” said Jennifer Stevens, President and CEO, JHL Company and Chair of the Austin Gives leadership council.

Nomination for 2016 Austin Gives Generous Business Awards

During the luncheon, Austin Gives will announce winners of the 2016 Generous Business Awards, which recognize organizations that demonstrate exemplary business philanthropy. To be eligible, businesses must submit an application on the nomination page here by November 30, 2015.

Nominations will be reviewed and winners selected by a panel of peer judges from the Austin Gives program.

Three finalists will be selected from each of the following categories:

Bold Givers (companies with 150 employees or greater)

Big Hearts (companies with 26–150 employees)

Charitable Champions (companies with fewer than 26 employees)

About Andy Roddick

Andy had a famous 13-season tennis career - which included a US Open Championship, Davis Cup title, three Wimbledon finals and a world number one ranking.

As great as Andy’s accomplishments were on the court, he managed to make an even bigger impact off the court. The Arthur Ashe Institute recognized Andy’s community involvement in 2005 with the prestigious Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award, and again in 2007 with the Arthur Ashe Leadership Award for Urban Health. In 2009 Andy received the Heineken Star Award for achievements in the fields of athletics and philanthropy.

Andy retired in 2012 and brought the Andy Roddick Foundation, which he founded in 2000 and currently chairs, to Austin. Its mission is to work with the community to expand opportunities for young people to learn, thrive and succeed.

About Austin Gives

Austin Gives, a program of the Austin Chamber, is committed to recognizing and encouraging business philanthropy in Austin, Texas. Businesses of all sizes that commit to giving one or more percent of their pre- tax earnings toward financial contributions, donated products or services or volunteering are invited to be recognized as an Austin Gives Business.

About the Austin Chamber

The mission of the Austin Chamber of Commerce is to provide leadership that facilitates the creation of a prosperous regional economy and effective advocacy for its more than 3,000 members. For more information about the Austin Chamber of Commerce visit AustinChamber.com.

Media Inquiries:

Jenny Steward, Public Relations Manager, Austin Chamber of Commerce. jsteward@austinchamber.com

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Greater Austin Chamber

The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce focuses on how the Austin Region works. We serve as the voice of business for 2,800 organizations representing a combined workforce of about 330,000 employees throughout Central Texas. Our mission is to provide leadership that facilitates the creation of a prosperous regional economy and effective advocacy for members.