>Help raise money for health care for Austin musicians. Support HAAM Day, Tue. Oct 2

 

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Austin, TX — Today at Austin City Hall, Mayor Will Wynn thanked the more than 150 businesses that have already signed up to take part in the 2nd HAAM BENEFIT DAY, slated for Tuesday, October 2, on behalf of the growing number of members being served by the 2 1/2-year-old Health Alliance for Austin Musicians: the city’s hard-working, uninsured professional musicians.

With Wynn were representatives of the City, the music community and participating businesses as well as organizers of HAAM, the special organization made up of Seton Family of Hospitals, which provides primary healthcare; St. David’s Community Health Foundation Leadership, which provides basic dental care; and the SIMS Foundation, which provides mental-health counseling and addiction treatment services. Currently, HAAM serves more than 800 member-musicians, most of whom are younger than 35 years old.

Also on hand at City Hall were representatives of Austin businesses that have committed to the success of HAAM BENEFIT DAY: Elizabeth Smith of Whole Foods Market, the world’s leading natural and organic foods supermarket and America’s first national certified organic grocer; John Blakely of Sony Online Entertainment Austin, a recognized world leader in multi-player online games; Roger M. Heaney of Time Warner Cable-Central Texas; Kevin Connor of ME Television; and Tim Taylor, a partner at participating law firm Jackson Walker LLP and chairman of the committee for HAAM BENEFIT DAY.

“Our goal for this year’s HAAM BENEFIT DAY is to double the amount of funds raised for this most worthy organization,” said Taylor. “With more than 150 varied businesses signed up — hotels, banks and real estate companies have joined in — and with a few new special features, I’m positive the goal will be met and then some. The Austin business community understands the value of Austin music and is committed to supporting the talented people who make it and who add so much to our city.”

In addition to businesses large and small across Austin pledging 5% of proceeds on HAAM BENEFIT DAY on October 2 or making a cash donation, there will be live radio remote broadcasts and ME Television (Central Texas Ch. 15 & digital 577) will conduct an all-day telethon featuring music by HAAM members throughout. “ME Television is proud to support HAAM BENEFIT DAY by sponsoring this telethon,” said Kevin Connor, VP of music & artists relations at ME Television. “We want music lovers in Austin to know that their donation to the telethon will go twice as far, thanks to a matching grant of $10,000 from Charity Partners of Austin.”

Individuals who wish to contribute can call into the telethon, make donations throughout the city in tip jars, or they can go online to www.myhaam.org. Last year’s HAAM BENEFIT DAY raised $107,000, including matching grants.
More than 80 Austin bands (many HAAM members) have volunteered to perform on stages hosted by selected businesses around town, from City Hall Plaza and Austin-Bergstrom Airport to IBC Bank and AMLI on Second. Outdoor stages will be set up at locations such as Sixth and Trinity streets, hosted by 6ixth (better known as the Pecan Street Owners Association), and The Triangle. 

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September 25, 2007. Uncategorized.

One Comment

  1. The Market Research Lady replied:

    It’s great to hear about thriving local organizations like these.

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