For the past four years, I've had the privilege of being on the board of directors for AIDS Services of Austin. I understand that many of us don't spend our time thinking about the effects of HIV and AIDS on the community because of the great number of advancements in treatment and the great number of other worthy causes, but today I want to share a bit about why this is important to me.
The business community, of which I am a part, is charged with innovating and developing new products and sustainable businesses that support job growth and economic prosperity. The government is responsible for the foundational elements of a strong society including the guarantee of basic civil and human rights, justice, public health and education, defense, regulation of key industries and protecting the environment.
As for nonprofits, they fill the extremely important gaps left behind by people pursuing business and government. Too often, the significance of this role is undermined and overlooked because we're so busy paying attention to earnings reports or stock markets or presidential elections or policy battles.
Austin is full of nonprofits, but AIDS Services of Austin is a unique one in that it's directly serving its clients with services such as a food bank, case management, a dental clinic and more, while also helping the overall community by both raising awareness around prevention and helping to free people affected by HIV and AIDS from the stigmas that can make life difficult even when a person's health is stabilized.
Over the past four years, I've learned a lot about commitment, dedication, teamwork and values from my service on this board and I am so honored to support this amazing organization doing work that many of us believe was only needed in the 1980s and 90s, but is very much needed today.
One month from today, on Sept. 27, I'll be in Chicago to run the Chicago Half Marathon, all 13.1 miles of it, and I would love for you to take one minute and donate $13.10 or more to my page on CrowdRise where I'm hoping to raise $1,310 toward AIDS Services of Austin.
Also, if this is a cause you'd like to support here in Austin, please plan to join us for Dining Out For Life on Sept. 14 and 15 at various restaurants around town. I'll be at Alcomar on Monday, Sept. 14 and Apothecary on Tuesday, Sept. 15 where each restaurant will donate a significant portion of their earnings that day to ASA's mission. Lastly, AIDS Walk Austin is on November 8th and I hope you can join me there as well!
Thanks in advance for any and all your support of this worthy cause and my upcoming race!