Austin Gives award luncheon set for March 3

The Austin Chamber of Commerce's Austin Gives program will announce the winners of its annual Generous Business Awards on March 3.

The awards recognize Austin businesses and organizations for excellence in philanthropy. Tennis player and philanthropist Andy Roddick will be the featured speaker at this year's awards luncheon.

“We spotlight our Austin businesses who continually are giving back to make our community a better place,” Austin Gives Executive Director Beth Krueger said. “It’s really about a celebration.”

Nine businesses with an Austin presence are among the finalists in small, medium and large categories. Charitable Champion awards are given to businesses with fewer than 26 employees, Big Heart awards are given to businesses with 26-150 employees and Bold Giver awards are given to businesses with more than 150 employees.

“I’m so excited this year because we have unique finalists like Round Rock Express, and you have finalists like Samsung, National Instruments—leaders and large companies that have been giving back since Day One," Krueger said. "Then you have these amazing startups like Raven + Lily, which is an amazing startup and is doing things in a really completely different way. Austin Woman Magazine from the first publication they have put out there have made sure that part of every publication they produce gives back in some way.

"When you look at all these different companies, what they have done and how they have done it, … they all do it in their own way. I think that’s the best part of this. When you hear all nine stories not any two are alike.”

Businesses that participate in Austin Gives agree to donate to their local community at least 1 percent of their pre-tax earnings through financial contributions, donated products or volunteer services. More than 350 companies participate in the program, according to Austin Gives.

The 2015 Austin Gives Generous Business Awards luncheon is March 3 at 11:30 a.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel, 98 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin. For ticketing and sponsoring information visit the Austin Gives website.
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