Ask around and one consistent theme reflected when people are asked why they love Austin so much points back to the community. It’s a city of engaged, fun, active individuals who come together to do outstanding things. The Austin Boys & Girls Club Foundation is proud to help uphold the value of one of Austin’s most precious resources—its youth—by supporting Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area (BGCAA) through philanthropy aimed at building great futures for kids and teens.

“Austin is an incredibly vibrant and active place to live,” says Wes Livesay, Executive Director of the Austin Boys & Girls Club Foundation. “For families and children there are endless landscapes to explore and places to discover together. However, what makes Austin truly great is our engaged community. We experience this in full force every year during the Annual Austin Duck Derby held on Lady Bird Lake.”

Now in its fifth year, the Duck Derby is the epitome of a fun (and funky) event that Austin is known to play host to. Austinites show up in flocks each year to support and give back to their own community with the help of the Austin Boys & Girls Club Foundation. In 2017, more than 17,000 rubber ducks were “adopted” by individuals throughout Austin and subsequently raced on Lady Bird Lake, winning prizes for their adoptive parents. By sheer magnitude, this quacky event typically held in August is a true sight to behold.

Ultimately, the true prize is seeing how the community at large rallies for the betterment of its own youth. Thanks to the Austin Boys & Girls Club Foundation, Duck Derby raises essential funds benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area, ensuring that BGCAA can continue to

enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

WE’VE GOT THE SCOOP ON FAMILY-FRIENDLY SPOTS:

Join the Austin Boys & Girls Club Foundation for the Annual Duck Derby, Sat., Aug. 4, 2018 (more info online at austinduckderby.com). You’ll hear this more than once, be sure to visit the local watering holes like Barton Springs, Lake Travis, and Emma Long City Park. Thank goodness Austin has some of the best swim spots to combat the Texas heat.

Two words: Splash Pads. Also, don’t forget about Zilker Park and many other great parks thanks to the Austin Parks & Recreational Department. Check out the Children’s Museum, and wander the multitudes of hiking and biking trails that scratch the City’s surface.

WHAT MAKES AUSTIN HOME?

They say that “Home is where the heart is,” and that’s very much true for Austin. There’s a lot of heart here in this vibrant community where people come together to help one another and to have fun together taking advantage of all of Austin’s great resources. Also, Austin has a lot of cool people—most especially the youth who keep this city vibrant and thriving, and who represent a bright future for the community. Laying down roots in Austin is easy.

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