Mardi Gras Magic is the signature fundraising event of The Town Lake Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. This year more than 500 guests, including local business, civic and philanthropic leaders will gather at the JW Marriott to celebrate the chapter's 30 years of service to the Austin community. Festivities will include special live performances, entertainment, and experiences. Don't miss this opportunity to support community programs including: The chapter's bi-weekly computer literacy courses and annual graduation ceremony for fifth graders at Norman Elementary School in East Austin. A health, self-confidence and resilience-focused enrichment program for girls in foster care at The Settlement Home. Our award-winning National Society of Black Engineers, Jr. student team, which competes in robotics [...]
Town Lake Chapter member Machree Gibson received the Austin Area Urban League’s distinguished Whitney M. Young Jr. Award at its 2017 Equal Opportunity Day Gala. Mr. Young was the executive director of the National Urban League from 1961 to 1971 and focused on gaining equality for black people in business and politics and on improving communities for the urban poor. The organization commended Gibson for her work advocating for equal opportunity. Gibson is a lobbyist and attorney with The Graydon Group and represents a broad range of clients, including corporations, trade associations, governmental entities and other organizations in legislative and administrative matters before the Texas Legislature and various state agencies. She [...]
Congratulations to Town Lake Chapter member Keffrelyn Brown and the other members of the Leadership Austin Class of 2018. The distinguished group of community leaders represents diverse spheres of interest and influence. Through participation in the flagship program of Leadership Austin, they will meet monthly around the city to explore regional issues, hone leadership skills, forge new relationships and improve our community. Dr. Brown is a UT professor and leading scholar of the intersections of teaching, curriculum and race. Her academic research, community involvement and personal practice all exemplify whole-hearted, relationship-centered and evidence-based leadership. Known for deep subject-matter expertise and eagerness to share it at the grassroots level, Dr. Brown invites others to [...]
The Town Lake Chapter awards a $20,000 scholarship ($5,000/year) to a graduating African American High School Senior from an accredited high school in the Austin metropolitan area. The Town Lake Chapter will review applications from African American high school seniors attending a university or college in the Summer or Fall of 2017. Applicants must meet the following criteria. Be in the top quartile of class rank (3.0 GPA or higher) Be graduating under the Recommended High School Plan Be involved in extra-curricular activities Financial need is considered Relatives of Links, Inc. are ineligible to participate as a candidate for the scholarship All applicants need to disclose if they are related to a [...]
The Town Lake (TX) Chapter’s newly launched National Society of Black Engineers Jr. Chapter placed third of 38 teams in its very first competition, the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) Robotics Arena Contest held in Seguin, Texas in January. With no assistance from adults, Team Master Builders used LEGO EV3 motors and sensors to build a robot that performed multiple tasks on the challenge field. The team, which includes 5th through 8th graders, prepared diligently after school and on Saturdays at HBCU Huston-Tillotson University with the help of Town Lake (TX) Chapter members and community volunteers. The advisors and coaches include Town Lake Chapter STEM Lead Veronica Jordan-Matlock, Daphne Octave, Kizzy Lejay, Danielle [...]
Please join the Town Lake Chapter of The Links, Incorporated on January 5, 2017, for a private screening and fundraising event featuring the long-awaited movie, Hidden Figures, the amazing untold story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughn (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe). These brilliant African-American women worked at NASA, serving as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, advanced the United States’ leadership position in the Space Race, and galvanized the world. This visionary trio crossed both gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big. Please click [...]
The Town Lake Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, invites you to dine, dance, and celebrate Mardi Gras--Austin-style. All proceeds benefit our work to ensure that Austin youth are well-fed, supported and educated. Contributions are tax-deductible through The Links Foundation, Incorporated, our 501(c)3 organization and proceeds will benefit The Links Foundation, scholarships, mentorship, STEM programs, and meals for Austin youth. For more information, or to purchase tickets, sponsor the event, or buy an ad, please click here. We look forward to seeing you at Mardi Gras Magic 2017!
SHOP TO GIVE BACK! Please join the Town Lake (TX) Chapter at Kendra Scott's North Lamar location on November 4, 2016, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Garage parking is available. Can't attend? View items at www.kendrascott.com and fill out our Pre-Event_Form to order. Remember, 20% of proceeds benefit the Town Lake (TX) Chapter's community service programs.
The Town Lake (TX) Chapter was honored at The Links, Incorporated’s national assembly in Las Vegas, Nevada, for its stellar STEM initiative at Norman Elementary School. The chapter’s effort placed in the top three of 286 Links chapters in the services to youth category. The chapter offered computer skills lessons at Norman Elementary School three times a month during the academic year in order to bolster 5th grader’s competence and confidence when working with technology. Sessions presented opportunities for students to use Microsoft PowerPoint and Word, learn computer science through basic coding, and nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any [...]
The Town Lake (TX) Chapter of The Links, Inc. will host an author reception for the 10th Annual Austin African American Book Festival on Friday, June 24, 2016 at 7 p.m. at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center. The event will feature book signings and remarks by featured authors Sharon G. Flake, ReShonda Tate Billingsley and Gerry Tucker.