Big Brothers Big Sister of Central Texas

Ice Ball 2016

Hyatt Regency Austin, Zilker Ballroom

August 20, 2016 6pm – Midnight
Join Big Brothers Big Sisters for Austin’s brightest gem, the Ice Ball. Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, seated dinner, auction and live music.

Host Committee

  • Kate and Hector Perez, Committee Chairs
  • Christine and Blake Absher
  • Becky Bonham
  • Amber Davis and Peter Erdel
  • Michael Forte and Toni Schach
  • Pamela and Will Hurley
  • Joanna Just
  • Chris and Laura Villagran Johnson
  • Heather Ladage
  • Thomas Miranda
  • Gordon Moore
  • Lauren Petrowski
  • Charlie Phillips
  • Yvette Ruiz
  • Gayle Stallings


A Week on Flamingo Beach. Enjoy 7 nights in a 3-bedroom 3-bathroom private residence that sleeps 6. Recently remodeled with curving verandas, lush terraces, and a private pool. Just steps from the beach, this property is located at the tip of the Flamingo Beach peninsula, noted for pristine powder white sands framed by the deep blue of the Pacific Ocean and verdant mountain foliage. Watch the sun rise over the marina and set over the Pacific. Just 45 minutes from the new Liberia International Airport, a direct flight from Houston.

Special thanks to Ed Podolak


Dreams do come true for football fans! On Monday, December 7, 2015, the Dallas Cowboys will go head-to-head with the Washington Redskins and you – plus 3 friends – will be in the stadium! Package includes 4 fabulous lower level seats in FedEx Field, 4 roundtrip airplane tickets from Austin to Ronald Reagan Airport and 2 nights at the 4-star Gaylord National Harbor – the largest luxury resort in the D.C. area and the official home-team hotel for the Redskins. Transportation is provided to the game and back, and you will have a driver both days who can take you on a private tour of the capital city’s sites.

Special thanks to Colt and Rachel McCoy


Take a Shine to the City of Lights. Enjoy a romantic 4-night trip for 2 to Paris! This beautiful flat is located in the heart of the city on the border of the 7th and 15th arrondissements. Stroll past sidewalk cafes on your way to The Eiffel Tower, The Champs-Elysees, and the Arc de Triomphe. Indulge your Tour de France dreams with 2 “Day Bicycle Tour” tickets and see Paris from the ground. Or use your 2 “Skip-the-line Eiffel Tower Tour Passes” and head to the top for the aerial view. Paris restaurants invite you to dine sumptuously; or, the condo has a well equipped kitchen for your own culinary adventures.

Special thanks to David and Kelly Mebane

Ultimate Bobby Bones Experience

Are you a die-hard Bobby Bones fan? Would you and a friend like a three day/two night trip to Nashville to meet Bobby and sit-in on his top-rated morning show? If so, we’re about to “tell you something good!” You will enjoy the ultimate Bobby Bones fan experience while spending an hour in-studio during the show, touring the studio and getting plenty of pictures and autographs from Bobby and his co-hosts. The winner will also enjoy a special “shout-out” from Bobby on-air. Package includes airline voucher, hotel accommodations in the heart of Nashville and, while you’re there, enjoy the amazing sites this Music City has to offer with passes to the historic Ryman Auditorium, Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame and more. It’s a once in a lifetime trip! Click here to download this 4-page document with all information about the package, absentee bidding, and absentee bidder form

Special thanks to Bobby Bones and Iheartmedia

Bali Beachfront Bliss

This all-inclusive 7-night stay in Bali is an experience that will last a lifetime. Your party of 8 will be welcomed and chauffeured to the unparalleled paradise of Jepun Villas. The entire resort is yours for the week!

  • 7 days and nights for up to 8 guests
  • Private transportation to and from the airport
  • 4 master bedroom villas with private en-suite bathrooms with open-air showers
  • Multiple living and dining areas, recreation villa, marble terrace, and private massage pavilion
  • All designed around an infinity-edge swimming pool with spectacular views of the Indian Ocean
  • On-site staff caters to every need
  • Includes: full day of island sightseeing, 4 scuba or snorkeling sessions, and 8 hour-long massages
  • Breakfast served daily
  • Welcome drinks upon arrival
  • Balinese dinner served with a Balinese dance performance


Crystal Peak Lodge

Enjoy a week-long trip for four to luxurious Crystal Peak Lodge, a ski-in ski-out resort at the base of Breckenridge’s Peak 7, and just a 5-minute gondola or shuttle ride to restaurants and shopping in Breckenridge. This mountain-view corner residence has 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, a full kitchen, and access to resort amenities including outdoor hot tub, fire pit, fitness center, and bowling alley. You can ski and snowboard, or try snow kiting, ice skating, and sleigh rides – or visit in the summer for hiking, biking, rafting, and golf.

Special thanks to Connie and Bill Nelson

Carefree in Cabo

Spend 5 nights in warm sands and the gorgeous blue waters of Medano Beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, at the luxurious Hacienda Beach Club and Residences, a 22-acre, $230 million private beach club and residential community. Your 4 bedroom, 3 1/2 baths villa sleeps 10. Relax in the elegance of the living area or by the infinity-edge pool while you gaze over the terraces at the breath-taking views. The restaurants, shopping, and nightlife of Cabo provide endless ventures for every taste and occasion.

Special thanks to Amy and Chris Ellis


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas provides young people in our community - particularly those facing adversity - with the skills, support and guidance to achieve success in life.

We do this by creating caring one-to-one relationships between children and adult volunteers who serve as mentors, providing guidance, friendship and support.

Our unique model of one-to-one mentoring has a direct and lasting e ect on the lives of young people, their families and our community as a whole. Research shows that youth in our program have more con dence and better grades and social skills than their peers. They are significantly less likely to use drugs or alcohol, skip school or exhibit violent behavior.

Your investment in our program has a huge impact on youth, families and the greater Austin community. This year our volunteers will provide 60,000 hours of mentoring to approximately 1,000 children in Travis, Williamson and Hays counties. Last year, more than 98% of our Little Brothers and Sisters stayed in school, improved their grades and avoided early parenting.

The impacts of our program are great, but the need is even greater.

For every child we serve, there is another child on our waiting list longing to be matched with a caring mentor of their own.

With your help, we can provide more children with the opportunities for success that they so richly deserve.

Learn more at


It costs $1,250 to fund a life-changing mentoring relationship for a child for a year. There are over 600 children on our waiting list who are looking for the opportunity to be matched with a mentor of their own. Your Fund A Friendship gift provides kids, like those below, with the one-to-one support they need to succeed in life.

“I want someone to be my friend. Someone I can talk to and who can help me when I have problems.”

Jonathan lives with his mom in a single-parent home. He is looking for a male role model to help him deal with the negative peer pressure he experiences at school.
“I want to have a good life. I want a Big Sister to help me succeed.”

Angela dreams of being an engineer. Her parents never had the opportunity to attend college themselves and she is looking for a mentor who can support her academic success and help her pursue her career goals.
“I want a Big Brother to go places with and have fun. He would be my best friend and I wouldn’t be lonely.”

Having moved here from a new country, Thomas wants to have a Big Brother to spend time with and who can help him discover new things.

Your 100% tax-deductible Fund A Friendship gift can change a child’s life for the better, forever. Give now.