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Star Power!

By Kate X Messer, October 2, 1998, Columns

Let's get one thing straight: We think Star Power is great. When local groups pull out the big guns (national and international celebs) to highlight one of their fundraisers, it not only lures more folks to the (often pricey) events, but also clicks in the heads and hearts of those who might not be able to support the event with their cash and increases the probability that the cause will stay fresh on everyone's minds. And sometimes, that's what it takes -- a gimmick, a trigger -- something to keep people's attention. Does this validate the cause? Maybe for some; maybe not for others. Does that type of validation trivialize the efforts of those without name-brand power? Maybe to some; maybe not to others.

This weekend features two big events by two heavy hitters in the fundraising world, featuring two big "stars." First, Celebration of Choice, the annual shindig/silent auction to raise dough for Texas Abortion & Reproductive Rights Action League (TARAL), features Austin's own Lou Ann Barton, Fri, Oct 2, 7-11pm at Saengerrunde Hall. Then later this weekend on Sunday, Austin kicks-off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Live With Linda Ellerbee, a Champagne Sunday Brunch to benefit Austin's Breast Cancer Resource Center (BCRC) at the Renaissance Austin Hotel Ballroom in the Arboretum, Sun, Oct 4, 11am. TARAL, 462-1661; BCRC,472-1710. (See Community Listings for more info.)

Volunteers, Inc.

Here's part two of our community calls to action list. If your organization is missing from this roster and has volunteer opportunities available, please do submit your listing in writing for future listings. Get out there and help someone. (Part one of this list was run in last week's issue.)

Directors of Volunteers in Austin (DOVIA) DOVIA promotes volunteer administration as a profession. PO Box 2606, 78768. 475-2583, Kevin Schantz.

Faith Home Guardian angels needed for babies with AIDS. 4101 Wildwood, 78722. 302-4101, Kathy Holguin.

Foundation for the Homeless Area churches cooperate providing after-school programs and tutors. PO Box 1862, 78767. 453-6570.

Habitat for Humanity Build affordable, quality homes for families in Austin. Volunteers also needed for the Re-Store, 310 Comal, #100, 78702. 472-8788.

Hands On Housing Providing free home repair for elderly, disabled, and low-income homeowners. 2026 Guadalupe, #226, 78705. 472-7627, Lesley Glueck.

HEART Line/Parents' Anonymous Crisis line and support group personnel needed to assist with a variety of family issues. 7801 N. Lamar, #E-180, 78752. 459-5490.

Homeless Artists Guild Volunteers work with kids in art-related, hands-on activities. Art workshop instructors needed to guide budding talent. 2026 Guadalupe, #226, 78705. 472-4934, Kristy Beard.

Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Volunteers needed to help prepare for the Walk to Cure Diabetes on Sat, Oct 31 at Fiesta Gardens. 6901 N. Lamar, #126, 78752. 450-1500, Jane Sierra.

KOOP Radio Diversity in the ranks is essential to the mission of representing all of Austin, not just a select few. Support non-commercial radio. PO Box 2116, 78768-2116. 472-1369..

Legal Aid of Central Texas Free civil legal advocacy service for low-income Central Texans needs help at evening legal clinics. 205 W. Ninth, #200, 78701. 476-7244, x338, April Kubik.

Life Works (née Youth Options) Services for troubled youths and their families. 3816 S. First, 78704. 441-8336, Steve Beers.

Meals on Wheels Deliver meals and meds to some very appreciative Austinites. PO Box 6248, 78762. 476-MEAL, Suellen Mills.

National Domestic Violence Hotline Representatives from all walks of life needed for crisis counseling. PO Box 161810, 78716.

453-8117, Silvia Bertez.

Pebble Project Child abuse prevention educators. Training required to volunteer. Call for next available training sessions. 3000 S. I-35, #200, 78741. 462-1771, Judith Martin.

Planned Parenthood Educators from a wide variety of backgrounds needed for reproduction issues counseling. 1209 Rosewood, 78702.

472-0868, Carole Geffen.

Project PHASE Transitional assistance for area homeless youth. 3816 S. First, 78704. 441-8336, Steve Beers.

Project Transitions Hospice care and supportive living services for those living with AIDS. PO Box 4826, 78765. 454-8646, Greg Harman.

Out Youth Emotional support and guidance for youth dealing with coming-out issues. 1117 Red River,78701-1912.708-1234.

Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic Dulcet, smooth tones needed to help create accessible textbooks (recording and diskette) for all. 1314 W. 45th, 78756. 323-9390, Nicole Antonopoulos or Mary Rusk.

SafePlacePO Box 19454, 78760. Volunteers for domestic violence programs, call 928-9070, Coni Huntsman; volunteers for sexual assault programs, call 445-5776, Cathy Ross.

Special Olympics Texas Assist in award presentations, be a statistician, or be a "hugger." 11442 N. I-35, 78753. 707-3777.

Texas AIDS Ride Staff still needed for the days of the AIDS Ride, October 5-11. 800/825-1000, x9.

Texas Runaway Hotline Hotline for runaways and their families. PO Box 149030, MC Y-987, 78714-9030. 833-3477, Molly Boehm

United Cerebral Palsy Assn. Liberation Station toy depot workers needed. 9027 Northgate, #101, 78758. 834-1827, Teri Beck.

United Way/First Call for Help Non-emergency, one-call referral. Hotline workers needed. 2000 E. MLK, 78702. 323-1898, Donna Woodard.

Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum Volunteers needed for all museum positions. Orientation and training provided. 605 Robert E. Lee, 78704. 445-5582, Ann Herbert.

University YWCA Services and referrals for all women of Travis County. 1524 S. I-35, #315, 78704. 326-1222.

Victory Tutorial Program Volunteers needed to tutor students with homework, reinforce basic skills, and provide additional preparation for the Exit Level TAAS Exam. 1111 W. Sixth, #D-150, 78703. 499-7317.

VISTA Placing men and women 18 and over with community-based agencies to work on issues concerning urban and rural poverty. Locally, call DOVIA, 326-3308.

Wildlife Basin Wilderness Preserve Haunt and howl on their Haunted Trails 1998 Interactive Haunted Adventure, October 22-24 and October 29-31. 388-1756.

Women & Their Work Gallery and gift shop workers needed to fill shifts. 1710 Lavaca, 78701. 477-1064, Trent Sharp.

Thanks to Belinda Celis and Mary Sledd for their assistance in compiling these items.

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