Open Door Preschools 2015 Fall Fete:
As Time Goes By
Throwback to the ‘40’s to celebrate Open Door’s 40th Anniversary!
We’re planning a real lulu of a shindig for Saturday, September 26th, 7:00—10:00 p.m., at Fair Market on East 5th. This year’s Fete is inspired by the 1940’s: Casablanca and film noir, swing and big band sounds, and other swell surprises. Sponsorships begin at $250, and more information can be found here:
For more information on sponsoring the Fall Fete, contact our Development Director firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 512.481.0775.
2015 Fall Fete Honorees:
Drumroll, please: for our 40th year, Open Door is delighted to be honoring three very special members of the Austin community.
Visionary Volunteer Award: Brandon Lack
The Visionary Volunteer Award recognizes individuals whose volunteerism has made a deep and lasting impact on Open Door’s programs and services.
Forty years ago Brandon Lack was a toddler with Down syndrome whose parents could not find an early education program that would accept both him and his typically developing sister, Rebecca. And so, Open Door Preschools was born.
Flash forward 40 years: Open Door is a well-loved, nationally-accredited community resource, and Brandon is a beloved volunteer at Open Door M Station. The children, staff, and families adore him. He is a vital part of the team. Now, in 2015, we are thrilled to honor Brandon with the Visionary Volunteer Award.
Brandon was introduced to art by his teacher at Open Door, David Hefner, who is now a successful artist and college professor at Texas State. Although Brandon was diagnosed with recurrent respiratory papillomatosis at eight years old, was hit by a car in a school crosswalk, lost his beloved grandfather and his father, and now has been diagnosed with another cancer, he is relentless in his positive attitude. He has been a devoted community volunteer since early childhood and loves to make people happy. His artwork will be featured at the Open Door Fall Fete 2015, and can be seen and purchased at www.brandonlackstudio.com.
Opening New Doors Award: MariBen Ramsey and Shirley Rubinett
The Opening New Doors Award recognizes outstanding individuals who exemplify and promote the Open Door values of social justice and inclusion in the Austin community.
MariBen Ramsey is a native Austinite. She is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and The University of Texas School of Law. She was a shareholder with the Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody law firm when she left the full-time practice of law to make her avocation of community service her vocation. MariBen joined the Austin Community Foundation, serving as General Counsel and leading the Foundation’s grants programs for 20 years. MariBen’s extensive volunteer profile includes service on more than 20 non-profit boards at the local, state, national and international level where she has advanced the causes of social justice and inclusion.
Shirley Bagelman Rubinett has lived in Austin since 1946, when she came to The University of Texas from her native Port Arthur. With her husband, Jarrell (“Tank”), she helped establish Austin Drug Company and later Special Sales. Shirley has long been active in the local Jewish community, having served in many volunteer capacities at Congregation Agudas Achim and the Jewish Federation. She also served on the board of Meals on Wheels.
She and Tank funded the Rubinett Family Foundation to promote Jewish values, particularly the concept of Tikkun Olam (“To repair the world”). They have been steady and pivotal supporters of Open Door for over twenty years. Four of their five grandchildren are Open Door graduates. Long acknowledged as an exceptional mother and mother-in-law, she shines in her favorite role as grandmother extraordinaire.
Open Door Preschools turns 40 this year!
Open Door has a lot to celebrate! Since 1975, we have been bringing together a diverse group of young children, instilling values of acceptance while building a foundation for a lifetime of success.
Some may approach 40th birthdays with trepidation—black crepe paper streamers and Over the Hill banners, thoughts of aging and decline—but that is not for Open Door! We relish turning 40 and are celebrating our past, present, and future. Join us—we’re planning for our next 40 years and want you to be a part of it!
Open Door Preschool’s inaugural class of 1975.
Open Door’s 40th Birthday Party Was a Hit!
Open Door celebrated its 40th birthday on April 25, at Threadgill’s South. Our friends and families enjoyed a concert and games, our infamous Taco Takedown, the return of the Cakewalk, birthday cake from Sweetish Hill Bakery (also turning 40 this year!), and recognition of some of the best preschool teachers in the world.
Open Door parent Eric Eeds won the trophy and bragging rights as the proud winner of this year’s Taco Takedown by consuming 15 tacos in 10 minutes!
To nurture and inspire young children of diverse needs, economic levels, and family backgrounds in an engaging educational environment.