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To celebrate Austin nonprofit Open Door Preschools’ 40th Anniversary, Fair Market, an event site on the east side of downtown Austin, was transformed into Rick’s Café Américain from Casablanca. Moroccan-patterned lighting effects, candles and palm trees transformed the raw space with a dramatic nod to the 1940s film and old Morocco. Music from Open Door parent Elizabeth McQueen and her Trio added lively spirit to the event. A Moroccan buffet by Whole Foods Market Catering, signature cocktails, and diversions by Typewriter Rodeo and Quick Draw Photo Booth ensured a good time for all.

 The evening centered around three guests of honor, each of whom have lived Open Door’s values: Brandon Lack, an artist, Open Door volunteer and alumnus with Down syndrome. In 1975, Brandon’s mother was inspired to start Open Door so that he and his sister would be able to attend preschool together, at a time when inclusion was not widely embraced or available; Shirley Rubinett, who has supported Open Door’s mission for over 25 years, was joined by four Open Door alumni: her grandchildren; and MariBen Ramsey, whose broad and deep service to the Austin non-profit community exemplifies the Open Door values of social justice and inclusion.

In all, the event was a great success, netting more than $90,000 for the organization. Fall Fete Co-chairs Rushmi Kumar and Cathy McHorse noted that, “The event brought together people from various walks of life to celebrate, in one charming evening, the values that Open Door instills in its children everyday. The funds raised will be invested in building on this 40 year history to nurture and inspire Austin’s young children.”

Open Door Preschools Fall Fete 2016 Sponsorships & Tickets

For more information on sponsoring the 2016 Fall Fete, contact our Development Director kirsten.ingram@opendoorpreschool.org, or call 512.481.0775.

 Open Door Preschools turned 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.

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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.



Joann Satberry, Sheila Matthews, and John Seibold



Missy Sanchez and Peter Cooper


Board Chair Michelle King and teacher Sam Bremen








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!


The 2015 Taco Takedown Champ Eric Eeds and family


Open Door Alums Benton McDonald, Piper King, and Stephanie Edgar


1970’s originals Brandon Lack, David Hefner, Katherine Murray and Rebecca Lack Massey

Mission Statement

To nurture and inspire young children of diverse needs, economic levels, and family backgrounds in an engaging educational environment.


Open Door Annual Report 2014

Our Locations

East & Administration

3804 Cherrywood Road Austin, TX 78722 (512) 481-0775       

Central School

1717 West 10th Street Austin, TX 78703 (512) 477-9632      

M Station

2918 E. MLK Blvd Austin, TX 78702 (512) 610-7383