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Christmas in October

Oct 19

Date: 10/19/2019 -

Time: 8:00 am

Elisabet Ney Museum
304 E. 44th St.
Austin, Texas 78751

Since RECA's founding in 1991, our annual Christmas in October project has served local community groups in need, contributing more than $2 million in cash and in-kind donations during the process. Christmas in October is RECA's largest philanthropic event and participating in the project is a great way to contribute to a worthy cause while networking and building lasting relationships with other RECA members.

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Elisabet Ney Museum
Elisabet Ney Museum
Christmas in October 2018
Christmas in October 2018
Christmas in October 2018

This year, RECA has partnered with the City owned and operated Elisabet Ney Museum for its 2019 Christmas in October philanthropic project. Located in the heart of Hyde Park, the museum is the former studio and home to the portrait collection created by 19th century sculptor Elisabet Ney, who was an iconoclastic German sculptor who moved to Austin in 1882. Ney has had her work featured at both the Texas Capitol and National Capitol and with over 30,000 visitors per year, the local museum celebrates her art, her history and her legacy through exhibitions and family-friendly events.

Though well-known and centrally-located, the Elisabet Ney Museum is a gem that is not polished. Staff, visitors, and stakeholders alike see the potential that this site contains, but limited resources and people-power are the only obstacles to that vision. Among the projects for Christmas in October is the creation of a tourist-worthy mural to be painted on one of the museum’s outbuildings, the installation of a custom fence and signage that will teach visitors about Miss Ney, Hyde Park, the City of Austin, Waller Creek. There are also several general painting and native landscape recreation projects that need to be completed.

Here's How You Can Help

Donate Online or Mail a Check
You can quickly and easily make a donation online with your credit card here, or you can make a check out to the "Austin Community Foundation" and put "Friends of Elisabet Ney Muesum" in the notes field. Then mail it to the RECA office at 98 San Jacinto Blvd. Suite 510, Austin, TX 78701, Attention: Ryan Poulos. 

Donate Products or Services
In addition to monetary fundraising, Christmas in October relies on in-kind donations for support. This can include things like fencing, limestone, landscaping services, paint, etc. Please contact committee co-chairs Rob Baugher and Ken Hebson if you would like to learn more about this projects in-kind donation needs, then complete the donation form on the last page of this brochure and submit to RECA Director of Communications Ryan Poulos.

Join the Christmas in October Volunteer Committee
You're welcome to join RECA's Christmas in October Committee at any time, but you must be a RECA member to participate on the committee. Here's how to join:

- Visit this webpage and log in on the right
- Unless you've changed them, your username is your email address and the default password is RECA2014
- Click on the Christmas in October Committee
- Click on "Join Group" just below the committee name header
- You'll begin receiving notifications about upcoming meetings and other important information

Attend the Volunteer Event Day - October 19, 2019
Register and join us for the volunteer event day on Saturday, October 19 from 8 a.m. to noon. RECA members and non-members (and their friends and family!) are welcome to register and participate. You'll sign up for a specific volunteer project when you join us on-site.

Upcoming Committee Meeting Dates (RECA Members Only)

Thursday, September 5 — Save Calendar Invite
Thursday, October 3 — Save Calendar Invite
Saturday, October 19 — Christmas in October Volunteer Event — Save Calendar Invite

Key Christmas in October Project Contacts

Co-Chair Rob Baugher, White Construction
Co-Chair Ken Hebson, UFCU
Elisabet Ney Museum Site Coordinator Oliver Franklin, 512-974-1626
RECA Director of Communications Ryan Poulos, 512-320-4151


Gold Gable ($5,000 - $9,999)

Silver Slab ($2,500 - $4,999)

Bronze Brick ($500 - $2,499)

Foundation Friend ($100 - $499)