Race for the Cure 2018

Thinking pink, again

Our team, the Goodwin Gladiators, did it again this year — we turned out in style for the Susan G. Komen 2018 Race for the Cure in Austin and made me very proud!

Just some of the Goodwin Gladiators

We had a dedicated crew that arrived at 0-dark:30 to get our tent up and decorated — that’s commitment, y’all, setting up shop in the muggy, mosquito-ridden dark!  And let me give a special shout out to our team captains Mallory and Indu for making it all happen like bosses!

Setting up for the cure
Ready and waiting at the starting line

Cloudy skies and 12,000% humidity (only a slight exaggeration) plus a 7:00am Sunday morning downtown Austin start time did not stop us from turning out in huge numbers.

Know what else that didn’t stop us from? DOUBLING our original fundraising goal: that’s right, we DOUBLED it!  The Gladiators were RED hot when it came to raising GREEN for the PINK! 🙂

A sea of pink headed down Congress Avenue toward the state capital
Thumbs up for the cure

After the race was over folks headed over to Race Village where we ate, drank and danced to live music (and all before 10:00am) — and the JBG team made sure to represent there too!

Dancers for the cure

JB Goodwin himself was there to show his support, as well as handing out a little “cure” of his own… 😉

Champagne for the cure

Paws for the Cure was a big hit this year, too.  There were so many festively adorned pups around, tails wagging and tongues lolling.  Good dogs!

Mortgage bankers and their doggos for the cure

I am so very proud to be part of a team — or more like a family, really — that goes all in to support worthy causes like the Komen Race for the Cure and their vision of one day eradicating breast cancer.  And not just by donating money (which is obviously greatly needed), but in actively promoting awareness by donating time and effort as well.  One of the many things I love about working for JB Goodwin Realtors is our demonstrated commitment to our community.

Cheesy grins for the cure
More Gladiators for the cure

To all those fighting, surviving, thriving, or “just” supporting: keep up the good work!  And thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for all your donations — we could not do this without everyone pitching in so generously! Like this guy in the pink tutu proclaims on his shirt: Because friends don’t let friends fight cancer alone.  I think that sums it all up perfectly.

Think pink

Thanksgiving at the Salvation Army

Giving back

It has been our tradition at JB Goodwin Realtors for the last 22 years to volunteer serving Thanksgiving lunch at the Salvation Army, and this year for the first time I was honored to take part in it as a server.

Some of the JB Goodwin volunteers, with Major Kelley (center), head of the local Salvation Army

The  Salvation Army’s Downtown Austin shelter feeds and houses hundreds of folks in need every day.  In addition to that, at Thanksgiving they offer a sit-down holiday meal to their residents and to the homeless community at large, serving up some excellent home cooking from Chef Lynda Jones and her awesome kitchen staff.

Placemats were made by some of the residents

Seating was family-style at large round tables, which were dressed for the occasion with fall centerpieces and colorful placemats made by some of the shelter’s young residents.  Instead of standing in line for a plate, guests were waited on by a crew of volunteers, giving them a chance to take a load off and visit a little while enjoying some turkey, gravy, cornbread stuffing, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes (grown in a local community garden, these potatoes were the biggest I’ve ever seen — quite literally the size of a baby’s head!), roles and butter, cranberry sauce, and a wide variety of pies and cakes for dessert, plus all the sweet tea or punch a body could handle.

I think we served in excess of 600 meals and everyone was grateful for the feast.  I heard numerous compliments to the chef, and I have to say it all looked and smelled delicious!  I don’t think anybody went away hungry.

Chef Jones and helper with some of their amazing cooking

I truly enjoyed getting to serve and meet folks.  There were a few souls who didn’t seem up for a lot of conversation, which I can absolutely understand and respect, but most folks seemed to welcome a little chitchat along with their grub.  I was talking with one gal in particular who was sharing her concerns about her grown son, who has gotten into some trouble with the law but now seems to be on a good path.  Listening to her speak I had a few of those “there but for the grace of God” moments; I realized anew how blessed I am and how much I have to be thankful for in this life, but also how easily things can turn in the wrong direction.

This holiday season (or any time of year), if you’re looking for a place where your charitable donations will have the greatest impact, I’d like to make a plea for the Salvation Army.  You can donate your time, money or all kinds of stuff from their list of items they are in need of  and know that approximately 83% of the money they take in goes directly to benefit the  individuals and families they serve in Travis and Williamson counties, plus 100% of every dollar donated for disaster relief goes to help survivors and first responders.

Wishing y’all a safe and happy Thanksgiving!