Celebrating its 6th annual Quest for the Summit, nonprofit Explore Austin brought out some of the city’s best and brightest to Contigo Austin last week to raise funds for its adventurous program that supports underserved youth. Think Outward Bound meets Big Brothers/Big Sisters and you get the gist of what Explore Austin does for our community.
Event chairs, and all-around nice folks, Carrie and Robert Hicks assembled a diverse group of supporters for an night of nibbles and libations to raise awareness for the organization and its mission. The crowd ranged from familiar faces to a rarely seen group of patrons that typically do their good works outside the social whirl.
Explore Austin accepts 6th grade boys and girls (called Explorers) from KIPP Austin Public Schools, and makes a six-year commitment to helping them develop the skills, tools, and habits necessary to become effective leaders. Through a combination of mentoring and outdoor adventure, Explore Austin has created an experience like no other in Austin.
During a compelling speech, the crowd heard how their support helps sustain the Explorer’s during the lengthy commitment required. Also on hand were many mentors, some of which have been with their Explorer’s throughout the entire journey.
Among those out on this gorgeous March evening were Morgan and John Burnham, Stefanie and Philip Moore, Kristi Moriarty, Meredith and Kevin Schoch, plus Ashley and Josh Stringer.