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RECAP: Explore Austin’s Quest for the Summit

The fifth annual Quest for the Summit, held under the stars at Contigo, raised a record-breaking $246,000 for local nonprofit Explore Austin.

A crowd of over 400 people attended the event, which was chaired by Malia and Steve Aycock, to support Explore Austin’s  goal to change the lives of underserved youth through leadership, mentoring and adventure.

Steve and Malia Aycock - Quest for the Summit

The evening’s festivities included a pig roast, signature cocktails, and Contigo’s trademark small plates. Explorer Gerardo Calles gave a moving account of his experience in the Explore Austin program, describing the leadership values embedded into each Explorer and his relationship with his Mentors that will last well beyond his six years in the program.

CEO-Mike Braeuer and Explorer-Gerardo Calles - Quest for the Summit

“Explore Austin has taught all of us how to push ourselves to our limits but it has also taught us how to care and push others. The values we have learned through six years in this program have prepared us to be difference makers in the world. In the words of Malcolm X, ‘The future belongs to those who prepare for it today,’ and we are prepared for it.” Kudos to those who attended the event for raising not only a quarter of a million dollars, but also for raising awareness.

Jamie Knight-Meredith Knight-Laura Alvarado-Graham Carter - Quest for the Summit

Written by Kevin Smothers

Kevin Smothers

Co-Founder and Editorial Director,
Austin Social Planner

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