Part of being a great university is being a good neighbor, helping solve problems and support the community in which you live. I’m happy to report that Monday night, UT hosted Fire Relief: The Concert for Central Texas at our Erwin Special Events Center. Through the combined efforts of the organizers and the artists, we were able to raise more than half a million dollars for charities supporting the victims of the catastrophic Bastrop County fires that began on Labor Day. The concert bill was a Who’s Who of Texas music, including Willie Nelson, The Dixie Chicks, George Strait, Lyle Lovett, Eric Johnson, and Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel.
Today, I had the pleasure of presenting the Austin Community Foundation with a check for $725,000. At UT, we like to say that what starts here changes the world. The world starts at our doorstep, and that’s as important a place as any to make a difference.
(Photo of check presentation by Marsha Miller/UT Austin. Photo of Willie Nelson and Ray Benson by Roy Mata/Erwin Center)
Hook ’em Horns,