It was a word, an idea, and most of all an inspiration in everyone’s hearts and minds yesterday at our April 2013 Legend ceremony, held in the historic Rock Room at the beautiful Westwood Country Club here in Austin. Past Legends, presenter Luci Baines Johnson, nominators and distinguished guests were all genuinely touched and inspired by the presentation, honoring Erin Kiltz of Georgetown for her work with Brookwood Community in Georgetown (BiG), formerly Light Texas. Erin’s story was a true testament to the contagious nature of goodwill, dedication, and sincere service – Erin, inspired by her daughter Gracie, made it her mission to bring meaning and purpose to intellectually disabled adults who had “aged out” of the public school system. Today, the incredible citizens of BiG have planted thousands of sunflowers, handmade countless pieces of jewelry, stationary, and pottery, and their BiG Shop has taken in over $60,000. In turn, Erin and her BiG citizens are inspiring everyone who hears their story!
To learn more about Brookwood Community in Georgetown, visit their website here. You can watch the ceremony anytime on our YouTube channel, or simply watch the video below:
THERE’S PLENTY OF GOOD HAPPENING ALL AROUND US, RIGHT HERE IN THE AUSTIN AREA – IT’S ACTUALLY PRETTY AMAZING ONCE YOU LET YOURSELF START LOOKING FOR IT. IT’S HAPPENING AT YOUR OFFICE, IN YOUR GROCERY STORE, AND EVEN DURING RUSH-HOUR TRAFFIC. IT HAPPENED YESTERDAY, IT’S HAPPENING RIGHT NOW AS YOU READ THIS, AND IT WILL INEVITABLY HAPPEN ONCE AGAIN TOMORROW. WHILE WE CAN NEVER SAY ‘THANK YOU’ ENOUGH TO THESE SELF-EFFACING DO-GOODERS, WE AT RECOGNIZEGOOD BELIEVE IT’S WORTH A SHOT. DRAWING ATTENTION TO THE GOOD IN OUR COMMUNITY NOT ONLY REWARDS THOSE DESERVING CITIZENS ON THE RECEIVING END, BUT ALSO INSPIRES THOSE ALL AROUND THEM. TAKE A COUPLE OF MINUTES TO SHINE A SPOTLIGHT ON THE NEXT SELFLESS ACT YOU SEE IN OUR COMMUNITY – YOU CAN USE OUR WEBSITE TO MAKE A RECOGNITION, OR SIMPLY USE THE HASHTAG #ATXGOOD ON FACEBOOK, TWITTER, PINTEREST OR INSTAGRAM. TELL THE WORLD ABOUT THE PERSON WHO CHANGED YOURS. BY RECOGNIZING GOOD, YOU INSPIRE MORE GOOD – AND WHAT COULD BE BETTER THAN THAT?