We are thrilled to announce that our good friend, long-time volunteer and donor Allison Baker has been named a RecognizeGood Legend! For more than seven years, Allison and her family have volunteered countless hours, primarily filling one of our most important needs: feeding our hungry kiddos. Donating more than 10,000 pounds of beef through her own organization, Cattlemen Care, she and her family have personally cooked and delivered (with her children’s help), more than 15,000 “Goode Meals” . But this is only the first of a long list of contributions from the amazing Baker family. Former BGCAA Staff member Brian Beaulieu nominated Allison and her family for the award. Read the original heartfelt and inspiring nomination here.
From the RecognizeGood Blog:
RecognizeGood is pleased to announce our first Legend award winner of 2014 … Allison Baker!
Allison is equal parts motivator and go-getter, and both her savvy volunteer coordination and sheer personal effort have contributed to a huge impact on Austin’s underprivileged and homeless. Not only has she recruited and motivated over 700 Austin High and St. Andrew’s High athletes and leadership students to volunteer with Boys & Girls Clubs of Austin events, but along with the team at her own nonprofit organization Cattlemen Care has donated over 92,000 meals. You read that right! All donated meals donated are known as “Goode Meals“, and are donated in memory of friend and volunteer Jamie Goode. If all of the hamburgers included with each Goode Meal were laid end-to-end, they would stretch over more than 100 football fields! Over half of those meals have fed the kids at Boys & Girls Clubs of Austin, but other organizations benefiting from Allison’s generosity and tenacity include The Settlement Home for Children, Caritas of Austin, Helping Hand Home for Children, Trinity Center Austin, Austin Children’s Shelter, Austin Resource Center for the Homeless (ARCH), Angel House, Casa Marianella and Posada Esperanza, plus the incredible efforts of fellow Legend award winner Lola Stephens-Bell.
On March 20, Allison was honored at a ceremony at the South Club, and presented a $1,000.00 pay-it-forward donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of Austin. Click here to see photos.