Valero Texas Open Benefit for Children Golf Classic 2015

The Valero Texas Open is widely known for their many charitable fundraising efforts. This year, First Connect was proud to be one of the sponsors of the 2015 Valero Texas Open. In the months leading up to the Valero Texas Open, there are two main fundraising programs that are focused on. The Birdies for Charity fundraising program is designed to give participating charities and schools the opportunity to generate contributions through the Valero Texas Open. Birdies for Charity is a no-cost program that gives 100% of the funds raised back to the participating organizations. The funds are generated by soliciting pledges from individuals and corporations for every “birdie” made throughout the Open.

In addition to Birdies for Charity, the Valero Texas Open, is designed to focus on improving the lives of children nationwide through the Valero Texas Open Benefit for Children Golf Classic. The Benefit for Children Golf Classic started as a small golf tournament to benefit a San Antonio charity. It has since grown into a nationwide project coupled with the Valero Energy Foundation and has proudly delivered millions of dollars to children’s charities across the United States since the Valero’s title sponsorship began in 2002. The Valero Texas Open’s mission has always been about the children and together with the generosity of their sponsors, have distributed funding to children’s charities in the communities where Valero has major operations. The result is a network of strong, well-supported agencies with the means to help thousands of disadvantaged, abused and neglected children. First Connect Insurance along with The Valero Texas Open Benefit for Children Golf Classic is proud to partner with these agencies to make a lasting difference in children’s lives.

Please take a moment to view the photos below from the 2015 Valero Texas Open:

First Connect’s Sponsorship


Our Exclusive Partnership with Keep Austin Beautiful

We are thrilled to announce our unique partnership with Keep Austin Beautiful. The mission of KAB is to provide resources and education to engage citizens in building more beautiful communities. First Connect is partnering with Keep Austin Beautiful in order to provide sustainability and by serving our community’s needs. Our mission is to cultivate respect for your premium dollars by contributing a 10% profit sharing check to individuals that are claims free for the policy year. Policy holders are then able to donate their 10% profit sharing checks to Keep Austin Beautiful. If you choose to donate a portion or all of your profit sharing check to Keep Austin Beautiful, First Connect will write a check in “your” name and may qualify as a tax deductible donation.

First Connect Insurance is an official sponsor for our City-Wide clean up. Clean Sweep is being held on April 11th, 2015 from 9:00am-12:00pm. To register please visit the below link:

All volunteers and supporters are invited to join after in the festivities and celebrate at the volunteer and environmental fair that is being held from 11:00am – 1:00 pm at the Fiesta Gardens, 2100 Jesse E. Segovia Street. Live Music from The Love Leighs, free lunch, free T-shirts for early registrants, door prizes, and an environmental education fair with hands-on activities! Fun for the whole family!

As for our partner, Keep Austin Beautiful, why not chose to support an organization that believes in keeping our beloved city environmentally clean for the future of our community, and all those who live in it.

For more information on how you can start connecting and start making a difference please go to or call them at 512.391.0617.

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Austin Pets Alive 4th No-Kill Anniversary Event

It’s no secret that all of us at First Connect have a soft spot in our hearts for our 4 legged family members. We have partnered with Austin Pets Alive and were one of the sponsors for their 4th No-Kill Anniversary event. The event took place this past Sunday at The Palm Door on 6th Street to celebrate 4 years of rescuing animals. The turn-out was excellent with over 600 friends & supporters in attendance. The event included h’ordeuvres, cocktails as well as a silent auction and live music by Austin’s very own Dale Watson. Also featured were many dogs and cats that are up for adoption as well as a puppy photo booth & handmade screen printed t-shirts! We were very excited to be a part of something truly spectacular!

Please check out photos from the event below..

Client Success Manager Kristin Karam, Jack Iffinger & Riley Britton of Britton & Britton Insurance, CEO Rick McCathron & Regional Territory Manager Alexis Ruch

Adoptable Pups


Local Austin Musician, Dale Watson


Keep Austin Beautiful (KAB) Awards!

Keep Austin Beautiful, local non-profit organization and partner of First Connect had their KAB Awards on Wednesday, February 4, 2015. The awards ceremony was a celebration of 30 years of keeping Austin beautiful, stewardship & recognition. Our Regional Territory Manager, Alexis Ruch attended the ceremony and to show First Connect’s support of Keep Austin Beautiful. The awards ceremony honored individuals & companies who have aided in the beautification project.

There were six categories in which winners were chosen. In the “Samsung Litter Abatement” category, Malcolm Yeatts was the award winner. In the “3M Beautification” category, David Boston & Sharyn Wagner of Willowbrook Reach won the award. In the “REI Community Involvement” category, Linda McCoy- Schriever won. In the “Silicon Labs Education” category, Karen Hart with the NYOS Charter School won. In the “Dell Youth Achievement” category, Carlos Venegas with Martin Middle School won. Finally, in the “Visa Dennis Hobbs Individual Achievement, Rick Cofer took the award. In addition to the awards ceremony, Austin Mayor, Stephen Adler was the guest speaker.

As for our partnered non-profit, Keep Austin Beautiful, KAB’s mission is to provide resources and education to engage citizens in building more beautiful communities.

For more information on how you can start connecting and start making a difference please go to or call them at 512.391.0617.

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Our Exclusive Partnership with Austin Pets Alive & 4th Anniversary Event Details

We are pleased to announce our unique partnership with Austin Pets Alive! Austin Pets Alive is actively working to rescue animals to prevent euthanasia and find forever homes. Austin Pets Alive has partnered with First Connect in order to provide sustainability and by serving our community’s needs. Our mission is to help find forever homes to the many cats & dogs that APA rescues. Austin Pets Alive shares the same values and the same social consciousness that you and your family share. By donating your 10% profit sharing check to SAPA, you assist them in maintaining sustainability as well as the ability to provide proper care for the animals. First Connect Insurance is the official sponsor of APA’s 4th No Kill Anniversary that is being held on February 22nd, 2015 at the Palm Door on 6th from 6:00pm-10:00pm. Invitations will be sent to all of our volunteers, supporters, fosters and adopters inviting them to join in the festivities and celebrate four years of bringing loving homes to animals in need! Please see the flyer below for details!

As for our partner, Austin Pets Alive, why not chose a company that cares for furry friends, the future of our community, and all those who live in it, whether two legged or four!

For more information on how you can start connecting and start making a difference please go to or call them at 512.961.6519.

For information on obtaining your complimentary quote, please contact Riley Britton at our dedicated APA agency, Britton & Britton Insurance Services at 512.334.6330

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