The Nelson Family Life Foundation, established by the Nelson family, owners of Kalahari Resorts and Conventions, has committed to donating $1 million over the next five years to Texas-based non-profit organizations. The first financial distribution will take place on Saturday, August 14, with "Sculpting the Future," and represents the foundation's first major philanthropic initiative in Texas.

"The Foundation's commitment to Round Rock, the Austin-area and all of Texas is driven by a simple vision and mandate," said Travis Nelson, co-founder of the Nelson Family Life Foundation and co-owner of Kalahari Resorts and Conventions. "We are committed to improving the lives of people in the communities we serve through health and education initiatives. Sculpting the Future and our financial commitment of $1 million to our new home state is only the beginning."

In partnership with the Greater Round Rock Community Foundation, the Foundation's online fundraiser is a showcase of 100 original sculptures from African artists. As a way of supporting African artists during the pandemic, the Nelson Family Life Foundation commissioned 100 sculptors from the Shona Sculpture Gallery in Harare, Zimbabwe to interpret the word "love" in stone. The unique sculpture interpretations are currently on display for the public to view   at Kalahari Resorts and Conventions Round Rock and online for viewing and bidding at through Saturday, August 14. 

The work is being auctioned in support of the artists' home villages in Africa and to benefit Texas-based organizations, and beyond. Proceeds will benefit local organizations, including the Hope Alliance and the Round Rock Area Serving Center.

The “Hub City’s” dynamic approach to downtown revitalization, coupled with a community that fosters an environment conducive to growth and progress, paved the way for new developments in the shape of a world-class performing arts theater, luxury stays and a Michelin star-worthy restaurant.


Meeting in an idyllic, natural setting doesn’t mean you have to give up a dynamic urban energy –at least not when you’re gathering in The Woodlands, a charming community located less than 30 miles from Houston and George Bush Intercontinental Airport. The town boasts a full social calendar, as well as all of the conveniences found in a more metropolitan locale. But it is shaded by acres of heritage trees, surrounded by neighborhood parks and centered around the sparkling waters of Lake Woodlands and The Woodlands Waterway. 


Science has proven what’s long been suspected: Being near water increases creativity and decreases stress levels. The sound of rocking boats moored at a marina, the sparkle and glimmer as the sun hits the lake, the feel of the water as it tickles the toes: It’s the perfect way to relax, recharge and reconnect. So, what better way to engage with your meeting guests and get the creative juices flowing than at a waterside resort!