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 SculptingTheFuture.org 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.

Looking for inspiration for how to celebrate a landmark anniversary? Take some tips from the producers of San Antonio’s Día de los Muertos at Hemisfair (also known as Muertos Fest). Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2022, the two-day festival partnered with ABC affiliate KSAT 12 for a two-hour special that aired to a national broadcast audience on Oct. 30. According to National Geographic magazine, the special introduced one of the best fall festivals in the United States to more than 100 cities across the country.

 

Have a wickedly good time at one of these haunted sites.

Although not officially declared a state until 1845, Texas was populated long before the 19th century. Its storied past has given rise to local legends and ghost sightings—so many, in fact, that Texas is consistently ranked among the most haunted states in the country. And why wouldn’t it be? After all, our oversized state has plenty of room for ghosts to roam and “stretch their legs.” Luckily for event planners, there are also a lot of places around Texas to scare up a good time for groups.

 

In 2020, COVID-19 forced the early closure of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Last year, select events were held in person. But in 2022, the rodeo was back in full force as it celebrated its 90th anniversary. Successfully staging the largest rodeo in the world relies on the contributions of 35,000 volunteers.