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.

The Woodlands Resort will soon become the first Curio Collection by Hilton branded resort in Texas. Along with its January 4, 2022 transition to the upscale portfolio, the 402-room, AAA Four Diamond property with 75,000 square feet of indoor meeting and event space is slated for an extensive program of enhancements projected to begin in the second quarter of 2022. 

 

The Texas Restaurant Association (TRA) led a coalition of business groups and their communities to drive support to the industry, for SB 8, the federal pandemic relief bill that included $180 million for local hospitality and tourism businesses. 

 

Houston-based Jurassic Quest is back—and better than ever—kicking off its first indoor shows since March 2020 at Ford Park in Beaumont and NRG Center in Houston. Jurassic Quest includes more than 100 life-like dinosaurs, dinosaur-themed rides, live dinosaur shows, interactive science and art activities. Additional features include the “Triceratots” kiddie area, face painting, bounce houses and inflatable attractions and photo opportunities.