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Hello Fans of Special Olympics Texas,

This year, something HUGE will take place on March 4 at 7:00 p.m. in Central Texas. It’s been called many names but, in Austin, we are calling it Amplify Austin, and we are excited to be one of the charities entered to participate.

Amplify Austin is a 24-hour, online giving event to increase philanthropy in Central Texas. The inaugural Amplify Austin event will kick off Monday, March 4, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Donations will be accepted through their secure website, AmplifyATX.org, and through authorized secure AmplifyATX giving forms located on participating nonprofit websites. Their goal is to inspire Central Texans to come together for 24 hours to contribute $1 million to support the life-changing work of local nonprofit organizations.

This is a wonderful opportunity to raise funds and awareness for our continued mission to deliver year-round, high-quality training and competition opportunities to individuals with intellectual disabilities in an inclusive culture that stresses excellence, rewards determination, emphasizes health, and celebrates personal achievement. 

Our goal is to raise $5,000, which will help us enhance the lives of more than 4,500 athletes in the Central Texas Area. Help us reach our goal and celebrate; one of our generous donors has agreed to match the $5,000 goal!

There are a few ways that you can help us reach our goal:

1) The simplest is to donate! The minimum donation is $25. There's even an option of creating a recurring gift; however, your initial donation is the only one that counts towards our goal.

2) Become an Individual Fundraiser. “Individual fundraisers” pick their own fundraising goal for their chosen nonprofit and receive donations on their fundraising page on AmplifyATX.org. All fundraisers will be able to register by completing an online form on the Amplify Austin site.

**To become an Individual Fundraiser, visit www.amplifyATX.org. Scroll down to "Get Involved." Choose Special Olympics Texas under “Individual Fundraiser Sign-up”. Click "Create Your Page", where it will verify your info and charity of choice. Begin personalizing your page with a photo and statement detailing why you choose to be a Fundraiser for Special Olympics Texas.

3) Spread the word. Become one of our Brand Ambassadors. All you have to do is share your passion for Special Olympics Texas with others. We’ve made it easy for you with a Brand Ambassador Tool Kit. If interested, contact Melissa Matherne at mmatherne@sotx.org.

Again, we are very excited to be one of the charities entered in Amplify Austin. This is just another step in our mission to enhance the lives of our athletes and empower them to become productive and fulfilled members of our Central Texas community!

Thank you for your continued support of Special Olympics Texas!

Melissa Matherne

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