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Quest to help Austin youth leads to festive summit at Fair Market

Quest to help Austin youth leads to festive summit at Fair Market

Explore Austin Board Member Jamie Matthews, Explore Austin CEO Ann Jerome, Advisory Council Member Mary Clare Matthews PC Andy Sams.jpg
Jamie Matthews, Ann Jerome, and Mary Clare Matthews. Photo by Andy Sams Photography
Explore Austin Event Chairs Jason Herd and Anna Herd PC Andy Sams.jpg
Explore Austin event chairs Jason Herd and Anna Herd. Photo by Andy Sams Photography
Explore Austin Graduating Explorers Gabriel R., Pedro R., and Issac P. PC Andy Sams.jpg
Explore Austin Graduating Explorers Gabriel R., Pedro R., and Issac P. Photo by Andy Sams Photography
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Anna Herd, Mike Braeuer, and Ann Jerome.  Photo by Andy Sams Photography
Explore Austin Mentors Rob Willson and Sean Banks
Explore Austin mentors. Photo by Andy Sams Photography
Explore Austin Host Committee Amanda Oudt with Melissa Breunig
Eddie Hart, Explorer Christopher L. and Justin Collett smile alongside fellow attendees. Photo by Andy Sams Photography
 Christine and Simms Browning with Lynn Jordan
Christine Browning, Simms Browning, and Lynn Jordan. Photo by Andy Sams Photography
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 James Faerber, Keenan McDonald, and Ann Jerome Photo by Andy Sams Photography
Explore Austin Board Member Jamie Matthews, Explore Austin CEO Ann Jerome, Advisory Council Member Mary Clare Matthews PC Andy Sams.jpg
Explore Austin Event Chairs Jason Herd and Anna Herd PC Andy Sams.jpg
Explore Austin Graduating Explorers Gabriel R., Pedro R., and Issac P. PC Andy Sams.jpg
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Explore Austin Mentors Rob Willson and Sean Banks
Explore Austin Host Committee Amanda Oudt with Melissa Breunig
 Christine and Simms Browning with Lynn Jordan
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What: 9th Annual Quest for the Summit

Where: Fair Market

The lowdown: On April 5, supporters, board members, sponsors, mentors, and mentees gathered at Fair Market for Quest for the Summit, an annual celebration in support of Explore Austin. Now in its ninth year, Explore Austin provides mentorship and outdoor adventures to Austin's underserved youth.

Throughout the year, teams of 20 (five mentors, 15 students) gather to take part in activities like mountaineering, paddling, and camping. The goal is give kids real life skills while building endurance, grit, and self-esteem.

Attendees to Quest heard real life stories of students' triumph and perseverance while enjoying drinks, light bites, and games. Anna and Jason Herd hosted the festivites, which also served as an opportunity for guests to meet Explore Austin's new executive director, Ann Jerome. Among the evening's highlights was a ceremony for Explore Austin's Graduating Explorers. The young Austinites received accolades for their time spent in the program along with a certificate of completion.

Who: Anna Herd, Jason Herd, Ann Jerome, Christine Browning, Simms Browning, Lynn Jordan, Jamie Matthews, Mary Clare Matthews, Eddie Hart, Justin Collett, Amanda Oudt, and Melissa Breunig.