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.