The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM), a local nonprofit that provides access to affordable healthcare for Austin’s low-income, working musicians, is excited to announce that the 12th annual HAAM Benefit Day, held on Sept. 12, was a record-breaking success. HAAM raised an exceptional $500,000 in 2016, and this year has raised $520,000 and counting.
“The individual donations and percentage of sales from local businesses are still pouring in, but we are thrilled to officially announce that we have hit, and most likely surpassed, our goal of raising $520,000,” said HAAM executive director Reenie Collins. “We are so grateful to be part of such a generous community that supports its beloved musicians.”
The proceeds from HAAM Benefit Day are responsible for one-third of HAAM’s operating budget. Every dollar raised is leveraged into $7 of direct healthcare services for the musicians it serves. The fundraising record comes at an important time for HAAM, which has been struggling with funding and resources to meet the growing needs of Austin musicians, as we reported in August.
“Musicians come to us with new needs everyday, and HAAM provides healthcare and a supportive hand to as many as we possibly can,” Collins said. “We set a lofty goal this year because we want to continue to expand our services and proactively reach out to musicians around Austin who we know could benefit from HAAM.”
During HAAM Benefit Day, more than 200 local businesses pledged 5 percent of the day’s profits or made cash donations to HAAM. This year’s participating businesses included presenting sponsor Whole Foods Market, C3 Presents, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Lyft, Jimmy Evans Company, Topfer Family Foundation, Delaware North, CalAtlantic Homes, ALL ATX, ZiegenBock, SXSW, Brown Distributing Company, ATX Music, Keller Williams Realty and more.
HAAM held an appreciation party for sponsors, musicians, volunteers, donors and staff on Sept. 20 at Sullivan’s Steakhouse, where Event Chair Matt Long was presented with an autographed guitar after HAAM officially announced it had reached its fundraising goal.
For more information about HAAM and how you can support Austin’s working musicians, visit Health Alliance for Austin Musicians.
Photo by Ben Porter.