The Trail Foundation’s “Campaign for the Trail” Crosses the Finish Line With $500,000 Donation from St. David’s Foundation


The Trail Foundation today announced it has received a $500,000 donation from the St. David’s Foundation for the “Campaign for the Trail.” The gift completes The Trail Foundation’s $5-million campaign that includes a $3-million capital fundraising effort for the Boardwalk Trail Completion Project at the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail. The St. David’s Foundation gift will be utilized specifically for the Boardwalk Trail Completion Project.

“St. David’s Foundation is committed to investing in a healthy community,” Earl Maxwell, chief executive officer of St. David’s Foundation, said. “The Butler Trail gives Austinites a beautiful place to stay active, right in the heart of our city. With the Boardwalk Completion Project, it now also provides much-needed connectivity between east and west Austin. These efforts are an excellent fit with the mission of St. David’s Foundation.”

To celebrate St. David’s Foundation’s donation and the completion of The Trail Foundation’s campaign, The Trail Foundation held a commemorative ceremony on the Trail on July 10, 2012.

“We are tremendously grateful to St. David’s Foundation for all it does for the Central Texas community, and in particular, for today’s generous donation, which brings us across the finish line in this significant campaign,” Susan Rankin, executive director of The Trail Foundation, said. “The Boardwalk Trail Completion Project will benefit this community for many years to come.”

In total, The Trail Foundation raised more than $5.3 million with its “Campaign for the Trail.” In addition to raising $3 million for the Boardwalk Trail Completion Project, The Trail Foundation raised funds for other vital trail enhancements such as improved riverfront gathering areas, native tree plantings to beautify and diversify the Trail’s woodlands, and new restrooms.

In addition to St. David’s Foundation, lead donors to the “Campaign for the Trail” include Ann Showers Butler, the Moody Foundation, CDK Riverside, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, H-E-B, Luci Baines Johnson, GrayCo, Lynne Dobson and Whataburger, Austin Parks Foundation, Jones Energy, Griffin Davis and Heather Keating, Cox Foundation and Cypress Real Estate Advisors.

About The Trail Foundation
The Trail Foundation’s mission is to protect and enhance the Trail at Lady Bird Lake. Since its formation in 2003 as a 501(c)(3), the foundation has fulfilled its mission through careful improvements to the Trail’s infrastructure and environment, while honoring the original vision of the Trail’s founders. In a distinctively collaborative effort, the foundation works in cooperation with the Austin Parks and Recreation Department to close the gap between what the government provides and what the Trail requires.

About St. David’s Foundation
As a joint owner of St. David’s HealthCare, St. David’s Foundation invests its proceeds from the hospitals directly back into the community to improve health and healthcare for all Central Texans.

In 2012, the Foundation will invest $39 million in the community through grants to safety net clinics, agencies serving older adults, mental health agencies, support for healthy living initiatives, the St. David’s Dental Program, scholarships for students pursuing a healthcare career, and to fund healthcare education and research.

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