Illuminate Austin

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Hundreds of Austinites enjoyed a pleasant Saturday evening walk in the second-annual Illuminate Austin. The purpose of this event was to raise awareness of domestic violence issues. Proceeds benefited non-profit SafePlace, which provides shelter and services to sexual and domestic violence victims in our area.

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The walk was held at the Mueller Lake Park, located in the huge Mueller development that used to be Austin’s main airport. This was a perfect location for this kind of event. The Browning Hangar provided shelter for the stage and booths, and the half-mile trail around Lake Park was flat and easy to walk. We were even able to get a quick dinner at the nearby food trucks.

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SafePlace Executive Director, Julia Spann, welcomed the walkers. Luci Baines Johnson explained that she is a strong supporter of SafePlace, in memory of her friend who was a domestic violence victim. Local Congressman Lloyd Doggett also spoke of his ongoing support for this organization.

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On our first lap around the lake, we enjoyed a lovely view of the hangar and the park’s twinkling strings of lights, all with a Texas sunset in the background.

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Night was approaching by the time we started our second lap around the lake. The paper bag luminaries were now lit along the pathway. I’ve read that over $116,000 was raised for SafePlace. What an enjoyable evening…and all for a good cause!

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