Health Alliance for Austin Musicians Committee


More Than 80 Businesses Already Signed Up

AUSTIN, Texas — Tim Taylor, a partner at Jackson Walker LLP, will serve as chairman of the committee for HAAM Benefit Day 2007 on Tuesday, October 2.

Taylor will lead a committee of notable business and community leaders whose goals are to double the funds raised last year and double the number of businesses that participated, to more than 200, on behalf of the 26-month-old Health Alliance for Austin Musicians and the growing number of member-musicians, now at 770, it provides with medical, dental and mental healthcare services.

“When a donation is made to Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, it’s like an investment in the city and its place at the top of the list of great places to live, work and play,” says Taylor. “Healthy, working musicians — there are around 8,000 here — make for a billion-dollar boost to Austin’s economy and $25 million in local tax revenue. HAAM services help keep them making music, and that’s a win-win situation for all of us.”

On the second HAAM Benefit Day, businesses across Austin will have either pledged at least 5 percent of the day’s proceeds or become sponsor with a cash donation. And Austin bands of all genres — many of them HAAM members — will perform at selected locations throughout the day. For information:,

HAAM Benefit Day 2007 Committee members include Volney Campbell of HPI Real Estate, Dan Connolly of Comerica Bank, Keith Donahoe of Frost Bank, Scott Flack of Gottesman Company, David Jabour of Twin Liquors, Trey Salinas of Martin Salinas, Daniel Scardino of Jackson Walker, Tom Terkel of Cencor, Evan Williams of Edward Joseph Co. and Diana Zuniga of Investors Alliance.

Whole Foods Market will serve as the presenting sponsor for the event again this year. Businesses that have already signed up are Time Warner Cable, Sony Online Entertainment, Charity Partners of Austin, Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa, GSD&M, Austin Hotel Lodging Association, Comerica Bank, ME Television, The Continental Club, Sweetish Hill Bakery, Thundercloud Subs (23 outlets), Guero’s Taco Bar, Book People, Waterloo Records & Video, Therapy, Antone’s, Spark’s Cards and Gifts, Ruby’s BBQ, Austin Visitors Center, Longhorn Collision Center, Strait Music, The Austin Chronicle, Threadgill’s World Headquarters, High Beam Events, Patsy’s Cowgirl Café, Jackson Walker LLP, Wal-Mart, McQueary Henry Bowles Troy LLP, Hotel San Jose, Jo’s Coffee, Gibson Guitar, By George, Zanzibar, Mecca Gym and Spa, Joseph & Williams, KLBJ-FM, KGSR, and 101X.

ME Television (cable channel 15, digital 577) will dedicate a full day of programming on HAAM Benefit Day, conducting a telethon with a dedicated telephone number so individuals can call in to make a donation to Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. Charity Partners of Austin will match up to $10,000 on all telethon contributions.

At the City-owned Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Delaware North Companies will also donate 5 percent of the day’s proceeds from the 21 venues it operates there: The Salt Lick Bar-B-Q and Taco Bar, Mangia Pizza, Matt’s El Rancho, Austin Java Airport Cafe and Coffee House, Earl Campbell’s Sports Bar, Waterloo Records & Video, Schlotzsky’s Deli, Highland Lakes Bar (The Main Stage), Lefty’s on 6th Street Bar and Grille, The Longhorns Store, The Austin Chronicle News, Book People, Austin City Limits, Gadgets to Go, Texas Wild Flower and Bluebonnets kiosk, Texas Sports Unlimited, Everything Texas kiosk, Li’l Texans kiosk, and Down on 6th Street.

Businesses interested in participating in HAAM Benefit Day 2007 should contact Carolyn Schwarz at 512.324.8976 or

In spring 2005, Health Alliance for Austin Musicians was created with a noble yet challenging mission: to provide access to affordable healthcare to Austin’s low-income, uninsured working musicians. Three partners joined forces: Seton Family of Hospitals to provide primary medical care, St. David’s Community Health Foundation Leadership to provide free basic dental care and The SIMS Foundation to provide mental health counseling and addiction treatment services. As a not-for-profit organization, HAAM continues to raise money from the community to maintain and expand services to more member-musicians.

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