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Gracias, San Antonio, for helping NSIDE San Antonio highlight the best in business and celebrate our city’s community spirit for six years.

By: Lisa Andrade Gonima

Thank you for six wonderful years of allowing us to highlight the best in business. You’ve followed us as we have lifted up the success stories of the extraordinary leaders making a difference through their passion for service to others.

As we planned the sixth anniversary issue of NSIDE and how we could say thank you to you, our readers and advertisers, for the growing support in San Antonio, we saw it as an opportunity to celebrate our city’s community spirit.

Over the years, as an NSIDE supporter, you had a big impact on our nonprofit community by attending our bimonthly mixers and annual galas to honor the hard work of the individuals featured in each new issue. While you networked, you also raised your awareness of local causes and organizations. You have applauded determination, integrity, commitment and all of the other ingredients that make up the people we call community.

In this spirit, we challenge you to take this brief quiz and test your knowledge of the organizations you may already unknowingly support in San Antonio. Perhaps you’ll read about a new cause waiting for you to discover more and learn about the ways you can change a small part of our world.

We hope the next year is filled with more inspiration to get you into the community and support one of the thousands of nonprofit organizations in our city. Cheers!

Test your San Antonio nonprofit knowledge

1. When you do all three of the following – purchase a ticket to enjoy a cold beer, eat oysters and hear live music – are you most likely supporting higher education or a Gulf Coast wildlife refuge?

2. Five San Antonio friends who share a passion for Harleys and raising money for children’s charities form an organization. What do they call it?

3. Two businessmen might get “ugly” in a friendly competition to raise the most money for which scholarship fund?

4. If you tasted a lot of food, beer and wine to help cover the cost of providing therapy and education services for children with disabilities and delays right here in San Antonio and the surrounding counties, whose day did you brighten up?

5. Whether you’re in the mood for a casual event or ready to debut your tux, where do you visit to view a free online community calendar?

6. If you catch a coyote handing out five $20,000 awards during the school year and three $10,000 awards in the summer for service to the community, to whom do you return him?

7. This nonprofit has a long history in San Antonio of providing residential care for abused and neglected children and comprehensive therapeutic services to help break the cycle of child abuse.

8. Will your $20 contribution to the San Antonio Food Bank provide meals for 14 or 140 hungry people?

9. Where do Lance Armstrong wannabes ride to help San Antonio children live through organ transplantation?

10. What do you say to the student artists who benefit in a big way from Small Scale?

Answers

  1. 1. Higher education
  • St. Mary’s University organizes 7,000 volunteers to help make Fiesta Oyster Bake a success every year for the 60,000-plus patrons who attend. The mission is to raise funds for St. Mary’s University student scholarships and university and alumni programs. www.oysterbake.com
  1. 2. For the Love of Kids and Harleys
  • The five friends are Larry Walker with the San Antonio Express-News, John Peveto with Brake Check, John Miller with Bill Miller Bar-B-Q, Fully Clingman with H-E-B and Hal Gottsacker with Gruene and Javelina Harley-Davidson. Since 1995, the event has raised more than $2.5 million for local children’s charities. www.loveofkidsandharleys.com
  1. 3. Rey Feo Scholarship Fund
  • Founded in 1947 by LULAC Council No. 2, Rey Feo has raised more than $5 million and awarded scholarships to 3,000 students. In 1982, former Rey Feos formed a membership organization to uphold the traditions of the iconic program. www.reyfeoconsejo.org
  1. 4. Brighton Center
  • As hosts of Taste of the Northside, this year, the organization raised more than $540,000 and was named “Best Fiesta Event” by WOAI for the second year in a row. www.brightonsa.org
  1. 5. www.getnside.com

Visit the NSIDE Publications website and click on the link to NSIDE Blacktie to get to the Blacktie San Antonio calendar of charity events. It’s free for any nonprofit organization to post an unlimited number of fundraising events. www.getnside.com

  1. 6. Silver & Black Give Back
  • Silver & Black Give Back is a 501(c)(3) public charity that works in conjunction with the entire Spurs Sports & Entertainment family of teams: the Spurs (NBA), the Rampage (AHL), the Silver Stars (WNBA) and the Austin Toros (NBA Developmental League).
  • The Team Up Challenge is a student-led service initiative across 24 school districts. It encourages students to apply what they are learning in the classroom to the real world, bringing education alive in powerful ways. Through these service learning projects, students are empowered to change the world. www.nba.com/spurs/community/sbgb
  1. 7. St. Peter – St. Joseph Children’s Home
  • Most of the children in the care of St. PJ’s have been removed from their family by Child Protective Services and placed there for long-term care (nine months, on average). The home provides residential care to abused and neglected children and comprehensive therapeutic services to the community in a safe, peaceful environment, healing body, mind and spirit. Act now to help children in Bexar County by visiting www.stpjhome.org.
  1. 8. 140 meals
  • The San Antonio Food Bank (SAFB), founded in 1980, is the oldest of Texas’ 19 Feeding America food banks. The mission of the SAFB is to “fight hunger in Southwest Texas through food distribution, programs, education and advocacy.” SAFB serves the city of San Antonio, Bexar County and 15 surrounding counties reaching almost as far as Mexico. Every week, SAFB provides emergency food assistance for more than 58,000 people facing emergency or financial calamity. www.safoodbank.org
  1. 9. Tour for Children

This annual event benefits Transplants for Children. The event offers four routes to accommodate every training level: a 10-mile family-friendly ride, a 31-mile intermediate Hill Country ride, a 45-mile challenging ride and a 60-mile performance ride. The mission of Transplants for Children is to help young organ and tissue transplant recipients and their families effectively cope with the emotional, financial and social challenges that arise before, during and after transplantation. www.transplantsforchildren.org

10. SAY Sí

Serving San Antonio’s youth, SAY Sí is an award-winning, year-round, long-term, nonprofit multidisciplinary arts program that provides students with opportunities to develop artistic and social skills in preparation for higher educational advancement and professional careers. One hundred percent of SAY Sí students graduate from high school, and more than 90 percent of students attend a college or university. Their smaller successes are just as significant: An isolated youth finds a community and a place where he or she belongs, friendships are forged in the SAY Sí studios that will last a lifetime or a surprise visit or letter comes from a former student far along on his or her career path who says, “thanks for changing my life.” www.saysi.org

If you scored a perfect 10, you are on your way to becoming a philanthropist! Share your knowledge with others.

If you got five to nine correct, you could be partying a little bit more. On a budget? Check out one of the local museums or catch a play at the San Pedro Playhouse. It’s fun to support the community!

If you got less than five correct, we’ll give you a year to catch up, get engaged and retake our quiz.

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