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R. Victoria Peterson graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Corporate Communications. After working in sales and then teaching for several years, she realized she wanted to take a new approach to life. She is now focusing on some of her evolving passions: real estate, writing, cooking and anything and everything outdoors! She has lived in Austin for over 10 years and loves it here. Victoria loves the cultural diversity Austin offers and she embraces all the differences Austinites possess. Victoria enjoys attending charity-driven galas as well as local businesses and eateries to help promote their causes. There is another side to Victoria as well: she is a nature lover! Victoria enjoys riding horses, hawking with Red Tail Hawks, hiking, exploring and taxidermy. Victoria is a REALTOR® for ERA Colonial Real Estate and loves to help her customers with any real estate need. Victoria gives back by donating every year to a no kill animal shelter: Austin Pets Alive.

Recap: Austin’s 30th Pecan Street Festival

The Pecan Street Festival this fall was such a success!  Right when I arrived to the festival on that hot, sunny Sunday, I could feel the energy of the festival.  The smells of succulent foods and the sounds of talented musicians filled the air.  The streets were lined with identical little white tents, however what each tent had to offer inside wasn’t anything close to the last . . . each tent contained a unique surprise;  each vendor offering something exciting.  From a diverse array of paintings and mosaics to earrings and clothes, and all the way to pottery, it was an overwhelming experience . . . I was careful not to overlook any tent.

Pecan Street Festival Lining the Streets (Photo Credit: Chandler)

My first stop was the Pecan Street T-shirt and Poster Booth that I mentioned in my previous article about The Pecan Street Festival.  This booth promoted donations that went directly to The Central Texas Wildfire Relief Fund, and gave away a vintage poster from past Pecan Street Festivals to anyone who donated.  A few days after The Pecan Street Festival event, I spoke with Luis Zapata, CEO, M.A of Special Events Management Group, who played an integral role in organizing the festival.  Luis told me that over $16,000 was made to benefit the Central Texas Wildfire Relief Fund!

As I was walking down the busy street, I was approached by two spunky girls who handed me a  flyer promoting their charity event for The Children With Hairloss Foundation, taking place that day at Coyote Ugly Saloon.   The Children With Hairloss Foundation was created as a resource for all children who have medically-related hair loss. It is their mission to empower children of financially challenged families to become whole again by making hair available to those who might otherwise have no means of obtaining the hair they need.   It was a “Cut off Party” where hair that was at least eight inches long would be cut by a stylist from Silk Hair Salonand donated to a child who needed it.  All the people that generously donated their hair that day were then entered into a raffle to win many fabulous prizes.

Glass flowers (Photo Credit: Chandler)

The day I attended The Pecan Street Festival was an intensely hot one with temperatures reaching well over 100 degrees, but that didn’t stop people from promoting their causes.  I was thirsty and while looking for water I ran into Danielle Sousares who was giving away bottled water while happily accepting donations for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of South Central Texas.  Danielle is part of The Leukemia and Lymphoma South Central Texas “Team in Training” Chapter, and her motto that day was, “Drink Water, Save Lives.”  Danielle and her team run marathons and triathlons to raise money and awareness for leukemia and lymphoma.  There are other events coming up in the South Central Texas Chapter area  including a golf tournament and a walk at night to help support the organization, so you too can join these events and “Have Fun and Help Beat Cancer!”

Danielle Sousares for Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation (Photo Credit: Chandler)

What a great event The Pecan Street Festival was, filled with something for everyone, and helping others in need!  The next Pecan Street Festival will be in the spring of 2012, so if you would like to have a booth at the event to showcase your unique art or if you have a charity you are passionate about, come join the fun and feel good about it!

Busy streets full of people and tents (Photo Credit: Chandler)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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