Happy birthday, Judge Sam Biscoe!
Judge Biscoe has served as Travis County Court judge since 1998, and will retire when his term ends this December. He served on the United Way for Greater Austin Board of Directors for many years, and recognizes the common goals UWATX and the county have to help those in our community who need it most. In addition to becoming the first African-American Travis County Court judge, he helped implement several programs benefitting county residents, including a youth summer employment program and extended-day program for middle school students.
“I would personally appreciate your helping me transition into retirement knowing we gave generously to needy persons in our community.”
– Judge Sam Biscoe
He has been a voice of reason and mission for our community, and has consistently advocated for families living in rural areas surrounding Austin. He invests his own resources thoughtfully, and additionally, asks that his employees also engage in philanthropy. Every year, he runs a Combined Charities employee campaign, in which Travis County employees pledge to contribute a portion of their individual salary to over 300 charities in the Austin community, including UWATX.
For his birthday on November 5, Judge Biscoe requests donations to his campaign in lieu of purchasing a gift. He ran his most successful campaign in 2009 by raising over $200,000. As this year will be his final employee campaign, Judge Biscoe’s goal is to set a new record for the amount of money raised and hopes it will be his most prosperous campaign yet!
If you are a Travis County employee, don’t forget to wish Judge Biscoe’s a happy birthday by turning in your paper pledge form. If you did not receive a pledge form, ask your supervisor. Remember—the campaign ends November 30, so try to donate before Thanksgiving!
If you are not a Travis County Court employee, but would still like to donate to United Way for Greater Austin, please donate here.