Pancakes and queso are only some of the few great things that come from the delicious Austin landmark, Kerbey Lane Cafe! Kerbey Lane makes giving back to the community a top priority.
Through their 36 years of operating, they have supported the Austin community by contributing their time, resources and energy to local organizations. Kerbey Lane Cafe emphasizes the importance of philanthropy by supporting UWATX by running employee giving campaigns at each location and volunteering year-round at different events, such as our Spring Day of Caring and Fall Day of Caring and one-off projects like beautifying Webb Middle School and childcare centers. Kerbey Lane CEO, Mason Ayer is also a devoted UWATX Board Member who exemplifies giving from the top down is what makes a campaign successful.
On May 5th, Kerbey Lane Cafe celebrated their 36th anniversary by generously donating 100 percent of their profits from all seven restaurants to UWATX. Yesterday, Kerbey Lane team members and CEO Mason Ayer, who also serves on the UWATX Board of Directors, spent time volunteering at Webb Middle School’s field day. Volunteers painted signs for the talent show, assisted teachers with cleaning out rooms for the summer and even built a brand new shed to hold supplies for the school’s garden.
They also took the opportunity to present a check for $50,037 to UWATX CEO, David C. Smith. The check was made up from donations collected from Kerbey Lane’s employee giving campaign as well as the profits from their 36th anniversary gift.
A few years ago, Kerbey Lane gave their team members the first opportunity to participate in UWATX’s employee campaign. In 2013, employees brought in $7,473.00 and in 2014, the amount significantly increased to $33,255! 2015’s total giving increased even more to $50,037! The amazing giving results we see from places like Kerbey Lane Cafe and H-E-B, among others, show that you don’t have to make tons of money to make a difference. Anyone can be a philanthropist and every dollar counts.
Kerbey Lane’s gift will support UWATX programs that improve early childhood education, youth development and financial stability programs for those in need in our community.
The leadership and support from Mason as Kerbey Lane CEO and devoted UWATX board member demonstrates how giving back from the top down is what makes corporate campaigns such a success. Mason Ayer says:
I am continuously amazed by the generosity our team members show with their time and resources as part of this partnership. What’s most touching is that our team members consistently list the opportunity to work with United Way as a benefit of working at Kerbey Lane.