The Doing The Most Good Luncheon was held April 21, 2016

Presented by The Cain Foundation


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The 2016 Doing the Most Good Luncheon, April 21 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at the JW Marriott, chaired by Cathy Present, with committee members Mary Durham, Betsy Hester and Tami Schroeder. In addition to honoring Mr. Dick Rathgeber (see below), the Luncheon was emceed by local legend, Bob Cole of KOKE FM and featured a live multi-media experience, blending a local success story, song, and speakers, produced by Ramy Antoun* of Creative Arts Group. Also, back by popular demand was the world-renowned Harbor Light Choir.

The multi-media experience focused on how The Salvation Army provided #AHandUp to families and children in need through our emergency shelter and wraparound services. Of all those sheltered by The Salvation Army Austin last year, 73% were women and children. Financial support from our community enables us to help this hidden population of those experiencing homelessness to move from crisis toward self-sufficiency. The complete list of luncheon sponsors is below, including our lead sponsors The Cain Foundation, Cathy and Randy Present and Nancy and Nyle Maxwell.

If you were unable to attend the Doing The Most Good Luncheon but would still like to support these families in critical need, we invite you to donate now:


Honoring Dick Rathgeber

Lt. Colonels Henry & Dorris Gonzalez; Sara & Dick Rathgeber – Licarione Photography

It was with great joy that we honored Mr. Dick Rathgeber who has served on The Salvation Army Advisory Board and the Adult Rehabilitation Center Advisory Council for decades. Mr. Rathgeber’s impact on our community is incalculable through his leadership in sharing his time and experience and through significant financial support through donating both land and money, enabling The Salvation Army to build buildings and programs that serve thousands of people in need. Rathgeber, and his wife, Sara, have been generous supporters of The Salvation Army for more than 30 years.

Mr. Rathbeger has received three of the four top awards given by The Salvation Army National organization, the only person worldwide to do so:

  • The Others award (1984)
  • The Distinguished Auxiliary Service Award (1987)
  • The William Booth award (2002)

He has also received numerous awards in the Austin community, including Austinite of the Year, Philanthropist of the Year, Most Worthy Citizen and Austin’s Best Citizen. He has shared wealth with many social agencies and civic organizations to make life better for our most needy citizens.

Sponsorship information 

Doing The Most Good Luncheon sponsors play a critical role in the ongoing success and expansion of services to those in greatest need in our community. See complete list of sponsors below.

*You may not have heard of Ramy Antoun, but you have no doubt heard his music. Antoun is a former drummer with Seal and Black Eyed Peas and Founder and President of Creative Arts Group. His credits include co-writing the song that was used in the ad that launched the iPad for Apple, as well as writing music for the OC, How I Met Your Mother, Grey’s Anatomy and a number of films. Since moving to Austin in 2006, he dedicates his time to spiritual and career development for artists in the music industry.

Ramy Antoun

Title Sponsor

The Cain Foundation

 Ruby Sponsors

Cathy and Randy Present 


Diamond Sponsors

Nancy and Nyle Maxwell


 Sapphire Sponsors

White Construction Company 

Martha Crockett 

James C. Browne

Laurel and Bill Daniel

LBJ Family Wealth Advisors, Ltd.


 Emerald Sponsors

The Rathgeber Family

William Gammon Insurance

Honorable Geoffrey S. Connor

Lehman Associates and Accenture

Katherine Nelson

Jackson Walker L.L.P. / Mike Nasi

The Burt Group, Inc.

Freddie Proffitt


Media Sponsors


 Table Sponsors

Kay Ann and Peter G. Palazzari
Greater Austin Builders
Friends of Ellen Rathgeber Miura
National Instruments
Sue and Tim Hill
Mary and Howard Yancy
Anita and David Turpin
Austin Country Club Racketeers
Paula and David Barnett
Lloyd, Gosselink, Rochelle and Townsend PC
Sharon and Randy O’Dell
Leslie and Mark Winter
Becky and Bruce Dickson
Square One Consultants
Kathy and Tom Sweet
Community Impact Newspaper
O’Connell Robertson
Arleigh DeLeon
Prosperity Bank
Kathy Nunn/Heritage Title
Debra and Jim Abrams
Cathy and Dwight Thompson
Austin Country Club Cross Courters
Gilbert Bragg
Bob Bral
Laura & Kyndel Bennett
Mary & Tim Durham and Betsy & Randy Hester
Mike Nieft/IE2 Construction, Inc.
The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center
The Settlement Home for Children



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