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East Night GALA at PeopleFund’s New Headquarters Will Honor Former CEO Margo Weisz and Local Small Business Owners

For Immediate Release
September 22, 2010

East Night GALA at PeopleFund’s New Headquarters Will Honor Former CEO Margo Weisz and Local Small Business Owners

Carnival Includes Building Tours, Local Food Vendors, and Over 30 Performers

PeopleFund and BBVA Compass Present East Night: With a Little Help From Our Friends. PeopleFund’s 9th annual East Night celebration takes a new direction this year as the organization prepares to move into its new headquarters in East Austin. Hosted at PeopleFund’s new Center for Economic Opportunity, the GALA will formally introduce PeopleFund’s new President and CEO, Gary Lindner, and honor Margo Weisz, PeopleFund’s former Executive Director.

The carnival-themed event will feature local food vendors, a menagerie of giant animal bikes and spectacular performances by the Austin Bike Zoo, and music by Minor Mishap Marching Band and the St. James Episcopal Church Choir. Valet parking is available at no cost.

When: Friday, October 1st from 6pm to 9pm
Where: PeopleFund’s Center for Economic Opportunity: 2921 E. 17th Street in East Austin (78702). Located between Chestnut Commons and MLK Light Rail Station
Why: The annual event honors our distinguished clients for the incredible work they do in growing their businesses, creating jobs, and nourishing our local economy. An opportunity to recognize our generous supporters, East Night is a celebration of the work we do and the people we impact. For more information on PeopleFund and PeopleTrust, please visit
Who: Approximately 300 attendees including PeopleFund clients and supporters, elected officials, small business owners, community members, and neighborhood residents.

Honorees include:

  • Margo Weisz, former Executive Director of PeopleFund
  • Outstanding Entrepreneur: Irma Sifuentes, Sunshine Learning Center
  • Legacy Award: Capital Area Lion’s Club

Presenters include:

  • Steven Tomlinson, Master of Ceremonies
  • Gary Lindner, PeopleFund President and CEO
  • Jack McDonald, PeopleFund Board Chair
  • CM Randi Shade
  • And more….

Visuals: Carnival includes various giant bicycles, including an 80’ illuminated rattle snake bike that will slither between the guests and around the event as stilt-walkers, jugglers, unicyclists, a magician, and a 15-piece marching band entertain the audience.

Tours of PeopleFund’s brand new, silver-LEED certified Center for Economic Opportunity

Media interviews and briefings available in English and Spanish upon request.

Underwritten by BBVA Compass

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