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Dr. Shane Matt

By Tim Sapp

Rock and Roll Dentist Supports Austin Musicians

Shane Matt, DDS, came to Austin because the trade magazines sold it as a great place to start a dental practice, and because it was a great place for live music. His experience in Texas certainly supports those conclusions.

This spring, Dr. Matt found a new way to combine his burgeoning dental practice with his love of local music, hosting a live music event at his downtown office during the annual SXSW festivities. The three-day parallel festival was called “Mouth-by-Mouthwest,” and the name itself was perhaps the biggest impetus behind the show’s creation.

“It actually started as a joke,” Dr. Matt recalled, “I was saying that we should have a show called ‘Mouth-by’ and the girls at the office kept talking about it, because the name was so funny. One day, I was telling David Garza about it, and he said we had to put that together. That’s where it came from.”

Dr. Matt’s event raised money from donations and bar receipts for HAAM and MusiCares, two organizations that focus money towards healthcare for musicians. It was a natural fit for a dentist who already provides inexpensive dental care for local and traveling musicians.

After one successful festival, Dr. Matt has plans to make Mouth-by a regular part of the Austin landscape. The venue is small, though, so you might need a reservation to get a badge next year.

“Actually, we were still seeing patients,” Dr. Matt laughs. “We made ‘all-access’ badges for them. When they finished, they could go upstairs and have a drink, and listen to the music.  Hopefully this will become an annual event.”

About HAAM:

The mission of the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians is to provide access to affordable health care for Austin’s low income, uninsured musicians, focusing on prevention and wellness.

HAAM Affiliate Service Providers Include:

simsfoundation.org
SIMS Foundation provides mental health counseling and addiction recovery services.
seton.net
Seton Family of Hospitals provides primary health care.
stdavidsfoundation.org
St. David’s Foundation  provides basic dental care services.
hearlifeagain.com
Estes Audiology Hearing Centers provides audiology services.

Get involved:

Good Eggs & HAAM is a group of young professionals who are passionate about live music, understand that musicians are a unique and important cultural and economic resource for Austin, and have a desire to give back and support musicians’ healthcare.  Good Eggs will educate the community about HAAM and its mission and support the organization through an annual monetary contribution. Additionally, Good Eggs will participate in social networking events, educational sessions and fundraising events throughout the year that allow opportunities to advocate for musicians’ health.

 

Austin Insider:
Brett J. Barnes on Philanthropy

Searching for a simple way to give back to our Austin community? Check out kiimby.com, which stands for “keep it in my backyard.” It’s simple: Order your kiimby card at  kiimby.com and select up to three charities to support. Each time you shop at a participating local business, show them your kiimby card they will donate a percentage of the sale to the charities in your kiimby profile. You will also earn kiimby points that can be redeemed for rewards at other participating businesses. “kiimby is a way for Austinites to shop local, support their local charities and earn rewards for that support,” says co-founder, Drew Arnold.

Looking to volunteer? Go to Hands On Central Texas for an extensive list of volunteer opportunities that benefit charities in the Austin and Central Texas communities.

handsoncentraltexas.org

Have fun while doing good:

6/1 Leadership Austin’s Best Party Ever at the Driskill Hotel
leadershipaustin.org
6/25 Keep Austin Weird Fest and 5K benefiting Austin Parks Foundation
keepaustinweird.com
8/22 ¡Qué Maravilla! benefiting Wonders and Worries
wondersandworries.org

 

 

The 9th annual Brian Jones Celebrity Golf Classic
Benefiting the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Austin Area

Join former NFL linebacker and UT All-American Brian Jones for a round of golf at the exclusive UT Golf Club this August for the 9th annual Brian Jones Celebrity Golf Classic. Benefiting the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Austin area, the Classic is a great time to compete with friends and meet celebrity players while helping provide local youth with the safe spaces and compassionate mentors of the Boys and Girls Clubs. The Classic will be held on Monday, August 22, 2011, with a mix-and-mingle pre-tournament celebration on the 21st.

Past celebrity players include Ed “Too Tall” Jones, KC Jones, Eric Metcalf, Billy Joe Dupree, and Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson, just to name a few. The tournament is scramble style, with a 10 a.m. tee time. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for players on the date of the event.

This year’s Classic is co-sponsored by Multichem and Silicon Labs. This tournament sells out every year, so early registration is highly recommended. For more information on the event, go to bgcaustin.org.

Monday, August 22, 2011
UT Golf Club
Registration + Breakfast: 8 a.m.
Tee time: 10 a.m.
Awards dinner: 4:30 p.m.
New teams – $1,750
(3 players plus a celebrity)
For more info on sponsorship opportunities
Lauren Huffman at 512.444.7199
bgcaustin.org

 

 

Chip Shot Open

Join ATX MAN as we sponsor the 3rd Annual 104.9 The Horn Chip Shot Open

Benefiting Donate Life Texas. The event takes place Thursday, June 16th at Falconhead Golf Club. You can choose between 8:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. tee times. The event costs $125 per person, which includes breakfast/lunch or lunch/dinner, beverages, raffle, gift bag and more.
For more information and to register, go to espnaustin.com

 

 

Building Hope

Please join ATX MAN for a special screening of Building Hope

Building Hope is the third feature documentary from Turk and Christy Pipkin and the Nobelity Project.  Following a world premiere at this year’s SXSW Film Festival, the film won the prestigious Lone Star Audience Award.  Chronicling the building and opening of The Mahiga Hope High School in Kenya, the film will inspire you to join in to make the world a better place, not only for yourself, but also for others.

Saturday June 4, 2011
The Violet Crown Cinema
434 W. Second St. & Guadalupe 

7:00 p.m. First Screening
8:30 P.M. Reception and talk-back
with filmmakers for both audiences
9:00 p.m. Second screening
Tickets $13.  includes 4 hrs of free parking.

violetcrowncinemas.com

 

 

 

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