Southern Smoke

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The 5.12K Virtual Run to Brunch presented by Keep Austin Weird is proud to support the efforts of Southern Smoke Foundation - a nonprofit raising funds to help those in the food and beverage industry in crisis year-round. Covid-19 created a unique and unprecedented need in the bar and restaurant industry, forcing the closure of restaurant and bars throughout the United States including those here in Austin.

Hourly workers are suddenly out of work for an indefinite period of time. This includes food and beverage industry servers, cooks, suppliers, distillers, bartenders, support staff, farmers, ranchers, and more.

Southern Smoke is a crucial safety net helping families sleeping in cars acquire safe housing, ensuring patients have access to life-saving medications, helping hard-working people literally “keep the lights on” while out of work, and hiring dozens from the food and beverage industry to help this cause while their places of work are closed. Since the advent of Covid-19, Southern Smoke has distributed $2,712,274 to 1,300+ people in need.

Austin Relief Fund

While Southern Smoke is a national organization, the Southern Smoke Foundation Austin Relief Fund was created to help those in the Austin Area.

How Your Donations Help

  • $100 keeps the lights on for an out of work person
  • $250 provides a doctor’s visit/meds for someone’s child
  • $500 provides insulin for a diabetic person for a month
  • $1000 will feed a family for two months
  • $1500 pays a family’s rent for a month
  • $5000 pulls three families out of immediate homelessness
  • $10,000 saves a restaurant from immediate crisis

Fundraising Opportunities

  • Donate at check-out: While you are purchasing your entry into the 5.12K Virtual Run to Brunch, you will have an opportunity to donate to the Southern Smoke Foundation Austin Relief Fund. No donation is too small!

    Run for the cause: All participants will have an opportunity to fundraise using the Run Sign Up fundraising tool. Participants can set their fundraising goal and easily share their goal with family and friends via social media.

    Donate any time: You don’t have to participate in the 5.12K Run to Brunch to support the cause. Donate any time to the Southern Smoke Foundation Austin Relief Fund.

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