Vanessa  Lazar


Events Coordinator, “Jammin for a Cause” Co-Producer


Vanessa Lazar has excellent fundraising and event planning skills.   Ms. Lazar raised thousands of dollars on her time for Save the Children Ethiopian programs, and then traveled to Addis, Ababa to donate much needed medical supplies. 


In addition, she formed her own Non-Profit Corporation in 2001, Reflections, a Non-Profit Corporation, whose mission was to educate/motivate teens through interactive workshops.  Ms. Lazar also has had featured articles written about her workshops for teen in the Chicago Sun-Times, and has facilitated her "Preventing Teen Pregnancy" workshop to the following organizations: The Chicago Boys and Girls Club, Maryville Academy, The Chicago Park Districts, Chicago Homeless Coalition, and the YMCA.  Also, she has had featured articles published about her grass roots fundraising efforts for Ethiopia in U.S. News, World Report Magazine, and the Chicago Tribune. 


            Ms. Lazar also volunteered her time to giving her homeless testimony for the Chicago Homeless Coalition, and volunteers to feed the homeless with her son yearly.  Her talents in special event planning and fundraising is an asset, as she assists agencies gain the necessary funds, to continue delivering their services.  In 2005, after relocating to Austin from Chicago, Ms. Lazar, formed Reflektions Events.  Reflektions Events specializes in: Event-planning, Fundraising and Interactive workshops for teens.  Ms. Lazar has excellent relationship building skills, and uses these skills to build and maintain fruitful relationships with community stakeholders. Ms. Lazar loves working out, dancing and, spending time with her twelve-year old son.



Vanessa (Right Front) pictured with Staff-

HIV Orphanage, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia




Gustavo Rodriguez Band  



Gustavo Rodriguez

Nylon Guitar, Vocals

Andy Rumelt

Keyboards, Harmonica

Joe Sokolik


Alex Marrero


Paul Cano

Electric Guitar

Johnny Ramos

Saxophone, Guitar

Luis Coutinho




Jon Emery Band


Pictured above with Jon are;

Art Blondin – Bass, Duane Hamilton – Drums, Beth Gallagher – flute & Sax, Alex Coke – Sax


Jon Emery's Austin roots go back to the mid 1970s when his Missouri Valley Boys Band settled here and became regulars at the Broken Spoke and at other country music clubs of that era. Since then, in addition to fronting his own bands, he has backed-up a wide variety of local and national acts. Upon first hearing in 1976, Townsend Miller wrote, 'In my opinion, Jon Emery is the finest country singer to hit Austin since Willie Nelson.' Emery's singing and songwriting transcend any easy classification. His material is drawn as much from rock-a-Billy and blues styles as from country, and he is widely recognized for branching out in different directions and taking risks. More recently, he has turned his attention to a unique project for children of all ages. His newest album, A Child's Garden of Music, creates songs out of the 58 poems that make up Robert Louis Stevenson's A Child's Garden of Verses. He has performed this work in many schools and continues to devote himself to entertaining and educating. 



Harry Gene Pierce

A Native of The Brazos Valley, Harry Pierce was influenced very early by a young Ray Price (1963) and eventually acknowledged his country music heritage.

In a period of international musical evolution (The British Invasion), Harry Pierce and Don Swancy (original KFAD-FM DJ) were involved in progressive rock/country music while leading the band, Son House, performing in and around Ft. Worth, TX. Harry performed live and in the studio with Jerry Lynn Williams, Douglas Ballentine, Reverend Wilton Banks, Smokin’ Joe Kubek, Larry (Captain Audio) Wallace, Bobby Hickey (who both later worked with Pink Floyd), Sir Cedric Luces, Manny Santana (Rags to Riches Studio), Cool & the Gang, King Sporty (Island Records), David Rader (Electric Ladyland Gary Calgrin), Allen Ferrara (Island Rhythm Section), Eden Roc Hotel house band 1981-82 (with Sir Cedric Luces and Allen Ferrara), T. D. Bell & Robert Ealey (and the Five Careless Lovers).   Additionally, Harry programmed projects at Seth Snyder’s Modular Perfection (which was also used by the  Bee Gees as their drum studio); these included the King Sporty projects.  Mark Emmons (Broadway Musical produced by Ellen Douglas Williams/Clive Davis, “Charlie Chaplinesque”).


Harry Pierce has been performing more recently with acts such the Albert Crabtree Blues Band, Walter T. Higgs and the Shuffle Pigs, John McVey and the Stumble, and others.  He is available for performance or production and can be reached at 512-740-6788.   Extended history available on request.  


Ticket outlets, Door Prizes, and Silent Auction sponsors are as follows:

Pizza Patron

Jason Gilmore

Confetti Shopping Center

730 West Stassney Lane

Austin, TX 78745



Golds Gym Austin-Downtown

101 W. 6th Street

Austin, TX 78701


Austin Yoga

Bekir Algan


Ruta Maya

3601 South Congress

Austin, TX 78704


The Alligator Grill

3003 S. Lamar

Austin, TX 78704


Hopeful Hands Massage

Margie Hope



Itchsyoga/Cheryls Yoga

Forbidden Fruit

108 E North Loop

Austin, TX  78752


Body Vida/Elissa Shapiro

1109 South Congress



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