Updated: May 19, 2021
Like a burst of rocket fuel for the newly established AHCA endowment fund, the Hardeman Family Foundation announced today it will donate $1 million, the first seven-figure commitment of funds ever made to the AHCA.
Bryan Hardeman, a member of the AHCA Board of Directors and President of the Hardeman Family Foundation, made the announcement before the AHCA's May 16 Annual Meeting.
"With the incredible growth of Austin, many folks don't know much about our local history," said Hardeman. "The Austin History Center Association, and its mission in support of the Austin History Center, is a great place for them to start."
The Hardeman family knows a thing or two about the history of Austin and the state of Texas. The Hardemans were part of "The Old Three Hundred," the first organized influx of American immigrants to Texas, who received their land titles from Stephen F. Austin in the 1820s. As part of the AHCA endowment, interest from the $1 million Hardeman Family Foundation donation will help support the AHCA's operations and work to support the Austin History Center for many years to come.
AHCA President Lee Cooke was instrumental in bringing Hardeman into the AHCA circle, which led to the family's decision to make the donation.
Hardeman said the donation ensures generations to come have access to the history of Austin, Central Texas, and the State of Texas itself.
""There is just so much about Austin I love, and our history is worth preserving," said Hardeman.
This generous donation will go a long way toward seeing that Austin's history is preserved.
AHCA President Lee Cooke (right) tells participants of the 2021 Annual Meeting about the $1 million donation to AHCA from the Hardeman Family Foundation. Also participating in the announcement was AHCA Executive Director Jeff Cohen.
"There is just so much about Austin I love, and our history is worth preserving."
- Bryan Hardeman, President of the Hardeman Family Foundation and member of the AHCA Board of Directors