In January of last year, the new class of Texas Wranglers at University of Texas at Austin started an event called the Two-Step Throwdown to raise money for Mona. The fraternity sold tickets to the event which consisted of dancing and music at the Ironwood Hall in Austin, with all proceeds going to Mona. The combination of ticket proceeds, shirt sales, and company sponsors led to over $18,000 raised for our foundation. After the success of last year, the Texas Wranglers have decided to partner with Mona again and host The Second Annual Two-Step Throwdown, which will be held on April 20th of this year at the Scoot Inn in Austin.
When asked why they wanted to support Mona, Texas Wrangler Don Dao said “Coming off the success of last years’ event, we're really excited to be putting together another Two Step Throwdown for such a great cause. Growing up in Mona Foundation, I found that many of my most fulfilling moments have come through serving others and finding a way to serve the world and make education accessible. Mona Foundation is very dear to my heart, and I am so glad to see this partnership between Mona and Texas Wranglers continuing to thrive!”
Performing at the event this year will be country singer Luke Pell, who some may recognize from being a finalist on the 12th season of the ABC reality show The Bachelorette. Pell has an enormous social media following and has appeared in magazines such as People and US Weekly, as well as on the shows Entertainment Tonight and Today in Nashville. His most recent single Pretty Close can be found on ITunes and Spotify.
If you live in the Austin area and would like to attend the Two-Step Throwdown event, you can purchase tickets at the Two Step Throwdown website. General admission tickets cost $20 and VIP tickets cost $40, which includes a Meet and Greet with Luke Pell.
Would you like to support the event but are unable to attend? On their website, there is an option to donate directly, or, businesses can sponsor the event. The Wranglers offer different sponsorship packages, some of which include having your company logo on banners, t-shirts, and getting recognition on the Wrangler’s social media.
While discussing the planning process, student Alexis Huynh said “I don't think people realize the work that goes on behind the scenes. We’ve been in the process of executing this event for the past few months, and it requires daily contribution and multiple hours a day. There are some times when things don’t go your way, and you feel like you need to take some time off, but then you think about the cause, and the reason you’re taking part of it in the first place, and it makes you want to work even harder”
Our Foundation is so grateful to have such an amazing group of people supporting us. We cannot wait to hear about the Second Annual Two-Step Throwdown and we look forward to working with the Texas Wranglers for years to come.
"Mona Foundation is very dear to my heart, and I am so glad to see this partnership between Mona and Texas Wranglers continuing to thrive!” - Don Dao