Join us at our Annual Luncheon to learn and celebrate the Mainspring Schools community


When: Thursday, April 19 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (lunch is served at 11:30 a.m.)

Where:  Renaissance Austin Hotel  (Glass Oaks Ballroom)
9721 Arboretum Boulevard, Austin, TX 78759

Complimentary parking available in the front lot or in the adjacent garage.



I'd LOVE to attend the luncheon!

Mainspring Schools is a community institution, driven by people like you. Please join us for this celebration of our collective efforts to help underserved children throughout Austin. Simply click the registration button and we will see you on April 19! 

Luncheon Registration

Please register each attendee separately. Once you click "Register" use the cart at the top of the page to checkout. 


Once you click "Register" use the cart at the top of the page to checkout. 

If you are a guest of one of our hosts (likely a member of the Board of Directors or Advisory Board), you do not need to register here. Simply RSVP to the host who extended the invitation.  

I Can't attend but want to help

Unable to attend the luncheon? As a nonprofit, we run a lean organization. Your gifts or time go a long way toward helping our kids, families and staff. Thank you for being part of this community effort!


This year's speaker: Dr. Robert Crosnoe

Unfortunately, Dr. Seth Pollak was injured on some slippery ice in Wisconsin and is unable to travel to the luncheon. But we are thrilled that Seth's friend and colleague, Dr. Robert Crosnoe, is able to join us on late notice. 

Robert Crosnoe is The Rapoport Centennial Professor of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is the chair of the Department of Sociology and holds faculty appointments in the Population Research Center and (by courtesy) Department of Psychology. Prior to coming to Texas, he received his Ph.D. from Stanford University and completed post-doctoral fellowships at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Crosnoe's research is especially relevant to the kids and families at Mainspring. It focuses on connections among the health, social development, and education of children, adolescents, and young adults and how these connections factor into socioeconomic and immigration-related inequalities in the American society. More specifically, he studies socioeconomic disparities in learning and academic progress from preschool through college, the early educational experiences of children from Mexican immigrant families, and the long-term educational implications of girls' and boys' social challenges in middle and high school. Some of his books include Healthy Learners: A Whole Child Approach to Early Education (Teachers College Press), Mexican Roots, American Schools: Helping Mexican Immigrant Children Succeed (Stanford University Press), Fitting In, Standing Out: Navigating the Social Challenges of High School to Get an Education (Cambridge University Press), and Media, Social Science, and the Battle over Early Child Care (Cambridge University Press). This work has been featured in a variety of media outlets, including National Public Radio, TimeNewsweek, and The Onion.

At the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Crosnoe teaches undergraduate and graduate coursework on children, families, education, and public policy and serves in leadership and advisory roles in the university's signature course curriculum and educational technology oversight. He is the winner of multiple teaching awards including the President's Associates Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

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Changing the life of a child requires guidance and encouragement from a caring community. 

Our annual "Learning Starts Here" luncheon brings together the community that drives Mainspring Schools to help disadvantaged, full-of-potential kids and their families in Austin. 

You are at the core of the community and we hope you will join us on Thursday, April 19 to catch up, learn about the issues facing Austin's families, celebrate the achievements of the last year and look toward the future.

Benefiting Mainspring Schools

Interested in sponsoring the luncheon? Click here to learn more



The Felice Family

Andrews Oil
Evie & David Feltoon
Lisa Killough
Gerry & Gai Newkirk
Pacey Family Foundation
Suzanne & Mark Stewart

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 THANK YOU to our
2017 Sponsors!

Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody
Howry, Breen & Herman LLP
Brett & Nicole Korensky
Stephen Mallard
Merrill Lynch
Margie & Al McClurg

Rudi & James Andrus
Avison Young
Roslyn Breen
Paulina Pizarro


American Bank
BlackRock Financial Management
Google Fiber
Marisol Foster
Ron Hubbard
Kate Manser
Vintage IT Services

Tracey Hendrix
Newmark Grubb Knight Frank

Questions? Feel free to call us at 512-442-2301 or email