Breakthrough’s Beat the Odds Benefit Concert featuring Dawes, Saturday, November 16, 2019 at Stubb’s Bar-B-Q

The VIP pre-concert party will be held in the Stubbs’ Amphitheater and begins promptly at 6pm.  Sponsors and preferred access ticket holders have access to this exclusive event, where you will have the opportunity to meet and hear from many of our students who are working hard to achieve their dreams of a college degree. This includes a brief program featuring inspirational stories from Breakthrough students and families at 6:30pm. Please allow ample time for valet parking and registration.



We are thrilled to offer this event to the entire Breakthrough community, including several Breakthrough students who will be in attendance.  For many, this will be their first time experiencing a fundraiser. They are excited to share more about their dreams and their experience as first-generation college aspirants. Sharing something personal, like aspiring to be the first in your family to graduate college, is a vulnerable experience. Thank you in advance for helping us create a safe and welcoming space for them. We are also honored to have many family members of Breakthrough students as our guests, as well as educators from many of the schools they attend. Second only to our students’ own determination, credit for their success goes to their families and teachers!



Stubb’s Bar-B-Q is located downtown at 801 Red River and spans one city block between 8th  and 9th Streets.  For more detailed directions, please see the map here. Complimentary valet parking will be provided. Drop off is located at the entrance to Stubb’s VIP Lounge, Liberty Lunch, just north of the main amphitheater entrance. Upon arrival, please provide the valet service with the attached parking voucher.  Printed vouchers or electronic versions from mobile devices will be accepted.

Stubb’s strives to accommodate all patrons’ needs. If you have limited mobility or require other accommodations, please contact Eleanor Siff at 804.938.2778.



All guests will check in at the entrance to Stubb’s VIP Lounge, Liberty Lunch, and receive VIP wristbands that provide access to both the VIP Party and the concert.  Guests must be present in order to receive these credentials and will be asked to provide a photo ID per venue guidelines.  If you’ve provided names of your guests in advance, they should check in under their names.

Our goal is to provide a seamless check-in experience for you and your guests. At registration, you will be given the opportunity to pre-swipe your credit card in order to participate in night-of-event giving and an exciting raffle opportunity. All sponsors, their guests and preferred access ticket holders will enjoy complimentary valet parking, dedicated open bar, and signature barbeque favorites during the VIP pre-concert event, as well as enjoy the added benefit of access to Stubb’s VIP lounge with private viewing deck, dedicated open bar, and late night snacks throughout the concert.

For more information about Stubb’s concerts and access to FAQ’s please visit their website at https://www.stubbsaustin.com/faq.

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact Eleanor Siff, Development Associate, before the event at 804.938.2778.



Breakthrough’s 2019 Beat the Odds Benefit Concert will raise funds and awareness to support Breakthrough’s mission of creating first-generation college graduates. The event will include a performance by roots-rock band Dawes guest and will be preceded by a fun and inspiring VIP Party and Program. Sponsors and their guests will enjoy tickets to the show with access to a private viewing deck, valet parking, dedicated open bar, signature barbeque favorites, and VIP concert credentials. Join us for an unforgettable evening of music under the stars to support Breakthrough’s programs and students.


In Central Texas, only 8% of middle school students from low-income communities go on to earn a college degree. To combat this trend, Breakthrough makes a 12-year commitment to help children become the first in their families to graduate from college. Our program focuses on a combination of extended learning, comprehensive advising, and leadership experiences to help students prepare for, persist through, and ultimately, graduate from college. From middle school to high school to college through college graduation, we are there every step of the way.

Breakthrough does whatever it takes to help our students beat the odds to become first-generation college graduates. And we cannot do it without you. By supporting Breakthrough, you’ll make a child’s dream of a college education come true.



Click here for our 2019 Sponsors 

$10,000 sponsors the year-long College Transition Program for five high school seniors, including College Application Boot Camp, SAT/ACT preparation, college visits, FAFSA and scholarship advising, financial aid workshops, the Countdown to College overnight retreat, and family advising.

  • Event admission for 10 guests including pre-concert VIP party and program
  • Premium logo recognition on event invitation and program (distribution: 2,000)
  • Premium logo recognition on visual display by main stage (visible to 1,800 concert goers)
  • Logo recognition on a sponsor display in the Breakthrough lobby
  • Recognition as a Breakthrough Champion in e-newsletter (distribution: 4,500)
  • All benefits listed below
$5,000 sponsors Breakthrough’s rigorous six-week summer academy for five middle school students.

  • Event admission for 8 guests including pre-concert VIP party and program
  • Preferred logo recognition on event program and signage
  • Verbal recognition during pre-concert VIP program
  • Logo recognition on Breakthrough website with link to sponsor site
  • Recognition in semi-annual print newsletter (distribution: 3,500)
  • Inclusion in press release and social media content
  • All benefits listed below
2,500 sponsors an entire year of programming for one student, including academic summer and Saturday programs, college visits, after-school tutoring, individualized case management support and family advising.

  • Event admission for 6 guests including pre-concert VIP Party and program
  • Logo recognition on invitation and event program
  • Name recognition on Breakthrough website with link to sponsor site
  • Custom social media post
  • Team volunteer opportunity to interview Breakthrough students for Summer Presentations of Learning
  • All benefits listed below
$1,250 sponsors year round advising and social/emotional support for two middle school or high school students.

  • Event admission for 4 guests including pre-concert VIP Party and program
  • Name recognition on event program
  • Complimentary valet parking, dedicated open bar with access to private viewing deck

If you or your company is interested in sponsoring the 2018 Beat the Odds Benefit Concert, contact Kate Garrett and kate@breakthroughctx.org or 512.692.9444.

2019 Host Committee

Val & Beau Armstrong Charles
Attal Kelly & John Breeden
Jenny & Sam Butterworth
June Cook & Marten Davies
Carolyn & Brian DeRoeck
George Elliman
Andrea & Dan Ellinor
Susan & Gary Farmer
Nick Fox
Staley & Jack Gray
Jeff Hawkins
Patricia Henna Rowe & Mark Rowe
Cary & Brad Johl
Ellen & David Lake
Jeanne & Lew Little
Millicent Lundburg
Sylvia Maggio
Lisa & Mark McCrimmon
Ashlynn McGee
Julie & Dean Metzger
Cheryl & Walt Penn
Michael Ramirez
Rosa Rivera & Juan Miró
Louise & Sergio Rodriguez
Edward L. Safady
Molly Sherman & Rob Arnold
Contessa & Greg Skelton
Anne & Rich Smalling
Louisa & David Stegmann
Kathryn Timmerman
Kelsey Van Meter & Ben Baudoin
Bill Wood
Max Yancy
Debbie & David Zeitz