Rock for a cause at third annual Austinpalooza |

Rock for a cause at third annual Austinpalooza

Special to The R-C
Scott Rokis PhotographyA member of The Bootleggers performs at the 2012 Austinpalooza fundraiser to support Austin's House and The Society of Women Engineers.

There’s not much better than a night of music, food and friends that also provides a chance to support two Northern Nevada communities. The third annual Austinpalooza on Feb. 22 hopes to do just that. The event, organized by GE’s Measurement & Control employees in Minden, features five rock bands playing to help raise money for Austin’s House and the Society of Women Engineers at University of Nevada, Reno. Running with Scissors, The Engineered Disaster, Metal Echo, Blond Donnie and The Bootleggers will provide the music. Jethro’s Bar and Grill will provide the food and drink. Silent auction items and raffle prizes will be provided from local businesses.“Last year, the event raised over $10,000, an amount that surpassed expectations and was split among the two charities,” GE Communications Specialist Holly Spiers said in a press release. “This year, the goal is to raise another $10,000 for these two organizations that provide opportunities for youth in Northern Nevada.”Doors for the event open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets, available pre-sale and at the door, cost $25 each and include two drinks and appetizers. Jethro’s Bar and Grill is located at 1281 Kimmerling Road, Gardnerville. For tickets or more information, contact Evelyn Finch at (775) 215-1466 or Chad Cox at (775) 215-1582.GE Measurement & Control manufactures advanced, sensor-based measurement, non-destructive testing and inspection, control and condition monitoring, delivering accuracy, productivity and safety to a wide range of industries, including oil and gas, power generation, aerospace, transportation and healthcare. For more information, visit’s House is an emergency children’s shelter in rural Northern Nevada. The children are placed at Austin’s House after being removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. The house provides the basic living necessities including proper nutrition, hygiene, rest, nurturing, recreation, companionship, education, and life skills training. Austin’s House has cared for more than 200 children since opening in September 2007. For more information, call 267-6711 or visit Society of Women Engineers, founded in 1950, is a not-for-profit educational and service organization that “establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women.” For more information, visit or call (312) 596-5223.