Austin has always dreamt of being a chef, but it hasn’t been an easy journey. After a tireless search for a vocational school that would accommodate Austin’s needs, he was able to learn the skills to become a certified prep chef. Since then, he has successfully held a variety of positions in the restaurant industry. With help from his family (aka his Mom), Austin’s Underdawgs launched in April 2016 selling “Dawgs” – hot dogs – and became an overnight success! “Donations for Dawgs” sees people making a minimum $5 donation for a Dawg, with portions of the proceeds go to The Each & Everyone Foundation and other participating charities. Austin now regularly books 4-6 functions a week, and enjoys widespread support from the local community.
In July 2016, Austin’s Underdawgs had the pleasure of serving Dawgs to a group of cyclists biking across the country from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. The group, all members of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternal organization, were riding in the Journey of Hope 2016 tour. Since 1987, 3 groups of 36 cyclists have crossed the country, raising awareness and funds for people with disabilities. When they stopped in Fort Worth, Texas, who was the best fit for serving their lunch? Austin’s Underdawgs, of course! An instant bond was created, and Austin now has a new challenge for 2017.
Austin’s Underdawgs is embarking on the “Underdawgs Tour 2017”: “selling” his hot dogs for donations, 50% of which Austin will give back to charities supporting people with disabilities!
The Underdawgs Tour 2017 will have Austin’s Underdawgs traveling a southern route, similar to the cyclists in support of local groups that emphasize the needs of people with disabilities. A minimum $5 donations will be accepted in return for a Dawg served up by Austin himself. It is proposed that each event will last 1-2 hours, serving an estimated 100+ hot dogs per event. Portions of the proceeds from the donations will be divided between local organizations and Austin’s favorite charity, The Each & Everyone Foundation.
All of the people we meet on the Underdawgs Tour 2017 will help spread Austin’s message: with a little support and training, anyone can become a successful member of their community. Additionally, The Each & Everyone Foundation will remain committed to these newly-established relationships with the tour route support organizations to encourage, develop, plan, fund, and execute vocational needs for persons with disabilities.
In order to make this dream a reality, Austin’s Underdawgs needs your help to purchase and equip an appropriate vehicle. Our dream ride for this tour is a RV Toy Hauler, which will be converted to accommodate our Dawg cooking. Toy Hauler even has a 7ft covered patio for guests to sit and enjoy their “Dawgs”!.
We are so excited to start this journey, and knowing that you helped make it happen will be amazing!