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    Media Manager
Barbra Rodriguez

October 10, 2011

Balcones Burner Bash

Event: The second annual Balcones Burner Bash is being organized by Balcones Recycling to raise funds for the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas at Austin. The Wildflower Center plans to use part of the proceeds from event sponsorship to help with restoration activities in areas damaged by Bastrop-area wildfires.

When: Noon to 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22.

Where: Balcones Recycling’s warehouse, 2416 East 6th Street, Austin, Texas, 78702.

Background: Texas’ best graffiti artists will compete to paint railroad cars in a free urban art contest to benefit the Wildflower Center’s efforts to restore wildfire-damaged landscapes in Bastrop, Texas. Twelve hand-selected graffiti artists, including Gem, Supher, and Viper, will compete for cash in the contest to use one side of rail cars as a canvas. The theme for this year’s art is “zero waste.” The family-friendly event will include local DJs, dance groups, and food and beverage vendors. The elaborate murals will be seen throughout the United States and Mexico as they transport recyclables handled by Balcones. The locally-owned, independent recycling company is a subsidiary of Balcones Resources and is the largest independent recycler in the Southwest.

Last year’s Burner Bash raised more than $10,000 in support of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. In addition to Balcones Resources, sponsors for this year’s event include Kingham Dalton Wilson, Brown Distributing, ArtSeen Alliance, Bulk Handling Systems, Sierra Machinery International, Pearson and Plains Capital Bank, with $22,500 raised so far. Proceeds from sponsorship of this free, family-friendly event will be used by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to help restore wildfire-damaged landscapes in Bastrop County and nearby areas.

For more information about the 2011 Burner Bash, call Richie Getter at Balcones Recycling, rgetter2@balconesresources.com or 512-472-6200 ext. 29; or contact the Wildflower Center, 512-232-0100. View photos and a time-lapse video from last year’s event at http://www.wildflower.org/burnersbash/ and learn about this year’s graffiti artists and more at: http://balconesburner.blogspot.com/.

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