The Fredericksburg-based Armadillo’s Leap winery awarded Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center $2,000 this past Friday as the first beneficiary of a program it launched to support Texas Hill Country and Central Texas non-profit organizations through its wine sales.
Armadillo’s Leap, opened in late 2015 by the Kuhlken-Osterberg family who founded Pedernales Cellars, launched its AL Gives program shortly after opening, donating a dollar per case sold throughout the year to a designated non-profit organization, selected at the start of each year.
Westcave Outdoor Discovery Center was selected to be the inaugural beneficiary in 2016. Founded in 1976 as Westcave Preserve, the 75-acre preserve is located in Southwest Travis County, and according to the organization’s website, its mission is “to inspire people to develop a lifelong practice of enjoying and protecting nature.”
“We’re thrilled to be making this donation to Westcave,” said Armadillo’s Leap president Julie Kuhlken. “They do outstanding work in teaching people to value nature in a special spot along the banks of the Pedernales River. We’re proud that we can provide support to their mission in the form of this gift.”
Molly Stevens, executive director and CEO for Westcave, came to Armadillo’s Leap Main Street tasting room, 134 E. Main Street in downtown Fredericksburg, to receive the award.
For 2017, the AL Gives program has selected Ballet Austin as its beneficiary, the Austin-based ballet company that has brought classical dance and dance instruction to Central Texas since 1956.