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TEXSAR - In the Community - 3rd Quarter 
Thank you, for supporting TEXSAR and its mission of service above self. TEXSAR continues to build new relationships through new and innovative corporate sponsors, tapping into new opportunities to get our name and mission out there and continuing to provide support to those communities that are most in need. While 2020 has been a challenge for all of us, TEXSAR remains at the ready to serve and support in many capacities. This year alone we have been requested for two hurricane deployments, multiple SAR missions, Emergency Operations Center work, frontline COVID testing operations and more. Even during a pandemic, TEXSAR is on track for the most callouts/missions in a single year since its inception.  Something we can all get behind and be proud of! Thanks again for your support and we look forward to another successful year ahead.
- Justin McInnis, President & CEO
COVID-19 Update
As of September 15th we have reinstated in-person training following CDC guidelines and best practices. We thank Dr. Husby, TEXSAR's Medical Director, for his leadership and direction during this global pandemic. 
TEXSAR Hosts Two Successful Virtual Fundraising Events
The fundraising committee has some exciting opportunities to rally around TEXSAR in 2021, get those running shoes ready and stay tuned!

TEXSAR's Trek Across Texas!
TEXSAR's first ever virtual event, TEXSAR's Trek Across Texas - Virtual Run proved to be a huge success. We are thrilled to announce we raised over $34,000! A big thanks to all of the TEXSAR members that participated, promoted, and encouraged along the way. It was a lot of fun promoting physical fitness all while encouraging TEXSAR support.  Below are all of the results, and donation distribution.
 
    

TEXSAR: Live!
TEXSAR: Live! was a week long silent auction paired with a two-hour virtual live stream, 'telethon' -like event. With everyone's support we were able to raise a net income of over $40,000. It's hard to know what to expect, but with events like these we are grateful for the success.  Congratulations to Jonathan McComb for being the highest bidder on the Private Backyard BBQ and Concert  with Wade Bowen. We know y'all will have a blast! Thank you for supporting TEXSAR!

A huge thanks to the fundraising committee and TEXSAR: Live! planning committee for all their efforts! Thank you Ashley Abbott, Cindy Bocz, Andrew Tull, Lauren Liott, Jenny Lind, Justin McInnis, and Shannon Smith for making this event a huge win for TEXSAR in 2020! These funds will  support TEXSAR corporate, covering administrative expenses, vehicle maintenance, and annual overhead costs. We have some exciting fundraising opportunities coming up in 2021, stay tuned!

Thank you to our TEXSAR: Live! Sponsors:

   

  
Cristen and Alan Daniel
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Carine Chalfoun Service Above Self Award
In February of this year, we unexpectedly said goodbye to beloved TEXSAR member and Board Member, Carine Chalfoun. Carine embodied everything that was right for this world and for this team. Service above all else, continual education of oneself and mission. We were honored to present the first ever Carine Chalfoun Service Above Self Award during the TEXSAR: Live! live-stream event. This award was created to be given to a member who represents and embodies service above self, education, dedication, integrity, perseverance and mission to TEXSAR and the greater community. With this award, the recipient will also receive a scholarship to further their education in emergency response/management as a way to further their abilities and grow to better serve this world. This is truly a special award to honor a very special person.
 
Congratulations to Andy Anthony, our 2020 recipient of the Carine Chalfoun Service Above Self Award. We know that despite Carine hating the spotlight, she would be so happy to know that Andy was the first recipient. Andy joined TEXSAR in 2008 and has been an integral part of TEXSAR and the TEXSAR K9 Team. 

Thank you Andy for all you do and  for being a part of Carine's story. Thank you everyone that submitted nominations and to the nomination committee. A special thank you to the additional nominees: Tyrone Nance, Brandon Goering, and Shawn Hohnstreiter.  

Supporter of the Quarter - Captain Hook Austin
Congratulations to this quarter's  Supporter of the Quarter, Captain Hook Austin! A huge thanks to our friends at Captain Hook Austin and owner, Francis Hester, for recently stepping up and agreeing to a huge partnership in support of TEXSAR. Since mid July, Francis and Captain Hook have committed to donating $5 to TEXSAR for every haul they make. YTD, Captain Hook has donated $2675 with more to come. They will also begin applying TEXSAR branded decals to every single one of their dumpsters to spread the name and brand. Thank you Francis and Captain Hook! Partnerships like this are what continues to push TEXSAR forward and are essential for TEXSAR's future and growth. Captain Hook Austin is an Austin-based dumpster rental company serving Austin and surrounding areas. Call Captain Hook for your dumpster hauling needs or visit, www.captainhookaustin.com for more information.
 

3rd  Quarter Deployments

Missing Person - Valley View, TX   
10/15/2020
Requested by: Cooke County Sheriff's Office                              
Deployed: Mission Canceled - Subject Found

Missing Person - Leander, Texas    
10/7/2020
Requested by: Travis County Sheriff's Office                              
Deployed: 8 Members, 6 K9s

Missing Person - Wells, Texas 
10/4/2020
Requested by: Cherokee County Sheriff's Office                              
Deployed: 15 Members, 3 K9s

Missing Person - Wells, Texas      
10/2/2020                                          
Requested by: East Texas Center for the Missing                              
Deployed: 2 Members, 2 K9s

Missing Person - Wells, Texas       
10/1/2020                                          
Requested by: East Texas Center for the Missing                              
Deployed: 15 Members, 5 K9s  

Missing Person - Bedford, Texas    
9/30/2020                                          
Requested by: Bedford Police Department                                
Deployed: Mission Canceled - Subject Found

Missing Person - Irving, Texas        
9/25/2020                                          
Requested by: Irving Police Department                                
Deployed: 15 Members

Missing Person - Lockhart, Texas  
9/25/2020                                          
Requested by: Hays County Sheriff's Office                              
Deployed: 19 Members, 3 K9s  

Missing Person - Walker County, TX
9/20/2020              
Requested by: Walker County Sheriff's Office                                  
Deployed: 4 Members, 3 K9s 

Force Multiplier - Galveston, TX Tropical Storm Beta Response      
9/20 - 9/23/2020                                
Requested by: Galveston County    
Deployed: 26 Members

Force Multiplier - Galveston County, Texas                                 
9/19/2020                                          
Requested by: Galveston County OEM                                      
Deployed: 2 Members

Missing Person - Anson, Texas       
9/16/2020
Requested by: Jones County Sheriff's Office                                  
Deployed: 9 Members, 5 K9s

Missing Person - Richmond, Texas 8/28/2020                                        
Requested by: Richmond Police Department            
Deployed: 16 Members, 3 K9s                                                                 

Missing Person - Georgetown, Texas                                    
8/26/2020                                        
Requested by: Williamson County Sheriff's Office                                  
Stand down, subject found

Force Multiplier - Galveston, Texas Hurricane Response
8/25 - 8/27/2020                                          
Requested by: Galveston County  
Deployed: 86 Members

Missing Person - Lampasas, Texas 
8/19/2020                              
Requested by: Burnet County Sheriff's Office                            
Deployed: 8 Members, 3 K9s
 

Missing Person - Lampasas, Texas                                                 
8/18/2020                                          
Requested by: Burnet County Sheriff's Office                                  
Deployed: 12 Members, 5 K9s

Force Multiplier - Round Rock, Texas                                                 
COVID Testing Site                          
8/7 - 9/4/2020                        
Requested by: Williamson County    
Deployed: 3 Members

Missing Person - Granger, Texas  7/29 - 7/31/2020                               
Requested by: Williamson County Sheriff's Office                               
Deployed: 25 Members, 5 K9s

Force Multiplier- Liberty Hill, Texas
COVID Testing Site                           
7/24/2020                                         
Requested by: Williamson County   
Deployed: 1 Member        
                                                               
Force Multiplier- Liberty Hill
COVID Testing Site                               
7/24/2020                                          
Requested by: Williamson County   
Deployed: 2 Members

Force Multiplier - Georgetown, Texas                                    
COVID Testing Site                         
7/1 - 7/17/2020                               
Requested by: Williamson County   
Deployed: 5 Members

Missing Person - Irving, Texas       
7/18/2020                                         
Requested by: Irving Police Department                        
Deployed: 14 Members

Missing Person - Wimberley, Texas                                                 
7/16 - 7/17/2020                             
Requested by: Hays County             
Deployed: 26 Members. 9 K9s

Evidence Search - Burleson, Texas 
7/11/2020                                       
Requested by: Burleson Police Department                                       
Deployed: 19 Members   

Missing Person - Odessa, Texas     
7/11/2020                                         
Requested by: Ector County Sheriff's Office                               
Deployed: 2 Members, 3 K9s

Missing Person - Round Rock, Texas                               
7/10/2020                                         
Requested by: Round Rock Police Department                             
Deployed: 3 Members, 3 K9s

Evidence Search - Burleson, Texas 
7/4/2020                                           
Requested by: Burleson Police Department                                   
Deployed: 13 Members                                                                             

Missing Person - Round Rock, Texas                                   
7/3/2020                                         
Requested by: Round Rock Police Department                             
Deployed: 25 Members, 10 K9s

Force Multiplier - Georgetown, Texas                                    
COVID Testing Site                           
7/1 - 7/17/2020                               
Requested by: Williamson County    
Deployed: 5 Members

Missing Person - Cleveland, Texas 
6/20/2020                                         
Requested by: Liberty County SO     
Deployed: 5 Members, 4 K9s

Community Support - Austin, Texas                                               
TDEM Food Organization                 
6/19/2020                                       
Requested by: TDEM                     
Deployed: 7 Members

                 
Updates, News, and Reminders

Annual Report
Thank you to the TEXSAR Members, supporters, donors, agencies, and TEXSAR leadership for making 2019 the best year yet. Please take a look at the impact TEXSAR continues to have on the community.
Check it out here!

Paypal Gives
TEXSAR is enrolled with the PayPal Giving Fund. PayPal Giving Fund helps people support their favorite charities online. We receive donations through PayPal, eBay, and other technology platforms and make grants to our donors' recommended charities. PayPal Giving Fund is an IRS-registered 501(c)(3) public charity (Federal Tax ID: 45-0931286).

Amazon Smile
AMAZON SMILE IS NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON APP
Amazon Smile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. When you shop on Amazon Smile, a percentage of  the purchase price of eligible products is donated to the charitable organization of your choice. Here is how you can add it to the Amazon App on your smart phone:

1. Open the Amazon Shopping app on your device
2. Go to the main menu and tap 'Settings'
3. Tap 'AmazonSmile' and follow the on-screen instructions
For more information about the AmazonSmile program, go to http://smile.amazon.com/about.
Member Stats
Overall

Active Members - 442
Deployable Members - 327
Field Deployable - 130
Flood and Swiftwater Technicians - 100
Active Certifications - 3195


K9 Team
Certified Dogs - 21
Air Scent (Live Find) - 8                               
Trailing (Live Find) - 5 
HRD Land - 15 
HRD Water - 7
Certified Handlers - 14



 
Divisions
Central Texas Members - 181
Gulf Coast Members - 88
North Texas Members - 96
South Central Texas Members - 71
At Large Members - 6
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