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Local celebrity raises $1M at philanthropic gala with Leon Bridges

(Parker Pheonix PR)

Hundreds of Austin’s best and brightest gathered over the weekend at the Annual Andy Roddick Foundation Gala—which returned to the downtown JW Marriott, 110 East 2nd St., for the first time since 2019.

The gala, which brings over 500 supporters together to celebrate the foundation’s mission of providing after-school programs for children and working parents, included appearances from former world champion tennis player Andy Roddick, new ARF CEO Jaime Garcia, co-chairs Leon & Tiffany Chen of Tiff’s Treats, and Roddick's wife and actress Brooklyn Decker.

From left to right, former tennis world champ Andy Roddick, new ARF CEO Jaime Garcia and Actress Brooklyn Decker.(Laura Figi/Austonia)

Several participating children also attended the gala with their parents.

From left to right, 5th graders Jonathan, Catherine, Andy Roddick, 5th grader Kristii and Jaime Garcia. (Laura Figi/

A live auction selling trips to the US Open, Sweeten Cove Golf Club, St. Barts and a tennis clinic with Andy Roddick raised $1 million before Grammy-winning soul singer/songwriter Leon Bridges performed live to close out the night.

(Parker Pheonix PR)

Started by Roddick in 2000, when he was just 17 years old, ARF is meant to give children the same experience he had when he picked up a tennis racket for the first time at 9 years old. The foundation has raised more than $10 million since 2012.

Actress, model and wife of Roddick Brooklyn Decker gushed about her husband's commitment to philanthropy. (Laura Figi/Austonia)

Roddick and Decker have lived in West Austin since at least 2013, where they have two kids, a dog and two cats.


With deposition and trial looming, Elon Musk has offered $44B for Twitter, again

Elon Musk has proposed once again to buy Twitter for $54.20 a share.

The news that Musk is offering to carry on with the $44 billion buyout was first reported by Bloomberg. Now, a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission shows Musk made the proposal in a letter to the tech giant on Monday.

The New York Stock Exchange temporarily halted trading in Twitter stock twice Tuesday, first because of a big price move and the second time for a news event, presumably the announcement of Musk's renewed offer.

While the per share offer price on this latest proposal remains the same as the original offer, it’s unclear if Musk has made other term changes or if Twitter would reject it. According to other reports, a deal could be reached this week.

The stock closed at $52.00/share Tuesday, indicating market uncertainty around the $54.20 offer.

After Musk informed Twitter of plans to terminate the original agreement in July, Twitter sued. A trial has been expected in Delaware Chancery Court on Oct. 17.

With the proposition of a buyout on the table again, it revives the question of whether Musk might move Twitter from San Francisco to Central Texas.

He’s done so with some of his other companies. Tesla’s headquarters in southeast Travis County had its grand opening earlier this year and tunneling business The Boring Company moved to Pflugerville. At least two other Musk companies, SpaceX and Neuralink, have a Central Texas presence without being headquartered here.

Technology journalist Nilay Patel this afternoon voiced concerns that owning Twitter and Tesla together could be problematic for Musk, as his Tesla manufacturing facilities in Germany and China are both in countries that have disputes with Twitter over content moderation and censorship.

Telsa shares fell after the Twitter news became public, before rallying to close up, at $249.44.

Austin rents nearly double in a year and are now in the top 5 nationwide

While searching for a place to live, Austin renters will face monthly rates of nearly $3,000, a recent guide from rental marketplace Dwellsy shows.

The median rent in August this year was $2,930, a more than 86% increase since August 2021. That’s $820 more than the nationwide median asking rent in August and puts Austin just below the Bay Area, Boston and New York for large cities with the most expensive asking rent.

“Within this group, Austin, TX stands out for the highest increases in asking rent, which has nearly doubled since this time last year,” the study notes.

Outside of those large cities, however, others are seeing even higher rent spikes. Metro areas that ranked above Austin in one-year increases include those like Kansas City, MO with a 112% change in rent since last August and Tucson, AZ with a 124% change.

The data reflects large apartment communities, single-family homes and 2-6 unit buildings.