You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myStatesman.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myStatesman.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myStatesman.com.

Everything you ever wanted to know about Mack, Jack & McConaughey

Organizer Jennifer Stevens answers your most frequently asked questions about the giant benefit.


Highlights

Here’s how you can spend time with Matthew McConaughey, plus Jack Ingram and Mack Brown.

You say you want to meet model Camila Alves McConaughey? We’ve got the events for you.

As the Austin charity benefit season enters its final weeks, one celebrity-driven event attracts the spotlight more than others.

To help you prepare, the amazing Jennifer Stevens answered 10 of the most common questions that she receives while organizing Mack, Jack and McConaughey, the giant benefit from buddies Mack Brown, Jack Ingram and Matthew McConaughey, teamed up with spouses Sally Brown, Amy Ingram and Camila Alves McConaughey.

The event returns April 19-21, much of it at ACL Live.

RELATED: Mack, Jack and McConaughey takes a bow

Whose idea was it to start MJ&M?

Jennifer Stevens: Jack! Jack recalled attending the Ben-Willie-Darrell event as a kid and texted Mack in the middle of the night to see if he was interested in trying to do something similar. Mack responded immediately (to Jack’s surprise) and said yes and then said “I’ll text Matthew.”

How much has it raised, and what is the impact beyond the dollars raised?

Over $5 million has been given to children’s education, health and wellness charities over the last four years. More than that, the impact of MJ&M is also seen through the partnerships being created between our beneficiaries and the heightened public awareness of the mission of these incredible organizations.

How many events are there for MJ&M?

MJ&M is actually a total of nine events over the course of three days. I tell people it’s the most fun you can have while doing good. And, I tell our guests to rest up, hydrate and get ready!

Nine events in three days? How does that work?

The reason MJ&M is successful is because the guys are personally involved in every detail, there are no egos allowed and every decision is made with a 3-0 vote. We want MJ&M to be an experience, not just an “event.” MJ&M is fun, interesting and engaging at every turn. We want our sponsors and attendees to have an incredible experience and leave wanting to return for more next year. In fact, we were half sold out for this event the day after last year’s.

RELATED: Taking time with lifestyle guide Camila Alves.

Who decides where the funding goes?

The Browns, Ingrams and McConaugheys determine who the beneficiaries will be and how the proceeds of the event will be distributed. I keep record of any organizations interested in being included, but the ultimate decision is theirs. They are incredibly involved and invested in the mission and success of the organization. We are not interested in granting dollars to just sit in a bank account — we want to see direct impact on kids’ lives with every dollar.

What has been the impact on Dell Children’s Medical Center?

Dell Children’s opened a food allergy research center, which is now one of the leading research centers in the country, and because of MJ&M every school in the Austin school district, serving 82,000 students, has at least four EpiPens for children with severe food allergies.

What has been the impact for the Rise School?

The Rise School opened two new classes in Austin, serving an additional 24 students with special needs; they opened a musical therapy room, and they provided more than 15,000 hours of much-needed therapy for students. Ten children are able to receive financial assistance to the school.

What has been the impact for CureDuchenne?

CureDuchenne was able to fund a nationwide research project, leading to the discovery of a new gene. Also, they were able to hire the top researcher in the country, and discovered new groundbreaking therapy for boys who have a Dup 2 mutation on their dystrophin gene, taking us one step closer to a cure for those with Duchenne.

What has been the impact on JK Livin Foundation?

The foundation has served over 1,000 students in Austin, teaching them about health and wellness and building self-confidence. They hired 10 new teachers in Austin and have provided after-school wellness education for children.

RELATED: Jack Ingram seeks the songwriter in the song.

What has been the impact on HeartGift?

HeartGift has been able to perform over 20 life-saving heart surgeries on children from around the world. These children live in developing countries, and HeartGift enables them to come to Austin for the much-needed, life-saving surgeries.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Austin360

The rustic French dessert that one-ups a pancake - and it's healthful
The rustic French dessert that one-ups a pancake - and it's healthful

Like some French-country dishes, a clafoutis (klah-foo-TEE) sounds like something fancy and complicated, but it's actually homey and easy to make. The fruit-laden dessert pancake is elegant in its simplicity - glorious, golden brown and sugar dusted. And nearly all it entails is making a basic pancake batter, pouring it into a pie dish, adding the...
Erin Moran’s cause of death released, co-star Scott Baio responds to tabloids
Erin Moran’s cause of death released, co-star Scott Baio responds to tabloids

  “Happy Days” star Erin Moran most likely died from complications of cancer. The Harrison County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that a “joint investigation into Moran’s death was conducted” and “a subsequent autopsy revealed she likely succumbed to complications of stage 4 cancer,” TMZ reported...
Does Bristol Palin live in the Austin area? An investigation
Does Bristol Palin live in the Austin area? An investigation

Bristol Meyer — neé Palin, daughter of former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin — might be your neighbor, and you don’t even know it. According to tabloid the Daily Mail, the former “Dancing With the Stars” contestant has been living in a suburb of Austin for the past few weeks.  Now...
Woman claims Fitbit burned her arm after it ‘exploded’
Woman claims Fitbit burned her arm after it ‘exploded’

A Wisconsin woman said she suffered second-degree burns on her arm after her Fitbit tracker “exploded” while she read a book, ABC News reported. >> Read more trending news  Dina Mitchell said she had owned her Fitbit Flex 2 for about two weeks when the fitness tracking device allegedly caught fire on her arm Tuesday night...
'Unicorn food' is colorful, sparkly and everywhere
'Unicorn food' is colorful, sparkly and everywhere

Starbucks began selling “unicorn Frappuccinos” on Wednesday, a colorful kaleidoscope of a drink, breathing new life into a food trend that had been willed into existence by a torrent of carefully composed pictures shared on Instagram and other social media sites. For the unaware: “Unicorn food” is any food item jazzed up with...
More Stories