Four charities that have a focus on assisting youth — the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Brazos Valley, Von’s Vision, K-9s4Kids, and Mobility Worldwide — will receive proceeds raised during the 2nd Annual Spirit of Texas Festival. This family-friendly event is scheduled for March 23-25 at College Station’s Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater. Admission is free.

“Our festival gives families the opportunity to explore some of the best that Texas has to offer, all in one place. In addition, this event offers something for everyone in the family – the shopper, the foodie, the music lover, the budding performer,” said Cynthia Caronna, the festival’s executive director. “Because our festival focuses on creating a family-friendly environment, we wanted to make sure that the proceeds we raise support the next generation.”

The four charities are:

This nonprofit provides children with a safe learning space, ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals, and life-enhancing programs and experiences. These clubs offer programs in a number of core areas, including: character and leadership; education and career; health and life skills; the arts; sports, fitness and recreation; and specialized initiatives.

Founded by Texas A&M’s legendary football player Von Miller, this charity focuses on assisting low-income elementary students who need some level of vision correction.

This initiative, which is part of the K9s4COPS non-profit, provides school districts and college campus police with trained K9s. These dogs are able to search, apprehend and detect narcotics, explosives and weapons on command.

This organization provides mobility carts to disabled individuals who live primarily in rural areas in developing countries. These carts help the individual attend school, find employment, go to church and social gatherings, and travel to the doctor.

The Spirit of Texas Festival is sponsored by Spirit of Texas Bank, Copy Corner, Bolner’s Fiesta Spices, Diamonds and Dirt Barrel Horse Classic, Everfest, The Original Round Top Antiques Fair, Kristen Distributing Company, The Medical Center of College Station, the City of Bryan, the City of College Station, and the Bryan/College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau. The event is supported by Shiner Beer, Blinn College, May’s Business School Department of Marketing, Texas A&M Big Event and the Spirit of Texas Festival Student Organization.

For further information about the festival or to sign up as a vendor, food truck or performer, check out the festival’s website at or Facebook page: