Laura Rice, KUT News

Three of Austin’s most famous residents kicked off an effort last night to raise money for charities that help young people. Former UT-Austin Head Football Coach Mack Brown, county musician Jack Ingram and Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey make up “Mack Jack and McConaughey" – or MJ&M. The trio’s inaugural fundraising campaign in 2013 raised more than $1 million. "We thought this would be a home run," Mack Brown said. "Because when you get Jack Ingram and Sheryl Crow and when you get Matthew McConaughey to come in, it's special. And it's all for kids."

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The American Cancer Societys Relay For Life fundraiser will be taking place at the Westlake High School track today from 2 pm until 2 am. According to the American Cancer Societys Relay For Life website , people from across the country are taking part. Each year, more than 3.5 million people in 5,000 communities in the United States, along with additional communities in 20 other countries, gather to take part in this global phenomenon and raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives...

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The Austin Bakes for Japan fundraiser took place today, selling baked sweet treats at five locations across Austin to raise money for tsunami and earthquake relief in Japan. The city-wide bake sale was part of a national movement of Bake for Japan fundraisers held today in 23 cities including New York, Seattle and San Francisco. Money raised in Austin will be given to the non-profit AmeriCares , which is providing emergency relief to tsunami and earthquake survivors in Japan. Shelley Lucas,...