Gainesville Gone Austin Benefiting the Child Advocacy Center

The annual Child Advocacy Center Signature Fundraiser, Gainesville Gone Austin, is back for its sixth year! The event will be held at the Hitchcock Farm at Santa Fe River Ranch on Thursday, Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. Tickets go on sale Sept. 1.

Gainesville Gone Austin supports the Child Advocacy Center and the needs of child abuse victims in Gainesville and Alachua County. The event includes a live and silent auction. Santa Fe River Ranch in Alachua offers sprawling fields, beautiful stables and the perfect party barn! Guests are invited to wear their best casual country western attire. Boots and blue jeans are welcome! Sponsorship opportunities are still available for anyone interested in being a part of Gainesville Gone Austin 2014! 

The CAC stands up for abused and neglected children. The staff stays with the child victims as they tell their story of abuse, provides counseling sessions and prepares families and protects victims for a court system that can be quite frightening and overwhelming. The Center works with outside agencies to coordinate long term care to ensure child victims get the resources they need every single step of the way. Visit the CAC website at to learn how you can help.


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Nick Banks

Nick created Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group in 2002 and spent the first eight years developing and acquiring office and retail projects in South Florida as well as North Central Florida. In 2010 the focus of the firm was shifted to primarily serve third party clients and perform brokerage, property management and mortgage banking functions. Nick has personally developed and acquired nearly 200,000 square feet of office and retail properties in markets throughout Florida. Prior to founding Front Street, Nick was the Director of Finance and Dispositions for Stiles Corporation in Fort Lauderdale where he financed and sold over $500 million in commercial real estate. Before joining Stiles, Nick was an Associate Director at GE Capital Real Estate where he sourced over $200 million in financing throughout Florida. Nick is a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Finance and a concentration in Real Estate. He serves as a board member and current vice-chair for the United Way of North Central Florida where he also chairs the Development Committee. Nick is actively involved with the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce where he serves as a board member and committee member for the Council for Economic Outreach. He is also a recent graduate of Leadership Gainesville which is a year long leadership program hosted by the Chamber. He is a member of Grace United Methodist Church where he has served as finance chair and as a member of the leadership council. Nick serves as an advisory board member of the University of Florida Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies. Nick was recently named chair of the Gainesville committee for the North Florida chapter of Urban Land Institute (ULI). He is a licensed real estate broker in the State of Florida and is a long time member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

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