Austin, TX, May 22, 2012 — Despite thunder, lightning and torrential rain that shortened the Iron Cactus – Carlos ‘N Charlies 17th Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Grey Rock Golf Club on May 10th, it was still able to raise $25,000 for Marbridge, a residential community for adults with cognitive challenges. The funds raised will go towards building Marbridge’s Victory Hall and Athletic Events Center.

Gary Manley, General Partner at Iron Cactus, with friends from Marbridge.

“We are thankful to all the players, volunteers, sponsors and our friends at Marbridge who came out to support our charity golf tournament,” said Gary Manley, General Partner at Iron Cactus. “In the 17 years we’ve played this golf tournament, it had never rained and I take this as a blessing. We are proud to help make Marbridge’s Victory Hall a reality.”

At approximately 18,100 square feet, the Victory Hall and Athletics Events Center at Marbridge includes a gymnasium, a stage area, an exercise center, classroom facilities, meeting rooms, staff offices and storage space.  It will serve as an athletic facility for teams to practice for Special Olympic competitions. It can also be used as a competitive arena, where scrimmages can be played. It even has the capacity to hold Special Olympic events. Additionally, it will serve as a wellness center so residents can improve overall health and fitness. The classroom facilities will be used for nutrition and life skills training provided to Marbridge residents. Meeting room facilities may be used by staff, volunteers or community groups.

“We are grateful to Iron Cactus for all the support it has given Marbridge through the years,” said James Stacey, President at Marbridge.”It is through organizations like Iron Cactus that we are able to provide assistance to adults with cognitive challenges so they may lead normal, productive lives.”

About Iron Cactus
Iron Cactus serves award-winning Mexican dishes and Premium hand crafted margaritas. The original restaurant opened on historic 6th Street in downtown Austin in 1996. Since then, Iron Cactus has grown to five locations including restaurants in Dallas and San Antonio, and two additional Austin locations. For the latest restaurant updates, “like” Iron Cactus on Facebook at or on Twitter at More information about Iron Cactus can be found at


A Special Guest for a Special Cause

This past week, we had a very special guest at the Iron Cactus on Sixth Street. Maddie joined us on Wednesday afternoon on our outdoor patio for a margarita and chips. While that doesn’t sound terribly unusual, Maddie is actually a Yellow Labrador, and she was there to help create a great new TV commercial for our friends at the Austin Animal Center.

Austin Animal Center is trying to impress upon people the importance of tagging and microchipping their pets, so if animals get lost, they can be returned to their owners. The idea of the TV spot was to feature Maddie whimsically enjoying popular, iconic Austin locations, and finally being returned to her owner, thanks to her microchipping and tags. So Maddie spent a day getting a trim at Birds Barbershop, catching a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse, paddle-boarding on Lady Bird Lake, listening to a lively street musician on South Congress, and enjoying chips and an afternoon drink from her “margarita bowl” with us at the Iron Cactus. (Animal activists relax; Maddie’s marg was actually just water; although, the ones enjoyed by the creative team from MOSAK Advertising & Insights were very much the real thing and very much enjoyed!)

Maddie joined us for a couple of hours upstairs on the rooftop patio being served by Danielle. Besides working at the Iron Cactus, Danielle is an actress, and she smoothly delivered her lines and margaritas with the friendly service upon which we pride ourselves. Everyone else, from bartenders to managers, also contributed. As animal lovers, we are always happy to help out for a good cause, and the Austin Animal Center is certainly making life better for these animals, their owners and our fellow Austinites. The spot should be running soon and will be posted at

Austin Animal Center recently opened their new location on the east side at 7201 Levander Loop, and you can have your pet tagged and microchipped there. It’s easy and painless. You’ll also be able to view the spot on the Austin Animal Center Facebook page, as well as our Facebook page. Look for the spot and we’ll look for you on our outdoor patio overlooking Sixth Street, at our North Austin location on Stonelake or at the Hill Country Galleria restaurant enjoying a tasty marg. As Maddie can attest, “it’s a great place to hang out.”