Huge Crowd Attend LVFD Fundraiser
This was the 25th annual fundraiser put on by the two organizations. During its 25-year history, over $370,000 has been raised to help the two community service organizations.
In a brief interview with fundraiser comptroller, Mickey Milburn, this year's event netted an estimated $18,000 for the two organizations.
This year's winner of the $10,000 raffle was Brittany (Hoelscher) Shelley. Rounding out the other top ten finalists, in order, were Marcie Markert, Machelle Cevallos, Pam Sherrill,Pam Godwin, Natalee Cherico,David Boettcher, Jimmy Hooper, Johnny Miller, Dana Brewer and Karl Barnikow.
The program began with a welcome issued by Mike Organ followed by the invocation offered by Pastor Leif Hasskarl. Byron Wren also entertained the crowd with a brief speech about the fundraisers held over the past 25 years, including a personal story about his winning a Chevrolet Pickup the first year the fundraiser was held.
Before the drawing began, organizers of the event honored the late Bill Olive, who was the person who brought the idea of a raffle of this magnitude to the two organizations. His wife, Nancy, was in the audience last Saturday night.
The story has been told that when the idea of holding a raffle was first presented, local resident Finney Mullins said, "There is no way we will ever get people to pay $125 (in 1985) for a raffle ticket."
Apparently his skepticism was short-lived as he bought one of the last ten tickets available that first year and has had at least one ticket every year of the event. This year the he had two tickets.
The crowd enjoyed BBQ beef, pork and chicken prepared by Sherwood Frosch and Mickey Organ. The pork was donated by Round Top State Bank. All the other items on the menu and snacks were prepared by the legendary Erna Patschke and her daughter Linda. The hall was decorated in a Mexican theme. Janie Ahrendt and Jeanine Brewer were the leaders of the decorating group.
Mike Organ said, "The community's continued support of the fundraiser shows their knowledge of the service these volunteers provide for our area."