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2013-04-04 / Sports

Down Home Ranch Holds 2013 Annual Golf & Gala Weekend

Down Home Ranch, a working farm and ranch community for people with intellectual disabilities, will hold its fifth annual Golf & Gala Weekend Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13.

The Ranch is a non-profit offering residential services and camps to teenagers and adults with a wide variety of physical and intellectual handicaps, located in southeastern Williamson and northwestern Lee counties.

This year’s fund-raising focus for the event is to gain funds to begin construction on a Community Recreation Center for the Ranchers, which will also serve as a storm shelter during times of threatening weather.

The Golf Tournament, held this year at Avery Ranch, kicks off the weekend with a four-person scramble teeing off at 1:30 PM. Registration is $600 for a team of four. Golfers should arrive by noon for the box lunch and to pick up materials. The tournament will be followed by a fajita dinner at the banquet hall, when prizes will be awarded.

The Gala will be held at the beautiful Bullock Texas History Museum. Charity auctioneer Andrew Bost will emcee the evening and The Sophisticates will entertain. The catered dinner line will begin serving at 6:30 PM. Live and silent auctions will provide entertainment and the opportunity to support the programs of Down Home Ranch.

This year’s major auction items include: A Napa Valley Wine Country Trip for Two, two beautiful Port Aransas Vacation Homes, and Formula One Tickets.

Down Home Ranch is unique among facilities serving those with intellectual disabilities in that it offers on-site employment to all Ranchers who wish to work. The Ranch receives fees for services which cover basic living expenses for the Ranchers, but also runs a wide variety of enterprises to earn money to provide them with an excellent quality of life. These enterprises include selling products from the Ranch’s 11 working greenhouses, its gardens and orchards, food manufacture, and rentals of its camping and retreat facilities.

Ranch Camp at Down Home Ranch is a separate program that consists of weekend respite camps held year round, and summer week-long residential camps.

Guests will enjoy mingling with the Ranchers who live at Down Home Ranch and love nothing so much as a rollicking dance party. Tickets to the event are $185 per couple or $100 for individuals.

To register for the event, call Kristin Schroeder at 888-926-2253.

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