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October 14, 2012

Boo Bash festival to raise funds for struggling non-profit

Event to benefit Meals on Wheels of Palo Pinto County

By CHRIS AGEE | cagee@mineralwellsindex.com

According to staff, several factors have contributed to a difficult financial situation for Meals on Wheels of Palo Pinto County.

“With the economy and the rising cost of everything, people have had less to give,” said Executive Director Misty Clark. “That’s definitely hit us with our contributions.”

IntegraCare Home Health Services, a longtime Meals on Wheels, is planning a pre-Halloween fundraiser to benefit the non-proft organization.

Megan Brock of IntegraCare said the Boo Bash Family Fun Festival is set for Oct. 20 from 3-8 p.m. at the Palo Pinto County Livestock Association Expo Center.

“This is a great family fun day, with lots of fun for everyone,” said Brock. “One hundred percent of all proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels of Palo Pinto County.”

Attendees can take part in costume contests with separate categories for adults, children and pets. A karaoke contest will start at 7 p.m. There is a $15 entry fee, with a cash prize for the winner.

Items donated for silent and live auctions include autographed sports and music memorabilia, Billy Bob’s Texas show tickets, an airboat fishing trip, a Texas Flag guitar autographed by Shane McAnally,  10kt gold jewelry, A rookie football card autographed by troy Aikman and a variety of jewelry. Brock said she expects to add more items as the event date nears. The auction will begin at 6 p.m.

The fundraiser will also feature face painting, food, music and vendor booths. C.A.R.E  and  Palo Pinto County Humane Society will be having a Pet Adoption clinic as well.

Brock send vendors’ spaces are still available. Anyone interested in renting a booth or donating an auction item is asked to call IntegraCare at (940) 325-5255 or 940-452-4828.

“We appreciate the folks at IntegraCare,” Clark said, explaining the company is one of several in the community that have come forward to help deliver meals to a growing number of clients.

“There are several companies that sponsor routes and rotate them among their employees,” she said. “We have had some new ones come in recently, so we’re excited about that.”

Still, Clark said the agency faces a significant shortfall of funding without assistance from the community.

“People are digging deeper and still working so hard to support us,” she said, explaining financial hardships mean “we’ve really seen an increase in need.”

Those unable to attend the fundraiser who would like to donate can do so by visiting Meals on Wheels’ website at www.mowppc.com, she said.

“One of the things we are now featuring on our website is the ability for people to enroll through PayPal to make a monthly contribution,” she added.

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