Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

November 21, 2012

Hope Gala hits $30K mark as proceeds continue to arrive

Mineral Wells Index

— Checks are still coming in for the 2012 Hope Gala, which took place Nov. 10.

Hope Inc. Executive Director Lisa Huffaker said she estimates they have reached $30,000 raised for the organization that provides domestic abuse programs and services including a 24-hour hotline and regional women’s shelter.

“I’m happy about how many people we had show up – we had a great turnout,” Huffaker said of the gala.

Additionally, Huffaker said people loved the Crawfish Band, and many commented on the good food at Holiday Hills Country Club, especially the vegetables. Donors and purchasers for the live and silent auction and individuals who bought tickets helped make the event a success.

Other major contributors to the success were the following:

Diamond and Emerald table sponsors

Diamond and Emerald sponsors for the 2012 Hope Gala were, from left, Ken Russell and Cindy Thompson, representing Link Field Services, Bob Dempsey, Barbara Upham, Ken and March Williamson of First Financial Bank and Doris and Mike McConnell.

Hope board of directors

Members of the Hope Inc. Board are, from left: Matt Butcher, president; Michael Franklin, vice president; Bill Terry; Elizabeth Clemens; Suma Bhandari; in background, Lisa Huffaker, executive director; Jeanette Ender; Patrick Hisel, secretary; Shirley Ellis; and John Berry.

Hope hosts

Hosts for the 2012 Hope Gala were, from left: Matt and Michelle Butcher, Archana and Kiran Patel, Kim and Kent Olson (in back), Mike Hopkins and Carol Hopkins (in front), Melanie and John Berry, Anna and Ronald Fitzgerald and Sonya and Sergio Sandoval.

Ruby table sponsors

Hope Gala Ruby Table sponsors included, from left: Jeremy and Perry Leavelle; Dacey Malone of Titan Bank; Karen and Kirk Horton; and Martha and Bobby McAvoy. Other Ruby sponsors were Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner Funeral Home, Palo Pinto General Hospital and Global Drilling-Halek Charities.