Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

September 30, 2013

Wine country trip, bull elk and trophy black buck hunts part of jubilee auction

Mineral Wells Index


Yearly, the Brazos Foundation offers its fall fundraiser, typically featuring someone’s home, or other site in Palo Pinto County, and offering attendees chances to bid on robust auction items and/or to win a enviable door prize.

In its 18th year, the Brazos Foundation Jubilee continues this tradition on Saturday night.

This year’s event will be at the home of Pat and Bobby Bazzell, which some may have visited on the 2008 Zonta Club’s Tour of Homes. Since purchasing the home in 2001, the Bazzells have done extensive remodeling to reflect their enjoyment of the western and rustic flair. Recently, they’ve completed more work on their home, just north of Mineral Wells.

“It’s beautiful,” said Jubilee Chair Penny Ritchie. “They’ve redone their pool and have a water fountain and have put in an outdoor kitchen. And the landscaping is just immaculate.”

There are still other reasons to attend this year’s jubilee.

Ritchie said the Guest Ranch has generously donated two hunts: one for a trophy black buck and the other for a bull elk.

While the ranch has donated many hunts to the Brazos Foundation fundraiser, “they’ve never done this before,” Ricthie noted. She added that game hunts in previous years have typically been for females of a species or a cull animal that is typically smaller.

This year’s big-time game will hopefully bring the foundation some equally big bids.

“We’re real excited,” Ritchie said.

Another typically hot auction item is the Brazos Foundation trip.

Ritchie said this year’s trip is for the California Wine Country and is a $2,000 value.

Other auction items include: an Electromedical Products’ Alpha-Stem; a Select Stones’ turquoise necklace and matching earrings or bracelet, donated by Jill Moore; a certificate for $100 worth of famed Morrow Grocery steaks; and two Palo Pinto General Hospital Auxiliary items, including a Sofia Bellina rolling leopard-print travel bag and a Nicole Lee hand bag.

But for those who don’t bid (or those who do), there’s the option to win door prizes, such as: a trip to Las Vegas (valued at $1,000); a small, Kel-Tec .380 handgun; two one-night stays at the Mineral Wells Best Western; a PPGH bone-density scan; or one of two free assessment and 30-day membership to the PPGH Wellness Center.

Each year the foundation grants funds for entities with specific requests. From volunteer fire departments to schools or youth and adult programs; from history to area beautification, and more, the Brazos Foundation has given over $200,000 back to area communities.

This year’s awards will be announced Saturday night.

If this isn’t enough to entice someone to purchase a ticket right away, maybe the smell and flavor of Clay Ward’s flame-grilled steaks and pork chops, music by Adam Hull and the Handsome Halfbreed or the fun atmosphere will.

The event is casual party dress and begins at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $100 per person and proceeds go toward foundation grants.

Those who want to attend the jubilee can call the Ritchie Law Firm at 940-325-6228, or pay at the door. The address is 3911 U.S. Highway 281 North.