— By Vivian Conrad | Special to the Index
Phone calls and correspondence are flying as Mineral Wells Senior Center plans its fourth annual Taste of Palo Pinto County. As a self-funded, non-profit community day center for adults over age 50, the Senior Center counts heavily on this major fundraiser to generate revenue for programming and operating costs.
This year’s Taste of Palo Pinto County is scheduled to take place at Holiday Hills Country Club on Monday, July 15. The event features tasting booths with dishes prepared by local restaurants and food vendors. The purchase of a $40 ticket allows patrons to sample cuisine at will from 6 to 8 p.m. The fundraiser also includes live, silent and brown bag auctions. DJ Joe Baker, a Texas Western Swing Music Hall of Fame inductee, will provide music throughout the evening until the party ends at 10.
Led by Ways and Means Committee Chair Ken Johnson, members of the center’s Board of Directors organize the annual event.
Their first task is to line up vendors who are willing to donate time and food for the fundraiser. The restaurants and individuals participating in this year’s Taste of Palo Pinto County are Chili’s, Chubby’s BBQ & Grill, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, Golden Chick, Hayes Station Coffee, Holiday Hills Country Club, Mineral Wells Senior Center, Mesquite Pit, Natty Flat Smokehouse, Palo Pinto Challenge Inc., Pastafina of Mineral Wells, Shotgun’s BBQ Restaurant, Taste and See Bakery Treats, Tastefully Simple, The Cellar and Top Shelf Liquor Warehouse.
The Senior Center relies heavily on the support of sponsors for a successful event. This year a record number of businesses and individuals have rallied to back the Taste of Palo Pinto County fundraiser. Sponsors at the 5-Star level include Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner Funeral Home, Diamond Pharmacy, First Financial Bank, Tim Gary, Ram Country Chrysler Dodge Jeep and Upham Oil & Gas.
Four-Star Sponsors for 2013 are Alpine Construction, Goodrum Renovation, Jack Powell Auto Group, Link Field Services, the Mineral Wells Index, Palo Pinto General Hospital, PECO Facet, Progressive Waste Solutions, Texas Farm Bureau Insurance and Titan Bank.
Sponsors donating at the 3-Star level are Arbor House Weatherford, April Martin State Farm, Century 21 Properties Unlimited, D&D Motor Co., Keg 1 O’Neal, the Mineral Wells Noon Lions Club, Mineral Wells Nursing & Rehab, Palo Pinto Nursing & Rehab and Palo Pinto Thrift & Gift Shop.
Two-Star sponsors include Phil “Bud” Garrett, Judge David and Mrs. Joyce Nicklas, Palin Bree and Jim Weaver, Backforty Bunkhouse Productions, Bethany HomeHealth Services, Brazos Animal Hospital, Double H Tire, Expressions Hair Salon, First State Bank, Gene’s World KVCE 1160 AM, Ted’s Cabinet Shop, Texas American Insurers Inc., Waddy Best Value Pharmacy and Weaver’s Print Shop.
Items for the evening’s live, silent and brown bag auctions continue to flow in from private and corporate donors. Excitement at the Senior Center is growing with each contribution. Board of Directors President Tonya Gary states, “This is shaping up to be the best event we’ve ever had. In the four years we’ve been hosting the Taste of Palo Pinto County, we have never before seen this level of community involvement. We are just so grateful for the help and support we are receiving this year.”
Tickets for the 2013 Taste of Palo Pinto County are available at Mineral Wells Senior Center, from members of the Board of Directors, and at the Mineral Wells Area Chamber of Commerce. For information concerning sponsorships or auction item donation or pick-up, contact the Senior Center at 940-325-6470.
Images from last year’s event.