By LIBBY CLUETT
Despite a sudden and fierce downpour Saturday night, the Brazos Foundation Jubilee went off without a noticeable hitch.
Quick work by volunteers, board members and hosts Pat and Bobby Bazzell produced an enjoyable evening for all in attendance.
Several went away winners – Dale Brown took home the Vegas trip door prize and Richard Ritchie outbid others for two Guest Ranch hunts – but the biggest winners were six Palo Pinto County non-profit organizations that help individuals and promote history.
The Brazos Foundation gave out a total of $45,540 in grants to organizations for specific projects. This amount came off interest alone from money the foundation has raised in the past 18 years, according to trustee Pat Talkington.
She told Saturday’s crowd that the first grant was for $50 and went to the Good Fellows Foundation. Through the years the foundation has given more that $209,785 back to the Palo Pinto County area communities, responding to requests for specific purposes from a number of organizations.
The 2013 recipients and projects include: the Strawn Historical Museum, to help fund moving a train depot from Stephenville; Mineral Wells Heritage Association, to help digitize the collection for the Portal to Texas History; Palo Pinto Challenge, to paint their building; the Mineral Wells Center of Life, to purchase a laptop and software; and the Palo Pinto County Historical Association, to repair the pathway edging at the Old Jail Museum.
Additionally, the foundation granted $25,000 to the relatively new Children’s Alliance Center for Palo Pinto County.
Dwain Eaton not only provided the flower centerpieces, but he also called the auction, which provided some entertainment and surprise for one guest signaling for dessert or the like.
Adam Hull and the Halfbreed(s) entertained the crowd on a night that cleared up just in time.