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November 7, 2013

Offering Hope to women and children in need

By LIBBY CLUETT

With the goal of raising $30,000 this Saturday at its 27th Annual Hope Gala, Hope Inc. has much to offer guests – and there is still time to get tickets at $50 per person.

Proceeds from the gala go toward helping women and children who are victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. In 2012, the Hope Shelter housed 124 women and 80 children. Hope Inc. also provides counseling, victims’ advocacy services and gives out 55-60 food boxes each month.

Saturday’s gala takes place at Holiday Hills Country Club, beginning at 6:30 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. and live auctioning beginning at 8:10 p.m.

The food will be fabulous, according to Executive Director Lisa Huffaker. “Earon Gatlin is doing a good job [and plans to serve gala guests] prime rib, salmon and chicken.”

Huffaker said Dennis and Michelle Pitt Photography will be set up in the front bar area during the evening for formal portraits.

While there are plenty of opportunities to contribute – including a silent auction and the live auction called by Dwaine Eaton – participants can also enjoy an evening of dancing to the music of the Crawfish Band, from 9 p.m. to midnight.

Organizers want to advise gala-goers to bring some extra cash for a “cork pull” raffle that features about 50 prizes, including the grand prize – a full-featured 50-inch wide-screen TV.

Michelle Garcia Butcher and John Berry will emcee the gala. This year’s gala is presented by Richard and Penny Ritchie, Dr. Spencer and Melissa Baum, Aric and Mindy Kram, Dr. Patrick and Stephanie Hisel, Ryan and Jacy Roach, Lori Hopper, F.N.P.-Texas Family Medical, Texas Healthy Aging & Hormone Therapy, Serenity Estates, Raymond and Renee Greenwood, John and Melanie Berry, Ronald and Anna Fitzgerald and Jeremy and Dr. Candace Covington.

Event sponsors include:

• Diamond sponsors: Mike and Doris McConnell, Ken Russell of Link Field Services, Alice Walton, First Financial Bank, David Hawes and Barbara Upham and Bob Dempsey

• Emerald sponsors: Titan Bank, Jeromy and Perri Leavelle and Kirk and Karen Horton.

• Ruby sponsors: Palo Pinto General Hospital, Ram Country Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Ventamatic Ltd. and Baum-Carlock-Bumgardner.

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