Saturday, February 27, the Salsa Barons’ Ball was held at the Sheriff Posse Building in Mineral Wells. This is Palo Pinto Challenge’s largest annual fund raiser. What a wonderful evening it was. The room was festively decorated with serapes, sombreros and draped with tiny colored lights. Information about sponsors and donors was printed on the bright yellow placemats. Palo Pinto Challenge products, Hale Center Salsa, Jal-O Dollies and Jalapeño Cruzers, were on every table as a side for the delicious buffet meal of fajitas provided by Pulidos.
Coeboy led by Willie Coe of Mineral Wells, played to a packed room offering entertainment and some good music during the meal and between
the drawings. Raffle tickets could be purchased and dropped in a jar next to the prize you were interested in winning. This lucky reporter won a much needed ‘date night’ of dinner at Chili’s and two tickets to the Cinema III. Poncho, one of the beneficiaries of the Palo Pinto Challenge program, was turning 28 and the band accompanied the audience in a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday”.
The atmosphere of the event was one of a community who had come together for a common cause…. to help one of their own. The sheer attendance of this event showed that they really cared about a worthy organization working to raise some of the funds needed to maintain and improve their facilities. Many of those in attendance were some of the individuals and businesses who have helped Palo Pinto Challenge throughout the year.
The moment everyone was waiting for was the announcement of the Grand Prize winner. After a drum roll, Jennifer Elmore and Barbara Cranfill, representing Palo Pinto Challenge, presented the check for $1,500.00 to Diamond Pharmacy of Mineral Wells. Jennifer said the event raised over $12,000.00.
Palo Pinto Challenge’s next fund raiser will be a tamale sale. They will be taking orders between April 5 and April 22. Orders will be ready to pick up in Mineral Wells on April 30 and Strawn May 1. More information and details about this will be available closer to the time of the event.
Palo Pinto Challenge offers thanks to the following –
Ace Hardware, Hanchey Leather, American Legion Ladies’ Auxilary, Wilma Coe, Garrett’s Jewelry, Sandi Danna, John Danna, Gire’s Garden Center, Best Western Club House Inn and Suites, C.A.R.E. – Community Animal Rescue Effort, Comfort Suites, Threads, Super Save Grocery – Bill Kiker, Cowgirls Flower Shack, Sherri Friend, Texas Heritage Homes, The Logo Shop, Myrna’s Gift Shop, IntegraCare, Healthline, Anonymous Friends of PPC.
Harvest Moon, Eagle Sound, Dr. Bealka, Dr. Ptak, Strawn Market, Backroads Bakery, Sherry Friend, Eventide Water Co., Cowboy Church, Clark Gardens Botanical Park, Morenci Candles, PPGH Rehab and Wellness, Laurie Slack – Roylynn’s Hairbarn, Kay and Jerry Benjamin, Shirley Riley, Cinema III, Metro Grocery, O’Neal Distributing, Rebecca Webb, Julia, Poncho, James, Diamond Pharmacy, Carmen’s Gift Shop, Texas Heritage Homes, Bealls Department Store, Palo Pinto General Hospital Auxiliary, Anonymous Friends of PPC
Door Prize Donors:
Eagle Sound, Radio Shack, Charlotte’s Christian Book Nook, Freeze Carpets, Golden Chick, Donut Hut, Morenci Candles, John and Sandi Danna, Eventide Water Co., Todd Weaver, An Ancient Art Soap Co., Merle Norman – Mary Ann Beavers, Mr. Jim’s Pizza, Metro Grocery, Awesome Blossoms, Cole’s House of Flowers, Coco’s, Black Horse Saloon, Avon – Lisa Clutts, Tractor Supply, Nancy’s Italian Texas Grill, Baker’s Ribs, Anonymous Friends of PPC