By Rana Wingo
I am so blessed to work in a community with so many wonderful people. So many stepped up to help us with our SAAFE House Bingo Bash held last night that we had sadly postponed due to the Hurricane/flooding end of August/first of September.
In a few short weeks, we had donations of purses, other fantastic Bingo prizes, food, silent auction items, door prize items. Heartfelt Thank you to Jessica Dean and Teresa Pruitt who helped get donations and sell tickets. We had wonderful people who stepped up and volunteered their time and talents to donate food, prep food, make food, amazing pies, cakes, and appetizers.
Sheran Casey was an Angel and organized our fantastic food room. She worked very hard. She has a giving heart and does so much for so many. She was also our cook, and everyone loved the Taco Bar. Tawnya Pruitt who owns Wagon Wheel in Groveton made some yummy Appetizers. Serafin Martinez with Rancho Viejo made us Chicken Chipotle Flautas with Chips and Salsa that were so tasty. Brandy McCann Gonzalez brought us delicious beans.
I had sweet friends who made yummy desserts like Audrey Young, Elizabeth Bell King, Shoa Zilch, Alisa Willson and several others in the community.
We had amazing purses and other prizes for silent auction from Honorable Trinity County Judge Doug Page, Cathey Page, Jolene Porter Miller, Bill Miller, Teresa Pruitt, Trinity County District Clerk Kristen Smith Raiford, Barbara Huckaby McManus, Randy and Debbie Karnes, Jessica Dean, Jeffery Dean, Curtis and Andrea Musick, Texas State House Representative Trent Ashby, United States Representative Kevin Brady, McClain's Hardware, Higginbotham & Brothers, First National Bank of Trinity, Ron and Rana Wingo, Stevenson's Distribution, Trinity Florist & Gifts, Brenda Brock Moe, Ronald and Bonita Linden, Lisa Haynes/The Buttercup Cottage, Linda Pettitt, Rodney Bergman and Trinity County Clerk Shasta Bergman with Soap Shack and Purposely Re-Purposed, Tawnya Pruitt, Harry Bauder who made the amazing table and chairs, Amanda Wheeler with Limelight, Bow Wow Boutique, Piney Woods Fine Arts Association, Hortman Country Store, Brett and Chasity Molina Williams, Alisa Willson, Brookshire Brothers, Pedigo Furniture and Messina Hof.
We appreciate the hard work of Staff and Volunteers who came to help Tyler Musgrove, Shelly Bush Sitton, JoAnn Boyd Kennedy, John Molina, Paola Hernandez SAAFE House Receptionist, Hanna Theiss our Client Services Director, Amanda Johnson Executive Assistant, Tracy Szymczak Sexual Assault Advocate (Tracy is our other advocate providing weekly services in Trinity), Jakira Lewis our Volunteer Coordinator, Rachel Slocomb Drake a SAAFE House Board member, Christina Koen Stutts our Polk County Coordinator and her husband Jeremy, Our board President Alisa Willson and our Executive Director Jolene Miller as well several others.
Super Big Thanks to Chasity Molina Williams our Community Relations Director who has had a BUSY month.
So many helped/volunteered with our food room donating onions, avocados, chicken, beef, lettuce from Subway and much more. Many came Friday to help prep food. Please forgive me for not naming them all here as I do not have that list in front of me as I write this from home. Please know how appreciative we are. Mrs. Casey and I will be making sure all those amazing people will be recognized and thanked for all their hard work and donations.
I appreciate Dr. Sharon Schuetz and Michael Schuetz with the Trinity Standard coming out to cover the event and take photos.
Many thanks to Constable Carl Casey for providing security for the event. A big shout out to Trinity Volunteer Fire Department for all the Ice!!! You were a lifesaver!
Big appreciation and thanks to the City of Trinity for the use of the Community Center. James who maintains the property with a helper he had were so awesome setting up tables and chairs and help carry things in.
To those individuals in the county who bought tickets to come play bingo and those who bought tickets and unable to come....... I appreciate your support.
Congratulations to all our winners!! We will post photos on our Denim and Diamonds Bingo Bash Facebook page soon.
Last but not least .... Many Thank you's to Julia McMichael who has worked so hard on our events for the last 7 years. She was unable to help this year due to other events she had for October. She has been the driving force for past fundraisers and had put many wheels in motion for this year before we had to postpone. Not enough words to express all you have given of your time, resources, money, support for SAAFE House. I am forever grateful.
If I forgot to thank someone on here please forgive me as I have had little sleep.
Again, from the depths of my soul Thank you for supporting SAAFE House. Looking forward to next year.