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Celebrity Waiter event successful
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TRINITY — The Third Annual SAAFE House fundraiser was a huge success, raising over $10,000 from the auction, sales and donations. The program was emceed by George McMichael and the Celebrity Waiters included: Bennie Schiro, Rich Scott, J.W. Burks, Sheriff Woody Wallace, Mary Ann Tyler, Susan Sell, Sharon Melton, Bill Melton, Dr. Larry Quan, Guy Knight, Chad Seamons, George Gallagher, Mark Cole, Sheran Casey, Carl Casey, Beverly Moore and Larry Grant. Outstanding volunteers included: Carolyn Baxter, Jaimie Gentry, Elizabeth King, Rana Wingo, Julia McMichael, Rupert Finley, EMCEE, George McMichael and the Trinity High School Students. Music was provided by the Clear Creek Swing Band. Some of the items auctioned off included a handmade quilt (donated by the Riverside Methodist Ladies), lots of nice handmade furniture, an American Flag flown over the Capitol in Austin on Sept. 17 (donated by Kevin Brady's Office), a boot framed mirror and several cakes and pies. The SAAFE House sent a big thanks to people and organizations that help out in many different ways. Without them their cause could not be carried out. They include: the Trinity County Sheriff's Office, Groveton and Trinity Police Departments, Joe Bell, Doug Page, Mark Cole, John Reyna, JP Pct. 2 Bernie Beard, JP Pct. 3 Bobbie Nicholds, JP Pct. 1 Randy Barrett, ETMC, Elizabeth Coker, Kaycee Jones, Ilene Blackmore, Margie Trevino, Elizabeth King, Kelly Little, TISD and many more. There were several donations from local businesses along with personal gifts from other donators. "Thanks to the loving and caring people of Trinity this event was a huge success, we appreciate the support and enthusiasm that the waiters and volunteers had that night. It truly made this event enjoyable and fun for all who attended." Stated Julia McMichael, who helped organize the event. The Celebrity Waiter and Gala event is set to raise funds for the SAAFE House, which uses those funds to help their quest in stomping out violence in Trinity and surrounding counties. In Trinity County alone there was a 27% increase last year in our demand of services with 93 new clients. We have 24/7 support for victims, and Rana Wingo serves the community as a full time Trinity County Coordinator, with the assistance of the other members of the SAAFE HOUSE team in both Huntsville and Livingston. Just this week two of their team members went into the elementary schools for presentations on bullying…one of the pre-cursors to the violence we try so hard to end. "In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it." Stated Marianne Williamson For more information contact Rana Wingo at 936-594-6415.