The Blanco Volunteer Fire Department raised $25,000 last Saturday from donations received at the door, mailed out letters, and the raffle. Some of this money will be dedicated to the building fund to help finance a new fire station. The rest will be used for maintenance and training to keep the fire department up and running smoothly.
Early Saturday morning, Chief David Hotz, a crew of fire department and corporate board members, plus other volunteers cut up approximately 525 pounds of catfish so the fish would be ready to fry around 4pm. After that was done, Lynn Hicks, Travis Hays, Matt and Mark McMain, Duan Tomlinson and other members cleaned up the station.
In the afternoon, here came the cookers: Vance Jenkins, Billy Joe Petri, Jack Allen, Charles Waxler, Wayde Wagner, Bobby Brewer, D. Ray, and Stanley Kent from Johnson City. Melvin Sultemeir, also from Johnson City, cooked the beans. Bobby Uecker made sure the seasoning was just right, and then Katy Baker, her friends, and Casey Bamberger breaded the fish. Dorothy Troppy made the delicious cole slaw. The group worked really well and did an excellent job, which is why the food tasted so good.
I was at the donation box, but got busy with something else, so I asked this very pretty lady, Andree Barnes, if she would stay at the donation box. She said “sure.” She was on crutches, but she stayed until 6:30pm directing people on where to go to get their plates. What a trooper.
Helen Knoll, Connie Granberg, Carolyn Nelson, Rebecca Greathouse, Pete Foegelle, Thomas, Laurie and Eleanor Kirkscey from New Hope Church kept the “to go” line moving. They had extra help from Tanya Tomlinson, her son Travis and her daughter. Alan Cooper kept the beer flowing, and people who ate in were greeted by Joe Villarreal.
On down the line, Theresa Turner and Robin Jenkins made sure that the pans were full of food. If they needed more, Mark McMain, Benny Gaida, Frank Parker and Stuart Stromeyer kept them full.
As people finished up going through the line, the dessert ladies Laura Nieman, Medora Beckmann, Cheryl Eckenrode, Deb Yorgensen and Rebecca Howerton greeted them. They were busy serving those delicious desserts that so many nice ladies bring every year. Blanco Bowling Alley Cafe and The Deutsch Apple Bakery sent over a cobbler and apple cake.
Filling up the tea cups were Martha Mason, my two sons Glenn and Steven Malone (from San Antonio), and others whose names I didn’t get.
Ron Houston was our emcee for years but has passed away. He was missed, but Armando Delgado took his place and did a great job.
The BVFD members appreciate everyone who donated prizes for the raffle, Blanco County News for pictures and coverage, Klepac Greenhouses for beautiful flower arrangements, Dairy Queen for spoons for the tea, Super S for pinto beans and bacon ends, Blanco State Park for the picnic tables, Ben E Keith for the beer, and Blanco Heating & Cooling for lots of ice. Everyone attending the fundraiser appreciated Dan and Laurie Brunner for the use of their canopy.
After everything was over, we were back where we started. It’s clean up time. All the members pitched in and cleaned up the station so the fire trucks could be brought back in. Without everyone’s support by giving a donation or volunteering to work, this fundraiser would not be a success.
We are looking forward to next year. Watch for the date in April 2012. Meanwhile, don’t forget to support Johnson City’s Fish Fry Fundraiser at the fairgrounds on May 7, from 5pm to 8pm.