(DRIPPING SPRINGS) ---- Dripping Springs’ biggest fundraising effort will celebrate two decades of serving the community at the 20th Annual Dripping Springs Wild Game Dinner and Charity Auction, slated for Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 6 p.m. at the Dripping Springs High School Cafeteria.
The Wild Game Dinner is an annual dinner and auction hosted by the United Methodist Men (UMM) of Dripping Springs United Methodist Church (DSUMC).
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the event, organizers have unveiled a new logo to call attention to the Wild Game Dinner’s history of supporting Dripping Springs.
“It’s amazing that we’ve been doing this for 20 years,” said Randy Norton, Chairman of this year’s Wild Game Dinner. “This started out with half a dozen guys serving food to about 40 people, and they raised $600 to install a wooden staircase at the Methodist Church.”
“Today, we will have close to 100 volunteers serving more than 700 people,” Norton said. “This event has raised more than $300,000 for the Dripping Springs Community and our church’s ministries. And it was all started by those five or six men 20 years ago.”
Austin-based Artist-songwriter Chad Hudson will be the musical guest at the event.
His hit single, "Somebody Find Me A Preacher," hit the country music charts in 2008.
“We are excited and grateful that Chad has generously offered to bring his considerable talents to our event,” said Norton. “Chad’s involvement just confirms the fact that the Wild Game Dinner has become one of the most eagerly anticipated annual event in the Hill Country. “
“People from all over the Central Texas region come to the Wild Game Dinner,” Norton said. “It’s a great time for everyone, with great food, fun and tremendous fellowship.”
The UMM has annually used proceeds of the event to support the mission projects of the DSUMC and the Dripping Springs community as a whole. This year, beneficiaries of the charity event include the Friends Foundation, Dripping Springs Helping Hands, and the Burke Center For Youth.
This year’s menu includes varieties of prepared entrees including venison, elk, fallow deer, white tail deer, pronghorn antelope, feral hog and pheasant gumbo. As usual, families from the Dripping Springs United Methodist Church will be providing hundreds of delicious desserts.
Tickets are $25 for adults and $5 for children aged 12 and younger if you wait until the night of the event to buy tickets. ADVANCE tickets may be purchased today at the discounted price of $20 for adults (children’s’ tickets are still $5).
For more information, go to the event’s website, www.dswildgamedinner.com