Giving’s generous during Cattleman’s Roundup fundraiser for Driscoll Children’s Hospital
This was no ordinary auction. Everyone seemed to have a good time as they bid on various 4-H foods and crafts to benefit the Driscoll Children’s Hospital.
Bethan Keener, with Bee Kountry 4-H, holds a welcome wreath during the South Texas Cattlemen’s Roundup benefiting Driscoll Children’s Hospital.
Youngsters wait their turn to take items out for auction in the South Texas Cattlemen’s Roundup benefiting Driscoll Children’s Hospital.
BEEVILLE – The total isn’t known yet, but the amount raised Friday for Driscoll Children’s Hospital exceeded that of last year.
“Things went really well,” said Lynne Sixta, who coordinated the South Texas Cattlemen’s Roundup for Driscoll. “Last year they raised $27,000.”
The auction was held last Friday at the Beeville Livestock Commission. The dozens of items auctioned were carried in by area 4-H members.
“We have seven of these roundups throughout the summer,” Sixta said.
“Collectively, we are hoping to raise enough money to purchase a new ambulance for the hospital.”
“Any time a child needs to be transported, they will come either by ambulance or if they are in a dire emergency, they will come by helicopter,” she said.
Sponsored by Lyssy & Eckel Feeds, the South Texas Cattlemen’s Roundup is a grass-roots fundraiser held every summer in cities throughout Driscoll’s 31-county service area.
Local 4-H clubs, Future Farmers of America chapters, county extension agents and businesses participate by donating goods and services that are auctioned off to benefit the hospital. Those items include: homemade baked goods, agricultural and ranching products, arts and crafts and other items.
Sixta, who was in the audience Friday, said that she is always impressed with the outpouring of support from the community.
“We are so pleased the community is willing to support Driscoll,” she said. “A cake went for $300.”
Peanut brittle sold for well over $500.
“Tickets to the San Antonio Rodeo went for $3,000,” she said.
“We cannot even begin to thank everyone enough for their generosity,” Sixta said
This year’s Cattlemen’s Roundups are being held in memory of Hoyte Gentry, who – with the help of his friend Ralph R. Meuth – initiated the events in 1987 with millions being raised for the children of South Texas.
Sixta said, “It is good for the kids to be able to do something that helps another child.”
Jason Collins is the editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 343-5221, or at editor@mySouTex.com.