Wood House benefit deemed successful

Dan and Amelia Garner of Shreveport, Louisiana, perform at the June 16 fundraiser to raise money toward restoration of the Wood House in Bayside.

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REFUGIO – After subtracting expenses, the Bayside Historical Society’s chair, Tim Delaney, announced that the fundraiser to raise money for Texas Historical Commission matching funds cleared $2,200.

The funds are being raised to help restore the 1875 Wood House in Bayside.

The Wood House was badly damaged by the hurricane that twisted and left it leaning, in need of a roof and other repairs, including windows and doors, on Aug. 25 last year.

The fundraiser was held in the 100-person maximum attendance event center A Little “Britt” of Heaven in downtown Refugio.

“This is good seed money to kick off raising funds. Also, we will apply again in October for the THC’s grant,” Delaney said.

The Refugio fundraiser featured three musical performances: Dan and Amelia Garner from Shreveport, Junction (from San Jose, Corpus Christi and Bayside)  reunion and No Vacancy from Refugio.

The event also featured a silent auction by Bart Wales, barbecue plates by Caesar Perez and beer and wine donated by an anonymous donor.

“We thank all our donors for the support of this invaluable historic house. We will continue to work for its restoration,” Delaney said.

He said more fundraisers will be planned to raise the needed funds.