Fiesta benefit for Misiòn de Candelilla to feature art, music


Jill Holland of Fredericksburg is one of several artists who have donated pieces for the Misiòon de Candelilla fundraiser on Aug. 2 at the Oak Hills Church and Event Center. — Submitted photo

Silent auction items include playhouse, dinner art and more

The committee for the seventh annual fund raiser for local Christian mission group, Misión de Candelilla, is working to finalize plans for this year’s event, to take place from 6-9 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 2 at the Oak Hills Church and Event Center.

Attendees will be greeted by an all-female mariachi group, “Las Coronelas” and John Hierholzer, honorary fiesta committee chairman and pastor at Hill Country Evangelical Free Church. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to look at more than 50 silent auction items while enjoying a cool beverage.

“We are grateful to our community for their generous donation of items for our silent auction,” said A.J. Rodriguez, silent auction chairman. “Hager Construction is donating a 4-foot-by-6-foot-by-5-foot durable wooden playhouse with a deck which will catch the eye of any parent or grandparent.”

Other donations include catering for 25 people from Backwood BBQ and pieces from Jill Holland, Finn Alban, Jim Heupel and the Charles Beckendorf Gallery. 

A full listing of items can be found on the website misiondecandelilla.org.

Catering will be by Mamacita’s Restaurant.

This year’s honoree will be registered nurse Judy Hutcherson who is being recognized for her 15 years of volunteer work in Mexico with Misión de Candelilla and her leadership on the board for several years.

This year’s keynote speaker will be the Rev. Bobby Vitek, senior pastor at Holy Ghost Lutheran Church.

In addition to Vitek and a performance from singer Dawsie Meek, there will be stories shared by people who have gone on mission trips with Mision de Candelilla.

“I have worked with Misión de Candelilla with my students from Heritage School for the past six years,” said David Turpin, emcee and president of the board, “and I am grateful for the positive impact that this organization has made in the lives of our students. Fiesta 2014 will highlight these accomplishments.”

Misión de Candelilla has been serving small rural villages in Northern Mexico for 28 years through medical clinics and service projects. 

In recent years, the group worked to serve people in America as well. This week, along with Heritage School students and Oak Hills Church, Misión de Candelilla is helping renovate the Boys and Girls Club at their local facility.

The cost of the event is $35.

For reservations, call Curtis or Sara Allerkamp at 830-997-6542.

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