Mason County’s big event of the year for our Patriot Warrior foundation program happens this Friday the eleventh at high noon at Eckert Civic Center. Around thirty wounded veterans and active duty Purple Heart winners from around the state will arrive here to participate in probably the largest hunt of its kind in the nation. For those of you who have or have not joined us in this activity, it is the most humbling and rewarding event you will participate in this year. Many of these men and women will be amputees, in wheel chairs, or will have severe wounds that may not be seen but will be with them for the rest of their lives. Please join us in a show of support for these true Americans who have given so much for us and our way of life.
The meal will consist of around one hundred pounds of sirloin and sausage, and all the trimmings. If all goes as before, the good ladies of Mason will supply desserts and salads and sides enough to feed an army, so everyone should attend.
The Jerry Schwartz family and Joe Martinez will prepare the meal as usual. Plus this year, Jerry’s family is donating a top of the line hunting rifle and a set of binoculars to a lucky veteran. While on this note, we have to thank the Mason Feed Store for allowing us to display our rifle there, and Pam and Mike for selling all the raffle tickets since the start of deer season. This is a huge money maker for us. The rife will be at the meal, so if you feel a donation is in order, just buy a raffle ticket or two for the rifle. And since I got out of order and started thanking people, we need to acknowledge a generous donation from the Lions Club, from Willard and Peggy Jordan and the VFW. Carmeuse Industrial Sands has remained a loyal supporter, and we are pleased to have Clarence and Diana Drake back from California, and Carmeuse is now Pioneer Silica Sands. I also want to thank the Lowe’s Grocery for allowing our local VFW to sell raffle tickets for our rifle on a very cold Saturday morning last week.
We will be hunting on fifteen ranches in the area, and will do our very best to ensure that every ranch gets at least two hunters. Last year our most loyal supporter missed out the first afternoon by my incompetence and I do not intend to let that happen again.
Friday night we will be eating in Willow Creek Café in the middle room. You are welcome to join us there if you like. Saturday at 11:00 or so we try to eat all the leftovers at Eckert Civic Center in the form of leftovers by letting Joe Martinez cook fajitas.
It ought to be a great weekend. All the harvest goes to food banks in San Antonio or Fort Hood if the veterans don’t take it to their own home, plus we are even going to get some of the deer donated to our own food bank here in Mason.
Lastly, it would be most rewarding if we could get our veterans here in Mason to attend. We always have a good showing, but all of us know of many more who would feel good about being there. If you know of one, bring him or her. And all we really ask is just be there yourself. As I’ve always said—it’s a feel good thing.