The Castell School Fish Fry & Auction Benefit Saturday evening was a huge success. Contributions, meal and raffle ticket sales and auction raised the much needed funds for a new septic system at the Castell School.
Roland and Josh Rode did an outstanding job of frying all the fish and hush puppies for the meal, Nancy Chism and her “bean wagon” cooked all the beans which along with potato salad, coleslaw, homemade desserts, tea and all the trimmings were served to approximately 300 people who came to the American Legion to enjoy the feast.
John Schuessler did an outstanding job auctioneering and kept the audience on their toes bidding on the 63 unique auction items. Among the top selling items were the 10-gun, four drawer, Walnut Gun Cabinet made and donated by Roger and Rhonda Herridge of R & R Cabinets, a “Flying Geese” Pattern Quilt made and donated by Vera Honig, an Orange Slice Cake baked and donated by Betty Hunger Perryman, a Carrot Cake baked and donated by Cheryl Fritze, a Decorative Wooden Bench donated by Billy Ratliff of Charlies Store, a Chiminea donated by Choo Choo Patio Shop in Fredericksburg, an Outdoor Metal Wall Hanging donated by Warren & Susan Grote of Hill Country Collectibles in Mason, and a Gift Basket including Margaret Rode’s Cookbook of Personal Recipes donated by Ranae Rode Knust. John and his “gift of gab” made the auction entertaining and a lot of fun for everyone!
Llano’s little 9 year old McKenzie Jones entertained the crowd with her beautiful voice and ended her performance by singing “America the Beautiful” as a tribute to all the Veterans.
The final event of the evening was the drawing of the raffle ticket for the cart of groceries that had grown to a value of over $400. Faye McDonald sold the winning ticket to Wayne Tarver, Llano’s Postmaster. He was not present, but during the event a message was left on his recorder. Right before everyone left he came to the American Legion to pick up what he thought was a small basket of groceries. The look on his face was priceless when he saw the amount of food and household items he had won. He said that with so many people in need he was going to donate all the food items, and has already done so to a family of nine whose parents are out of work. Very commendable Wayne!
The raffle ticket sales by far exceeded expectation. Shirley Evers Patterson sold over 1500 raffle tickets, and along with Iline Flint, Faye McDonald, Ramona Matthews Peters and others, a total of 2500 raffle tickets were sold.
All of the auction and raffle ticket items and food for the meal were either donated or paid for by contributions from all over Llano and surrounding towns and the Arrowhead and Llano National Bank helped advertise the event in their Community Ads. Along with Castell Community Club members, volunteers from all over stepped up to furnish food and cakes for the auction and meal and many worked very hard during the benefit. It is heart warming to see that this kind of wide spread neighborly cooperation is still alive and well, and the Castell School and Community is so appreciative!