ROWENA - There was a lot of boot scootin' and fun had by all who attended the Runnels County Music For Meals event at St. Joseph's Catholic Church Hall in Rowena Saturday, April 21. Proceeds from the benefit go to pay for meals for clients from Meals on Wheels Plus of Abilene and Meals For The Elderly of San Angelo.

ROWENA - There was a lot of boot scootin’ and fun had by all who attended the Runnels County Music For Meals event at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Hall in Rowena Saturday, April 21. Proceeds from the benefit go to pay for meals for clients from Meals on Wheels Plus of Abilene and Meals For The Elderly of San Angelo.

“It was a lot of fun,” said Runnels County Judge Barry Hilliard, who said performers Brad Davis,Tom Glosup and Crossfire, put on a great show.

The event included a live and silent auction, which featured about 65 items. The live auction featured two Alvarez guitars (one donated by Brad and the other by Tom) that went for over $400 each, handmade quilts including one sewn by Denise Beimer and quilted by Clara Kalina, which sold for $650 and a painting of Clint Eastwood by San Angelo artist Nester R. Hernandez, which brought over $450.

“Plus we had a lot of food items that sold for impressive amounts,” said Stephanie Mason, development director for Meals on Wheels Plus of Abilene. “Chips and salsa went for $250!”

Even though attendance was down a bit this year due to other activities in and around Runnels County, everyone had a wonderful time, Mason said.

Dinner was once again prepared by Steve Halfmann and crew and featured pork tenderloin, potatoes, salad, rolls and banana pudding. Beer was provided by Harvey’s Liquor of Rowena.

Betty Bradley, executive director of Meals on Wheels Plus of Abilene, said the event went well, despite a dip in attendance.

“Even though the auction and ticket sales brought in less this year, we added raffle tickets for a gun which will help with the overall bottom line,” Bradley said. “Some bills are not in yet and it’s a bit early for us to have a good idea of over-all income. But all proceeds from this most important fundraiser are dedicated to providing Meals on Wheels in Ballinger, Winters, Rowena, Norton, Pumphrey and Miles.”

Bradley went on to thank everyone from sponsors, to volunteers to those who donated auction items.

“A big ‘Texas Thank You’ to everyone who signed up as a sponsor, donated items for the auctions, worked as a volunteer, bought raffle tickets or attended the second annual Runnels County Music for Meals,” Bradley said. “Your participation insures that volunteers will continue to knock on doors, deliver lunch and check on some 160 frail residents of Runnels County.”