Upcoming gala-auction to benefit MSSLC residents

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People from all over the Mexia area and beyond may be seen at the annual gala and auction fundraiser for the Mexia State Supported Living Center Volunteer Council, like these attendees at the 2013 event. The Volunteer Council raises funds to provide things to make the lives of MSSLC residents more pleasant. Mexia News file photo

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
The Volunteer Council of the Mexia State Supported Living Center is planning its annual gala and auction fundraiser for Saturday, Aug. 9 – less than a month away now – and is encouraging area residents to plan to attend.
The event will be held at First Baptist Church, Mexia, in the Christian Life Center and will feature a sumptuous steak dinner with all the trimmings, catered by the Young Farmers group.
The theme this year is “Wild Safari,” and attendees are invited to dress with that theme in mind if they desire. However, there is usually a variety of dress at the galas, with some attendees wearing dressy attire while others go comfortably casual.
“Wear your finest safari outfit, dress to the max or just come casual,” confirmed Cheryl Cockrell, community relations director at MSSLC. “There will be great food, great entertainment and lots of great silent and live action items. There's something wild for everyone.”
Tickets are $25 per person or $200 per eight-person table. The proceeds of the fundraiser pay for life-enriching activities for residents of the MSSLC, like birthday parties, Fall and May festivals, and high school graduation activities. The proceeds also fund Operation Sunshine, which provides plants, both real and artificial, to brighten the living areas of the campus, and also has provided gardening areas at the facility. The proceeds also go to expand vocational activities at the campus such as the greenhouse and workshops, which teach life skills and enrich the lives of the residents.

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