Gala raises money to help MSSLC residents


While auctioneer Jerry Lee Kennedy, left, calls for bids, Bill Ward, center and Roy Ward, 17, show the prize – a handmade quilt made of Baylor University emblem-decorated fabric. The auction was part of Saturday’s fundraiser to benefit the Mexia State Supported Living Center. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer
About 250 well-wishers attended the Mexia State Supported Living Center Volunteer Council’s annual gala-auction fundraiser Saturday evening.
"We strive for an evening of good food, fellowship and fun for our supporters," said Cheryl B. Cockrell, MSSLC community relations director. "We appreciate the outpouring of their generosity to the mission of the Volunteer Council."
The Christian Life Center of First Baptist Church, Mexia, where the gala took place, was filled with round tables covered with white tablecloths and decorated in orange and bronze centerpieces featuring a safari theme. The guests enjoyed appetizers as they waited for dinner and the program to begin. Each place setting included a bottle of “safari water” that looked and tasted very much like bottled Ozarka water was decorated with a colorful square of fabric tied with raffia.

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