Christine’s MARDI GRAS
Scholarship fund-raiser in honor of late Milam County extension agent Christine Holcombe draws 300 people, raises $25,000
Tables of people filled Simon George Hall in Cameron on Saturday night to raise money for the Christine Holcombe Memorial Scholarship Fund. Just five weeks after her death, organizers pulled off a very successful fundraiser for the Christine Holcombe Memorial Scholarship to the tune of $25,000 with more expected to come in. The Mardi Gras-themed event included Cajun food, kids games, Gingerbread men, beads, masks, door prizes music by the Yoe High Jazz Band and DJ Nonito Martinez, along with live and silent auctions.
Holcombe died Jan. 3 after a long battle with breast cancer. Before retiring, she served as Milam County’s Family and Consumer Science and 4-H agent. She was also involved in several civic organizations around the area.
Donations are still being accepted on the group’s Facebook page. Search for the “Christine Holcombe Memorial Scholarship Fund.”
Photography by Marie Bakken
Event organizer Deborah Kostroun and auctioneer Buddy Johnson thanked all the bidders on the autographed Willie Nelson guitar, which was bought for $6,000 by Tommy Standard of Standards Home Health.
Menu consisted of jambalaya, red beans, rice, bread and tasty desserts.
Reid Abraham models the very popular Mardi Gras beads.
Yaminie Bhakta and Holcombe’s sister Cheryl Walker made and sold 500 of Christine’s famous gingerbread men.
These homemake cupcakes were a crowd favorite treat for attendees. Volunteers from Milam County communities made a variety of cupcakes for the meal’s dessert. There were also traditional Mardi Gras King Cakes at the event, with seven lucky trinket finders going home with prizes.