Thanks for supporting Chris Holcombe benefit

Dear editor,

I looked up the word “community” in the dictionary, but when I read the words “social unit larger than a small village that shares common values,” I had to laugh.

If anyone real ly wants to know what community really means, all they need to do is go to Milam County.

I just chaired the Mardi Gras Bash on Feb. 9 in Cameron with proceeds going to the Christine Holcombe Memorial Scholarship Fund and I was so overwhelmed by the outpouring of support.

The sheer number of people from Milam County that donated auction items to the event was then followed by their generous support at the event.

If you didn’t at tend, you missed quite a live auction. Tommy Standard of Standard’s Home Health Care and County Attorney Bill Torrey were in an all-out bidding war for Willie Nelson’s signed guitar.

It was like watching a tennis match and when the final bid of $6,000 came through I think we were all a little stunned.

I just wanted to thank everyone who came to the event and were so kind and charitable. In addition to raising $25,000 for the scholarship fund we had a grand time enjoying Cajun food and wearing our Mardi Gras beads and masks.

Christine always believed that every young person deserves a chance at an education. It’s no telling how they might give back to the Milam County community.

Christine was well before her time when it came to understanding how important college scholarships were.

I was a recipient of several scholarships 25 years ago and I have never forgotten who gave me those scholarships and I know young people 25 years from now may be just like me, giving back to the people of Milam County even though we don’t live there.

Mark your calendars for next year’s Mardi Gras bash.

I took home an extra piece of King Cake from the event and I was quite surprised when I bit into the trinket.

When you do you are supposed to get a prize, but I have the best prize of all, being from Milam County.

Please search for the Christine Holcombe Memorial Scholarship Fund on Facebook and “like” our page so you can get all the latest news.

We will provide information in the near future so young people can apply for the scholarships.

You can still make a donation online as well so we can help young people from Milam County fulfill their dreams.

Deborah Kostroun

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