Mardi Gras scholarship bash to include unique items

Holcombe Holcombe CAMERON—This Saturday’s second annual Christine Holcombe Memorial scholarship Mardi Gras Bash will feature some special auct ion items including a trophy hunt at Whis- key Hollow Exotic Game Ranch, located south of Gause which includes a shoulder mount and accommodations at the lodge, according to spokesperson Deborah Kostroun.

Harvey Dean, of Rockdale, has donated one of his hand forged Damascus steel pocket knives. There’s typically a two year wait for one of his one-of-a-kind knives which typically sells for $1,400 to $1,500. You also won’t want to miss an 1883 Carson City Silver Dollar uncirculated in Nixon packaging or a framed Johnny Manziel poster with Auto Pen autograph.

And if you have a wedding rehearsal, anniversary or graduation party or even a family reunion that needs live entertainment you might want to consider a two-hour acoustic performance by Cameron native Kenny Harrell. That’s just a taste of some of the auction items up for grabs this year but there’s plenty more, Kostroun said.

The “Mardi Gras” bash will be held Saturday, March 1 at Simon George Hall, 401 S. Karnes, in Cameron. The event, which will start at 6 p.m., will include a Cajun food dinner, door prizes, auctions and games for the kids.

Adult tickets are $10 and children under 18 are $5. Tickets may be purchased at the Cameron Chamber of Commerce, Milam County Extension Office, Ideal Poultry, The Rockdale Reporter and Rodenbeck Farm & Ranch in Thorndale.

The Mardi Gras Bash is held in honor of Chris Holcombe, a Milam County Extension agent for over 30 years and a volunteer in many area civic organizations, who lost her long battle with breast cancer last year.

After the 2013 event held in her honor, seven scholarships totaling $15,000 were awarded to Milam County residents who are currently in college. If you would like to donate items to the event, please email More information can also be found on the group’s Facebook page, Christine Holcombe Memorial Scholarship Fund.

If you are unable to attend the event but would like to make a donation, please mail checks to Chris Holcombe Memorial Scholarship Fund 1701 N. Hoover, Cameron, Texas 76520.

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