SAN MARCOS, TEXAS
– Help dreams come true by attending the 10th annual Hats Off For Hospice fundraiser on Sunday, March 30 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Texas Old Town in Kyle, where Texas Red Dirt Artist Stoney LaRue will provide live entertainment.
“Hats Off For Hospice is a family BBQ event that raises money for CTMC Hospice Care's wish granting program, Dream A Dream,” said Lisa Adams, community relations coordinator for Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC). “This is our 10th year anniversary for Hats Off. In that time, CTMC has grown as a hospital. We are very excited to announce the opening of a new CTMC Inpatient Hospice Unit in November, so proceeds from Hats Off will also benefit this unit.”
LaRue plays music that combines the rootsy, emotionally honest sound of country with the fun-living swagger of heartland rock and a dash of the moody undercurrents of the blues. LaRue was born to a musical family. His father played bass in a number of local bands, and he grew up listening to the country and Southern rock that would inform his later work. When he was a teenager, LaRue's family pulled up stakes for Oklahoma, and with time, LaRue would become part of the Stillwater, OK, "Red Dirt" musical community, along with likeminded acts such as Cross Canadian Ragweed, Jason Boland and Mike McClure. The Red Dirt Album earned enthusiastic reviews and cast a stronger focus on LaRue's skills as a songwriter.
Food for Hats Off for Hospice is sponsored by Black’s BBQ. There will be one-of-a-kind door prizes, and children can enjoy fun activities such as tractor trailer rides, a “Say Cheese” Photo Booth, Moonwalks courtesy of Awesome Jumps and Walks, face painting courtesy of Hope & Love 4 Kids, a chance to play with mini horses courtesy of Minis and Friends of Hays County, the Kiddie Express Train and more.
Guests are encouraged to bid on items in the live auction, including framed and signed jerseys by Texas A&M’s Heisman Trophy Winner Johnny Manziel, five-time league MVP and Super Bowl XLI Champion Quarterback Peyton Manning, Houston Texans’ Andre Johnson and JJ Watt, Dallas Cowboys running back and three-time Super Bowl Champ Emmitt Smith, and acoustic guitars signed by George Strait and Alan Jackson.
There will also be a silent auction featuring a 1920s platinum deco pendant with sapphires and diamonds courtesy of Abercrombie Gems and Precious Metals. Additional items include autographed cowboy hats by Kevin Fowler, Jack Ingram, Joe Nichols, Eli Young Band and more, as well as his and her jewelry, cowboy boots, golf packages, two 3-day 2014 ACL Music Festival tickets, bed and breakfast stays and western belts.
A raffle held at the event will provide a chance to win a 4-night, 5-day family trip for six to Ruidoso, New Mexico. The winner does not need to be present at the event to win. From skiing and golfing to horseback riding and shopping, there is something for everyone in Ruidoso all year round. Raffle tickets cost $25 each or three for $50.
Additionally, Hats Off For Hospice will provide companies the opportunity to share information about their services. The $200 ($175 for non-profit) Lasso Sponsorship includes four tickets to the event and allows a business or individual to decorate a 6-foot table displaying information about their company. No selling allowed.
Tickets to Hats Off for Hospice are now available for purchase by contacting CTMC Hospice Care at (512) 754-6159. Tickets cost $40 for one ticket ($20 for music only), $75 for two tickets and $10 for children 6 to 17 years of age. Children 5 and under are free. Listen to KVET 98.1 for your chance to win a pair of tickets.
A reserved table may be purchased at $300 for 8 guests. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available and can be viewed at www.HatsOffForHospice.com
If you would like more information regarding Hats Off For Hospice, or to purchase tickets, please visit www.HatsOffForHospice.com
or call (512) 754-6159.
The hospital, which originated in 1923 as Hays County Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Memorial Hospital, was restructured in 1960. The present facility was opened at its current Wonder World Drive location in 1983. The CTMC staff of more than 700 employees works with more than 220 active and consulting physicians to provide quality services to patients and their families.
In addition, over 200 community members and interns from area educational institutions volunteer their services to the hospital. In 2010, 2011 and 2012, CTMC was named The Best Hospital in Hays County. CTMC also added a certified Chest Pain Center to its ER capabilities in 2011 and became an accredited Primary Stroke Center in 2013. In 2012, CTMC became the first operating room along the IH-35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio to be equipped with a da Vinci robotic-assisted surgery suite.
CTMC is a member of the Adventist Health System (AHS), a not-for-profit healthcare organization that emphasizes Christ at the center of care. Founded in 1973, Adventist Health System is a national leader in quality, safety and patient satisfaction. Today, Adventist Health System supports 45 campuses in 10 states and employs nearly 70,000 individuals. Adventist Health System hospitals are comprised of more nearly 8,300 licensed beds, providing care for 4.5 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.