The Annual Installation dinner for The Valley Owned Grocers Association brought a smile to the Make-A-Wish Foundation last month. The 70s Night Themed dinner introduced new VOGA members, a silent auction and donation took place at the Best Western Palm Aire in Weslaco. Members were able to bid on a silent auction; all proceeds went to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Rio Grande Valley.

Former VOGA president Carter Huber said VOGA is a worthwhile organization that likes to give back to the community. “We operate as a group and we are independent Grocers, convenient stores throughout the Valley.”

The swearing of new VOGA officers also took place at the dinner and was done by Rick Johnson, President of the Texas Grocery and Convenience Association in Austin.

State Representative Armando Mando Martinez for District 39 was present at the dinner and presented Carter Huber a U.S. Flag that was flown at the capitol in Austin.

“This flag was flown on Labor Day, it was flown for all the hard working people in Texas like all of you,” he said.

Ava Sandlin, Executive Director of Make-A-Wish Foundation was present to accept the $22,000 donation which will help grant wishes for children with life threatening diseases in the Rio Grande Valley. The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants approximately 70 wishes a year.

Sandlin said donations like these are important and said VOGA has been a long time supporter of the foundation.

“VOGA donations are crucial, they have brought in more funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation then any internal event that was brought in for us,” she said. “It is wonderful to see that even through there’s tough economic times, they have been able to donate.”

Sponsors of the event included Oak Farms, Borden Milk, 6th Street Market, Globe Supermarket, 7UP, Bimbo bakery and Coca-Cola.