It’s another beautiful week in the Rio Grande Valley…


Had a wonderful time and saw many at the Friends for Hope Benefit at the beautiful 480 Ranch. It was a perfect fall evening under the cover of twinkling chandeliers hanging from trees, with great music, wonderful food and wildlife all around. Friends for Hope has been working together to raise funds for the Vannie E Cook Children’s Cancer & Hematology Clinic for over six years now. Because of the generous love and support of the community, no child is turned away for treatment at the clinic. How awesome is that?! Seen enjoying the delicious Koko’s dinner, perusing auction items, and socializing were: Lann Sawyer, Christy & John Ball, Angie & Mike Shupe, Teresa & John Hunter, Carroll & Dick Ruppert, Cindy & Fred Rodriguez, Dora & Joe Brown, and Laura Ilgun, just to name a few.

Have you remembered to shop at the Farmer’s Market at Alhambra on Saturday mornings? There are some great fresh veggies there, including some wonderful greens grown by a church in Mission. St Peter & St Paul Episcopal Church has started an exciting ministry called the Garden of Eatin.’ This project is yielding some delicious salad greens and spinach, as well as cabbage, cilantro, and more things sprouting up in coming months. Produce is also sold to area restaurants such as Alhambra, House.Wine., and Roosevelts at 7, with all proceeds going to feed the hungry. Seen representing this project at the market were Father Michael Hoffman, “Farmer Jed” Murray, Mike Broughton and Dennis Burleson.

Holly Roper and I attended the Empty Bowls event and saw lots of pretty handmade bowls and fine folks out to support the RGV Food Bank. Seen sampling the delicious food offered by over 30 different restaurants were: Cindy & Brian Disque, Ann & David Rowland, Flo & Brandon Henderson, Terri Burleson, Maura Pricer, Randa Hansen, Martha Harrison, Leila Bird, Mayte Garrett, as well as RGV Food Bank Executive Director Terri Drefke and many more.

Had a great time sampling yummy Burguesa burgers and visiting with friends Lindsay Runnels, Janey Murray, and Tricia Reavis at a mini supper gathering.

Saw lots of fabulous Junior League of McAllen members at a recent general membership meeting. These ladies are hard at work preparing for another fantastic Dias Festivos Marketplace, which will be December 3rd-5th at the McAllen Convention Center. Many kudos to Roxanna Salinas, Jill Dillard, Heather Taylor, Kathryn Chacra, Erika de la Garza, Sarah Farley and Dena Guidry who are serving as chairs for this event that raises money for the children of this community!

Birthday wishes for this week go belatedly to Pam Holloway (my favorite kindergarten teacher!), Eva Wilson, Kristine Decallos, and Cindy Young. Celebrating today are Tisha Dahlberg, Jessica Lopez, Darla Elizondo, and Lisa Marks (mother-in-law extraordinaire). Tomorrow Kristen Greenhill, Erika Noble, Brandi Albracht and Tammi Holloway Cruise have Turkey Day birthdays and Hilary Handley will be celebrating Friday. Weekend birthday wishes go to Brandi Brisnahan Dyer and Terry Hightower. Happy Birthday, everyone!!

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events…

• Dias Festivos Marketplace is coming up! It will start with the Dancing with Sugarplums Preview Gala to be held Thursday, Dec. 2. Dias Festivos Marketplace will follow Dec. 3 - 5 at the McAllen Convention Center and will feature vendors offering clothes, jewelry, décor, gourmet food, and much more. For more information, ask any Junior Leaguer (including me) or call Roxanna Salinas at 358-8961.

I wish you love & blessings in the coming week and I hope to “see you” soon!


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