By LYNN SHIGEKAWA
Community supporters are coming together to help raise funds for the 15th annual fundraiser to benefit the Women’s Center of Brazoria County. The event is held at Mike’s Tri-City Icehouse at 18430 Pearland Sites Rd., in Pearland, and offers two days of fun and activities starting Friday, Aug. 4 and ending Saturday, Aug. 5.
Live music will feature the Mark May Band Friday at 8 p.m., the Kelly Wayne Chambers Band Saturday at noon and the Southern Kin band after the auction Saturday.
A BBQ cook-off will start Friday with judging on Saturday. BBQ plates will be for sale at the event and cold beverages for all ages. Raffle Tickets are sold for $10 each to win a pre-paid visa gift card! $10,000 Total Prizes! 1st gift card $5,000, 2nd gift card $3,500 and 3rd gift card $1,500. Drawing held Aug. 5 at Mike’s Tri-City Icehouse (do not have to be present).
More fun will include a live auction Saturday at 2 p.m., escorted motorcycle rides Saturday morning Aug. 5 with kickstands up 10 a.m. Registration starts at 8 a.m. (entry fees apply). For more information about the event, contact Tinman at 832-287-3303 or Sunshine at [email protected]
The history of this fund raiser is unique and interesting in itself. Over 15 years ago a community activist who is known as “Tinman” brought a group of nine people together and asked if they would be interested in creating an event to support the Women’s Center of Brazoria County. The friends said “yes” and Tinman recalls that they were able to raise about $13,000 for the center whose mission is to provide victim centered services to individuals whose lives have been affected by domestic violence and sexual assault and to work towards the prevention of both through advocacy and public education.
The following year, the director Kathi Perkins asked Tinman if he would do it again. Tinman approached his group of nine and said, “You do know that this means it will become an annual event and we will be in for the long haul.” They agreed to the commitment and 15 years later they have six board chairs, seven committees and a group of about 60 volunteers who continue to work for the cause. Last year they raised over $50,000 for the Women’s Center of Brazoria County.
As to why an individual would take on such a large task and then continue to commit for so many years, Tinman shared, “I have always been a child advocate and domestic violence prevention supporter. The thank you’s I receive from the community, from Kathi at the center and most importantly, from some of the former clients of the center, keep me going.”