Door prizes were awarded to lucky ones, such as Brian Hartnett.
“I was shocked,” he said.
When he received the prize, it looked like it was something containing pills or an over-the-counter type of supplement.
“I thought someone was giving me pills,” the retired pharmacist said.
What it was? Money.
He explained that cash was rolled into each of the small compartments.
“It was a very clever way to give a donation,” he said.
Hundreds of guests viewed items for the live and silent auctions and mingled before, during and after sampling each of the vendors’ selections, while making decisions about voting for their favorite.
“The community’s support is just awesome and we are thankful for the support from all our sponsors and food vendors,” said Michael Franklin, board president.
“A Taste of Palo Pinto County is the largest fundraiser of the year for the center, and this year it raised around $20,000,” Franklin stated.
There were six categories of judgment:
• Best Appetizer: Mesquite Pit.
• Best Dessert: Natty Flat Smokehouse.
• Best Entree: Shotguns.
• Best Side Dish: Holiday Hills Country Club.
• Most Unique: Holiday Hills Country Club.
• People’s Choice: Pulido’s Mexican Restaurant and The Cellar — tied.
“We’d like to thank everyone that contributed in helping to make this event successful,” said Linda Gilley, director at the center.“We appreciate everyone’s attendance and also, we’d like to thank all the volunteers who have helped with this year’s event.”
The participating restaurants and caterers were Chili’s, Golden Chick, Holiday Hills Country Club, Jin’s Express, Lone Star Depot, Mesquite Pit, Natty Flat Smokehouse, Palo Pinto Challenge Inc., Pulido’s Mexican Restaurant, Shotgun’s Barbecue Restaurant, Taco Bell, Tastefully Simple, The Cellar, and Todd Sauce.
The Mineral Wells Senior Center is a non-profit day center that is operated by the independent nonprofit Cross Timbers Senior Citizens Task Force Inc, governed by a board of directors, and they are a tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) organization which depends upon grants, donations and fundraising for all of their program and operating expenses.
Members of the board of directors for the senior center are Michael Franklin, president; Tonya Gary, vice president; Doris Friddle, secretary; Kenneth Davis, treasurer; Laura Fouke, Earon Gatlin, Kenneth Johnson, Mandy Koenig, Bill Bennett, Sharon Carnley, David Buschow, Patricia Luna, J. Lonnie Stafford and Glenn Summers.
Mineral Wells Senior Center is open 8 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, located 102 NW Sixth Ave., serving adults who are age 50 or older.
For more information about schedules, programs, menus, volunteering or donations, call 940-325-6470 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.