For the 16th year, W.O.’s Friendly Tavern in Kountze hosted a benefit that raised money for Hardin County Angels to help provide a wonderful Christmas for kids in need.
The event began on Friday, October 13 with a specialty cook-off and continued through Saturday, with live music, barbecue cook-off, auction, and raffles.
Hardin County Angels President, Billy Eakes says this will be their one major fundraiser before Christmas. They usually have another benefit hosted by Phil’s On The Hill, but it had to be canceled due to so many people being affected by flooding.
In addition to this event, Eakes says they may plan to have weekend barbecue sales at Walmart.
“Everything is for the kids,” said Eakes.
Sissy Colotta runs W.O.’s and looking back over the last 16 years of hosting these events, she says “it’s a lot of the same people doing it every year.”
Eakes mentions that many kids lost their bicycles to Harvey, therefore, that will be a top item on their shopping list.
Even with the challenges they are facing this year, he takes it in stride and is steadfast in his faith, “God always provides,” he said.
The benefit raised around $8,600 and the Hardin County Angels will accept donations at any time. Monetary donations can be mailed to P.O. Box 1150, Kountze, 77625.