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Bluebonnet Youth Ranch readies for weekend benefit

By JR Ortega
April 8, 2010 at 5:02 p.m.
Updated April 7, 2010 at 11:08 p.m.


YOAKUM - The Bluebonnet Youth Ranch has been feeling the strain some nonprofits have felt with donations.

The long-term residential child-care facility, which serves abused and neglected children, looks forward to seeing donations on the rise at the annual Spring Fling Benefit Sunday, at the Yoakum Community Center, said Jessica Gumm, development director.

A golf tournament, also part of the benefit, will be Saturday at the city park.

"This year it's really important because donations are down. This is the same for all nonprofits," she said. "We're in real need of this. We depend on these donations."

Gumm did not comment on how much donations are down, but did say each benefit raises about $15,000, which goes toward operating costs for the ranch.

The ranch has children from infant to 18 years old and has three fully equipped cottages, a relief cottage, an administration building, a woodworking and mechanic shop, a barn and animal pens, a small fishing pond and recreation building.

At the benefit, the Yoakum Golf Association prepare barbecue chicken dinners with the trimmings. Plates are $7 each and serving will be from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Also available will be lemonade, dessert and other baked goods, Gumm added.

A live auction will kick off at 12:30 p.m. and a plant booth, with flowering, hanging and bedding plants, will be available.

Some auction items include a BBQ pit, rocking chair and other home decor.

The public will be able to meet some of the house parents and children who stay at the ranch, she said.

"It really does help," Gumm said. "We don't get a lot of help from the state. We need these donations."

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