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Upcoming benefit sparks strong community support

By Elena Watts
April 29, 2014 at 9:05 p.m.
Updated April 28, 2014 at 11:29 p.m.


Friends and family are hosting a benefit for Candace Smith, 30, to help defray medical expenses associated with dysautonomia.

Dysautonomia is a medical condition that involves the breakdown of the autonomic nervous system.

Kicking It for Candace, which will include a barbecue dinner, dance, gun raffle and silent and live auctions, will be at the Inez Community Center on May 17.

General admission tickets for the dance, which are available in advance and at the door, are $15. The VIP tickets, which include the dinner and dance for $25, must be purchased by May 10.

The barbecue will be prepared by Jay Hanslik and Doug Hermes. Free keg beer will be served while it lasts. Guests can also bring their own alcoholic beverages. Mixers are available for purchase.

Doors will open and the dinner will begin at 6 p.m. The dance will begin at 9 p.m. with music provided by Clay Crockett and the Shotgun Riders.

Tickets for two gun raffles are $20 each. Guns include an $899 Ruger M77 Hawkeye All Weather rifle and an $838 Remington 700 SPS .22-250 rifle. Only 1,000 tickets per gun raffle are available, and those who purchase tickets do not need to be present at the drawing to win.

Games of chance will offer guests additional opportunities to win prizes including a Model 1911 pistol and a Savage 223 rifle.

The silent auction will begin at 6 p.m., and items will include a bed and breakfast stay in Fredricksburg, a dove hunting trip, a floundering trip and a ton of deer corn.

The live auction will kick off at 7 p.m., and items will include a Beretta Silver Pigeon 28-gauge shotgun, a George Strait-autographed guitar, a deep sea fishing trip, a South Texas hunting trip, a porch glider and a catered fajita dinner for 10.

Candace Smith is the daughter of Joey and Marty Stockbauer and Gerald and Frances Vaughn. She is married to Jason Smith, and they have one daughter, Briley Smith.

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