Hays County community gives more than $10,000 to local nonprofit in Kyle

Hope & Love 4 Kids raised more than $10,000 at the 3rd Annual Fundraising Gala, Saturday, Feb. 9, thanks to the supporters who attended and donated funds to their mission in 2013.
The gala was a major success for the organization that serves underprivileged children and families in Hays County. Community supporters participated in many fundraising activities throughout the night including a silent auction that generated more than $2,100.
Proceeds from the auction help fund the Hendricks Hope Scholarship Foundation. The foundation awards scholarships to local Hays County students and is accepting applications for 2013 until March 31.
Hope & Love 4 Kids Director Laurie Saavedra emphasized the importance of the gala and local business and community support to Hope & Love 4 Kids. She said it affords critical funding to continue the organization’s mission.
“We were amazed and overly pleased with the out pour of support we saw tonight,” Saavedra said. “We are fortunate we serve in such a philanthropic community.”
The gala was held at The Winfield Inn in Kyle and celebrated seven years of service and accomplishments while honoring those who have played a role in the organization’s success.
An awards ceremony was held for businesses and community members, both young and long-standing, who demonstrated selflessness in supporting Hope & Love 4 Kids. Many categories had a tie vote which makes evident a meaningful contribution to the organization from more than one source.
Large Business of the Year was awarded to H-E-B plus! in Kyle. Small Business of the Year was awarded to both Chick-fil-A in Kyle and Bailey’s Burgers. Community Supporter of the Year was awarded to both Judge Beth Smith and Adell Hurst, accepted by daughter Abby Hurst and friend Peggy Cox. Volunteer of the Year was awarded to both Marco Aguirre and Sabrina Sarabia. Board Member of the Year was awarded to Hope & Love 4 Kids Director Laurie Saavedra.
For the first time, a Future Community Star Award was awarded to 12-year-old Joshua Saavedra, Wallace Middle School student, who demonstrated altruism and involvement to the organization throughout 2012.
The organization as a whole feels such recognition is important in facilitating future community leaders and supporters.
“If we raise and encourage our children to give back to their community through acts of service, our communities will prosper and succeed,” Hope & Love 4 Kids Founder Mia Hendricks said. “Hope & Love 4 Kids is diligent in raising and educating youth to grow into future community stars.”
Many notable community leaders were in attendance including Kyle Mayor Lucy Johnson, also Hope & Love 4 Kids Board Member; Kyle Council Members Samantha Bellows-LeMense, Diane Hervol, Becky Selbera and David Wilson; Judge Beth Smith; Kyle Director of Economic Development Diana Blank; Hays Consolidated Independent School District Board of Trustees President Willie Tenorio, Jr. and Trustee Robert Limon; Kyle Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitor’s Bureau Executive Director Ray Hernandez and Past President Herb Dyer and Buda Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Cindy Swink.
For more about the Annual Awards Gala and a complete list of local businesses and community members who support Hope & Love 4 Kids, visit the organization’s website.