For a few hours at least, the Lakehills Area Library moved to the Lakehills Civic Center to feed stomachs instead of minds.
The library’s 21st Dinner and Auction fundraiser drew an overflow crowd on Saturday, Feb. 8, to the center at 11225 Park Road 37 in Lakehills.
Library Director Dianna Landes has been with the library for 11 years and said the dinner and auction, held the week before Valentine’s Day, is the facility’s biggest fundraiser.
“We get money from Bandera County for operating the library but we also do a lot of community outreach events and programs for children that cost money. The library has several small fundraisers during the year, but the February event is our biggest fundraiser,” Landes said.
She said, “Our goal for this event is about $18,000 this year. We serve about 300 people each year, and everyone loves the chicken spaghetti, salad, bread and our great pastries. “
“The whole purpose of the library is to bring the community together, and this event is part of that.”
Pam and Allan Biering from San Antonio were at the event as volunteers and patrons.
“We have been coming to the Medina Lake area for many years … and we love coming to this event each year and helping the library. You don’t have to be a resident of the lake area to support the library and the area,” Pam Biering said.
Chris Reile and Karrie Hawthorn, also from San Antonio, were helping out and enjoying the atmosphere.
Reile said his mother was involved in the auction part of the event. He and Hawthorn came up to help where they could.
The Saturday event included two raffles, a silent and a live auction, a game of Heads or Tails with a $20 entry fee for the chance win a diamond-studded horse pendant on a gold chain and a special auction of a cyanotype print of the library created by area photographer Michael Tidwell.
The library is located at 7200 FM 1293 in Lakehills.