‘King’ to relinquish crown tonight at annual fundraiser

The crown and sash and title of Mr. Heart of Texas (Mr. HOT) is up for grabs Friday night (tonight) at the Third Annual Hope from the Heart event. The event, hosted by Michele Derrick, LaGrace DeFiore, Wendy Jones, Cynthia Quinn, Cindy Rice and Selene Schroeder, in partnership with the Brady Clergy Association, will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Ed Davenport Civic Center. Last year’s event generated $17,645 to benefit the local chapter of the American Cancer Society, nearly doubling the previous year’s collection of $9,000. One of the highlights of the evening will be the the popular live auction of Mr. Heart of Texas contestants to members of the audience. The highest winning bid for the contestant will crown the winner. As part of the winning bid, the bidder will be provided a special catered meal with the new Mr. HOT and the dinner will be provided by Cynthia and Jim Quinn and the wives of the contestants. Contestants in this years Mr. HOT contest are Monte Owens, Raymond Ledezma, Devin Donelson, Mike Trollinger, James Petty, Curtis Owens, Courtney Williams, Martin Leatherwood, Randall Larr and Bill Markunas. With the money collected last year, the group was able to purchase new automatic doors for the Heart of Texas Memorial Hospital and provide funds for local cancer victims for items such as gasoline to and from treatments and much-needed supplies. “The Brady Clergy Association should be complimented for their management efforts of donated money,” said Mrs. Derrick. “Several of the Clergy Association members mentioned the many blessed gifts they were able to give with the extra donation. “Don’t miss Hope from the Heart. It will be great food, fun and a chance to honor those stricken with cancer. Your donation will directly affect our own here in Brady,” added Mrs. Derrick. Tickets for the event may still be purchased at Young’s Jewelry, Brady Chiropractic or from any hostess. Tax-free monetary donations to help support the 2007 Hope from the Heart event may be sent to: BCA/Hope from the Heart, P.O. Box 1207, Brady, Tex. 76825.

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