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Fashion for a Good Cause

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By Terry Hagerty – Contributing writer/photographer

An inspiring talk, tasty luncheon, stylish fashion show and colorful marketplace were the main ingredients of a recent fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bastrop County. Executive Director Leo Santana gave an in-depth history of the clubs’ activities and mission during the event at The Mansion at ColoVista. He said the Bastrop County clubs serve approximately 650 youth; more than five million youth in the U.S. and on overseas military bases are additionally served. Santana told the audience, “Because of people like you, we’re in existence. Great futures (for youth) start here. You are making a difference – one kid at a time.”

Fashions for the “Power of Purses” fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club were provided by Bits and Pieces, Bealls, Liza Jane, Patricia Wolf (American Lifestyle), Relics and Spoiled Sisters. Sumai Lokumbe, a member of the Clubs’ Leadership Circle and also a youth mentor, gave the opening remarks for the fundraiser and served as an exhilarating announcer for the style show. Krystal Grimes, Bastrop Boys & Girls Club director, also assisted during the event.

According to its website, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Bastrop County’s mission is “to empower and inspire youth of Bastrop County to become caring, productive, responsible citizens. We believe that within every child is the ability to reach their full potential – in their homes, schools, Clubs and community.” The Bastrop Boys & Girls Club is located at 1600 Chestnut St. For more information about the county’s clubs, see, or call 512-718-9068. (All photos by Terry Hagerty)

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