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    Shown from left are Toby and Joann Fournet, Bart and Laura Notaro, Emily and Connor Montgomery, and Erika and Dean Plummer at the annual Pilot Club Gala on Saturday, Feb. 1.The Cuero Record.
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Roaring Good Time

Pilot Club hosts annual fundraiser

By Allison Flores

The Cuero Record

The Pilot Club of Cuero hosted its’ annual fundraising gala last Saturday, Feb. 1 with a glamorous “Roaring 20’s” theme –and what a roaring time it was.

Flappers and gents alike dressed in their best 1920’s attire and gathered together to break prohibition and support a great cause.

Funds from tickets and tables sold for the gala will benefit the multiple organizations and projects the Pilot Club is involved with relating to civic services, and focusing on “brain related disorders.”

Sonya Timpone, The Cuero Record’s own Editor/Publisher and the Pilot Club of Cuero’s current president, took a moment to comment on the organization’s biggest night.

“This event means a lot to us because it’s our only fundraiser for the year,” she stated. “We hope to raise awareness and have a good time doing it.”

Working with Cuero High School’s Anchor Club, the two service organizations have made plenty of impact locally by creating “care packages”, or “pick-me-ups” that are sent to local nursing homes throughout the year, along with providing iPods for nursing home members through their music therapy program. 

Pilot Club also recently donated $2,160.00 to DeWitt County Sheriff’s Office Project Lifesaver, a non-profit organization that provides law enforcement, fire/rescue, and caregivers with a program designed to protect, and quickly locate individuals with cognitive disorders who are prone to the life threatening behavior of wandering.

The program operates using locating technology that is worn by victims of Alzheimer’s and related mental disorders, or a GPS system that is attached to a vehicle; Pilot Club’s donation was able to fund four separate one-year subscriptions. Pilot Club also annually funds the CISD Special Olympics, helmets for the Bike Rodeos, and sponsors local sports teams, along with hosting a luncheon for Warriors Weekend as veterans make their way to Port O’Connor.

Through the Texas District of Pilot International, Cuero’s Pilot Club also sends funds to help with TBI Camps, or Traumatic Brain Injury Camps, which support three weekend camps and one day camp for adult traumatic brain injury survivors. Mountain High Camp, located in Winnsboro, Texas, offers fishing, shopping, dancing, open air jeep rides, picnics, a talent show, and inspirational times.

Timpone credits current Treasurer Dawna Draper for pushing her to join the Pilot Club, and informing her about what causes the organization benefits. “What keeps me motivated to push the Pilot mission,” said Timpone, “is the story of Sean Carter.” At 22, Sean Carter was a college junior out drinking with friends. He knew he was in no condition to drive home – but neither was the buddy who gave him a ride.

The driver walked away from the crash, but Sean’s brain injury left him unharmed mentally, but physically no longer able to talk or walk.

“The daily struggle Sean and his mother, his caretaker 24-hours a day and seven days a week, go through is both extremely sad and inspiring at the same time,” stated Timpone.

Carter took control of his situation, however, and began speaking to schools to bring awareness to the dangers of drunk driving.

“I’ve met Sean and his mother and their story is what truly touched my heart to try and make a difference through the Pilot Club of Cuero,” said Timpone.

This year’s Gala received funds from tickets, tables, donated goods for a silent auction, and other monetary donations. Since the Gala is the Pilot Club’s only annual fund raiser, the organization depends greatly on support from the community, along with providing a great time.

Board members for the Pilot Club of Cuero include: Delilah Baladez- President Elect, Renee Wilke- Vice President, Dawna Draper- Treasurer, Allison Tiffin- Corresponding Secretary, Theresa Garoni- Recording Secretary, Latosha Dubose-Past President. Directors are: Sandy Lassmann, Marie Miller, Gloria Hernandez, and Laura Tiffin.

For more information, or to get involved with the Pilot Club of Cuero, visit their Facebook page.

 

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