Friar Ag Center expansions, upgrades well in the works
By Robert Proctor
The Cuero Record
Expansions and upgrades are well in the works to continue supporting the youth of Cuero and DeWitt County through agricultural and homemaking efforts at the Friar Ag Center. The Cuero Livestock Show board held an open house Nov. 12 to kickoff their fundraising efforts, showing plans for renovations at the ag center.
Next, board members will meet with those who were unable to attend this event about supporting the project. As of mid-November, the board currently have received a little over $1 million in donations and commitments. Harvey Mueller and the Friar Thomas Ranch Foundation each contributed $500,000.
They also have a $250,000 commitment from the Cuero Development Corporation and funding from the City of Cuero for new tin on the old ag building and parking lot renovations. They have also paid for the architectural plans. Most recently, Billy Schulle donated $50,000 in honor of his parents and brother Raymond’s mother-in-law and father-in-law.
They may also receive another $50,000 from the Schulle family early next year. TrustTexas Bank has also pledged $100,000. The Greg Gossett family have pledged $5,000 per year for the next three years, while Greg and Sara Gossett and Ful-o-Pep have personally pledged another $5,000 per year for the next three years. The total cost is estimated by the architect at $3 million.
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