Melanie Gonzales wins the drawing for the  Two-Day  Hunt on the McKelvain property between Breckenridge and Moran.  Tino was very happy with the news,
Melanie Gonzales wins the drawing for the Two-Day Hunt on the McKelvain property between Breckenridge and Moran. Tino was very happy with the news, said Gonzales. (Jean Hayworth)
The Stephens County Welfare Board sponsored a fundraiser raffle/donation to raise funds for the foster children who reside in Stephens County. Tickets were  $10 each and were on sale all over town during the month of October.
 The fundraiser is a “Two-Day Hunt” for two people at the Homestead House, owned by Burrell and Dana McKelvain, located in southwestern Stephens County, between Breckenridge and Moran, on 320 acres.
The winner of the drawing is Melanie Gonzales who is married to Tino Gonzales, who has coached Little Bucks football for a number of years. “Tino was very happy with the news and is excited about going on the hunt,” said Melanie.
The Homestead House sits on 340 acres with wildlife that is attracted by the natural environment of Battle Creek, wooded areas and open fields. There is a seasonal creek, two tanks and five deer stands on the property.
Each year the Stephens County Welfare Board works to earn funds to purchase school supplies, Christmas presents, birthday gifts and other special needs for the children who are in Foster Care in Stephens County. It is the goal of the Welfare Board to bring some joy to these children who are in our care. All proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward the benefit of the foster children who reside in Stephens County, at this time.
In April, there were nine foster children in “our” care and when school began in September, the number had more than doubled to 19, with a possibility of three to five more added soon. As a result, the Welfare Board will require much more funding this year than in past years.
The County Commissioners oversea the Stephens County Welfare Board and are always involved in the fundraisers. “They are  extremely supportive with whatever we do to raise awareness and raise funds for the needs of the children,” said Sharon Wimberley, who serves as President of the Welfare Board. Other members include Dana McKelvain, Leslie Gomez, Shirley Brandenberger, Ruth Taylor, Stephanee Russell, Anita Shepherd, Kelly Farner and Julie Stief.
The County Commissioners will accept donations at any time as will the members of the Welfare Board.
It will be a tough year this year with so many children looking toward Christmas presents under the tree, which they may not have had much of previously.
It's time to step up Breckenridge, these children are in ‘our' care and need a break – individuals and civic and service organizations can help.