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Lagarto Friends of HALO-Flight Are Cooking Off For The Mission

By: Jane Dare Haas, Marketing & Membership Director

October 13, 2018 – Thirty-one years of life-saving service to South Texans is a reason to celebrate, and the community of Lagarto hosted a Cook Off Celebration and fundraising event to support the Mission of the non-profit air ambulance service founded in 1987 on October 13 at the Riverbend 534 Club in Sandia.

“We worked with numerous South Texas organizations, businesses and friends across their 28,000 square mile service area,” said Raymond “Fig” Figueroa, Cook Off Committee Chairperson, “so that the South Texas communities around the Lagarto area will continue to be able to rely on the life-saving care given by the professionals at HALO-Flight.”

The IBCA-sanctioned Cook Off, also a Texas Championship qualifier, pulled in 41 teams this year-almost double the 22 team-number from last year’s event. Professional cooking teams were judged in multiple categories and awards distributed to winners. A lively live auction was also conducted by professional auctioneer Richard Berry with all proceeds benefiting HALO-Flight projects like blood transfusions on board the aircraft in the near future.

Generous sponsors donated funds to cover all the expenses associated with the fundraising event and the Cook Off Committee presented HALO-Flight Board Member Leo Rios and HALO-Flight Director of Marketing Jane Haas with $21,093.50 to advance the Mission of HALO-Flight.


About HALO-Flight

For over three decades HALO-Flight has delivered on the emergent trauma needs of South Texans when minutes to a higher level of care mattered most and regardless of their ability to pay. With a fleet of helicopter air ambulances based in Corpus Christi, Alice and Beeville, and  servicing over 28,000 square miles and a population of over one and a half million people, HALO-Flight responses to thousands of critical accident, heart attack, and fragile newborn patients, plus many more that might not have had a chance to survive otherwise.  More information is available at