By: Jane Dare Haas, Marketingbr& Membership Director
October 13, 2018 – Thirty-one years of life-saving service to South Texans is a reasonbrto celebrate, and the community of Lagarto hosted a Cook Off Celebration andbrfundraising event to support the Mission of the non-profit air ambulancebrservice founded in 1987 on October 13 at the Riverbend 534 Club in Sandia.
“We worked with numerousbrSouth Texas organizations, businesses and friends across their 28,000 squarebrmile service area,” said Raymond “Fig” Figueroa, Cook Off Committee Chairperson,br“so that the South Texas communities around the Lagarto area will continue tobrbe able to rely on the life-saving care given by the professionals atbrHALO-Flight.”
The IBCA-sanctioned CookbrOff, also a Texas Championship qualifier, pulled in 41 teams this year-almostbrdouble the 22 team-number from last year’s event. Professional cooking teams werebrjudged in multiple categories and awards distributed to winners. A lively livebrauction was also conducted by professional auctioneer Richard Berry with allbrproceeds benefiting HALO-Flight projects like blood transfusions on board thebraircraft in the near future.
Generous sponsors donated fundsbrto cover all the expenses associated with the fundraising event and the CookbrOff Committee presented HALO-Flight Board Member Leo Rios and HALO-FlightbrDirector of Marketing Jane Haas with $21,093.50 to advance the Mission ofbrHALO-Flight.
brbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrbrFor over three decades HALO-Flight has delivered on thebremergent trauma needs of South Texans when minutes to a higher level of carebrmattered most and regardless of their ability to pay. With a fleet ofbrhelicopter air ambulances based in Corpus Christi, Alice and Beeville, and servicing over 28,000 square miles and abrpopulation of over one and a half million people, HALO-Flight responses tobrthousands of critical accident, heart attack, and fragile newborn patients, plusbrmany more that might not have had a chance to survive otherwise. More information is available at www.haloflight.org