Go Texan hosting annual fundraiser July 22

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The Smith County Area Go Texan committee will host the fourth annual Smith County Area Go Texan Scholarship Fundraiser Gala Saturday, July 22, at the Harvey Hall Convention Center, located at 2000 W. Front St., in Tyler.

“We are excited to see this event grow as it does each year,” said Wade Frederick, Smith County Area Go Texan member. “This event is the result of a great group of volunteers working for the benefit of our Smith County students. Those that attend this year will have a great time and leave knowing they have made a difference for local students.”

At last year’s Smith County Area Go Texan gala, also held at Harvey Hall, the organization drew an attendance of over 400 for the third consecutive year, while also netting a total of $45,000 in profit. Smith County Area Go Texan also gave out eight scholarships to area seniors.

This year, Smith County Area Go Texan will hand out a total of eight $5,000 scholarships to Smith County students, including MaKenzie Costlow (Whitehouse), Arab Ahmed (Whitehouse), Tabitha Conner (Whitehouse), Hunter Ganske (Bullard), Erin Johnson (Bullard), Hannah Lloyd (Bullard), Brice Martin (Troup), and Colton Ramsey (Lindale), which will be officially awarded at this year’s event.

Doors to the event will open at 6 p.m. and tickets include a catered dinner, cocktails, music provided by the Texas Rebellion Band, live and silent auctions, and chances to win cash.

 The event will also feature a charity chance drawing for a John Deere Gator sponsored in part by Ag Power Equipment.  Advance drawing tickets are $50 with only a total of 400 available.

Tickets for the chance drawing are available through Pay Pal at www.smithcoagt.org/raffle and from any Smith Co AGT member.

Auction items will include exciting items such as Garth Brooks rodeo tickets, Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott autographed items, an African safari trip, a Port Arkansas vacation, ladies’ western boots, and much more.

 Sponsor tickets are $1,000 per table for 10. Individual tickets at $100 are available in advance with limited availability at the door. Tickets for the event are available through PayPal at www.smithcoagt.org/buytable or any Smith Co AGT member listed on www.smithcoagt.org/membership.

 Established in 2013, Smith County Area Go Texan is a non-profit charity organization focused on raising scholarship money for deserving Smith County high school students.  More information about the event and about Smith County Area Go Texan can be found at www.smithcoagt.org.

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