CoH raises funds for Little Blue Schools mission in Mexico

‘Substantial gift’ from Skyeward Bound Ranch puts event total near $20,000; money will help build new kitchen, classroom near Nopalera

CHECK PRESENTATION | The Rev. Dawson B. Taylor, executive minister of Cathedral of Hope, accepts a check from Jimmy Pockrus and Dalace-Skye Duvall of Skyeward Bound Ranch at the “Prawns And Praise” fundraising event for the Little Blue Schools program in Reynosa, Mexico. The money is the first gift of a multi-year commitment and will go toward building a kitchen and several school classrooms. (Phoebe Sexton/Cathedral of Hope)


Officials with Cathedral of Hope of the United Church of Christ announced this week that the church raised nearly $20,000 with it’s recent “Prawns and Praise” benefit concert for CoH’s Little Blue Schools mission project in Reynosa, Mexico.

The total includes what church leaders called “a substantial gift” from Skyeward Bound Ranch, a non-profit charitable organization for special needs and terminally ill children.

The money will be used to build a new kitchen and a school classroom in the Nopalera area of Reynosa, a community of poor residents living along a drainage canal where there is no running water or electricity, church officials said.

CoH pastor the Rev. Jo Hudson said CoH volunteers began working on the Reynosa mission efforts 10 years ago, starting by building a 13×20-foot, one-room, tin-roofed building to serve as a school and community center. Since then, 10 additional building projects, such as restroom facilities and meeting rooms, have been completed in Reynosa.

The mission work in Reynosa is now referred to as “The Little Blue Schools” project and is administered by the CoH Miracles in Mission Ministry.

“We’re demonstrating how a community can come together, pooling resources and working side-by-side with folks of very different backgrounds, understandings and faith beliefs,” said Hudson. “We’re out to show Cathedral of Hope’s profound belief that Christianity is a faith of extravagant grace, radical inclusion and relentless compassion.”

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 30, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens

Road trip! Head to Justin for Ranch Hand Rescue benefit concert

Giving a horse a hand

Honky Tonk for Horses is expected to be the largest fundraiser for the Argyle-based large animal sanctuary Ranch Hand Rescue which is founded by Bob Williams. His partner Marty Polasko owns the neighboring American Pet Spa & Resort. The event features a silent auction features DVD players, race packages including hotel stays and tickets, autographed sports and Hollywood memorabilia, Rangers tickets, restaurant gift certificates and more. A lineup of eight bands including Randy Brown, CC Cross and The Deaf Cats play the through the night. Andrew “AC” Carver of radio station The Ranch,95.9-FM MCs the event.

DEETS: The Mule Barn, 218 Hwy 156, Justin. 6 p.m. Free.

—  Rich Lopez

Best bets • 12.10.10

Friday 12.10

Dog days in Big D
Gays and their dogs are a breed unto themselves and we imagine some will be competing in this weekend’s Lone Star State Classic dog show. For sure, we know local Laurie Foley will be there with her cocker spaniel to compete for top dog honors. Forget watching Best in Show again, see it for real.

DEETS: Dallas Market Hall, 2200 Stemmons Freeway. Through Dec. 12.


Saturday 12.11

Some cracked nuts for Christmas?
Mark-Brian Sonna brings back his snarky wit with The Beulaville Baptist Book Club Presents: A Bur-less-Q Nutcracker!  When food poisoning wipes out an entire ballet company, it’s up to stranded burlesque troupe The Velvet Kittens to save Christmas in Beulaville. Nutcrackin’ funny stuff.

DEETS: Stone Cottage Theater, 15650 Addison Road. Through Dec. 26. $18–$22.


Sunday 12.12

Holidays the Wright way
Fort Worth pianist Danny Wright performs a benefit concert for Chelsea’s Fund which promotes pet hospice in Dallas and Fort Worth. Rebecca Miller hosts the evening that includes Wright’s concert, a silent auction and champagne reception.

DEETS: Casa Manana Theater, 3101 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth. 7 p.m. $50.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition December 10, 2010.

—  Michael Stephens