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2011-01-20

Clear your palates - Wild Game Dinner beckons

Special to the Courier

Members of the Grace Lutheran Church will hold their 23rd annual WilD Game Dinner from 4 pm until 7 pm, Saturday, Jan. 29, in the church hall, 451 Highway 173 North.
Donations of $10 a plate are requested for "all-you-can-eat" adult meals, and one child, under the age of 10 years, can eat free with each paid adult. Although this special applies to dine-in patrons only, take-out meals will be available.
As in the past, this fundraiser will offer a variety of wild game, including axis, whitetail and sika deer; barbecued wild hog and javelina; mule deer chili, quail and other meats, depending on availability. Oscar Valdez will also offer his pure venison sausage - made from a secret family recipe - for a donation as long as supplies last.
In addition, church youth will offer a delicious array of desserts at a reasonable price. Proceeds from the donations for desserts and sausage will also benefit church projects.
The congregation of Grace Lutheran Church will be aided and abetted by Winter Texans to produce this traditional January extravaganza. "The willingness of both groups to join the camaraderie and teamwork makes for a good time for all," said an event spokesman.
Rev. Nancy Lund, new pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, will be attending her first Wild Game Dinner. According to Lund, she has heard so much about the delicious benefit that she is anxious to be a part of it with the congregation.
Proceeds from the Wild Game Dinner generally amount to about $6,000 - 10 percent of which is earmarked for charitable benevolence. The rest is applied to church activities.
For more information, call the church office at 830-796-3091.

Pictured: At the end of last year's Wild Game Dinner dinner, Oscar Valdez was down to just two bags of his popular homemade venison sausage. By the time the 7 pm gong sounded, the sausage had been sold.