Back row: Madison Hood, Yvonne Swain, Claudine Giffin, Tempe Kirby, Tim Vaughn, Roxanne Stevenson, Donna Blalock and Jack Barkley – Front row, not in any order: Narissa Weber, Caroline Bentley, Kaytlyn Stalcup, Lauren Cabrera and Taylor Walker – photo by Joycelyne Fadojutimi

This year’s Bags, Boots and Bingo fund-raiser for the Martin House Child Advocate Center was a success thanks to the caring citizens of Gregg and Harrison counties. The center’s Executive Director Roxanne reports there were 74 more people in attendance bringing the total to 194, and many of them were men. The facility’s workers are delighted with and grateful for everyone who gave the funds, time and assorted items that made Bags, Boots and Bingo a blessing for abused children in this area. The previous event raised $8000 and the recent event raised $12,000.

Westlake Chemical was a newcomer to the event. Company representative Tesa Wilson said her firm was excited to be participating.

Pat Hayden came simply because she loves to help others, have fun and meet new people. Bags, Boots and Bingo fulfills these desire perfectly. Although almost everybody who came won some kind of prize, the main reason they were there was to win the war against child abuse. Martin House Board President Tim Vaughn came in order to perform any task necessary to make the event a success.

He affirmed that there is “no excuse” for child abuse, and thanked the America Electric Power Foundation for its recent donation to the Center, and Child Protective Services workers, for their efforts on behalf of children, as well as their collaboration with Martin House CAC. Martin House Child Advocate Center would like to thank the following sponsors:

Aesthetics, Barron’s, Donna Blalock, Cavender’s, Claudine Griffin, East Texas Radio Group, Harrison County Judge Hugh Taylor, Infinitieplus Magazine, Joeboy’s U-pull-it, Joyce Steel Erection, KLTV, Kyle’s Kwik Stop & Nanny Goat’s, Louis Morgan #4, R. Manley Enterprises, Yvonne Swain, The Brass Trunk, The Event Center/East Texas Builders’ Association, TVaughn Builders, Vaca & Kirby Dental Group, BScene Magazine and Westlake Chemical.

Door Prize Donors:

Cherry Hill & Co., CW Boutique, Divine Appointment, ellie bee’s, Carol Manley, Pack ‘n’ Mail, Parkeway Fitness, Penny & Jack, Planet Beach, Pure Nail Bar & Spa, Ruffled Feathers, Trendy Chicks, Vaca & Kirby Dental Group, Jamey & Janel Walker


Chris Botto, Patrick Briscoe, Kevin Brownlee, Taylor Hemness, Jared Hood, Reid McCain, Jeff Ramsey, Darrell Sherman, Mike Stevenson, Richard Stuart, Tim Vaughn

Thanks to the Kilgore College World Famous Rangerettes: Narissa Weber, Caroline Bentley, Kaytlyn Stalcup, Lauren Cabrera, and Taylor Walker.

CAC “Fun”raising Committee:

Robin Adams, Jack Barkley, Donna Blalock, Claudine Giffin, Madison Hood, Tempe Kirby, Carol Manley, Yvonne Swain, Dawn Vaughn, Tommy Ochoa & Electric Stageworks.

CAC Staff:

Brittany Johnson, Kimberly Lara, Roxanne Stevenson