Gruene Hall & United Way Break Records

Gruene Music & Wine Fest marks another year with

record-breaking donation to United Way

Gruene Music & Wine Fest Check Presentation

Image provided by Laura McKenzie of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung

Pictured left to right:

  • Terry Robinson — Executive Director, United Way of Comal County
  • Judy Young — Board of Directors President Elect, United Way of Comal County
  • Doug Toney — Immediate Past President, United Way of Comal County
  • Ken Sample — Senior Vice President, Chase Bank
  • Mary Jane Nalley — Owner, Gruene Hall
  • Mattson Rainer — General Manager, KNBT 92.1 FM Radio New Braunfels

A record breaking $72,670.49 was raised for the United Way of Comal County at the recent 22nd Annual Gruene Music & Wine Fest, held October 10, 11 & 12.

Gruene Music & Wine Fest presenters Mary Jane Nalley, owner of Gruene Hall, Mattson Rainer, General Manager for KNBT 92.1 FM Radio New Braunfels, and Sponsor Ken Sample, Senior VP of Chase Bank in San Antonio presented the donation check to board members of the Comal County United Way in front of Gruene Hall today.
The United Way of Comal County works to provide funding to support several local health and human care service agencies, including the American Red Cross, the Comal County Child Welfare Board, Girl Scouts, St. Jude’s Ranch, the YMCA, and many more.
Held annually at The Grapevine and Gruene Hall in Gruene Historic District, the Gruene Music & Wine Fest features the best in live Texas music and the best in Texas food and wine, all the while rasing funds for local charities. Please visit the Gruene Music & Wine Fest website for info on this year’s events and musical performances.


Mary Jane Nalley
Gruene Music & Wine Fest Organizer
Phone: (830) 629-5077


Published in: on November 16, 2008 at 2:11 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The Real Kyle Busch and His Quest to Help Children Across the Country

As the season calms down and the major figures of NASCAR return to their ‘off-season’ activities, which in many cases means charity work. Many of the biggest fans in NASCAR lend time, money and resources to their own foundations or the charities closest to their heart. NASCAR heavyweight, Kyle Busch is no exception.  When he’s not competing with NASCAR’s elite, Kyle Busch is focused on improving the lives of neglected, abandoned, abused or orphaned children across the country. After an emotional visit to a children’s home in 2006, Busch vowed to help provide living and learning environments where less fortunate children can pursue their dreams, and thus came The Kyle Busch Foundation.

The Kyle Busch Foundation concentrates its efforts on assisting organizations in fostering a safe environment for children to live, learn and challenge themselves as well as providing assistance for day-to-day needs. The foundation supports a number of charities including St. Johns Home (Grand Rapids, MI), Carolina’s Children Center (Concord, NC), Girls and Boys Town of Nevada (Las Vegas, NV) and Carrie Steele-Pitts Home (Atlanta, GA) and many more.

This holiday season many NASCAR families can help their favorite drivers and many more by giving to these charities. Find your favorite athlete and their charity below.

Kyle Busch
Jeff Gordon
Jim McMurray
Ward Burton
Danny Hamlin

Published in: on November 14, 2008 at 8:37 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Texas charttopper Wade Bowen raised over $84,000 for Postpartum Support International (PSI) this weekend in his 11th annual “Wade Bowen Classic” celebrity concert and golf tournament in Waco, TX.  The successful two-day event saw a record turnout and raised more money than the last two years combined.

Bowen, with the help of friends Cross Canadian Ragweed, Randy Rogers and Stoney LaRue, played to a crowd of over 1400 Sunday night in Waco.  The next morning 135 golfers, including fellow musicians Kyle Park, Doug Moreland and Darren Kozelsky as well as members of the Texas Rangers baseball team, joined him at beautiful Cottonwood Creek Golf Course for a round of golf and dinner to cap off the record-breaking event.  Other notable Texas musicians that showed up to support the cause and play golf were Ryan Beaver, South First Band, Bo Cox, Bobby Duncan and Texas Renegade.

Bowen’s critically acclaimed third studio effort IF WE EVER MAKE IT HOME was released Sept. 30 and includes the moving track “Turn on the Lights,” written by Bowen about his family’s struggle with postpartum depression.

Postpartum Support International (PSI) is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting awareness, prevention and treatment of mental health issues related to childbearing. PSI works tirelessly to support, educate, research and advocate for women who experience emotional changes and mental illness during pregnancy and postpartum.

To learn more about Postpartum Support International, click HERE

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Wade Bowen returns to host his 11th annual “Wade Bowen Classic” concert and celebrity golf tournament to benefit Postpartum Support International (PSI) on November 2-3 in Waco.

The all-star concert kicks off the two-day event at the Heart of Texas Fairground GE Building at 7:00pm on November 2 featuring Bowen and friends, including Cross Canadian Ragweed with more guest announcements in the coming weeks. The golf tournament the next day is a two-man scramble and will take place at beautiful Cottonwood Creek Golf Course in Waco.

“I’m so proud of how this event has grown and how everyone has come together to raise so much money,” said Bowen. “This year we are partnering with PSI, which hits really close to home for me because my wife battled postpartum depression after the birth of our first child, and I know how severely it can affect families. Believe me when I tell you that it is a cause that needs more awareness.”

Tickets for the both portions of the weekend are available through and start at $15. In the two previous years, the “Wade Bowen Classic” has raised almost $60,000.

For additional information for more information about sponsorships or group ticket discounts please visit

Thanks to Katie Key from Texas Music for the Country for this news story!

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Franklin Update (7/5/08)

<b>Updated News</b>

We visited Franklin yesterday. He is starting to improve. His brain activity was increasing so they had removed the monitors attached to his head. They took him off the medicine that was keeping him in a coma like state. He is still on heavy pain meds therefore they said it would be 3 to 4 days before he starts to wake up. They took out several staples from the incision on his head. There are still quite a few staples in his head though. His leg is doing very well and they don’t think there will be any problems there.

More to come in a few days!

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Update on Franklin (6/29/08)

Updated News
Franklin’s condition is not all that great. He has come down with Pneumonia, although the doctors say that is to be expected with his head injury.

The Franklin’s Fund now has an account with Guaranty Bond Bank in Bogata, Texas but donations can be made in his name (Franklin Slade Herring Jr.) at any of their branches. Or you can donate via PayPal by following the Franklin’s Fund link at the bottom of this page.

Full Story

I have a sad story to report.

My youngest daughters best friend, a 6 year old boy named Franklin was involved in a freak accident yesterday and is not doing well.

He was riding his bicycle with a friend and ventured a little to close to a busy road. Not in the road mind you and normally would not have been a problem. Unfortunately a pick-up pulling a horse trailer was traveling down the road at that time. Unknown to the driver, the gate on the trailer had come undone and was swinging behind the trailer. When he was near the little boy fate stepped in and opened the gate to it fullest position. The gate hit the poor boy at at least 45 miles per hour.

He was knocked off his bicycle and was unconscious when his grandmother reached him. The driver of the pick-up was unaware of what had happened. (More on him later) When a licensed nurse, who just happened to drive up, got to the child her medical instincts took over. Worse yet she knew the little boy. We live in a small town.

He did regain consciousness before the ambulance arrived on scene but when I was there, it did not look good.

Later through the grapevine so to speak. We found out he had a least one fracture of his leg and a severe head wound. There was brain matter around the opening in his tiny skull. The ambulance transported him down the road to an open field where they were met by Care-Flight. They Helicoptered him to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, over 100 miles away.

I waited until now to post this because we were waiting word on his condition. My wife spoke with his grandmother today. She met him at the hospital. He has two fractures of his left leg and a major head wound. He is not in a coma but they are keeping him heavily sedated. They are keeping his body temperature low to reduce swelling in his head.

He is still listed as critical and they, at this point, are not very hopeful for a recovery. The doctors have warned the family if he does survive he may have some amount of brain damage.

We have this poor child in several prayer circles here local in our town through at least 3 different churches and several bible groups. I also want those who read this to please add Little Franklin to your Prayer list.

As for the driver….he was tracked down and was unaware of what had happened. I have not heard much about them. Franklin’s grandmother does want him to know she is not mad for it was not his fault, she does realize it was an accident. The driver’s wife did not take to news of what had happened very well, paramedics had to sedate her.

I will keep this Journal on my main page until there is a closure. Be it good or bad.

Just got word that Franklin’s condition is improving. The swelling in his head is still an issue but his condition has stabilized. He is still in ICU but is doing better. They have completed the surgery on his leg and that is looking a lot better.

Franklin’s condition is not all that great. He has come down with Pneumonia, although the doctors say that is to be expected with his head injury.

The Franklin’s Fund now has an account with Guaranty Bond Bank in Bogata, Texas but donations can be made in his name (Franklin Slade Herring Jr.) at any of their branches. Or you can donate via PayPal by following the Franklin’s Fund link at the bottom of this page.

Will update again as soon as we hear more.

We have set up a collection to help Franklin’s family out during this troubling time. If you would like to help out simply click the PayPal link to donate what ever you can, even $1.00 is fine.

All who donate will get a link in this journal. And those who Donate $10 or more I will give a 1 month feature in my journal.

If you don’t want the family to know your name be sure to leave a message when you are on the PayPal page else all name will be put in a cards for the family!

I will also update it as we hear more.

Published in: on June 29, 2008 at 3:14 pm  Leave a Comment  
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HELP – That is what Christian Lamitschka named his Charity Project

HELP, , that is the name that Christian Lamitschka and his cooperation partner the ‚Rednecks WesternLaedle, gave to their charity project which will take off on the 1st of August 2008.

Christian Lamitschka and the owners of the Rednecks WesternLaedle, Birgit and Chris King, explain the meaning of HELP: „HELP is a synonym for Handicapped, Engagement, Loyalty, Protection and in German this also describes exactly what we want to achieve. Handicapped children in America and Germany often do not get enough commitment , loyalty and protection.“

Through HELP they want to supports organizations that pay attention to the needs of handicapped children in Germany and America. „Today’s life is not easy to handle for children. This is even more the case if children are born with a handicap as their childhood is means a lot of privations.“ In order to make life easier Christian Lamitschka and his partners want to use HELP to present some good times to handicapped children.

Numerous donations from artists and companies already found their way to Christian Lamitschka. Aaron Watson, Abus, Adam Levy, Adeniji, Allison Krauss, Allison Janisse, Amber Rhodes, Andy Griggs, Anja Krombholz, April Taylor, Asleep At The Wheel, Baer Family Records, Becky Schlegel, Billy Burnette, Billy Ray Cyrus, Black Hawk, Blake Shelton, Bob Kingsley’s Top 40, Breandon James Wright And The Wrongs, Brian Bender, Brian McGuire, BRM Records, Buick Audra, Candice, Carolina Rain, Carrera, Carrie Elkin, Casablanca Ramblers, Casey Triscoll, Casie Driscoll, Cerrito, Charlie Allen, Charlie Daniels, Charlotte, Christian Lamitschka, Chuck Wicks, Clear Blue 22, Clint Black, Colt Ford, Connie Kis Anderson, Corbett / Chrisman / Tice, Crooked Still, Crystal Gayle, Curb Records, Daniel Smith, Dave Caley, DeAnne Moore, Deorah Hightower, DG, Ed Bentley, Elling, Emily Burridge, Emily Portman, Emma Mae Jacob, Ensemble Al-Asdeka, Eugene Marlow, Fender, Fox Brothers, Frank James, George McClure, Georgette Jones, Hadassah, Haley Breedlove, Hans Lamitschka BDW, Hermann Lammers Meyer, Jake Owen, James Hunter, Jason Meadows, Jeff Griffith, Jeremy McComb, John Arthur Martinez, Josh Turner, Julianne Hough, Julie Ingram, Kasie Smith, Katja Kaye, Katy Kiefer, Kenny Chesney, Kevin Fowler, Kyle Jennings, Lane Brody, Larry Rice, Lefty The Honkytonk Cowboy, Little Big Town, Little Texas, Lucie Diamand, Lynn Taylor Donovan, Mark Huff, Mark McGuinn, Marlboro, Marthia Sides, Martina McBride, Michael Knight, Michael Peterson, Michael Twitty, Montana Highway, Montgomery Gentry, Neal W Joung, Otis Read, Owen Temple, Paul Ansell, Paul Stout, Phil Coley / Joe Pickering , Pinecastle Records, Rascal Flatts, Reinando El Juego, Ren & “T”, Renee Grant-Williams, Rhonda Towns, Richard Murray, Richie And The Rocket Dogs, Rick Huckaby, Rio Rocko, Robin Dean Salmon, Rodrigo Haddert, Roni Stoneman, Ronica Coldiron, Rounder Records, Rubber Duck, Sara Evans, Shawna Russell, Shile Records, Smithsonian Folkways Recording, Smoky Weston, Song Dogs, Sony / BMG, Star De Azlan, Steel Guitar Nashville, Stella Parton, Stephen Cochran, Tabatha, TaVeren, Taylor Ware, Teeter Gray, The Baker Boys, The Bellamy Brothers, The Charlie Daniels Band, The Daddys, The Highroad, The Road Hammers, The Roady Prairie Dogs, The Shady Lanes, The Southern Sky Line, The Turpetine Treacle, Tim Scott, Todd O’Neal, Tom Astor, Tony Trischka, Tracey Bonham, Tracey K. Houston, Trent Willmonn, Tresa Jordan, Ulli Möhring, Vince Hatfield, Warner Bros. Nashville, Western Mail, Whitney Wolanin, Willhelm Pfeiffer, WVVS and many others support HELP.

Christian Lamitschka and the owners of the Rednecks WesternLaedle, www. rednecks-westernlaedle. de , state that „HELP is not time-limited. The project starts on the 1st August 2008. From this date everybody will receive a reward for their donation. Many CDs, T-Shirts and various other merchandise, some signed by the donating artist can be obtained against a small donation.

Christian Lamitschka, Birgit and Chris King already have plans about a certain project in America and Germany which they want to support with these donations. Some small details still have to be clarified before the organizations will be announced to the public.

Organizations that help handicapped children and want to apply for support from HELP, as well as companies, artists or individuals that want to support HELP with their donations or their personal support should contact Christian Lamitschka:

Christian Lamitschka
An der Pfingstweide 28
61118 Bad Vilbel
Phone: +49 (0) 6101 544613
Fax: +49 (0) 6101 544622
Mobil: +49 (0) 171 6903352

Published in: on June 26, 2008 at 5:47 am  Leave a Comment  
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