The Southwest Texas Junior College scholarship fund is $25,000 richer following the most successful Palomino Fest Labor Day Weekend Celebration in history.
Johnny Arreola of Los Palominos presented a $25,000 check to SWTJC President-Elect Hector Gonzales on Tuesday, Sept. 18.
"Los Palominos are very pleased to make our largest single-year contribution to the college scholarship fund," Arreola said. "We thank our sponsors, all the volunteers, Wade Carpenter and all the college staff for working hand-in-hand to make this year's event the best Palomino Fest ever."
(Photo caption: SWTJC President-Elect Hector Gonzales accepts a $25,000 donation from Johnny Arreola of Los Palominos.)
Arreola said the event shows what can be accomplished when the community works together. "The county has built an excellent facility, the volunteers and community support were tremendous," Arreola said. "When we were playing this year and looking out at the crowds and the new facility, I had to remind myself that we were really still in Uvalde."
According to Arreola, the grammy-award winning Tejano/Norteño group plans to continue the festival named in their honor for the foreseeable future.
"God willing we will be back next year," Arreola said. "After this year, I can't wait to see what the community comes up with next time."
Festival coordinator Wade Carpenter said that the total amount donated to the college since it became the festival beneficiary eight years ago now stands at $95,000.
"Before this year, the largest single-year contribution was $10,000," Carpenter said. "I join Los Palominos in thanking everyone for their help and support of this year's event."
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