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Christmas Around the World


SAN ANTONIO - Get ready for the biggest Construct A Kid’s Christmas Gala ever in 2017. This year the theme will be “Christmas Around the World” which will add even more variety to the event.





    Last year the 16th Annual Gala at Freeman Expo Hall was the largest in the fundraiser’s history.  With more than 1,200 tickets sold, silent and live auctions, and the biggest-to-date Texas–sized Grand Gala Raffle, the night was historic.
    Construct A Kid’s Christmas 501 (c) 3 non-profit was able to present a check for $60,000 to help Bexar County foster children have a merrier Christmas this year.  Also the event added a $40,000.00 check to Child Advocates San Antonio (CASA) who will help serve those same children throughout the entire year.
    The San Antonio construction community proved again to have the biggest hearts in Texas with their support of this event.
    This year’s 17th annual Construct A Kid’s Christmas Gala will be held Dec. 7 from 5:30-11pm at the Freeman Coliseum Expo Hall in Exhibit Hall C. “Our Gala last year broke records we never imagined,” said Buddy Doebbler, pub-lisher of Construction News and president of Construct A Kid’s Christmas 501 (c) 3.
    “This year we will strive to make it even better in all ways for those who attend.  Last year’s Grand Gala Raffle was a huge hit with all the prizes the one winner took home.  There were so many I wonder if Elizabeth Connally, Connally Law PLLC has had a chance to use them all yet.
    “We will be making the official announcement of the Grand Gala Raffle items in the September issue of Construc-tion News.  I don’t think anyone will be disappointed.”
    So please mark you calendar for Dec. 7 so you and your company can become a part of this great event.
    Guests are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy for a Bexar County foster child who might not otherwise have a gift under the Christmas tree this year.
     These toys will be added to those collected at the annual Construct A Kid’sChristmas Toy Drive held the next day, Dec. 8 from 10am-2pm at the Construction News office, 4047 Naco-Perrin Blvd.
    The donations of toys, gifts and gift cards collected at the gala and toy drive go to Friends of Bexar County so Bexar County Protective Services can distribute them to Bexar County foster children.
    As of last year the organization has donated $690,381 in cash and gift certificates and an awe-inspiring 23,311 toys and gifts.
    Our September paper will have complete information about the event.  See y’all there!
    Associations participating in the 2017 gala include the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Associated General Contractors (AGC), American Subcontractors Association (ASA), Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA), Construction News Ltd., Hispanic Contractors Association (HCA), Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC), Mechanical and Sheet Metal Contractors Association (MCA-SMACNA), National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), Plumbing-Heating- Cooling Contractors (PHCC), Surety Association of South Texas (SAST) and Texas Air Conditioning Contractors of America (TACCA). –bd

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Buddy Doebbler buddy@constructionnews.net