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Good Shepherd Mission to hold annual banquet Oct. 29 at Elkins Lake

   Evening features meal and an operatic spoof, all to aid the Mission

The Good Shepherd Mission will hold its 2018 Banquet, celebrating 34 years of service to those in need, Monday, Oct. 29 at the Elkins Lake Country Club, 632 Cherry Hills Drive.

The evening will feature an update on the Mission’s programs as well as plans for future expansion. All proceeds from the banquet will go to fund programs and expansion.


Collen Hughes-Mallette

International Comedic Soprano Colleen Hughes-Mallette, who once lived in Huntsville, will give locals an evening of opera, but with a lot of laughs. Hughes-Mallette, on the voice faculty at Texas Christian University,  is a graduate of Hardin-Simmons University and has a graduate degree from North Texas. She also is the author of “The Next Act: A Handbook on Graduating from Arts or Life.” She has performed nationally and internationally, both seriously and doing operatic send-ups through her own creation “The Lamaze School of Singing.”

In addition the Rev. Dave Smith, Good Shepherd director, will give an update on the Mission’s year and needs.

The Mission is planning a new commercialization of the kitchen, a food bank expansion and renovating office space for future case managers.

The Mission is Walker County’s primary point of relief and help for the homeless and households in need. It serves on average more than 2,000 hot meals each month; provides groceries to over 650 households monthly, including more than  500 children;sees 1,000 beds used monthly; hands out more than 6,500 articles of clothing, shoes, coats, and blankets items each month; and, through counseling and caring, helps its clients build relationships and change their lives for the good.

The annual count for a year of nightly lodging in the Mission shelter totals around 12,000.   This figure has stayed constant for many years.  To understand the value, the per diem that FEMA states is needed for shelter is $12.50 per night and about $2 per meal.  At a minimum this specific program would have a value of $216,000 by providing just shelter and meals.


Tickets for the 6:30 p.m. event are $50 a person, $500 for a table of eight. For person who cannot attend, donations are accepted. Tickets may be purchased by sending a check to The Good Shepherd Mission, PO Box 7281, Huntsville, TX 77342. For more information call Scott McKinley at 936-291-8156 or email him at smckinley@thegsmission.org.

About Rich Heiland

Rich Heiland, former publisher of the Huntsville Item and owner of Free Press publications, LLC, a reporting/writing firm working with media, has been a reporter, editor and publisher at several daily papers. He was part of a Pulitzer Prize winning team. He taught journalism at Western Illinois University. He can be reached at freepresstx@gmail.com or 936-293-0293.

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