The Annual Catkins Ball was held Saturday evening, April 30th, under beautifully decorated tents in the heart of San Saba’s Risien Park. Pecan catkins actually adorned the setting as they fell from the numerous trees in the slight breeze. Guests enjoyed the fellowship and dinner, silent and live auction activities, followed by dancing to the music of the Jody Jenkins Band.
Clay Nettleship, Dick Miller, and Ken Jordan made introductions, offered thanks, and told of the accomplishments of Catkins events in the past years that have funded the renovation of our historic San Saba Burden Hotel. So much attention has been given to this project by the San Saba Community Foundation because Nathaniel Burden built the Hotel in 1857. It was the fourth building to be built in San Saba. It was also the first stone building to be erected and still stands west of the courthouse. The completion of the project should come soon and another will begin on the San Saba Courthouse Annex at the northwest corner of Cherokee and Wallace Streets.
About eighty local and out-of-town individuals and businesses, noted doctors and actors, along with famous high school, college, and pro sports dignitaries provided an array of items to be sold in the silent and live auctions. Mr. Willard Jordan served as the lively auctioneer, providing a fun time for all! The proceeds from these auctions and the San Saba Businessmen’s League raffles totaled near $80,000 for the San Saba County Community Foundation.