Ever since

Burt Stigen bought the old Shady Rest Motel property and opened the City of

Refuge as a shelter for homeless veterans, there has been a constant worry

about funding to keep the shelter operating. The shelter is wholly dependent on

donations for operating costs.

The main

building containing the chapel, office, kitchen, and dining area is in dire

need of replacement. A fundraising effort is under way to raise the cost of a

new building. There have been donations from the private sector, from the Stark

64 Veterans Association, and from the American Legion. Now the community as a

whole has an opportunity to help the City of Refuge.

On Saturday,

Nov. 12, there will be a day long benefit for the COR. The event is

sponsored by The Fraternal Order of Eagles, Sabine Aerie 2523. American Legion

Post 49 is hosting the benefit at the Post home on Green Avenue.

Scheduled to

start at 11 a.m. and last until 6 p.m., there will be live music,

raffles, auctions, a 50-50 raffle and the main attraction, barbecue plates.

The events

are scheduled to rotate and run throughout the day. It will be an “in and out”

function. There will be the opportunity to go to the benefit and stay as long

as you care to to take advantage of all the action.


information on the benefit, call Yvonne at 409-745-3842 or 409-988-4154