Mission Gala Fundraiser Benefits Los Compadres
By Ellie Leeper
Photography By Greg Harrison
THE SCENE: Recently in San Antonio guests gathered under the moonlight at the historic Mission San Juan Capistrano for a fundraiser to support the Los Compadres organization. Guests were greeted by a strolling Mariachi guitar tour and entered the mission compound that was decorated with maypoles festooned with long strands of colorful ribbon. The façade of the mission church was dramatically up lit with soft, rosy lighting while the bell tower was lit up from the back. All of this followed an incredible sunset where pink and orange shone through the tower.
THE VIBE: Docents and park rangers offered tours of the mission upon arrival to the event. Guests enjoyed a silent auction and entertainment by Mariachi Campanas de America. Guests dined on “vice-regal” fare – foods that were native to the area or introduced by Franciscans during the Spanish Colonial era provided by the RK Group. The centerpieces, hand-made papier mâché lambs sporting a flower necklace, resembled an fluffy Easter cake. They were sold to raise additional funds and were donated by Sue Ann and J.A. Garcia and were made on the Garcia Ranch in Kenedy County.
THE CAUSE: Heather and Jeff de Rojas chaired the event. Los Compadres and the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park have worked in partnership for the past 31 years to preserve and develop the missions. Los Compadres has made many contributions, including raising over $4 million for special projects at each of the historic sites. These missions are national treasures entrusted to San Antonio’s care. The event’s main sponsor was Valero and for also supporting the event, special thanks goes to Mr. and Mrs. Michael Bolner, the Greehey Family Foundation, the National Park Service, and the John Newman Family Charitable Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation.