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South Texas Charity Weekend Hosts 24th Successful Gathering

By Anne Brady Thurwalker     Photography by Marie Langmore

THE SCENE: The King Ranch and the brush country of South Texas provided a fun and festive atmosphere for the 24th annual South Texas Charity Weekend.

THE VIBE: The “no ties” allowed event was particularly buzzing this year with the surprise of a lifetime for the secret honoree. Berdon Lawrence played the decoy until all was revealed to an amazed Fred Bryant who was completely unaware that
he would be honored as the 2017 South Texan of the Year. Friday night’s cocktail reception at the home of Tio and Janell Kleberg kicked o the weekend as they welcomed guests from all over to the King Ranch.

Saturday proved to be a cold rainy morning for field shooting but many braved the weather and a good time was had by all. The big reveal came Saturday evening at the banquet and live auction with Tio Kleberg donning a Texas Tech football uniform and making his entrance in to the Texas Tech fight song as he surprised Fred Bryant. The South Texan of the Year Award is a prestigious honor and one greatly deserved by Fred Bryant. Aldo Leopold said it best when he said, “There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot.” Fred is the latter. He is a champion of all things wild and believes in the land. He is many things but, one thing is certain, South Texas is a better place and we a better people for having had him grace this rough and rugged land.

Combined with cocktails, dinner and a lively auction, the surprise made for truly memorable event. Julianna Hawn Holt was the winning bidder for the image, taken by Janell Kleberg, of her friend Buster Welch. It was taken on King Ranch in 1975 and signed by both Welch and Kleberg. Sunday brunch at the King Ranch pool house closed out the week- end with guests saying their goodbyes in anticipation of what next year will bring.

THE CAUSE: Widlife conservation, ranching heritage, and health care organizations gratefully receive the bene t of charitable donors who come from as far away as Georgia and Alaska. The charities include Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management, CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital-Kleberg, and HALO-Flight.