Day of Giving tops $35,000 raised



The Liberty Hill Day of Giving reached nearly $36,000 in funds raised for local charities for the second year in as many tries, once again demonstrating the charitable spirit of the community.

Among the seven charities participating this year, Hope House brought in more than a third of the total raised at $11,746, thanks in part to a $6,000 donation from Doug Frazior.

“We were very pleased,” said Hope House Development Director Erland Shultz. “We set a goal of $6,000 and like last year, when we set our goal and had Smokey Mo’s come up and pay for that goal, we had the same thing happen this year. We just feel so fortunate that we were able to exceed our goal.”

Hope House is doing interior work to a home it purchased recently to make the rooms and bathrooms ADA compliant to meet the growing need for space for residents.

“When you start remodeling anything the cost always seems to go up,” he said, adding that the community also showed great support with many other donations. “We gained a additional $4,000 to $5,000 from the wonderful support of the people here, and that was so badly needed for this project.”

Shultz also said a fundraiser, sponsored by Deborah DeBona at Thirsty Mule Winery, as well as $500 from The Independent as part of its subscription drive, made a huge difference.

“We feel like this year was more successful than last year,” Schultz said. “We are so thrilled to do this work and have that kind of support.”

Operation Liberty Hill which raised $8,411, followed by the Liberty Hill Public Library with $7,957 and L4 Cares with $5,771, were the other top fundraisers.

“We can’t thank The Independent enough for all of the work put into this,” Schultz said. “This has just come through again this year for us and we’re so excited. In our eyes, when (The Independent) first started this we thought maybe it could do something for us. Then here we are with these donations and the ability to tell our story to the people who don’t know about us.”

With more than $70,000 raised through the first two years, sights are already set on the 2020 event and surpassing the $100,000 mark for the event.

“The success of The Day of Giving is something the community should be proud of, because without all of the donations and support of everyone in Liberty Hill this would not be possible,” said The Independent’s Director of Fun Katie Amsler. “We’re excited about what next year will bring and the opportunity to help the wonderful charities in our area.”