Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Recent Gruene Deeds

If Gruene Music & Wine Fest raising a record breaking amount this year didn’t get your attention, then listen up. Businesses in Gruene have rallied together to support many important causes. Here are a few of our most recent Gruene Deeds!


Do you like home team football rivalries?? The 3rd Annual Chow Down Showdown was held at Cantina del Rio Sept 28th thru Oct 12th with 10% of each football fan’s bill going to the team of their choice – the New Braunfels Unicorns or the Canyon Cougars.  Cantina del Rio donated an additional $500 to the Unicorns for the most gross receipts and total contributions reached near $1500 for our local football programs. GO RED!! GO BLUE!!


On Sunday, October 21st, Gruene Hall & KNBT92.1FM teamed up to host benefit concert Texas Music Heals, a benefit for BrentLowak, local survivor of the Aurora movie theater shooting. Held at Gruene Hall, the benefit featured artists Houston Marchman, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Wade Bowen  and Bleu Edmondson.   The time people donated and spent with Brent was truly amazing! An autographed Robert Earl Keen guitar raised $2,200 in the silent auction! The finally amount donated to Brent will be released on Monday, October 29, so stay tuned! And look for Gruene Hall and KNBT to team up again next May for the Annual Americana Music Jam benefit!


Don’t miss… the 29th Annual Tour de Gruene coming up November 3 & 4. The event features recreational and team time trials and benefits the American Cancer Society and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Come ride with us!


Then, also coming up next month, Photos with Cowboy Kringle in collaboration with Old Gruene Market Days on November 17th & 18th will donate a portion of their proceeds to Communities in Schools of South Central Texas, presenting a check during Gruene’s annual Town Lighting on Saturday, December 1st. Get a start on your holiday shopping in Gruene's relaxed atmosphere -- you're bound to find something special for everyone on your list. Nearly 100 vendors offer Christmas gifts, uniquely crafted items and packaged Texas foods. Admission is free, so come on out!


And now for Gruene’s most impressive charitable gift of 2012… drum roll please…  The 26th Annual Gruene Music & WineFest presented the United Way of Comal County with a check for $125,199.23 on Tuesday, October 23rd! The annual event is presented by Gruene Hall and KNBT. Many sponsors and staff helped to make it possible, sooo not to toot our own horn, but… Toot! Toot! Gruene is so proud of all the hard work put into this event and to all the people who came out to the 26th Annual Gruene Music & Wine Fest this year! It truly took so many people to put this event on and Gruene appreciates every one of you.


All of these wonderful deeds couldn’t have been accomplished without the support of the wonderful town of New Braunfels, visitors from near and far, and of course, our honky-tonk fans of Gruene. We thank you!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Texas Music HEALS

                    Gruene Hall and KNBT 92.1FM are presenting a very special evening in support of Aurora shooting survivor and Bulverde resident, BrentLowak.
Texas Music HEALS will take place Sunday, Oct. 21 at 6pm at Gruene Hall, featuring acoustic sets by Bleu Edmondson, Wade Bowen and Ray Wylie Hubbard and more. Please join us as we raise money to assist Brent with his medical expenses. 

                  Brent was attending the midnight release of the movie, “The Dark Knight Rises” while visiting his long-time friend, Jessica Ghawi, in Aurora, Colorado. He sustained gunshot wounds from which he has undergone three surgeries so far and is now back home in Texas as he continues healing and recovering from his serious injuries.  His friend Jessica did not survive.  Brent attended Smithson Valley High School and was studying to be an EMT.

                God bless Brent on his road to recovery.

                   An account has been set up for contributions to help cover Brent Lowak's medical expenses. You can go to your neighborhood Wells Fargo and let them know you'd like to make a contribution to the Brent Lowak Survivor Expense Fund. You can also mail your contribution to Brent Lowak Survivor Expense Fund, P.O. Box 310176 New Braunfels, TX 78131. If you would like to use a debit/credit card or do a direct transfer, payments can be made to on PAYPAL. If you have any questions, please feel free to email. A silent auction is available online as well.


Cards and Letters can be sent to Brent Lowak at:

Brent Lowak c/o Concordia Lutheran Church

16801 Huebner Road

San Antonio, TX 78258 USA

T-shirts are for presale online now till October 15th.