Suzanne Johnson Endowment to hold fundraiser Saturday

Photo by Frank Shubert/Highland Lakes Newspapers 
Over 400 hundred friends family and community leaders attended the 5th Annual Suzanne Johnson Scholarship Endowment Fundraiser Saturday at Log Country Cove in Burnet. Festivities included dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions and music from Jack Johnson & Charlie Richards with the Austin Brothers Band. Cary Johnson, center, takes a moment from the busy evening to pose with (L-R) Traci Van Zandt, Kendall Farmer, Melinda Lovelace and Tara Rockafellow.







By Jenn Robison

Burnet Bulletin

The sixth annual Suzanne Johnson Scholarship Endowment fundraiser promises to be another night not to miss, organizers said.

This year's event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 16, beginning at 5:30 p.m., at the Collins Rustic Ranch in Lampasas.

The event will include food and drinks, a silent and live auction, and dancing to live music by Ben Watson and Hired Guns, as well as a mariachi band.

This year's theme is “Mexican Fiesta,” and casual attire is appropriate.

“We're hoping to have another unforgettable night,” said Cary Johnson, founder of the endowment fund and president of First State Bank of Burnet. “We're going with a Mexican fiesta theme this year. There will be a mariachi band, photo booth, and a magician working table to table through out the night.

“After the silent auction there will be live music from Ben Watson and Hired Guns so we are hoping there will be enough to keep people entertained all night.”

So far, the Suzanne Johnson Scholarship Endowment Fund — begun in memory of Suzanne Johnson, who passed away in 2011 after a three-year battle with brain cancer — has raised $725,000 for the Hill Country Community Foundation, creating about $61,000 in scholarships.

“All of these scholarships have been awarded to area students,” Cary Johnson said.

In 2015, the fund was able to donate $123,000 to the Foundation, raising 125 percent of the donation in 2013, in which amounted roughly to $100,000.

In 2016, the fundraiser had its best year yet; raising $166,167, which was turned over to the Foundation as well. Last spring alone, the endowment gave $17,000 in nine scholarships for the class of 2017.

To purchase tickets online for the event, please visit the “Purchase Tickets” link on, or visit the First State Bank of Burnet, where cash, credit or checks will be accepted.

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