RIfles, Racks, & Deer Tracks returns Saturday

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Hill Country Children's Advocacy Center Outreach Coordinator Kaylee Gaines distributes Rifles, Racks, and Deer Tracks commemorative cups and koozies to guests at last year's event. This year's fundraiser will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at the YMCA of the Highland Lakes, and all proceeds will go towards the HCCAC and their efforts to support area children who are victims of abuse and neglect.






Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

Staff at the Hill Country Children's Advocacy Center in Burnet are gearing up for the return of one of their most popular fundraisers this Saturday, Oct. 26.

The sixth annual Rifles, Racks, and Deer Tracks fundraiser has grown each year since its first event, and, along with the annual Designer Purse Bingo, continues to support the HCCAC's operations financially and through community support.

“The HCCAC's fundraisers are a tremendous benefit for the center,” Executive Director Ken Nikel said. “Last year, the net proceeds from both Rifles, Racks, and Deer Tracks and Designer Purse Bingo covered the cost of two employees in 2019. We are grateful for the generosity of the Hill Country Community.”

Through the support of their community, HCCAC was also able to hire a second therapist who travels to every other county the center serves – Blanco, Lampasas, Llano, and San Saba – to save families travel expenses and time rather than requiring that the family travel to Burnet to receive trauma services.

“Our success has been possible with the incredible community support from private and public sectors that have recognized that our services are vital in each community and provide financial resources to meet the needs of professionals charged with working to keep children safe, promote healing, and seek justice,” Nikel said. “This community support continues to enable us to fulfill our mission that ensures every child receives every service with every effort.”

Past events were held at the Freedom Flyers Hangar, but as the guest list continued growing, staff moved it to the YMCA of the Highland Lakes, where it continues to make its home and welcome more members of the community.

Fundraisers have also evolved technologically throughout the years. Tickets are all available online at hccac.org, and during the event, staff uses a text messaging system for the silent auction, allowing guests to bid for items from their table and check out efficiently at the end of the night. Guests can still enjoy a loud live auction, though, and will be able to bid on 19 items including a guided trophy axis hunt, a custom made kitchen island, several guns, and more.

Guests can look forward to silent and live auctions at Saturday's event, as well as a barbecue dinner and beer, wine, and margaritas with the purchase of a commemorative cup. Guests may also enter to win a 2019 Polaris Ranger 900 Crew Cab 4X4, always a favorite part of the event.

All proceeds from the event will go toward the HCCAC and the organization's unending services for children in need.

“In 2019, the Board of Directors and Center's staff has been finalizing on a five-year strategic plan to provide better service for children who are suspected victims of abuse, neglect, exposed to drugs, or whom have witnessed a violent crime,” Nikel said. “With our plan completed, the staff is working on achieving our goals and priorities. Our mission is to provide children and families a stable path to justice and healing through efficient, coordinated, and trauma-informed services in the aftermath of abuse or violent crimes.”

Rifles, Racks, and Deer Tracks will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at the YMCA of the Highland Lakes, 1201 South Water Street, Burnet. Tickets are $50 per person, and tables of eight are available for $600. Tickets may be purchased at hccac.org. For more information, visit hccac.org, call the center at 512-756-2607, or email lorac@hccac.org.

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