Hill Country Community Foundation


Rotary Scholarship Night continues legacy, raises $45K

By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

The first annual Rotary Scholarship Night, held Saturday, Sept. 21, at Hidden River Ranch, welcomed hundreds of members of the community who came together to celebrate Burnet CISD students with a delicious dinner, live music, auctions, and fun and fellowship with friends and neighbors.

The Rotary Club of Burnet took over the fundraising duties for the Hill Country Community Foundation after the community attended the Suzanne Johnson Scholarship Endowment Fundraisers' Grand Finale last year.

After exceeding their goal of $1 million raised, HCCF Lifetime Director Cary Johnson and his children, who created the endowment in honor of their loving wife and mother in 2011, handed the reins to the Rotary Club, entrusting them with the philanthropic goal of raising funds to continue providing scholarships to every Burnet CISD graduate each year.


Rotary hosts scholarship night

Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
Members of the community excitedly celebrated the reaching of a goal of $1 million of funds raised by the past seven Suzanne Johnson Scholarship Endowment Fundraisers in the middle of the live auction at the event's Grand Finale on Saturday, Sept. 15. This year, the torch has been passed to the Rotary Club of Burnet to continue the annual fundraisers geared toward raising funds for graduating Burnet CISD seniors. The first Rotary Scholarship Night will be held Saturday, Sept. 21 at Hidden River Ranch, Lampasas.







By Savanna Gregg

Staff Writer

Burnet Bulletin

After the Suzanne Johnson Scholarship Endowment Fundraiser's Grand Finale last September, the torch was passed along to the Rotary Club of Burnet to continue the legacy of raising funds for Burnet CISD graduates.

Rotary Scholarship Night, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21, will be full of delicious food, live music, fun and fellowship in support of the Hill Country Community Foundation, instilling the philanthropic values of selfless members of the community and supporting that community's students.


Suzanne Johnson Endowment raises $165K for HCCF

First State Bank of Burnet President Cary Johnson presents the Hill Country Community Foundation with a $165,000 check -- the proceeds from the most recent Suzanne Johnson Scholarship Endowment Fundraiser. Back row from left are David Bennett, Kyle Stripling, Danny Floyd, Phillip Thurman, Calvin Boyd, and TJ Reed. Front row are Earline Zimmerman, Ken Graham, Cary Johnson, Keith McBurnett and Sallye Long.

By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

The Suzanne Johnson Scholarship Endowment Fundraiser always brings in a substantial amount of money for the Hill Country Community Foundation (HCCF) and this year was no exception.

On Thursday, Nov. 16, First State Bank of Burnet President Cary Johnson presented HCCF with a check for $165,000 in proceeds from the sixth annual Suzanne Johnson Scholarship Endowment Fundraiser, held this past September in Lampasas.

The Hill Country Community Foundation has been a part of the community since 1982. It provides assistance and support to students entering college by gifting considerable scholarships every year. The foundation also supports charitable and health programs, impacting the community for almost 40 years.


Brian Edward Bullock

Brian Edward Bullock


Brian Edward Bullock

April 29, 1996 — July 4, 2017

Brian Edward Bullock, 21, of Burnet, Texas, went to be with his heavenly father on July 4, 2017. He was born April 29, 1996, in Round Rock, Texas. Brian graduated with honors from Burnet High School in 2014, where he played on the varsity basketball and tennis teams. He was currently attending Texas A&M University where he was studying Ocean Engineering and was to graduate in May. Brian was a die-hard Aggie and receiving his Aggie ring was one of his proudest moments.

Brian had a love for life that was evident to everyone who knew him. He enjoyed playing basketball, hiking, fishing, camping, kayaking and seeing God’s handiwork in the mountains, lakes, rivers and sunsets. He also enjoyed taking his beloved dog “Goose” to run and swim. Brian loved a good political discussion, watching his Golden State Warriors play, and Texas Aggies football.


Seton Kids Care-A-Van event tops $730,000

Glynis Crawford Smith/Highland Lakes Newspapers

At the podium of the Kids Care-a-Van Tailgate Party, Earnest Ray "Bubba" Bean, left, who got a start in his eventual career as a pro running back for the Atlanta Falcons under the tutelage of Emory Dilworth Bellard (Dec. 17, 1927 – Feb. 10, 2011) at Texas A&M University, joins the widow of the famed coach, Susan Bellard, in recalling Ballard's career and devotion to worthy causes.


By Glynis Crawford Smith

Highland Lakes Newspapers

An outpouring of support at Emory Bellard-Spike Dykes Memorial Kids Care-a-Van Tailgate Party and golf tournament has resulted in more than $730,000 added to the work of the Seton Highland Lakes mobile unit that carries healthcare to needy children in Burnet and Llano counties.

The tailgate party was held Friday, June 16, at the Galloway-Hammond Recreation Center in Burnet with 500 people in attendance, and the tournament, Saturday, June 17, at Delaware Springs Golf Course with 180 participants.

A whopping $500,000 in matching funds from the Highland Lakes Health Fund (HLHF) to the Children's Healthcare Endowment. The endowment was the brain child of Woody and Donna McCasland, and their personal pledge of $100,000 started the auction-style call for matching funds a high note.


BHS graduates receive $500,000 in Scholarship


With the help of partners Sylvester H. Reed endowment, Marie Clark Galloway Endowment, Suzanne Johnson Endowment and other contributors, the Hill Country Community Foundation (HCCF) was able to hand out a total of $500,000 in University Scholarships to the graduating class at Burnet High School and Quest on Thursday, May 19.

“My speech is short and sweet,” said Keith McBurnett, BCISD Superintendent during the event.

“Thank you,” McBurnett said to the HCCF board, the students, the parents and the faculty.

The HCCF along with its partners handed out almost $300,000 in scholarships while another $190,000 came from community scholarships and $400,000 in Military Benefits to help support Burnet’s youth as they take the next step in their lives.

A number of presenters took their turns handing out the scholarships to the senior class, including first time presenters Carcy and Tres Clinton.

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