Queen's Court honors veterans

Five soldiers and the Queen's Court pose together. From left to right are Duchess Destinee Caberera, Serviceman Tim Pennington, Duchess Avery Herron, Serviceman Archie Gerald, Duchess Konleigh Eben, Queen Hannah Fults, Serviceman Scott Schecht, Serviceman Peter Venardes, Duchess Hannah Griffin, Servicewoman Gina Garrintano, and Princess Makenna Hawkins. PHOTOS COURTESY OF HAYS COUNTY LIVESTOCK QUEENS COURT.

Royalty serves the community

On Saturday, Jan. 21, The Hays County Livestock Show Queen's Court gathered alongside others in the community to give back to the men and women who have served in our country. The event took place at Dick and Dodie Juarez-Scott's ranch in Wimberley. Recipients from Patriots and Heroes Outdoors were invited to stay at the local ranch to hunt, lodge, eat and relax in the beautiful hill country. The youth in the HCYLS Queen's Court were their to assist in serving the meal, visiting with the service men and women and clean-up. 

Duchess Konleigh Eben stated, "This has been one of my favorite community service projects. It meant a lot to me to give back to those who have served for me and my country." 

Duchess Destinee Caberera commented, "It was an amazing opportunity to serve the people whom have served this country. If being a warrior isn't enough, these veterans were kind, humorous which in turn made me that much more grateful. I would honored to do it again." 

Queen Hannah Fults said, "I was humbled by the sacrifices that the veterans and their families have made to protect the freedom that many of us take for granted." 

Priscilla Ruiz, a 4-H volunteer said, "It was an honor to serve the veterans and I would do it again." Tina Owens, mother of a queen's court member, spoke with Dodie Juarez-Scott about the event and Juarez-Scott commented that the soldiers mentioned in their "Thank You" speech how much they enjoyed the queen's court playing a part in their experience. The Scotts have extended an invitation to have the court return to help again next year.

Patriots and Heroes Outdoors promotes morale by providing hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreational activities with a primary focus on Purple Heart recipients— those with service related injuries— and their families by networking with other like-minded organizations and individuals. They offer educational support to service families by pursuing grants, endowments, scholarships and other financial contributions. The program helps with emotional needs of service families in whatever way possible through professional contacts and personal relationships.

Patriots and Heroes rapid growth and success since its founding in 2006 as Hunts for Heroes has been achieved through the unselfish effort of hundreds of supportive enthusiasts and landowners, the generosity of supporters across the country and by the acceptance and lessons learned from planning and hosting activities for wounded veterans and active duty personnel to work as facilitators with interested host families and organizations to offer activities and events that meet everyone's goals.

To donate go to phoutdoors.org or call Rod Jay at 713-858-2133.

Patriots and Heroes Outdoors is a 100 percent volunteer organization and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.


• Submitted by the Hays County Livestock Queens Court

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