Fundraisers and programs move the community forward through the generosity of contributors and volunteers. Here's a sampling of some of the celebrations and events staged by nonprofit groups in Lubbock.
Mardi Gras Celebration - February. Some 40 restaurants from across Lubbock bring the best selections from their menus for guests to taste as a part of the Mardi Gras event. Also, live music, beads, costumes and a king and queen create an atmosphere of New Orleans to benefit Lubbock Meals on Wheels. 792-7971.
Women of Excellence - February. An awards banquet held annually by the YWCA recognizes women who have excelled in their careers. Ticket sales build funds for the YWCA. 792-2723.
March Madness - March. A basketball party to benefit the National Kidney Foundation of West Texas provides a big screen TV to show college basketball playoffs, plus a banquet meal, entertainment, and a free-throw shootout during the televised game's half time. 799-7753.
Ragin' Cajun - March. A large plate of spicy Cajun food that includes crawfish, shrimp and vegetables offers contributors a memorable meal along with live music, dancing from early-to-late, and entertainment by members of Special Olympics, the organization that is benefitted. 749-7000.
Mayors' Beans and Cornbread Luncheon - April. Raises funds, through a simple meal accompanied by live music, for Hospice of Lubbock. It enables Hospice to provide services for those who are unable to pay for care. 795-2751.
Celebrity Luncheon - April. The Lubbock Chapter of the Association for Women in Communication raises funds for scholarships by recognizing headliners and those who've served Lubbock. 742-2210.
Varied theme dinner events - May. Utilized by the National Ranching Heritage Center to generate funds for maintenance of about 40 historic buildings and exterior displays. 742-0498.
House raffle - July-October. A $250,000 home is raffled each year by Make-a-Wish Foundation to make wishes come true for critically ill children. 785-9474.
John Deere tractor raffle - August. The sale of raffle tickets for a $90,000 tractor is conducted each year by Women's Protective Services to help pay for providing shelter and counseling for abused women and children. 747-6491.
Holidays of Hope - November. Auctions decorated Christmas trees to build funds for Court Appointed Special Advocates of the South Plains, an organization that provides an individual to look after the interests of a neglected or abused child during court hearings. 763-2272.
Cornucopia Luncheon - November. Honors individuals and organizations for volunteer service to the community. It is organized by the Volunteer Center of Lubbock. 747-0551.
Holiday Happening - November. The Junior League of Lubbock stages an elaborate Christmas gift shopping area in the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center to gather funds for its charitable operations through the year. 794-8874.
Women of Distinction - December. A banquet held by the Girl Scouts of Caprock Council honors women for their work in the community and in scouting. Its ticket sales also generate funds for the Girl Scouts. 745-2855.
U Can Share Food Drive - December. Gathers massive amounts of non-perishable food supplies from this area for the South Plains Food Bank. 763-3003.
Compiled by Ray Westbrook