Blues on the Bay benefits Phoenix Center with music, bayou food
HORSESHOE BAY — In 2015, the Phoenix Center served more than 550 children through its professional and often innovative programs. The Marble Falls-based center, which provides high-quality mental health care to Highland Lakes children and their families, also welcomed its latest "staff member" last year as well: Mabel.
Mabel is a canine co-therapist who provides a wealth of benefits to the children. She is also one of about 100 dogs across the country that are allowed to accompany child survivors of abuse when they testify in court.
Keeping all the wonderful programs going takes funding. So on Feb. 20, the Phoenix Center is hosting Blues on the Bay at Quail Point Lodge, 107 Twilight Lane in Horseshoe Bay, from 6:30-10:30 p.m.
The fundraiser features the music of Jay Boy Adams, who will be performing with Zenobia.
"We are thrilled to have Jay Boy Adams and Zenobia perform at our event this year," said Phoenix Center founder and executive director Sarah Garrett. "Both artists are very talented, and together, they create a unique combination of guitar, keyboard and harmonies. Their music really makes you want to dance and have fun. We are so grateful to Michael and Cheryl Foster for underwriting the cost of the band."
Along with great music, there will gourmet bayou-inspired food, a dessert bar and an open beer and wine bar.
Tickets are $200 a person. All proceeds directly fund Phoenix Center services and programs. Tickets may be purchased at phoenixcentertexas.org or by calling (830) 637-7848. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.
Some of the services the Phoenix Center offers are therapeutic after-school programs, therapeutic camps (including Candlelight Ranch), parenting classes, and family and individual therapy sessions.
"The funds raised at our annual gala are vital to ensuring that children who have experienced trauma have access to the highest level of mental health care," Garrett said.
And, she noted, demand for those services are continuing to grow.
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