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The Post Dispatch
The Ragtown Gospel Theater was the scene Saturday night for the annual Community Recovery Center fundraiser that will provide scholarships, school programs, school supplies and Red Ribbon Programs along with operation costs.
Augustine Soto delivered the invocation while Jim Kemp welcomed the crowd to the 15th Annual Recovery Roundup Fundraiser.
The Recovery Center named Stephanie Hataway as the recipient of the Giles C. McCrary award. The award is given annually to an individual or group exhibiting an active involvement in the community and community events.
Chris Atkinson, Director of the Community Recovery Center said, “Stephanie has always been willing to support several different individuals, organizations and those want to better the community, quite often before even being asked. She gives of her services, time, talent, products and of herself towards the betterment of the Post community and Garza County as a whole and is the embodiment of what the Giles C. McCrary Award celebrates.”
Hataway is the owner of Buffalo Creek Threads has lived in Garza County the last 14 years. She opened a store front in 2011 offering custom embroidery. The store has evolved into a store selling fashionable women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories. Stephanie is married to Jon Hataway. The couple have two sons, Jayten and Jaxson.
Hataway said, “I’m very emotional about accepting this award, it’s because of the support of the local community that I can give of time and resources. As the announcement was made my 11-year-old son looked over at me and said, “Mom that’s you… and I’m so proud of you”. It made my night.”
She went on to say the Community Recovery Center is near and dear to her heart. “I came to Post from a career in Adult Probation in a larger area where resources were readily available. But what Chris does here in the community and surrounding area is unlike anything available anywhere. We are so fortunate to have this resource in Post,” Hataway stated. “I am honored to be a supporter of the center and the work they do for the community.”
A silent and live auction brought close to $4,000. A U.S. Flag flown over the U.S. Capitol on Sept 11, 2021, the 20th Anniversary of 9-11 was donated by U.S. Representative Jodey Arrington sold for $400.
The evening recognized First Responders as special guests on the 20th anniversary of September 11. The audience joined in singing Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA”.
The crowd over 150 was treated to an evening of entertainment by Jennie Dale Lord and Georgette Jones, the only daughter of the legendary Tammy Wynette and George Jones. She was accompanied by The Lone Star Cowboy Band of Lubbock.
Jones told the audience the story of her mother getting a break in Nashville by recording “Til I Make It on My Own”.
Joining with the Lone Star Cowboy Band, Jones performed “Golden Rings”, telling the audience it was the most popular duet her parents sang.
Jim Kemp joined Georgette on stage to perform her dad’s song, “White Lighting”.
Concluding the evening Jones told one her mother’s experiences recording an album. “Back in the day, all the recording was done in one day. As mom was finishing up the producer realized they were short one song, telling Tammy to write a little something and will put it together. Mom sat down and wrote a song she felt was not very good and might be on the “b” side of the album. As it turned out – this became her most popular song”. Georgette then performed, “Stand by Your Man”.
Followed by Georgette leading the audience as everyone stood to sing an emotional “America the Beautiful”
Georgette posted on her Facebook page “Post…yall are amazing! I had a wonderful time here with an incredible band and amazing people! My favorite part of the night I will not soon forget…. I decided to sing America the Beautiful at the very end. We simply put it together last minute, but I felt a need to sing it. As I started to sing, I felt emotions really hitting me and as the full band came in it was even more powerful…. then people started standing and singing along. I felt connected to this room full of strangers in the best and most remarkable way! God bless America !!! Thank you Post, TX, the band, this beautiful venue and Chris and Pam who have taken care of me like family. I look forward to coming back.”