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john Arthur martinez headlines First Baptist school fundraiser

MARBLE FALLS — From new songs by local crooner john Arthur martinez to a Caribbean cruise for two, the First Baptist Christian School benefit Friday promises a good time for all, organizers said.

"It’s a casual evening with a lot of fun," said Ed Necker of the First Baptist Church of Marble Falls.

The event will raise money for the private Christian school located at the church.

The fundraiser will be held at FBC’s property at 901 La Ventana, located south of Lake Marble Falls off U.S. off of 281.

It starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the event are $35 apiece or a table of eight for $500.

"The main focus this year is to raise money for our scholarship fund," Necker said. "There are so many families struggling right now because of the economy that we want to help as many as we can."

The church and school are at 501 Twelfth St.

The FBC School offers programs for infants through fourth-graders this year, but there are plans to someday include grades up to the 12th. Necker said the school will add a fifth grade next year.

Though the private school has offered infant and preschool programs for more than 25 years, Necker said the school only added the elementary classes five years ago.

Interest has quickly grown, and more than 200 students are enrolled now through the fourth grade.

"We want to continue to provide a learning experience and programs for families who are looking for a private, Christian five-day-a-week school," he said.

Necker said Pappasito’s is catering the event and there will be an "el mercado," or market.

"It’s really a silent and live auction," he said.

Visitors can bid on a wide spectrum of prizes, including a seven-night Caribbean cruise for two.

"But it’s not just big items," Necker said. "There’s something for every budget. We’ll have sports memorabilia and several prints by local artists."

Some of the most popular auction items last year, Necker said, actually came from some of the humblest "artists."

"The things that really went over well were the handmade items from our students," he said. "There were abstract paintings and other things they made in class. And people just loved them."

The evening includes a performance by Martinez, a popular singer in the Americana genre who recently released a new CD, "Purgatory Road." Martinez, of Cottonwood Shores, was a finalist on "Nashville Star" in 2003.

"He’s going to perform some new songs off his new album, which is a Christian one," Necker said. "The event is outside at our new facility in La Ventana, so I think it’s going to be a wonderful setting for a wonderful cause."

For more, contact event chairwoman Deanna Nail at (830) 596-3630 or dmarienail@gmail.com.

daniel@thepicayune.com