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Cold weather, hot chili perfect combo for Llano Project Graduation fundraiser


LLANO — Few hot-and-cold combinations are more appealing than chili and winter.

And the Llano High School Project Graduation committee is selling the meaty dish with all the fixings from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 18 at Lutie Watkins Memorial United Methodist Church, 800 Wright St. The cost is $6 for dine-in or takeout. Tea and dessert will be available.

Dena Kenner, chairwoman for Project Graduation, got the idea to sell chili based off conversations from other Project Graduation committees in other cities, adding that it was a big money raiser elsewhere.

She believes Llano’s group will see similar results.

“It’s cold outside,” she said. “We’re very fortunate that most of the parents have agreed to donate 100 percent (of the food items.) It doesn’t happen very often. We’re very thankful.”

Advance tickets may be bought at any of the Llano Independent School District campuses.

Thanks to the success of last year’s event, Keener said Llano Project Graduation will return May 29  to the YMCA of the Highland Lakes at Galloway-Hammond, 1601 S. Water St. in Burnet.

“We had a lot of good feedback from chaperones and kids,” she said. “It fits the budget very well.”

The goal is to raise $17,000-$20,000. The group’s main fundraiser is a Valentine gala at 6 p.m. Feb. 14 at Llano High School, 2509 Texas 16 South. The cost for the steak dinner, silent auction and talent show is $30 per person and $5 to attend the talent show only.