JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF
MARBLE FALLS — Bill Rives says he’s no Tom Petty, but he compares himself to another warbly voiced legend.
“I can almost sing as good as Bob Dylan,” he said with a laugh, “with a little practice.”
The Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce executive director — and guitarist — will be entertaining the crowd at the first-ever Raise a Glass for CASA fundraiser March 3 at Flat Creek Enoteca, 112 U.S. 281.
The wine and food pairings event is 7-9 p.m. and benefits the CASA for the Highland Lakes Area, which provides court-appointed special advocates, who provide a voice for children removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect.
“The area has a lot of socially conscious people who work hard to help (organizations) like CASA,” Rives said. “We have generous people in the community who step up.”
Fundraisers such as this one help pay for clothes for children, school supplies and even birthday gifts for them, according to CASA executive director Kristen Harris.
Attendees at the fundraiser will learn about wine and food pairings by sampling the different wines and hors d’oeuvres, including flat breads, cheeses and other items. Wine experts will be on hand to talk about pairings.
“We’re blessed to have knowledgeable and exceptional wine people in our area,” Rives said.
The event is limited to 80 attendees at $50 per person, and each receives a Flat Creek Enoteca wine glass.
When he was asked to entertain at the event, Rives warned Harris that he’s “no Tom Petty.”
But that didn’t faze her.
“We’re super excited to have him,” Harris said.
Rives said he plays music from the 1960s and 1970s.
“I certainly encourage sing-a-longs at no charge,” he said. “It’ll be a chance for people to have some fun while they’re doing good work for the CASA kids.”
To make reservations for the event, call (325) 388-3440.
“Hopefully, folks will come, and at the same time, have a little fun,” Rives said. “The wine is going to be great, the food is going to be great, the music will be the best that I can do.”