The funds collected, more than $13,000, will go to the improvement and upgrades of the mansion’s dated kitchen to allow the grand old house and grounds to provide a locale for upcoming weddings, receptions and parties with a full-fledged kitchen for on-site food preparation.
“We were pleasantly surprised at the numbers in attendance, even with the heat. I think everybody had a great time,” said BAA President Nancy O’Neil.
“We were overwhelmed, in a good way. We were glad to pull out a few more chairs.”
The back patio of the mansion was full and all those in attendance enjoyed the good barbecue and refreshments.
Fund-raising activities included a silent auction and it was followed by a regular auction of several items that included fishing trips, steak dinners, hunting trips, ghost or paranormal excursions at the mansion and even the chance to have a sleep-over with the mansion’s spiritual sibling inhabitants.
Musical entertainment was provided and several tours of the mansion were arranged for those wanting to get an inside look at the Berclair showpiece.
Additional fund-raisers will be forthcoming for the mansion’s upkeep and renovation, according to O’Neil. Events will be announced ahead of time for all those wanting to contribute to the preservation of a South Texas icon and the spiritual inhabitants of the old, yet beautiful mansion.