“This fundraiser will show how the people in this county pitch in to support our wounded troops,” said Bobby Edwards, of Bonnie View, a charter member of the committee that organized the event four years ago.
J.R. Castillo and his band Unwound have been making a strong impact on the revived up country scene in and around Texas. From the small South Texas town of Green Acres J.R. and the boys have experienced some regional success with six top 10 hits on the Texas and Regional charts, releasing two independent albums.
Castillo is by no means a newcomer to the world of live music. Playing guitar and singing since the age of seven and a songwriter since the age of 13.
During Warrior’s Weekend set for May 21, 22,, more than 300 wounded soldiers will converge on Port O’Connor for a weekend of fishing with guides who volunteer their boats and time to take the soldiers out for a day away from hospitals, therapy, and the burdens of the war, with which they returned home.
“What we get back is 10-times what we give,” he said.
The Bonnie View resident is a Vietnam vet who saw combat and treated many soldiers as a medic. Edwards works on the event year-round.
“These kids are so thankful for this weekend,” Edwards said. “Anyone who takes the time to go to Warrior’s Weekend will find out exactly what makes this event so special.”
Warrior’s Weekend has steadily grown since its inception.
Buses are chartered to transport the troops from hospitals. Patriot Guard motorcycle riders and 134 motorcycle cops escorted the buses on the various legs of the journey last year.
School children waved flags as the buses passed and the troops were greeted warmly.
“We plan to have 170 boats in the water this year,” Edwards said.
But treating 300 people to a weekend in motels, travel, food and entertainment is no inexpensive endeavor so fundraisers like the one in Refugio on March 6 are essential.
“People are generous, they’ve donated fishing trips to be auctioned and given money to put this on,” Edwards said. “We’re asking the people of Refugio County to come out and support these wounded soldiers.”
In addition to the fishing trips, motorcycle gear and other items will also be auctioned.
The auction gets underway at 4 p.m. followed by dinner at 5 and a dance from 8 to 12 p.m.
The barbecue dinner and dance are $12. The dance is $5 per person.
To make a donation or find out more information about this event or Warrior’s Weekend, contact Bobby Edwards at 361 318 4799 or Ron Kocian, 361-550- 0187.