Each year's the CENTURIONS of Kendall County host an annual Gala attended by hundreds of people. Every year the gala takes on a different theme and is unquestionably one of Kendall County's most popular charitable events. Staging a party of this size takes a tremendous amount of volunteer time. Each year hundreds of hours go into the construction, food preparation, collection of donations, sponsorships and ticket sales for this gala.
Planning for the February gala begins right after each year's previous gala. The group has become skilled at taking the Boerne Community and Convention Center and transforming the site into a themed extravaganza. One of the most time-consuming aspects of planning the gala is the solicitation of donations for the silent and live auctions, collecting monetary donations and sponsorships . Obviously, the more items that are donated the more successful the fund raising effort becomes, as the money from ticket sales and activities at the gala may then go directly to the local charities and scholarships.
The Centurions of Kendall County is a 501(C) 3 tax exempt status association, consisting of 49 business and community leaders, created and existing for benevolent, charitable and educational purposes. Since its inception in 1985, it has contributed over $800,000 dollars to local charities and college scholarships. Funds are raised through sponsorship's, auctions, and ticket sales at the Centurions Annual Valentine’s Gala held every February.
A partial list of past recipients include the following:
Boerne Convention & Community Center
Rainbow Senior Center
Hill Country Family Services
Northrup City Park
Kendall County E.M.S.
Boerne Public Library
Kendall County Junior Livestock Association
Heartland Children’s Inn
Boerne Ltttle Theater
Cibolo Nature Center
Various School Science Projects
College Scholarships (Boerne and Comfort)
Rural Fire Departments
Hill Country Pregnancy Center
Boys and Girls Club of Comfort
Majestic Ranch for Daily Bread Ministry
Kendall County Battered Women Shelter