The Wild Game Dinner
Truth be known, they had no idea what they were starting.
Back in 1991, a few men of the Dripping Springs United Methodist Church got together, prepared a fine dinner of wild game, served a few dozen friends, and in the process raised a few hundred dollars to build a stairwell in the church building.
What those men started has now become the largest single charitable event in the Dripping Springs Community. More than 650 people on average attend the Wild Game Dinner enjoying great food (all of the wild game is donated) and an opportunity to support local causes and our church’s ministries.
This event is organized for fellowship and outreach by enjoying good food and each other’s company in a way only folks in Dripping Springs can.
The Dripping Springs Wild Game Dinner has raised and contributed nearly $1,000,000 to local causes and ministries, thanks to sponsorships from businesses, donations of auction items, and the generosity of the people of the Dripping Springs area. Visit the Charities Supported page to view a list of the charities which have been recipients of money raised from the Dripping Springs Wild Game Dinners.
2018 Dripping Springs Wild Game Dinner Wrap Up
The 28th Annual Dripping Springs Wild Game Dinner, put on the United Methodist Men, of Dripping Springs United Methodist Church was a complete success! As Chairman of the 28th annual event, I am proud to be a part of an incredible team of volunteers that came together to raise nearly $100,000 that will be put to work to make our community a better place. This was an exciting year with many changes. Our team rose to every challenge including a new venue, Dripping Spring Ranch Park, a much smaller kitchen, the last thing you want when you are cooking for over 600 people and a date change just months before the event.
Kyle Hollingshead and Neil Graff, our kitchen team leads, did an outstanding job of adapting to these challenges. They rented some equipment, streamlined the menu and together their team served some of the best food we have ever had. I agree completely but those are the words that I heard from many of those in attendance. A new addition to the menu this year were Oryx and Pork Tamales made fresh by the Hispanic Ministry from the Dripping Springs United Methodist Church.
Lisa Czerniec and her team, The Wives of the Wild Game Dinner, as they will be affectionately called from now on, brought some much needed class that our event has been missing. Her eye for the details brought the look and feel of a top notch event! We can not thank her enough!
We were also fortunate to have Faith Wilcox sing the National Anthem. She later joined Grandpa and Samantha in entertaining the guests with live music during the dinner. It added an extra ambience to the meal.
My proudest moment was when we raised over $16,000 for Sarah’s Spurs. Sarah Graff, Neil’s daughter, was diagnosed with Leukemia less than a month after last year’s dinner. She was not able to attend this year because she was having the time of her life at her best friend’s wedding. She is in full remission and we pray everyday that she stays cancer free. They are an incredible family!
This event is about coming together for a greater good. The support that our event receives from our community is truly amazing! I would like to thank AmCheck, our first-ever Title Sponsor, along with our many gold, silver and bronze sponsors, the countless businesses and individuals that donated items for our silent and live auctions, and the over 600 people that took time out of their busy lives to attend and purchase items to help us raise the funds that will be staying right here in our community.
We have funded so many different groups over the years. The Burke Center for boys, Helping Hands Food Pantry, the Senior Center, multiple Eagle projects and Red Arena just to name a few. If you would like to make a difference and your group is in need of funding, complete the Funding Request Form available on the website. We will be looking at all requests over the next couple months and I promise we will do our best to help as many as we can.
God has blessed this community with the best people and I pray that our event will continue to share those blessings for many years to come.
In service to our Father,
2018 DSWGD Chairman