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Tuesday, January 5, 2021 - by Stephen S. Mabry

Polar Bear Challenge, last Updated: 01/05/2021

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From the Office of the President & CEO
Stephen S. Mabry

Mo-Ranch, Friends of TLC

Kerrville, TX - January 5, 2021. Words seem inadequate to express our appreciation to Mo-Ranch for having selected TLC as the beneficiary of the 2021 Polar Bear Challenge. The Hill Country Community has much to celebrate in the character of this great organization who has operated the Polar Bear Challenge for more than 28 years now. Clearly, there is nothing forcing Mo-Ranch to offer a fundraiser for other charities when they themselves are a charitable organization. So, in addition to accomplishing their own mission, Mo Ranch has been lending their good-name and facilities for the sole purpose of helping others and they are to be commended.

I am also very proud of TLC, the Polar Bear Court, Texas Lions and the many generous donors who responded to our invitation to become involved. TLC began work on the PBC in December of 2019 (when it was just a possibility), before Covid-19 made it to our shores and at that time, we set a goal of $250,000 in support of TLC’s Building Fund, should we be selected. To date, TLC has raised $230,037.45 an amazing feat considering the pandemic that prevented most fundraisers from being held as planned.

Since the planned slide was unable to occur due to Covid concerns, the Crowned King & Queen, Kent Basinger and Terry Hawkins, will be taking a dip in TLC's pool during the semi-annual, Board Meeting at TLC. The event will be live-streamed on TLC's Facebook page on February 6, 2021. Our fundraising efforts will remain open until that time in hopes of reaching our goal of $250,000.

In our fundraising approach, we saw some very creative and overly generous things being done to raise these funds, including but not limited to: cash gifts during uncertain times, gifts of appreciated stock, online concerts from Country Music recording artist Eric Paslay, the World Piano Man, Martyn Lucas and a Lion who took pledges and ran back-to-back marathons (53 miles) in one day, just to name a few. In all, approximately 275 gifts ranging from $10 to more than $23,000 were given to support the effort. These funds have been given for and are restricted to TLC’s Building Fund, to help replace buildings that were severely damaged during the March and May thunderstorms at TLC.

If you would like to be apart of the final push to reach the goal of $250,000 it's not too late. Join us by clicking here and giving online or send your tax-deductible gift to Texas Lions Camp | PO Box 292047 | Kerrville, TX 78029 and write "Polar Bear Challenge" on the envelope.

Respectfully yours,

Stephen S. Mabry
President & CEO
Texas Lions Camp, Inc.


Stephen is President and CEO of Texas Lions Camp, Inc. and recently celebrated 30 years of service to this 70 year-old, 501(c)(3) charitable, organization in August of 2019. TLC, Inc. has a large Board of Directors consisting of 94 voting members and over 300 volunteer members that serve on one of 10 standing committees. As a corporation, TLC has more than 200 full-time and seasonal employees (who are organized into 7 departments) and over 2,000 volunteers per year that are responsible for creating an atmosphere of success for more than 1,500 children with physical disabilities per summer. Stephen is a Certified Association Executive with the American Society of Association Executives, a past Certified Fund-Raising Executive with the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Stephen is a father of three and resides on TLC’s Kerrville campus together with his wife Shawn, who as luck would have it, is a professional editor.
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