Mission Olé Beats 2009 Fundraising Before Amy Turner Opened The Front Door

Amy Turner‘s place on Beverly can handle most any situation with aplomb, but when a rainstorm hits the day before a 220-guest party, things could get a bit dicey. But never fear. Mission Olé benefiting Trinity River Mission guests had no problems partying Saturday night, thanks to a little readjusting of arrangements on the part of Amy and party co-chairs Gail Fischer and Cindy (no relationship to Amy) Turner (pictured right with, from the left, Gail Fischer and Amy Turner).

As guests entered, they were greeted by mariachi musicians (pictured) on the winding staircase of the Turner manse.  There was a casino setup inside the house with a craps table and a Texas Hold ’em table set up in the bedroom, and a blackjack table in the entryway by the bedroom.

On the other hand, it might have been an entirely different story if the Rangers had been forced to play an additional game that night against the Yankees for the American League title. Trinity River Mission Board chair Matt Schooler (aka interior designer Ann Kellogg Schooler‘s husband) admitted it was good that the Rangers had won the night before, so it wouldn’t interfere with the evening’s turnout. He went on to say that two days before the party, Gail and Cindy saw the weather forecast with rain on Friday, and ordered the big backyard dinner/silent-and-live-auction tent. They considered putting boards down on the grass but didn’t. Okay, so the ground was “slightly squishy” under the tent, but who noticed when you had Wendy Krispin in charge of the menu?

While Presenting/Founding Sponsors Nancy Ann and Ray Hunt weren’t able to attend, honorary guest hosts/Amy’s folks  Julie and Jim Turner (pictured) were front and center. Jim said that for the last month or so, he’s been involved with the Rangers. Maybe more so than most, due to his being one of the team’s lead investors. He attended the Friday game that assured the Rangers’ appearance in the World Series. When asked what would have happened if the Rangers had lost and been forced to play another game Saturday, Jim said in that Turner style, “We would have found a way to attend both (the game and Mission Olé).”

Diamond Sponsor Nancy Rogers (pictured left with Kris Johnson), who was a major underwriter for the event, managed to do double duty, popping in to show her support for Mission Olé on her way to the Two By Two Gala.

TRM Executive Director Dolores Sosa Green, who’s been with TRM for six years, updated guests that the group had moved to a “new building” twice the size of its previous one in 2008. Their hope for the Mission Olé was to raised $200,000 Saturday night. The good news was that before the doors even opened, $153,000 had been raised through ticket sales and sponsorships. FYI: Last year they raised a total of $100,000 from the event. If you’ll do your arithmetic, you’ll note that they had already beaten the 2009 total before the first mariachi strummed his guitar.