Former Houston residents Christy and Randy Rost set several tables inside the barn at their historic Breckenridge home Thursday for a benefit dinner to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey.
The response to the Rosts’ call for help, however, was so overwhelming that, even after sneaking in a few extra seats, it still wouldn’t be enough to accommodate everyone who wanted to come.
The dinner sold out early Tuesday morning, and Christy Rost admitted: “I cheated a little, putting in a few extra people. But we finally maxed out, and I had to start saying, ‘I’m so very sorry, but I can’t accommodate you.'”
With gray skies threatening to dampen the dinner, the Rosts elected to move it inside their barn. As a result, space was more limited than they hoped it would be, and they could only fit four rows of tables.
“Because we had to move it to the barn, I needed to be able to fit enough tables in here,” Christy Rost said, adding that had they been able to set up outside, there would have been enough table space for everyone.
For the dinner, the Rosts asked patrons to bring a dish to share, their own chairs and a $25 check made out to The American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.
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After the event, Rost said they had 120 people attend, and the dinner surpassed its $5,000 fundraising goal, with checks still coming in.
Many of the people who donated wrote checks made out to The Red Cross for more than the $25 minimum, Rost said, and she’s also been getting some donations from people who were unable to be there.
Rost credited much of the success of the event to “good planning, community members who said, ‘I want to be part of…
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