An estimated 650 people gathered for dinner, a raffle and Pat Green concert in Kerrville on Thursday evening to benefit five nonprofits committed to helping local military veterans.

Attendees, who purchased tables through donations, were arrayed in formal attire and mingled throughout the evening, with some partaking of the multitude of fine whiskeys, wines and cocktails available. Country music star Pat Green was onstage with his band and took a moment to honor his mandolin player for his service in the U.S. Air Force. 

“I love our troops, I love our country, and most of all, I love Texas,” Green said later in the evening, and his band received a standing ovation. 

Attendees dined on salad, steak, mashed potatoes and asparagus, among other items provided by Chef Martino Ortega and Chartwells.

The event’s title sponsor was Schreiner University, and the platinum sponsors included SouthStar Bank, Cypress Roofing, financial advisor Dawn Collum, 1HOME4U Realty Group and JAM Broadcasting.   

Nonprofits to receive funds from the event include Together with Hill Country Veterans, Veterans Assistance Dogs of Texas, Hill Country Veteran Center, Meals for Veterans and Wounded Warriors Project. More about these organizations can be found at https://bit.ly/31WUjwx, in previous editions of The Kerrville Daily Times that featured each nonprofit and in the November issue of Hill Country Culture magazine.

Raffle items were provided by James Avery Artisan Jewelry, Treaty Oak Distilling and Garrison Brothers Distillery. 

Among the visible military veterans was Jon Martin, newly retired from the U.S. Army as a staff sergeant after 22 years in the service. He was an “88M” — or army motor transport operator — who served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, he said. Martin said he experienced both direct and indirect fire during tours abroad. 

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