Formed in 1974, the Tarleton State University Texan Stars have been a big part of the university's performances at halftime shows.
Now, the new Texan Stars Alumni Chapter will hold its first fundraiser — a spring gift market — from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Tarleton Alumni House, located at 343 McIlhaney Street.
“We have been exploring ways to start fundraising and prior to this chapter all we had was a Facebook group page,” said treasurer Desa Rowe. “So we established the chapter in December and were talking about what kind of fundraisers we could do and I have a lot of experience in these types of markets and I knew there weren’t a lot of them in the spring so I thought we could pull this off.”
The event will have more than 30 vendors on site with a variety of artwork and other handmade goods.
“Our ultimate goal is to start a scholarship fund for the Stars and we wanted to start some operating funds so we can start doing other things for them,” Rowe said. “It’s my understanding that now (the Stars) average between 2 to 30 girls on the team and athletics can’t give scholarships to everyone, so that’s our goal even if it’s just a couple at first.”
Some of the vendors will include Woodland Designs, the Stephenville Glass House, Goin’ Nuts, Origami Owl, Pampered Chef, Krazy Krafter, Jacquie’s Pallets, Rodan & Fields, Langley Metal Works and many more.
“One of my favorites is Curtis Langley. He does some really amazing metal art — a lot of Tarleton-themed art — and his prices are amazing,” Rowe said. “And these are the skills he gets to teach his ag mechanics students too.”
Rowe said they still may be able to take on more vendors, so anyone interested is asked to contact her at 254-485-2954 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bar T BBQ will have their food truck out serving up some delicious food and raffles — tickets selling for $1 each — will take place during the event.
“All of the different vendors are going to donate items so we’ll be raffling those off during the day and then we’ve also collected some miscellaneous items,” Rowe said. “I love these kinds of things and it will give us some immediate income with the vendor fees. I am excited and I think we’re going to have a great turn out.”