The Texan Stars Alumni Chapter’s third annual Gift Market will be a special one this year. Proceeds from the event will benefit the chapter’s president, Marily Considine, who is battling stage IV breast cancer.
The Gift Market will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, in the Thompson Student Center Ballrooms at Tarleton State University. The Texan Stars Alumni Chapter is an affinity chapter of the Tarleton Alumni Association. They will have vendors of different kinds available to the public for some unique Valentine’s Day shopping.
The event has also been renamed the "Love, Love, Love You Always Gift Market" after a phrase Considine uses regularly to express the appreciation she has for those who have supported her and her family through this struggle.
Considine also founded the Texan Stars Alumni Chapter in 2016 prior to her diagnosis and subsequent treatment.
“We provide support to the current team members through dinners, small gifts, graduation stoles and really mentoring and making personal connections because we understand what it means to be a team and work many long hours away from the support of their families,” said Desa Rowe, the Texan Stars Alumni Chapter treasurer. “We try to be a home away from home to the team members, and an extension of their own families. That means supporting our own when they need it too, as with Marily.”
Along with vendors who will be at the event selling merchandise, they will also have an organization known as the Pink Warrior Angels who provide support services to cancer survivors with military connections.
“They have come to love the Stephenville community, even though they are based out of Copperas Cove and have been a mutual supporter of the Texan Stars Alumni Chapter since our inception,” Rowe said. “With funds from this event, we hope to be able to continue to support Marily and her family with meals and assistance as well as provide support for the Texan Stars Dance Team as they return to the National Dance Association National Championships in Daytona this March. Last year, the Texan Stars Dance Team won first place in their division, which was the first time in Tarleton history. We are proud to be a part of such a unique organization that can foster long-term connections with our student body.”
Considine said she is thankful for the women in charge of the Texan Stars Alumni Chapter.
“[They] have been so incredibly helpful since this cancer has taken over my health. They are so strong and helpful. I am so thankful for all that they are doing,” she said.
She also loves to be a part of the Tarleton family.
“I am so honored by all of the love and support that my family is receiving during this difficult time. Tarleton is a wonderful family to be a part of and being a Texan Star is a highlight of my life,” Considine said. “Tarleton is a special family that takes care of each other and I feel so honored to be a part of it.”