By Cheril Vernon

Messenger Copy Editor

CROCKETT – CULOR Inc. will sponsor its First Annual Scholarship Luncheon & Fashion Show on Saturday, Aug. 19 as a way to raise funds for scholarships for graduating high school students.

The show, held in honor of the late Houston County resident Sarah B. Gary, will be held at 1 p.m. at First Assembly of God on Loop 304 in Crockett.

“We are doing this in honor of my aunt because she gave away scholarships to children during her life. I would like to invite the general public. It’s a luncheon and fashion show in memory of her. Support your children and have a fun afternoon seeing up-to-date fashions,” CULOR Inc. Executive Director John “J.T.” Thompson told The Messenger Monday.

More than 10 models age 35 or older will be featured in the show, modeling formal wear, denim and western wear.

Organizers hope to raise enough money to provides scholarships for one to five students, depending on how successful the event is.

“It goes to help kids who don’t normally get scholarships – the students who have ‘C’ averages, because the average student doesn’t get scholarships,” Thompson said.

During her lifetime, Gary was dedicated to numerous historical and civic causes in the Houston County area including the Red Cross, American Cancer Society, the March of Dimes, the Salvation Army, the United Fund and Civil Defense. She received an honorary membership to the Houston County Historical Commission, one of her favorite causes, for her years of service, including her funding for an official Texas Historical Marker for her alma mater, Mary Allen Seminary.

Gary and her family established the Brown Memorial Temple as a living Christian memorial to her parents, Mollie and Will Nicks. Gary Street was named after her in recognition of her many contributions. She also had a deep interest in the education of young children, evidenced by the kindergarten she established in 1927, where she continued to teach until 1960.

Gary was honored with a Proclamation by former Texas State Senator Kent A. Caperton for her 88th birthday for her contributions to Houston Countyin 1982.

Tickets for Saturday’ event will include the lunch and the fashion show. Tables are $700 each. Tickets for individuals are $70 each.

“Special thanks goes out to Pastor Dotson for assisting us with hosting this event,” Thompson said.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call J.T. Thompson at 281-415-6577 or Shirley Murray at 936-544-8111.