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Letter from Mayor Todd Purcell on Founders Day Cancellation

From Mayor Todd Purcell,

City of Dripping Springs


March 18, 2020



Dear Community Members:


As most of you have probably heard, the Annual Founders Day Festival scheduled for April 24th though the 26th has been cancelled due to the Order issued by Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra. These are difficult and uncertain times; I know that this was not an easy decision for the Judge to make. 


Now, I know we all look forward to this annual event. It is a time to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. Of course, our children can’t wait to be part of the parade and hit all the carnival attractions.


While we all know how much fun this annual festival is, did you know that this event is a huge fundraiser for many of our area non-profit organizations and churches? The booth fees paid to the Dripping Springs Cook-Off club, The Dripping Springs Lions Club and St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church are reinvested in our community in countless ways. 


I know that the participating groups are offering refunds due to the cancellation and if you are an individual or group that would be eligible for a refund from one of these entities, I would like for you to consider letting these non-profits keep the funds. 


I have had my Cook Off booth since Founders Day started over 30 years ago and I will not be requesting a refund. These non-profits use the funds to provide scholarships to graduating seniors, provide eyeglasses to those in need and to support food pantry operations. These are only a few ways that the funds make an impact on people in our community. If you are able, I encourage you to allow these groups to keep the participant fees. 


One last thing. As schools and businesses are closing and events are being cancelled, remember that the goal here is social distancing not social isolation. Don’t forget to call and check on an elderly neighbor. Call an old friend that you have not spoken to in a while. Go fishing with your kids and listen to music together. Let’s take this time to grow closer as a family and community. 


Take care of each other,

Mayor Todd Purcell

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