Fundraiser on the square planned for ailing mayor

January 9, 2013

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A concerned group of citizens is planning a community-wide “yard sale” on the square to benefit the family of Granbury Mayor Rickie Pratt.

Pratt suffered a severe stroke two days after Christmas and remains in a Fort Worth hospital.

Bed and breakfast owners Tom and Sara Baker are among those helping to plan the event, which is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 23, at Celebration Hall. The hours probably will be between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Though everything is in the initial planning stages, the Bakers said that the Historic Granbury Merchants Association (HGMA) will likely be involved in sponsoring the fundraiser. Tom Baker said that city officials may be asked to close Crockett Street to traffic during that time.

“We’ll spill out into the street if there is enough interest,” he said.

No donated items can be accepted prior to the day of the event, but Sara Baker asks that local citizens start collecting “a pile” of items to donate when the day arrives.

City Council member Tony Allen said that he and Mayor Pro Tem Nin Hulett are looking into possibly holding an auction to benefit Pratt and his wife, Janet. Pratt is self-employed.

Tom Baker said that the yard sale will involve smaller items of lesser value than the type of items that would be sold at auction.

The dual fundraisers, he said, will not compete with each other.

In an email message to the Hood County News and others, Tom Baker said that the mayor looked “good” when he and Sara visited him at the hospital on Friday.

“He has a long road to tread to full recovery, but for where he’s been he’s already come a long way,” Baker reported. “Janet thanks everyone for their thoughts and prayers. She attributes Rickie’s recovery to all of those prayers.”

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