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April 30th, 2009
County cuts break for civic center fundraiser

News Reporter

Hays County commissioners took took action on Tuesday to help raise funds for a young man struggling to recover from a debilitating car accident.

Precinct 3 Commissioner Will Conley (R-Wimberley) brought forth a measure to waive half of the fees to rent the Hays County Civic Center for a non-profit fund raiser. The action amounted to a contribution of $875 for 19-year-old Ronald “Ronnie” Brown when the court halved the usual $1,750 in rental fees.

A roll-over car accident last October left Brown a quadriplegic and he has been in medical facilities ever since. Although still diagnosed as a quadriplegic, Brown has regained some use of his hands and arms.

Brown is expected to recover further. Brown’s aunt and uncle in Wimberley are converting their garage into a room for him so that he can gain some independence while spending more time near his family.

Funds raised by the May 18 country festival and rodeo at the county civic center will help fund his recovery and curb costs associated with his life outside of hospitals. Many of the performers are charging only the cost of travel.

Festivities will include a rodeo, live music performances, cook off, silent auction, and motorcycle stunts.  Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for children six and older. More information on the music festival and on Ronnie Brown can be found at

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