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True Vineyard Ministries’ Handspun Hope initiative maintains a flock of Merino sheep in Rwanda, providing jobs for the widows of the Rwandan genocide of 1994. Many of the women aided by True Vineyard Ministries are rape survivors afflicted with HIV or AIDS. The exclusive “Remembering Camelot Through the Lens of Jacques Lowe” Saturday evening at Embassy Suites San Marcos will raise funds for the ministry. TRUE VINEYARD MINISTRIES PHOTO

True Vineyard Ministries’ Handspun Hope initiative maintains a flock of Merino sheep in Rwanda, providing jobs for the widows of the Rwandan genocide of 1994. Many of the women aided by True Vineyard Ministries are rape survivors afflicted with HIV or AIDS. The exclusive “Remembering Camelot Through the Lens of Jacques Lowe” Saturday evening at Embassy Suites San Marcos will raise funds for the ministry. TRUE VINEYARD MINISTRIES PHOTO

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SPECIAL to the SAN MARCOS MERCURY

“Remembering Camelot through the Lens of Jacques Lowe – the Private Collection of Frank Harvey” will provide an unforgettable evening focused around the late John F. Kennedy, 50 years after his tragic assassination.

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Who: True Vineyard Ministries

What: “Remembering Camelot Through the Lens of Jacques Lowe – The Private Collection of Frank Harvey”

Where: Embassy Suites San Marcos, 1001 E. McCarty Lane

When: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16

» For more information about the event, sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets, please call 512-665-3393 or visit rememberingcamelot.com.

The event will feature a display of rare and some never-before-seen photographs captured by JFK’s personal photographer, rare artifacts, a hearty seafood buffet and keynote speakers. In addition, a unique silent auction will raise funds for True Vineyard Ministries, a local non-profit dedicated to serving poverty-stricken Rwandan widows who were left behind after the devastating 1994 Genocide.

A 10-day trip to Rwanda will be up for grabs in the auction, which will be guided by True Vineyard Founder and Executive Director Diana Wiley. Wiley has been traveling to the region for the past seven years.

The winning bidder will enjoy a night in a 5-star hotel in the capital city of Kigali, followed by a two-night stay at a 5-star resort in a tea plantation. That experience will include a chimpanzee trek in Nyungwe Forest. Next, guests will be taken for an overnight stay in the charming Cormoran Lodge near the iconic Lake Kivu and enjoy a private morning boat ride to see the wildlife and natural wonders of the unique area.

After leaving the Lake Kivu region, guests will be transported to the Northern Province and stay at the Virunga Lodge, which is said to have one of the best views in the world. During this part of the trip, guests will be taken on a gorilla trek to see the mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park as well as a beautiful hike to visit the grave of Dian Fossey who lived and worked with the mountain gorillas. There will also be an opportunity to visit the women of True Vineyard’s Handspun Hope program and see them spinning and dying merino wool into beautiful yarn. Before departure, guests will return to Kigali for a final night where they will have time to go shopping and visit the National Genocide Memorial before flying back home.

Additionally, an unforgettable dinner for two with Harvey and Wiley will be among the silent auction items, and the highest bidder will enjoy a priceless experience filled with fascinating stories, great food and lots of laughs at one of Austin’s finest steakhouses.
More than 50 material items will also be featured in the silent auction, including hand-crafted fine jewelry from Madagascar, crocodile handbags and wallets, Texas A&M gear autographed by Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Johnny Manziel and much more.

There will also be several collectible JFK and LBJ items available, including a Kennedy election newspaper insert, JFK and LBJ posters, photographs, an unsent 1963 Christmas card signed by President and Mrs. Kennedy and an assortment of other must-see memorabilia. An iconic 26”x26” Jackie lithograph will be included, which was the subject of a bidding war between Time, People and Newsweek magazines after Jacqueline Kennedy’s death in 1994. Only 400 of the rare lithographs were printed.

Tickets to the exhibit originally cost $250, but an anonymous donor is now matching half of the ticket price. For more information, or to purchase a ticket to this extraordinary event for $125, please visit www.rememberingcamelot.com.

For those who can’t make the full exhibit, a public showcase of the photography portion will be on display the following day, Nov. 17, at Embassy Suites – San Marcos for $25 from 12 to 8 p.m.

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