Benefit tomorrow June 17 for iconic Wimberley building that burned

 

Cypress Creek Cafe burned on May 30. A benefit will be held on June 17 in Wimberley. CENTURY NEWS PHOTO BY DALTON SWEAT

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Dalton Sweat

 

Cypress Creek Cafe was housed in one of the most iconic buildings on the Wimberley Square. The business has long been a center of the community. On the morning of May 30, the building caught fire and burned to the ground.

Over the years, Cypress Creek Café has held many fundraisers for organizations both local and national.

The yearly Boot Campaign fundraiser helps members of the armed forces. In October, the annual Breast Cancer Awareness fundraiser is held. When local organizations needed help, they often turned to Cypress Creek Cafe. Now it is time for the community to help give back to a business that has given for so long.

On Saturday, June 17, The Waters Point in Wimberley, formerly known as Rio Bonito, will open it’s gates for The Cypress Creek Café “From the Ashes” Benefit Concert.

“The benefit is to help Cypress Creek Café employees,” Marvin Bottera, a local musician who is helping organize the fundraiser said. “Randy and Trish Uselton are dedicated to making sure enough money gets through to their employees to help them through their transition to starting other jobs in the community. Even if you get another job you have a gap there of still having to pay bills.”

While most of the employees have found new jobs, that doesn’t mean the transition is finished.

“When you have 54 employees, and a lot of those are tipped employees, it’s a very difficult thing for them to turn around and still be able to pay their bills and find other jobs that are even close to comparable to the pay they had at Cypress Creek Café,” Bottera said. “So I think it was a natural thing for several people to get together and say ‘What can we do, and what can we do quickly?’ That is how this whole benefit came about.”

Beyond the employees, Cypress Creek Cafe has been a place near and dear to many people’s hearts.

“It’s an iconic place that means much more to the community and the Square than just a building,” Bottera said. “It truly is a part of Wimberley that everybody wants to see come back... It’s not just another restaurant that burned. There is a lot more to it than that.”

Tickets for the event are $10 on presale at www. eventbrite.com (search for Cypress Creek Café). At the gate, tickets will be $15.

The gates open at 10:30 a.m. at The Water’s Point with five bands slated to play all day long. Cypress Creek Café’s own Sarah Sullivan will kick off the event by singing the National Anthem. The Michael James Band, which hosted the open mic night every Tuesday at Cypress Creek Café, will open at 11 a.m. They will be followed by legendary singer songwriters Kevin Welch and Billy Crockett. Word on the street is there may be a few special guests on stage as well. The afternoon will continue with Jennifer B & the Groove followed by local band Marvin Bottera and Broken Glass. The evening will wrap up with Kim Meeks and Her Bad Habits. The event runs through 8 p.m. KWVH 94.1 Wimberley Valley Radio will be doing remote broadcast during the event.

Cypress Creek Café may have been known as a café and bar, but Randy and Trish have long prided themselves on creating a family friendly atmosphere. This event will be no different with bouncy houses and other activities for children.

Beer, wine and liquor will be on sale and food will be provided by several restaurants with Hays City Store organizing the restaurant effort. There will be a silent auction, live auction and a raffle to help raise money.

The event is being held only a few weeks after the fire meaning the crew of volunteers had to rush to plan the event. As such, there are costs associated that they are still hoping to raise money for in order to make sure all of the proceeds raised can go to their intended cause. There are multiple ways to help. For those who wish to support the fundraiser, an account has been set up and Ozona National Bank. Checks can be dropped off at the bank or mailed to the bank: PO Box 528. Wimberley, TX, 78676. Checks should be written to Cypress Creek Café Benefit Concert account number 20203638. Computer savvy donors can use https://paypal.me/ CCCfta2017.

There are also multiple sponsorship opportunities available should a business want to get involved. Sponsorship levels range from $250 all the way up to more than $1,000. Each sponsor can hang their banner at predetermined locations within the event venue and will receive mentions on Wimberley Valley Radio running up to and during the event. The main stage will be named after the top sponsor. For inquires into the event, please call Marvin Bottera at (512) 619-8395

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