|Money will purchase Virgin of Guadalupe art piece|
Albert Galvan (pictured) has donated this Texas Longhorn custom charcoal grill to Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Raffle tickets for the grill are being sold to raise money for a Virgin of Guadalupe art piece for the church.
Monday, August 11, 2014
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer
Francis of Assisi Catholic Church is now selling raffle tickets for a custom charcoal grill in the shape of a Texas Longhorn bull.
The bull was donated to the church by parishioner Albert Galvan, who is a native of Mexico.
"I was vacationing in Texas recently and saw a man with one of these grills," said Galvan. "I told him I would like to buy it from him and he told me 'no,' but said he could get me one of my own."
Galvan purchased the grill and brought it back to Franklin County, where he has lived for the past 23 years.
The grill is made of copper-colored tin with several layers of clear coating, Galvan said. Smoke from the grill escapes through the bull's nostrils, and its nose ring is really a bottle opener.
"It's definitely a conversation piece," said Galvan. "It's a really cool grill."
Galvan decided to donate the grill to the church to raise money for an Our Lady of Guadalupe art piece that will be imported from Italy and displayed in the church's foyer. Our Lady of Guadalupe is also known as the Virgin of Guadalupe and is the patron saint of Mexico. She is the celebrated Roman Catholic icon of the Virgin Mary and is depicted with brown skin, an angel and moon at her feet and rays of sunlight that encircle her.
Galvan said the church will also hold a clothing sale on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 7 a.m. Barbecue chicken, rice and beans will be available for purchase that day as well. Proceeds from the sale will also go towards the purchase of the Virgin.
Raffle tickets for the grill are available for $20 each from any church parishioner or can be picked up from the church office.
The drawing for a winner will be held Friday, Dec. 12, and the winner does not have to be present to win.
Those wishing to donate items for the clothing sale can drop their items off at the church at any time. After hours, items can be left on the covered porch at the church's front doors.