For years, the Texas Exes Washington County Chapter co-hosted an annual scholarship fundraiser with the local A&M Club. The event, which raised funds for scholarships to both universities, made for some friendly rivalry just prior to the UT vs. A&M Thanksgiving Day football game.
This year, UT and A&M have severed their athletic ties, and the event no longer felt relevant—so the Washington County Longhorns had to get creative.
Their solution: A happy hour for scholarships. The event, held Nov. 19 at a chapter member’s Brenham home, brought together about 35 alumni for an evening of cocktails, conversation, and casual fundraising. “It was very low-key,” says Tres Masser, BBA ’02, Life Member, the chapter’s treasurer and past president. “We just sat around, shot the bull, and put the kitty out for donations.”
The evening raised about $1,200—roughly the same as the first scholarships happy hour earlier this year. “Every little bit counts,” says Masser. “The number of students we can help, and how much we can help, depends on events like these.”
Photo courtesy Tres Masser.