The 2nd Annual Que-4-Kids successfully raised thousands, doubling the money raised in year one, as mother nature gave us a break at the somewhat-outdoor venue.  Jenna McDaniel & Curtis Grimes provided the entertainment as Central Texans provided the donations.

I remember watching bands play at Sandy's during the years I lived in Waco.  I'd ride down with some friends to see Candlebox or Ian Moore, not minding at all the time it took to get to and from Waco.  Despite all the great times all those years ago, until Jenna hit the first notes on her acoustic guitar Thursday night, there hadn't been a live concert open to the public in the past 14 years.

This little fella couldn't make it to the end of the night's music. Photo by me.

Clete and the dozens of volunteers that made the event possible hit their stride immediately, as if the place never shut down.  With food from Big Daddy's Backdoor BBQ in Killeen and lots of cold beer, it was a great night once a passing storm before the gates even opened gave way to blue skies followed by stars in the sky once the sun went down.

Centex Scrap & Metal, along with Big Daddy's Backdoor BBQ played a pivotal role in making this 2nd year such a success.  Along with the generosity of dozens of businesses and even more fans of great country music, it was a great night for a great cause.

Aware Central Texas works to prevent & eradicate child abuse and neglect in Central Texas, and it's an uphill battle.  The numbers, when you look at them, are appalling.  Bell County has among the worst (embarrassing) child abuse numbers in the state of Texas.  That's not the big city reputation we want in Central Texas.

There will be a Prevention Walk held April 30th in downtown Belton.  Participants are asked to wear blue in a show of unity for the cause of preventing child abuse.  Advocates, teachers, caregivers, social workers, lawyers, law enforcement officers, probation officers, church-leaders, community partners and concerned citizens will all take part in the walk beginning at 11am.