Preston Volunteer Emergency Services
“Lucky 13”, the 13th Annual Boot Scootin’ Ball, was held October 19th at 6:00 pm at the Bar-K-R Ranch in Pottsboro. For thirteen years the Ball has been the largest single fundraiser in support of the fire and medical emergency services provided by Preston Volunteer Emergency Services, Inc.(PVES). PVES provides fire suppression service to the Preston Peninsula of Lake Texoma and emergency medical service to the lake communities of Preston, Pottsboro and Locust. In addition, PVES has a mutual aid agreement with both Locust and Pottsboro Fire Departments. Among the needs funded by previous Ball proceeds include matching grants to purchase equipment, provide fire and medical training, endow a Grayson College Emergency Services scholarship and assist in funding a capital funds campaign for a future new emergency services facility.
Over 1,000 supporters dined on Eddie Deen’s incomparable barbeque with all the trimmings and a variety of ice cold libations were available to quench a guest’s thirst. Supporters danced the night away to the boot stompin’ music of Chance Cody and Spur 503. The live auction featured items such as a hunting trip, metal sculpture, carved eagle, beach and mountain vacations, firearms training, catered dinners and much more. The silent auction featured a wide selection of beautifully decorated and ready-to-give baskets and stand-alone items. The BIG BOARD kicked it up a notch by offering one-of-a-kind items such as a designer-made John Wayne portrait quilt, stained glass art, original paintings, gourmet dinners and an assortment of not-to-be-missed offerings. Added to this year’s event was a “wine cork pull”. Guests enjoyed drawing a cork and matching the cork to a “lucky” bottle of wine disguised in a paper bag. Later, the participants were put into another pool, and the lucky winner received grand reserve bottle of wine. Chances for the Landmark Bank money machine, 50/50 split and gold krugerrands offered revelers an opportunity to go home with some extra cash in their pockets.
The 2013 Boot Scootin’ Ball may prove to be the best in the history of the fundraiser. While net proceeds are yet to be finalized, ball organizers estimate that it is possible that one hundred and eighty thousand dollars will be available to assist with purchase of equipment, help with funding a new building and the future establishment of an endowment fund to ensure continuation of PVES’ services.
Sponsors are critical to the success of the Ball, and the following list of sponsors deserve a Texas-size THANK YOU !! for their support:
PRESENTING SPONSOR-LANDMARK BANK
The Clara Blackford Smith and W. Aubrey Smith Charitable Foundation
The Talbott Foundation – Jon & Beverly Talbott
American Bank of Texas * The Utter Financial Group of Wells Fargo Advisors
Gregg & Virgie Holbrook * Galen & Brenda Hollar * Jim & Linda Martin in honor of
all Vietnam Veterans * Robert & Kimberly Easley McKiddy * Holiday Chevrolet
Elias & Hanna Regensburger Foundation * Gold Busters, Corp. * Stone Wealth Management of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC * Park Place Lexus & Jaguar * Appelbee, Burton, Casey, Ridgeway & Turner * Dun Trans Inc. In honor of PVES * Choctaw Casino Resort * Highport Marina * McCormick Distilling Co. * Dan & Carol Hoffman * MsNeedlePenny & The Dock Rats
La Posada de Taos Inn, Sandy Nachman * Mike & Amber Grubb/Jerry & Charla Gillespie * Hammer Construction, Inc. Oil & Gas Construction & Consulting * Family Pharmacy of Pottsboro * LifeCoachDJ * Vance and Laura Beagles * Bayless-Hall Insurance * Russwood-Howell, Leeper, Middleton, Schaefer, Ventura * Texas Health-WNJ * Cendera Bank, National Association * Russwood II-Boquist, Death, Cox & Maxwell * Sara Jerome-Rockin’ S Auction Services * Ear, Nose & Throat Centers of North Texas-Hunter Richmond, M.D.-Peter Selz, M.D. I&II * Grayson County Title Co. * Texoma Medical Center * Texoma Health Foundation * Bob Utter Ford Lincoln
Kia & Blake Utter Ford * Brookshire’s Food and Pharmacy * Bill & Joyce Krieger/Don & Betty Smith * Carol & Jim Fines & Janice & Nick Hadden * STAZON ROOFING, INC. * Andrews Distributing * Triton Electric * RGB Eye Associates * Keith & Ann Graumann
Caterpillar* Spelis-Browning*Vox Packaging, LLC* Jim & Suzanne Crabtree, in honor of PVES*City of Pottsboro*Austin College*Chapin Title Company*Daddy’s Toy Box Boat Storage*Gold Busters II*Texoma Friends at the Lake*Cambridge Shores II*Gaye Ashcraft*Texoma Estates*Jim & Melanie Upchurch*Grandpappy Resort and Marina*Homes by Lainie & Grayson Home Loans*Mill Creek Group
Ruiz Foods, Inc.*Palm Beach Bunch I, II, III*Pamela A. Moore, DDS*Hempkins Insurance*Ceci-Bates Commercial, LLC*St. Patrick’s Church*George & Dianne Pratt*Lake Texoma Jet Center*Cambridge Shores I*Armada Homes*Ameristate Bank*A.L. Moser Drilling, Inc.*Denison Industries*Row Ten Distributing*Grayson College Metal Arts*Texas Instruments*Home Staging*ERA Steve Cook & Company, Realtors*DD*Living at the Lake Group*Munson, Munson, Cardwell & Tillitt*The Oaks Estates*Ken & Laura Higgins
TAPS Public Transit*12 Media KXII-TV*KTEN-TV*93.1 Katy Country/Mad Rock 102.5/ 97.5 KLAK*RadioVision*Herald Democrat & HeraldDemocrat.com*Coca Cola*Pottsboro Sun*McCormick Distilling Co.*Andrews Distributing*903 Brewers*TEKWAV*Red Letter Media Group
Volunteers, Firefighters, Board Members and EMS Staff gathered at the station in early December to celebrate the holiday season and recognize personnel who have made a
significant contribution to the community in 2012. Jeremy Karr was named Firefighter of the year, runner up was Duane Droegemeier. EMT of the year was Duane Droegemeier.
President Dale Burton addressed the group with an update on finances, equipment, maintenance issues and goals for the coming year. The Volunteer Firefighters have provided
exceptional service to the community in 2012, responding to 423 calls as of November 30. The EMS staff has responded to 544 calls as of November 30.
PVES is very thankful to the entire community for their support this past year. And from all the staff at PVES we wish you all Happy Holidays!!!
As a result of generous grants, the PVES staff are now trained and certified for Critical care transport.
What does this mean to you??
You or a loved one may need emergency transportation services from our local hospitals
to nearby specialty facility’s in Dallas, Fort Worth or Houston.
With our team we can now transport a patient to these facilities by ambulance.
Preston EMS can be utilized, depending on the circumstances, in lieu of or in case, air medical
services are not available. For more info please contact Alvin Shields or Tim Pike
Tim Thomas was named PVES Fire Chief in July, 2012. He has been in the fire service since 1995. His fire career began in Cartwright, OK
where he was Assistant Chief, he was responsible for staffing, fundraising, Training and working with the Corps of Engineers.
In May of 2005 he moved to the Locust Fire District where he served as Assistant Chief and then Chief until July of 2010. His duties there
included staffing, training, grant writing, fundraisers, Equipment records and public relations.
In July of 2010 he Joined PVES as a Fire Captain and Training Officer. He was certified as an Advanced Firefighter in January, 2009.