For those about to Swap Rocks ....
BURLESON – It was an idea that was destined to rock.
The July 29 First Annual Sister Cities Rock Swap efforts hosted by Burleson Rocks raised as much as $1,635 for the family of Kailey Michelle Tesdahl – the senior Centennial Sparkler was severely injured and hospitalized June 5 while en route to her high school graduation ceremony.
This highly-successful rock lovers swap event was two months in the making.
It started to take shape when the admins of “Burleson Rocks,” Tammie Rhodes and Terry Carlile, decided that they would like to have an event that would attract rock painters from other local rock groups together for a “rock swap.”
Admins from seven local “rock” groups from seven area cities were subsequently contacted – including Burleson, Mansfield, Alvarado, Cleburne, Ft. Worth, Crowley and Joshua. All were receptive to the idea of a massive swap.
And thus, the Burleson Rocks 1st Annual Sister Cities Rock Swap was born. It was held in the parking lot at Burleson City Hall.
Rock swaps abounded at the event.
There was a Mayoral Rock Painting challenge where rockers bought raffle tickets to vote for which mayor’s rock should win and then the mayors rocks were raffled off after the votes were counted.
The winner of the Mayoral Rock Swap?
Alvarado Mayor E. Dewayne Richters with a superhero-themed rock, according to reports.
Terri Fulton, of Alvarado, won the 1st place mayor’s rock, painted by Alvarado Mayor E. Dwayne Richters, and then donated the rock to Kailey Tesdahl.
All funds collected during the swap were donated to the family of Kailey Tesdahl to help with her recovery. The total raised was $1,635.
“The winner of the rock has donated it to Kailey to remind her that she is our superhero and to keep up the good work,” event official Terry Carlile confirmed in a Facebook email.
In a FB post, Kailey’s mother Stephanie Schober-Tesdahl conveyed her gratitude to the volunteers for their time and effort.
“Thank y’all so much,” she said. “We do appreciate this.”
There was a silent auction and a raffle, items for the auction and raffle were donated by generous local businesses and talented rock artists across the seven sister cities involved in the swap.
Rhodes said Tiffany Felgar askedto take charge of the silent auction/raffle committee and did a phenomenal job getting donations.
“We had a kids’ painting table, a take-one-leave-one table, and each city had their own table to set up to make some valuable swaps with other rock artists,” Rhodes said. “My best ‘guesstimate’ on attendance was around 200-plus people.”
This was the first attempt to get rock aficionados from so many groups together in one place.
“There were a few glitches but we learned a lot and would like to do this again in the future with some changes here and there,” Rhodes said. “We would like to thank all of the businesses and individuals that donated their time, rocks and items for the silent auction and raffle. We would also like to thank the mayors who participated in the Mayoral challenge by painting rocks: Mayor Ken Shetter-Burleson, Mayor David Cook-Mansfield, Mayor E. Dwayne Richters-Alvarado, Mayor Joe Hollarn-Joshua and Mayor Scott Cain-Cleburne.”