Wurstfest nonprofits presented with check from fundraiser

Nonprofit vendors accepted a $30,000 check to assist is replacing their Wurstfest equipment. (Courtesy Mikie Farias/New Braunfels Downtown Association)
Nonprofit vendors accepted a $30,000 check to assist is replacing their Wurstfest equipment. (Courtesy Mikie Farias/New Braunfels Downtown Association)

Nonprofit vendors accepted a $30,000 check to assist is replacing their Wurstfest equipment. (Courtesy Mikie Farias/New Braunfels Downtown Association)

In a partnership with the city of New Braunfels and the Bowen Family Foundation, the New Braunfels Downtown Association (DTA) presented a check for $30,000 to 16 Wurstfest vendors whose booths and equipment were destroyed last November in two fires that burnt the Marktplatz to the ground and damaged the Wursthalle.

The presentation was held Wednesday, March 4, at McAdoo's.

The 21 nonprofits listed on Wurstfest's website were contacted and 16 responded, according to April Ryan, 2tarts co-owner and acting past president of the DTA.

Funds for the nonprofits were raised in December at a Wassailfest benefit concert headlined by Wade Bowen and will be split evenly among the 16 groups that applied.

"I love Wurstfest and I love the nonprofits that are there," Ryan said. "Everyone put their heads together with Amy McWhorter at the city, the Bowen Family Foundation, the DTA and the Wassailfest committee and we got it rolling."


The following nonprofits received funds, according to the benefit concert's producer Deric Garza:

  • Communities in Schools

  • St. Jude’s Ranch for Children

  • Canyon Lake Masonic Lodge

  • New Braunfels Noon Lions

  • Comal County Senior Citizen’s Center

  • Comal County Junior Livestock Association

  • New Braunfels Youth Soccer Association

  • Sophienburg Museum & Archives

  • New Braunfels Conservation Society

  • New Braunfels High School Band Boosters

  • New Braunfels Little League

  • Canyon High School Music Boosters

  • New Braunfels Performing Arts

  • New Braunfels Rotary Club

  • New Braunfels Jaycees

  • German American Society of New Braunfels

By Warren Brown
Warren joined Community Impact at the beginning of 2020 as the editor of its New Braunfels paper and now reports the news in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle. Warren previously wrote for the Dallas Observer and Fort Worth Weekly and he brings a passion for truth and equality to his reporting.


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