Texas Renaissance Festival officials presented Magnolia-based nonprofit organization Society of Samaritans with a $20,000 check July 26 at a Greater Magnolia Parkway Chamber of Commerce business luncheon, according to a news release.
The check was given as part of a partnership between Texas Renaissance Festival and SOS that started in 2015, the release said. A portion of the total sales from the Sale of the Century—where tickets to the annual festival are sold at a discounted price for one day—are donated to SOS each year. According to festival officials in the news release, TRF has donated nearly $80,000 to the nonprofit since the beginning of the partnership.
SOS offers one of the largest food pantries in Montgomery County where the organization provides food, clothing and financial assistance for emergency situations, according to the release. SOS has a clothing and distribution site in Magnolia where once a week those in need can shop for clothes and household items. SOS also offers weekly grocery sacks over the summer months to Magnolia ISD students who normally rely on free school breakfast and lunches during the school year. The donation from TRF officials is expected to help fund the nonprofit as it continues to work with the Magnolia community, according to the release.
“Supporting community members in need of help is how Society of Samaritans shows compassion to individuals and families that want to return to prosper and move forward after experiencing hardships,” said SOS President Shirley Jensen in the news release. “Our partnership with the Texas Renaissance Festival has been monumental in realizing our goals to continue to help our shared community thrive.”