Cigars, ‘Tinis, & Tunes Turns Up For a Good Cause

(Photo by Erin Rogers | TXK Today)

Cigars, ‘Tinis, and Tunes, benefitting the Randy Sams’ Outreach Shelter, attracted patrons from all across the Texarkana area on April 19th, 2018, at Hopkins Icehouse.  The packed venue featured entertainment by 2Pianos, celebrity bartender competition, cigars from Puff ‘n Stuff, and specialty martinis and hors d’ oeuvres to indulge in.

(Photo by Erin Rogers | TXK Today)

“We love putting this event together for the community” said Jennifer Laurent, executive director. “It is so much fun and the funds raised make it possible for us to provide vital services for so many in our community.

The celebrity bartender’s competition featured Mark Van Herpen, Roger Sheppard, and JR Rich. JR Rich was named the champion, raising the most money throughout the night.

(Photo by Erin Rogers | TXK Today)

The event was sponsored by 2-Pianos, Accugraphics, Guaranty Bank and Trust, Hopkins Ice House, Puff-N-Stuff, Dr. Cindy Porter, James R. Murphy, EZ Mart Jim Yates Foundation, RMAC Outdoor Advertising/American Signs and Banners, Alamond Photography, Dr. & Mrs. Vernon Shaffer, Fay J’s Private Label Wines, Floyd Capital Management, Lisa & Bobby Howell, Ruth Ellen & Dave Whitt, Schlotzsky’s, Dr. & Mrs. Bryan Griffin, Cordell L. Klein, MD, The Oaks Memory Care, Farmers Bank & Trust, Southwest Title Company, St. James Episcopal Church,  A Better Creation, TXK Today, Twin City Title, Jerry & Janis Stringfellow, Anne & Steve Douglas, Christus St. Michael Health System, Terri & Greg Giles and Scott Equipment Company Foundation.

The Randy Sams’ Outreach Shelter is the only completely free shelter of our size serving adult men and women in an 85-mile radius. Already this year more than 100 people have moved from the shelter into permanent housing. Our mission is essential. In 2017 alone, more than 175 people moved into their own housing, 33,000 nights of shelter and more than 20,000 services were provided through the Randy Sams’ Outreach Shelter for residents of the Texarkana community.

The Randy Sams’ Outreach Shelter was developed as a product of a labor of love. Founded in 1996, the Shelter’s mission is to meet the immediate needs of safe temporary lodging and food for the poor and homeless who come into our midst until their return to self-sustained community life.

For more information about the Randy Sams Outreach Shelter and its mission, please visit



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