Sep 21 2023
The Ark Gala

The Ark Gala

RMB Fairgrounds Grand Ballroom

Thursday, September 21st


If Delma Trejo, The Ark’s executive director, had to describe the shelter’s financial health in one word, it would be “surviving.” The nonprofit agency lost approximately $450,000 after needing to cancel The Ark Gala for the past three years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s why the staff is looking forward to holding the next gala on Sept. 21, 2023 at the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds in Robstown. Income from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has decreased because it has sent less children to the facility. However, it’s been the community’s generosity that has kept the shelter fiscally afloat. “Donations have helped us to be able to survive,” said Trejo. The monetary contributions have assisted in paying for the residents’ new clothing because used children’s apparel donations are not being accepted. Food is another of the expenses taking a bigger bite out of available resources. Food costs are 12.4 percent higher than a year ago. 

The Ark Gala will feature Gwen van de Pas, a child sexual abuse survivor who directed ‘Groomed,’ a feature-length documentary on the subject.


Dear Friend:

The Ark Gala 2023 marks the fundraiser’s return to the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds after a three-year absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ark Assessment Center and Emergency Shelter for Youth’s gala, normally held annually, begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21.

Your generous support will help to ensure that the highly anticipated event to be held at 1213 Terry Shamsie Boulevard in Robstown is successful.

KIII TV-3 News Anchor Rudy Treviño will be the master of ceremonies. The program will include silent and live auctions, dinner and keynote speaker Gwen van de Pas, a child sexual abuse survivor who directed a feature-length documentary on the subject.

Can you sponsor a table at one of the following levels:

The Ark ($15,000)

Stork ($10,000)

Dove ($5,000)

Giraffe ($2,500)

Leopard ($1,000)

All of them seat 10 and offer signage, recognition at the gala and newsletter/website thanks.

To secure recognition of your charitable contribution in our printed program at the event, we need your commitment or payment by Aug. 31.

Tax-deductible gifts for the auctions are needed by Aug. 31. Auction donors will receive signage at the auction. Contact us as soon as possible so we can reserve your table.

-Individual seats cost $6-

The agency is licensed by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to provide assessment services and emergency shelter for 61 children and youth, ages 0 through 17, who are removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect by a parent or guardian. The Ark has served more than 4,375 minors since admitting its first resident on April 7, 2000.

The gala’s proceeds pay for services that make a difference in the children’s lives at the facility.

Monetary donations of any amount can also be made online at the agency’s website:

Thank you for considering assisting the shelter. We look forward to hearing from you.


Delma Trejo                                                          Sister Milagros Tormo, M.J.M.J.

Executive Director/Administrator                     Board President

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