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Port Isabel Museums to host 22nd annual fundraiser

January 31, 2019

PORT ISABEL — Just before crossing the Queen Isabella Memorial Bridge there’s downtown Port Isabel.

It’s an area that showcases the history of the Laguna Madre area with three special facilities — the Point Isabel Lighthouse and Keeper’s Cottage, the Port Isabel Historical Museum and the Treasures of the Gulf Museum.

These facilities need support and funding.

The Museums of Port Isabel will host the 22 nd annual Taste of the Laguna Madre fundraiser at 7 p.m. tomorrow in the Port Isabel Event and Cultural Center.

In addition to tasting an assortment of dishes prepared by local restaurants, the fundraiser will include live music by Pelican West, a museum combination ticket, door prizes, a silent auction and a Port Isabel Adventure Package raffle.

According to museum personnel, the Taste of the Laguna Madre is the facilities’ “major fundraiser.”

The goal of the event is to raise money to help with the cost of exhibit upgrades and programs, such as the museums’ monthly “Telling Our Stories” educational program aimed at preserving the heritage of the Laguna Madre area.

According to city of Port Isabel Marketing Director Valerie Bates, the museums have a large impact on the business growth in Port Isabel’s downtown area.

“ We have a 90 percent plus occupancy in our businesses downtown because of the museums that anchor that experience,” Bates explained. “Aside from the economic impact perspective, we’re really proud of the fact that Port Isabel has a lot of very interesting history to share and offer.”

ahernandez@valleystar.com

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