Friends of the Brazos River will gather on Saturday, Oct. 10, at M&W Ranch near Glen Rose to raise funds, which will help them in their effort to save the river.

“They’re just letting this river die,” Mary Lee Lilly, secretary of the organization, said. “I think it means a lot to Glen Rose and Somervell County to have the river flowing.”

Lilly’s son, Bridges Hague, is also a member of the Friends of the Brazos River and is passionate about the cause.

“Friends of the Brazos is a non-profit organization made up of members concerned about the quantity and quality of flow of the Brazos River,” Hague said. “We’re an agency that works both with and against the Brazos River Authority.”

The river authority, located in Waco, controls the release of water from lakes located along the Brazos, Hague said. He, and many others, feel as though the river belongs to the people, not to an authority.

“We pushed them to let water out on weekends, which they are doing and it’s great,” Hague said. “It belongs to the citizens of the state of Texas and on behalf of the citizens of Texas we take up the pen fight with the Brazos River Authority.”

The annual fundraiser, which banked $15,000 last year, will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 10 with a silent auction, beer, wine and appetizers. At Southwestern-style dinner will be served at 7 p.m. The food is donated by Ed Lowe, owner of Celebration Restaurant, in Dallas.

The silent auction will offer an array of original river art, as well as numerous other donated items.

A golfing for T-shirts event will also be held with golf pro Johnny Condit. Participants who putt their golf balls closest to Condit will be rewarded with T-shirts.

Tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple. For more information, call Lowe at 214-802-6811, e-mail or visit

“It’s all about protecting the rest of our water,” Hague said.