Friends of the Brazos, the non-profit that works to keep water in and trash out of the Brazos River, will hold its annual fundraising dinner and auction Saturday evening at the M&W Ranch.

The silent auction begins at 5:30 p.m. and last until 7:39 p.m. Original art, dining certificates, housewares, outdoor gear, clothing, jewelry, services and one-of-a-kind collectibles will be offered.

From 5:30 to 7 p.m., guests will enjoy beer and wine and appetizers, followed by a Southwestern-style dinner served at 7 p.m.

Tickets to the fundraiser dinner and auction are $40 a person or $75 a couple. Memberships to the organization are $25 for an individual and $50 for a family. A Protector membership costs $200 and a Lifetime membership costs $500.

Memberships renew every October to coincide with the annual fundraiser. Additional donations also are accepted.

Last year’s fall auction and dinner raised $6,000, plus more than $9,200 in ticket sales and donations.

In April the group held its eighth annual Brazos River Clean-up. It also has been seeking passage of the John Graves Scenic Riverway into Hood and Somervell Counties. Friends of the Brazos also has been working with the Glen Rose Convention & Visitors Bureau, the City of Glen Rose, Somervell County, the Texas Department of Transportation and the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department to establish the first and only public access point to the Brazos in Glen Rose and a Texas Parks & Wildlife Paddling Trail.

The non-profit organization also has been involved in contesting the Brazos River Authority’s water rights permit application.

Recent rains has brought at least an inch of rain to the entire Brazos basin. Water levels at Lake Granbury rose by at least two feet, according to the Brazos River Authority.

But the rain has not broken the drought, which has been ongoing for a year.

“Despite the rain, the National Weather Service still shows a large swath of the Brazos basin ranging from 12 to more than 20 inches below the normal amount of rainfall for the year so far,” the river authority said. “With that in mind, it is vital we all conserve and help stretch our water supply.”

Conservation can be as simple as fixing dripping faucets and running toilets to using efficient dish- and clothes-washers.

“The rain was a nice break and we all hope for more, but it’s up to each of us to use our limited water wisely until the drought truly breaks,” the river authority’s report on the rainfall impact stated.

For more information about the Saturday event, please see www.friendsofthebrazos.org.