New Hilton Bella Harbor Hotel celebrates grand opening, raises $4,000 for CASA

The new Hilton Bella Harbor Hotel on Lake Ray Hubbard celebrated its grand opening last night with over 200 Rockwall area residents in attendance in tuxedos and ball gowns. The event raised about $4,000 for Rockwall’s Lone Star CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), which assists children who have either been abused or who are suspected of having been abused.

My wife and I finally arrived at 10 pm, just in time to enjoy the great fireworks display. We’d been babysitting earlier for two of my grandchildren in Forney. Although it was getting late, there were still over 100 guests still there enjoying the beautiful night on the patio.

The event began about 7 pm with a fundraising dinner, followed by drinks, dancing in the ballroom, plus evening excursions on the lake on Scott Self’s new 40-ft. catamarand. The former Rockwall mayor and Rockwall County Commissioner recently completed building the ship and started a new cruise business on the lake.

While there we enjoyed visiting with Rockwall Area Artists liaison Vicki Hoarty, her mother, business partner Sharon Edmunds, plus some other friends.

We also said hi to newly-elected City Councilman Mark Russo, who admitted he was surprised by his election victory last week. He invited me to call him soon. He’s interested in helping us to promote our new website and blog.

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