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Elfant’s last ice cream social Sunday
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 by Jo Clifton
Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector Bruce Elfant, who proudly notes that “Voter Registrar” is part of his title, has been hosting ice cream socials for the past 25 years and the final one is this Sunday. It started when he was the Precinct 5 Constable and has continued since he took over as tax collector. Although contributors make out their checks to Elfant’s campaign, he has always taken most of the money and given it to a local charity. This year, contributions will go to the East Austin Conservancy, which helps low-income property owners stay in their homes. “The goal is to be able to donate $10,000 to the conservancy this year,” Elfant said. According to a message about the event, Elfant “has hosted his Ice Cream Social for 25 years and has raised more than $100,000 for local non-profit organizations. While Bruce will retire his legendary ice cream social after this year, he fully intends to continue serving as our Tax Assessor. ‘It’s time for younger elected officials to establish their fundraising traditions to benefit our community,’ Elfant said.” The party consists of two events this year. The ice cream social will be from 1-4 p.m. at the Moose Lodge, 2103 E.M. Franklin Ave., and Bill Oliver and the Austin Lounge Lizards will entertain beginning at 7 p.m. at Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd.
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