Updated: Jan 15, 2020
All of us have unique, God-given talents. As its mission, Turtle Wing Foundation focuses on “helping children with learning challenges in rural areas achieve their full potential.” The theme for this year’s Turtle Wing Toast, which is scheduled for January 23, 2020 and will be held at Sengelmann Hall in Schulenburg, is “Turtle Wing’s Got Talent!” The Toast is held annually to Remember, Rejoice and Renew! the previous year’s accomplishments. All Turtle Wing families, supporters, donors and volunteers are invited to attend and no ticket is necessary. Doors will open at 6 PM and the program will start at 7 PM. Turtle Wing will be celebrating the varied talents of our Turtle Wing participants. Our "Dancing Turtles" will entertain us, with a few other surprises along the way. The featured performers will be our youth and young adults who are participating in a Songwriting Workshop prior to the Toast on January 22. They will share some of their creations, and will be accompanied by Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines, who will facilitate the workshop. Don't miss this opportunity! Terri Hendrix has earned fans worldwide for her singular fusion of folk, pop, country, blues and jazz, delivered with poetic grace, melodic flair, and plenty of wit and wisdom. Along the way, she’s also co-written a Grammy-winning instrumental (the Dixie Chicks’ “Lil’ Jack Slade”), and garnered such honors as a star on the South Texas Music Walk of Fame, the Art of Peace Award by Saint Mary’s University in San Antonio, the Distinguished Alumni Award at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, and an induction into the Women’s Hall of Fame in San Marcos, Texas. Lloyd Maines is a Grammy award-winning producer and musician. Over the past 40 years, Maines has worked on approximately four thousand albums alongside some of the most significant figures in country, rock, and Texas music. In addition to his producing credits, Maines is an A-list steel guitar player and multi-instrumentalist. Maines has been inducted into the Buddy Holly Walk of Fame in Lubbock, Texas, individually and as a member of the Maines Brother's Band. He was inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame June 2014. He has made more appearances on the PBS show than anyone else in the history of the program. Turtle Wing is still seeking participants for the workshops, as well as other youth and young adults with learning challenges who have a unique talent to share. For more information contact Susie Shank at (979)505-5090. The songwriting workshop and performance is being underwritten by the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Bugle Boy Foundation. Turtle Wing has been providing Early Intervention, Supplemental Services and Community Education & Advocacy programming to children and families with academic, social-emotional, behavioral and/or developmental needs since 2012. Annually, over 325 children are receiving direct services with thousands more benefiting indirectly through education and advocacy work. Anyone interested in learning more is encouraged to attend the Turtle Wing Toast, visit the Turtle Wing Facebook page @turtlewingfoundation, or the website www.turtlewingfoundation.org!