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FALL 2016

really. However, I don’t need anything but the knowledge

of winning to motivate. However, everyone had their kettles

professionally painted and I was the only one who spent eight

hours painting my homemade kettle while VALERO had

an electric Choo Choo train going around the top of theirs.

That’s when I knew… I had to be the “Little Kettle that

Could.” That year I won with $2,000… The next year was

closer to $4,500 if I can recall accurately, and of course the

third year I brought home the win as well. Then Brighton

School for kids with disabilities asked me to run for Queen of

the Vine. The winner is crowned queen and attends all of the

Fiesta events representing Brighton. I told them I was good

for about $14,000. Well, with the help of so many others, I

somehow managed $77,000 and won. After that, it seemed

like organizations who needed help fell into my lap at the

right place, right time. My grandmother was diagnosed

with ALS and was in ICU (a year before the ice bucket chal-

lenge) and she said I should walk for ALS… ‘SIGNME UP

YESTERDAY,’ I said. I raised over $40,000 for the walk

and won the most raised by an individual, and was granted

the honor of cutting the ribbon at the ALS walk in front of

my grandmother, for my grandmother. Year after year things

just kept coming.…Boys andGirls Club, VIVASWIM(free

swimming lessons for kids), House our Heroes (we supplied

77 beds for veterans that were just placed in apartments), and

most recently the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, this year

for which I couldn’t believe I was awardedWoman of the Year

for raising the most money in San Antonio—over $234,000.

I was asked several years ago to run for LLS MWOY, but

what really sent it home was a moment on Facebook that I

didn’t expect. I posted a picture of my young daughter and

APRIL ANCIRA

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