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Kids, cowboys and word-slingers recently raised a fistful of dollars for San Antonio charities.

Once upon a time in the West (in 2008, to be exact), the Believe It Foundation was formed by Andrew McAllister to promote the inclusion of physically challenged children.

The latest family-friendly annual dinner featured a wheelchair-obstacle course, face painting, a “Go Fish” booth and a bounce house for the kids.

Meanwhile, the adults mingled and participated in a silent auction on the lawn of the San Antonio Country Club before heading upstairs for dinner and a truly inspiring program hosted by former KSAT reporter Concetta Callahan.

In another event, a philanthropic posse of cowboys and cowgirls recently moseyed downtown to the Briscoe Western Art Museum Night of Artists Reception, followed by the Art Sale and Exhibition, and raised a Texas-sized amount of more than $1.2 million for the museum.

The event featured 73 of the country’s top contemporary Western artists and a range of subjects, from dreamy vistas and rugged frontier cowboys to historic missions and Native American themes.

And at High Noon, the exclusive Argyle in Alamo Heights was the backdrop for the San Antonio Conservation Society’s annual Publication Awards Luncheon and Book Signing to honor authors of “books that preserve history through the written word.”

The Conservation Society, one of the oldest and most active community-preservation groups in the United States, has presented these awards since the 1950s.

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