LCRA awards rifle association $23,500 community grant

New efficient LED lighting will help keep Round Top community hall members and visitors safe

Nov. 7, 2018

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LCRA representatives present a $23,500 grant to the Round Top Rifle Association for new lighting for its community hall. The grant is part of LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. Pictured, front row from left to right, are: Dave Weishuhn, Round Top Rifle Association trustee; David Walther, association bar manager; Kurt Heim, association treasurer; Lori A. Berger, LCRA Board member; and Kate Holman, LCRA Governmental Affairs representative. Back row, from left to right: John Wantland, association hall manager; Larry Birkelbach, association vice president; Ronny Sacks, association trustee; Eddie Marburger, association trustee; and Michael Sacks, association president.

The Round Top Rifle Association can replace its community hall’s nearly 50-year-old lighting system, thanks to help from a $23,500 community development grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority.

The Round Top Rifle Association is contributing $6,000 in matching funds to help replace the hall’s existing system with new, energy-efficient LED lighting. The new system will include several outdoor fixtures designed to lower energy costs and improve public safety in the building and parking lot. The lighting upgrades are part of a larger capital improvements project to renovate the historic hall.

“Visibility is nonexistent in the parking lot at night,’’ said Michael Sacks, president of the Round Top Rifle Association. “It is a real safety issue for our elderly members and visitors attending events or fundraisers after dark.”

The association’s charter includes maintaining the 140-year-old hall, and providing a venue for cultural and community events.

The Round Top Rifle Association hosts many area nonprofit fundraising events, including the annual Fourth of July Round Top Parade. Over 5,000 community members and visitors attend the parade, which begins and ends at the hall.

“We’re a key part of the community year round,” Sacks said. “It means a lot to me to continue the cultural traditions the organization was built upon.”

The Round Top Rifle Association was formed in 1873 to support and encourage outdoor sports and shooting events.

The community grant is one of a number of grants recently awarded through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. The program provides economic development and community assistance grants to cities, counties, volunteer fire departments, regional development councils and other nonprofit organizations in LCRA’s wholesale electric and water service areas. The program is part of LCRA’s effort to give back to the communities it serves.

Applications for the next round of grants will be accepted Jan. 1-31, 2019. More information is available at

About LCRA
The Lower Colorado River Authority serves customers and communities throughout Texas by managing the lower Colorado River; generating and transmitting electric power; providing a clean, reliable water supply; and offering access to nature at more than 40 parks, recreation areas and river access sites along the Texas Colorado River, from the Hill Country to the Gulf Coast. LCRA and its employees are committed to enhancing the lives of Texans through water stewardship, energy and community services. LCRA was created by the Texas Legislature in 1934. For more information, visit

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