MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TX– There were hats, boots, and Texas sized smiles as far as the eye could see Thursday night at Wesley Doolittle’s “Ranger Roundup” Dinner & Fundraiser! The sold-out steak and lobster dinner and auction, held at the fabulous Balmorhea Events venue in Magnolia, was a smashing success for the Wesley Doolittle for Sheriff 2024 Campaign.
Retired Montgomery County Sheriff Tommy Gage and retired Montgomery County Sheriff Joe Corley were among the many notable attendees, along with Precinct 1 Constable Philip Cash, formerly the MCSO lieutenant who headed up the Special Investigations Unit (SIU).
Retired Montgomery County Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace and Commissioner James Metts was in attendance, as was Retired Montgomery County Commissioner and County Judge Craig Doyal. Retired Patton Village Police Chief Joey Schultea made the drive to Magnolia to support Doolittle, as did Trinity County Sheriff Woody Wallace, Waller County Sheriff Troy Guidry, Cleveland Police Captain Scott Felts and Retired Harris County Commissioner Jack Cagle.
The venue was filled with retired and current law enforcement from multiple agencies, as well as business owners, and everyday concerned citizens. Some of the lightspeed momentum is likely due not just to Doolittle’s infectious grin and friendly personality, but also the support of the two most popular retired local Sheriffs, Tommy Gage (2005-2017) and Joe Corley (1981-1993). Gage and Corley were among the first to endorse Doolittle in his bid for the seat each of them held for many years. It also can’t hurt that Doolittle’s beautiful and devoted wife, Sherry, is working as hard as he is on the campaign (He would likely say “harder”).
The mood was festive Thursday night, and the music was good. Bart Alan Woytek played guitar and sang beautiful renditions of all the country music classics, making the perfect soundtrack for the dining and socializing portion of the cowboy themed retired Texas Ranger’s event.
The auctioneer worked the jubilant crowd into a frenzy, as they cheered for each sale, and sometimes leapt to their feet, clapping and cheering, with a deafening display of enthusiasm that sounded more like an election night victory celebration than the first fundraiser of a candidate who announced only three months earlier.
Auction items included several premium and collectible firearms, including a Daniel Defense Delta 5 308 bolt action rifle, with a Harris bipod and Nightforce SHV C522 4-14x56mm scope (The stock was autographed by Navy SEAL and U.S. Rep. Morgan Luttrell, R-Texas, and his twin brother, Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, who wrote “Lone Survivor”). Another auction item, which was doubled by the donor during the auction, was a private course with Navy SEAL Sniper and Master Instructor Charlie Melton, who was another dignitary in attendance Thursday night.
One of the most popular auction items was not even on the table, because Ranger Doolittle was wearing it! The auctioneer asked Doolittle to let him auction the Colt 1911 .45 pistol on his belt, and he complied. The firearm sold for $15,000! That went so well, the auctioneer asked for Doolittle’s hat! The hat brought in a fair price too, but was generously donated back to the man whose name was inside it.
The event was a smashing success, that ended much like it began, with people lining up to take photos with the retired Texas Ranger who plans to be the next Montgomery County Sheriff.
For more information about the Wesley Doolittle campaign, visit doolittleforsheriff.com