The DUI Court Foundation hosted its annual Take the Cake Charity Auction and concert last week, featuring John Ford Coley, to around 300 community supporters of the foundation.
The funds raised by the foundation are for Williamson County’s DUI Court, a program that helps individuals break the continual cycle of abusing alcohol and drugs. The program has an 88 percent success rate since its start in 2010, with around 24 active participants each year.
Foundation board member Scott Tubandt was the emcee for the evening and shared more about what it means to him.
“It’s a great opportunity for us to educate our community about what it is the DUI Court does,” Tubandt said.
Tubandt also wanted to thank supporters.
“You’re helping to change the lives of individuals, putting families back together, and keeping our roads safer for all of us,” Tubandt said.
For the past three years, Brentwood resident and foundation supporter Peggy Richardson has meticulously created cakes for the auction packages that were all theme-based around a cake.
Her cakes this year were fully edible, mostly, and included a train cake fully equipped with a working light, and a jukebox cake playing some classic tunes. For Richardson it is just a hobby that started while watching how-to-videos on the internet. Some of her cake creations take up to 40 hours.
“I will take an idea and run with it,” Richardson said.
DUI Court Coordinator Scott Pieper has been working with program precipitants for the past five months and has seen plenty of positive progress in their lives.
“The support through Take the Cake and the support of the program is helping to make Williamson County roads safer for the community,” Pieper said.
In his short time working with participants, Pieper has seen and heard stories of transformation. He described the changes he saw in one gentleman’s life that led to him reestablishing relationships with loved ones.
“Not only did he build those relationships with his friends and family, he started believing in himself,” Pieper said.