Senter of attention

A benefit for local resident Donna Senter is planned for this weekend.

A benefit auction for Donna Senter will take place Saturday at the Gainesville Civic Center starting at 5 p.m. Senter is battling a brain tumor and the benefit will raise funds to help with medical expenses.

The benefit will start with dinner. Hamburgers, chips, dessert and a drink are on the menu.

There will be a silent and a live auction. The silent auction will run from 5 to 6 p.m. and the live auction will start at 7 p.m. Auction items will include children’s picnic tables, an outdoor bench, a quilt, an overstuffed chair, gift cards and donations from local businesses.

There will also be a bake sale which will include desserts like cobblers, pies and fudge.

The band “Demas” will perform live during the benefit.

Senter’s son Luke is in the band and said that Demas will be playing music for all age groups.

“We’ll play some Hendrix, Credence Clearwater Revival, Chuck Berry, White Stripes a lot more, and originals as well,” he noted. “We’ll try not to be too loud, but not too quiet.”

The public is invited to come and participate in the benefit, which is being organized with the help of Senter’s good friend Claudia Wiginton.

“Donna is a long-time friend since college,” Wiginton said. “In college I met her at Abilene Christian University in 1972. We have been best friends since that day. Our families have been friends ever since, our kids and everything.”

Wiginton said that in February of this year, Senter was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The tumor was removed but has returned and is in an inoperable area. She is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatments.

Wiginton said that Senter went to work one day and then had to go to the hospital, and that’s how they found out she had a tumor.

“She used to teach in Gainesville,” Wiginton said. “She also taught in the Era and Callisburg schools. She was employed as a librarian in Celina when she became ill.”

Luke said that people throughout this area know his mom.

“She has taught hundreds of kids in Cooke County,” he said. “People all around here know her. She is going to do her best to be at the benefit. She is doing real well and she is looking forward to seeing everyone at the benefit.”

To learn more about Senter’s fight and to get updates, Wiginton said people can go to

“This is a really neat spot where people can go and leave messages for people that are ill, so it’s a pretty neat site,” she noted.

The Senter family sent a note out to friends and family through the site recently to thank everyone for their prayers, support, work, e-mails, calls and letters.

“The Senter family cannot thank you all enough,” the note read. “The good thing is that Mom is now reading the CaringBridge website if you want to send her a message, this is a great way to do it. She is doing very well. She has more energy and is eating well. She looks and feels better. There are some days she is weaker than others, but she is doing very good.”

Senter and her husband, Gene, live in Krum.

To attend the benefit the cost is $5 for adults and $2 for children 6 and under.

The Gainesville Civic Center is located at 311 S. Weaver St. in Gainesville.

For more information, or if you wish to make a donation, contact Jason Orndorff at (903) 271-5286 or Luke Senter at (817) 925-6923.