This is big

In case you didn’t attend Saturday night’s Milagro Gala sponsored by the El Paso Children’s Foundation, here’s what you missed.

Oscar Leeser, the former El Paso mayor and likely future mayoral candidate, announced he is donating $100,000 to the foundation in support of cancer research at El Paso Children’s Hospital. 

Leeser, who is president of Hyundai of El Paso, also donated a 2019 Hyundai Kona – that’s a small sports utility vehicle – for the gala’s live auction.

Joe’s next job?

Here’s what we’re hearing from Austin about El Paso state Rep. Joe Moody: If the Democrats were ever to take control of the Texas House, Rep. Moody would be a good candidate to serve as speaker.

Under the current speaker, Republican Dennis Bonnen, Moody has been speaker pro tempore. That makes him the first El Pasoan ever to hold the No. 2 job in the state’s lower chamber. His duties include leading the 150-member House when Bonnen is absent. 

As of now, Republicans control the Texas House with 83 members, while there are 67 Democrats. The Republicans lost 10 seats in the 2018 election; Democrats gained 12.

For sale

More properties owned by William “Billy” Abraham are coming up for auction on June 11. They’re mostly smaller, less significant pieces of real estate.

The properties include 416 E. San Antonio, a 6,500-square-foot commercial building that once housed the Jack McGrath insurance agency. For tax purposes, the 1929 building is valued at about $482,000.

A home at 932 Cherry Hill in Coronado Country Club Estates will also be up for auction. The 5,800-square-foot home is valued at $783,000 for tax purposes, and needs work and landscaping. And then there’s a smaller, 1,100-square-foot home at 3315 Robert Ward in East El Paso, valued at $103,600.

On the move

 Last fall, the Junior League of El Paso sold its headquarters at 520 Thunderbird Drive to Coronado Baptist Church, which happens to be right across the street in West El Paso.

The league continues to operate out of the 7,100-square-foot building, while churchgoers fill up the property’s parking lot on weekends.  

Eventually, the league plans to move to smaller offices, and the church will continue to use the property for parking.

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