Wildcat cheerleaders and Herb’s Paint and Body reps present a check to H.E.R.O.E.S. participant Jackson Kluever

If you have a stack of Wildcat White-Out (or Red-Out or Black-Out) t-shirts in your closet purchased from the Lake Highlands High School cheer squad, you may want to hold off before using them for yard work or housecleaning. The tees have become a collectors’ item since the 2019 version is the last featuring the Herb’s Paint and Body logo on the back.

In August, the Walne family sold Herb’s, founded in 1956 by the late Herb Walne, to national chain Caliber Collision. Alan Walne, who took over the business when his father died in 1986, arranged for Herb’s to sponsor the tees every year since the fundraiser began 15 years ago.

The Herb’s emblem may be gone, but the rotating White/Red/Black Out game isn’t going away.

“We’ve already committed that the Walne Family will sponsor them next year,” Walne told me.

At Friday night’s game against district rival Berkner, the cheerleaders presented a check for $1,000 from sales of the shirts to the H.E.R.O.E.S. nonprofit organization, which serves people with different abilities from ages 3 to adulthood. The group teaches skills enabling students to become contributing members of society. The cheer squad has seen the great work of H.E.R.O.E.S. firsthand since member Kennedy Kluever has a brother with autism (in turquoise in the photo). Jackson Kluever, 14, has been a participant for more than 10 years.

Oh, and LHHS beat Berkner 38-7. The Wildcats play Duncanville in Duncanville this Friday, and Homecoming against W.T. White is October 18. Go Cats!

Cheerleaders on the sidelines at the White Out game against Berkner