Stage set for HATS IV

by marlys good

Hands Across the Saddle IV will take center stage at the Herb Asp Community Center Saturday night.

Organizers hope it will be as successful as the past three events so those in need can continue to have an entity to rely on when they fall on hard times or face a crisis with no resources to handle it.

Bear Creek Ranch has donated two oil paintings by the late Frank Cortez, one of an elderly woman and the second of an old house that Frank’s daughters believe is where their father grew up, and two antique mission-style oak chairs that will be placed in either the silent auction or the raffle.

Great Lakes Airlines has donated four round-trip airline tickets from Worland to Denver that will be paired with either one or two of the sports packages (Denver Bronco/Colorado Rockies) up for bid in the live auction.

To keep things running smoothly, and to change things up a bit, the number of silent auction items has been pared from last year’s 100+ to about 50. Another 50 items (roughly) will be included in the raffle (tickets sold at the door) with 30 big-ticket items up for bid under the auctioneering expertise of Lloyd Franks.

Adding to the fun is the “heads or tails” game that debuted last year, and the guaranteed-to-win 12 limited edition Hands Across the Saddle custom made hats. Buy/win a hat and you automatically are entered in a second drawing that guarantees you a prize.

Doors open at 4 p.m. Walk in, buy a raffle ticket, browse through and make a bid on a silent auction item that catches your eye, eat the tasty meal prepared by Chris Dalin and Robb Howe of Lisa’s served to you by the Lady Rebel Volleyball team from Basin, listen to dinner music provided by of Bill Brimley and the High Water band from Billings.

The live auction follows the dinner. Be prepared to bid on an original oil painting (one by our own Ann Hanson), two original sketches/one Printer’s Proof drawings by Shoofly; finely crafted furniture donated by Wyoming Woodworks, Terry Wood, Dave Mattis, beautiful quilt, or a sports package that could include some travel money. And much more.

Cap the evening off by sitting back and enjoying the music of Riders in the Sky then dancing to music provided by High Water.

All money raised goes directly to Hands Across the Saddle.