HATS IV another success

by marlys good
The Herb Asp Community Center was filled to capacity Saturday for the Hands Across the Saddle (HATS) charity fundraiser. For the fourth year in a row, people from in and around the community, in and around the state and as far away as Texas enjoyed a fun-filled evening.
The event raised over $100,000, all of which will be used to benefit people in need of a helping hand.
Guest entertainers Riders in the Sky had toes tapping and got standing ovations, and Wilford Brimley joined his friends on stage for two numbers to the delight of the audience.
One member of the musical group was very impressed with the both the HATS cause and the response from the community, commenting on the “great cause” and the “great people.”
High Water, a band from Billings, provided musical entertainment before the dinner, and for the dancing that concluded the evening.
The raffle proved to be a popular addition to the event as did the 12 custom-made, limited-edition HATS hats — five sold in the silent auction, six in the live auction, and one was offered as the final prize in the raffle.
Ed Craft proved to be the last man standing in the Heads or Tails game.
Everything having to do with HATS is donated — from the planning of the event, to the food, its preparation and serving, items in the silent and live auctions, the entertainment, the set up and clean up at the Herb Asp Community Center, the auctioneering, spotting, and bookkeeping and the dozens of miscellaneous jobs that crop up.
Wilford Brimley summed up the feelings of the HATS committee when, at the conclusion of the evening, he said those attending should “give yourselves a hand. You deserve it.”