HATS VI just around the corner

by marlys good

Circle Saturday, Aug. 9, on your calendar, dust off your hat and get ready for some fun at the sixth annual Hands Across the Saddle gala fundraiser.

Tickets, $50 each, are available at Greybull Building Center, Lisa’s Restaurant, Ron’s Food Farm and at Security State Bank in Basin. They will be available up to the day of the event and at the door, but early purchase would make it much easier for the chefs to plan and prepare the meal.

There will be something old – including the popular “heads or tails” game, the live auction, great entertainment with Gary Mule Deer in the spotlight, delicious food prepared by chefs extraordinaire Chris Dalin and Robb Howe and served up by members of the Lady Buff basketball team and Buff coach Jeff Hunt; and something new including a couple of innovative card games with great prizes to the winners, an Alaskan cruise, a Heritage Collectible HATS display knife (one of one).

Pre-event and dinner music will be provided by Pat Erickson and Lilly Cruise of Miles City, Mont. The two have performed together in small groups, but will be performing as a duo this time around.

Cruise has been a professional piano player for 50 years. He played in a country music touring band (hit No. 2 in 1987), worked on “Hee-Haw” and played keyboard for the last two HATS events.

Cruise was Miss Montana in 1980 and a non-finalist talent award winner at the Miss America pageant. After winning the American Talent Search in 1985 she signed a record deal in Nashville. She loves big band and swing music.

The auction will include four pictures by Shoofly; Ann Hanson’s newest limited edition (No. 4 of 50); A 1970 Sharps .54 calibre black powder rifle that has never been fired; a 12’ x 14’ composite deck package; pellet grill; Lucy Stillson quilt; Denver Bronco getaway with airfare; three game Colorado Rockies/Arizona Diamondbacks getaway with airfare (great seats); a replica antique oak icebox made by Pete Reinschmidt of Otto; works by local artists Karyne Dunbar and Linda Jolley; Big Horn County commemorative .22 rifle (No. 1 of 25) and a Wyoming Centennial .330 rifle. More is coming in all the time.

Anyone with new items they would like to donate can contact Scott Good at (307) 272-4466.

Since its inception in 2009, the money raised from HATS has helped families in crisis in nearly every town in the four-county area that includes Big Horn, Washakie, Park and Hot Springs. The charity will mark its sixth anniversary with the knowledge that right at $500,000 has been distributed to their friends and neighbors in need.

The annual events are made possible by unsung, unpaid volunteers from across the community, committed to helping others and willing to donate their time/talents/labor to make them a success.