by marlys good
Something new has been added to this year’s Hands Across the Saddle fundraiser. Everyone who purchases a ticket and walks through the doors at the Herb Asp Community Center Saturday evening will be handed a complimentary ticket for a drawing for a five-day Pacific Coastal Cruise for two. The cruise originates in Los Angeles on April 30, stops in San Francisco, then in Victoria, British Columbia and ends up in Vancouver on May 5. The package includes two $50 shore excursions – one in San Francisco, the second in Vancouver.
Those wishing to purchase additional tickets for the drawing can do so but it will cost $5 per ticket.
This is in addition to the items offered in the live auction: a 14-day cruise from Miami to Los Angeles through the Panama Canal; Star Quilt by Lucy Stillson; a donation from Ann Hanson; rifles; three Shoofly pictures; an overnight “stay and play” at Paintrock Lodge; three Denver Bronco packages and a chuck wagon dinner catered by Jeff McManus at the location of your choice. The list includes just those items already in hand; more items, both for the live and silent auctions, are coming in daily.
Tickets to HATS VIII are available from any HATS committee member or at GBC, or by calling (307) 272-4466.
The evening also includes the dinner, catered under the direction of Chris Dalin and served by members of the Greybull High School Lady Buffs basketball team with Coach Jeff Hunt making sure everything goes smoothly.
The “heads and tails” game is always fun, as is the “card game” gun raffle.
Also new to HATS this year is featured entertainer, singer/songwriter Michael Johnson. After studying classical guitar in Barcelona, Johnson returned to the states and joined the later version of the folk group, “The Chad Mitchell Trio” (John Denver was a member).
His top hits include “Give Me Wings,” “The Moon is Still Over Her Shoulder,” “Bluer than Blue,” “This Night Won’t Last Forever” and “Almost Like Being in Love.” His music ranges from folk to pop, soft rock to country. No matter what kind of music he records, his mellow, pleasant tone serves as his hallmark.
The drawing for the Pacific Coastal Cruise will be held either between sets by Johnson, or at the conclusion of the entertainment.
Since its organization in 2008, HATS has distributed about $700,000 to people from all across the Big Horn Basin, from Thermopolis to Powell/Cody and every community in between who have found themselves caught up in an emergency and needing some financial help – to pay a utility bill, for a prescription, food, transportation, lodging to be with loved ones in a hospital; eyeglasses, dental, etc.
The names of those receiving help from HATS are never made public, but chances are you know or have heard of someone from your community who has been helped, who life has been made a little easier, through the generosity of HATS.
Every dollar raised goes directly to those in need of a helping hand.